Justin Griffin  

MEMBER INTERVIEW 

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What do you do for a living?

I am soon-to-be a full-time student in the Fall at Louisiana Tech University where I will be pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. I also work part-time at Super One.

What are your hobbies?

I love to workout with my friends and family, camp, hammock, cook, read, travel to new places, and of course sleep.

What’s your favorite movement or WOD in CrossFit and why?

Above all, my favorite movement is the Clean and Jerk. This is because it is an Olympic movement, so I guess it makes me feel like an Olympian whenever I do it. But also, I enjoy that there is always something that you can improve on to get better, whether it’s the Clean or the Jerk part of the movement. And of course, nothing is more satisfying than slamming down a heavy weight after a new PR.

What’s your athletic background?

As a little kid up until my Freshman year of high school I played soccer. Through that, I did a little bit of weight lifting but it was never anything challenging or technical, just things like back squats, hang cleans, and bench press, all with crappy form of course.

What motivates you to come to the gym everyday?

The biggest thing is knowing that no matter how I may do, I’m still better than I was yesterday. Little by little, day by day, I improve myself in everything from running, to lifting, to flexibility. Basically building the best me that I can.

What have your learned about yourself by doing CrossFit?

I’ve really learned that I can usually do a lot more than what I think I can do. I know that if I try hard and put my mind to things, I can figure it out and push through until I’m done. I’ve learned that I have the potential to be as good as I push myself to be.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in your lifestyle since doing CrossFit?

Almost my entire lifestyle has changed now that I am a part of CrossFit, for the better. My eating choices have improved in my day-to-day life. I’ve altered the way I approach workouts from one of just doing them as a routine or program to now a challenge for myself to do better than last time. And of course I now look forward to each workout as a chance to compete everyday with my friends and family and encourage them, even when things are hard.


BRANDY TYLER  

MEMBER INTERVIEW 

 

What do you do for a living?

I am a teacher at Ruston High School. I teach Health, PE, and First Responders and I am also an assistant volleyball coach as well as an assistant basketball coach.

 

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy working out, traveling, hunting, and doing almost any activity outdoors.

 

What’s your favorite movement or WOD in CrossFit and why?

My favorite move in CrossFit is the power clean!!! I love it because it is challenging. There are so many small things that you have to do to make it efficient. Although I’m nowhere near being efficient I like to accept the challenge and keep working towards it.

 

What’s your athletic background?

I played basketball, softball, and ran track in high school. I went to college to play basketball but quit after suffering multiple knee injuries. Now I play co-ed softball and run 5ks.

 

What motivates you to come to the gym everyday?

Knowing that each day will be challenging motivates me to come everyday. It makes me feel that everyday that I overcome the challenge, I get a little bit better not only as an athlete, but as a person as well. I also love the environment and the people that come along with it.

 

What have your learned about yourself by doing CrossFit?

I have learned that even though the workouts are hard and I sometimes don’t want to do them that I have to overcome. It’s a life lesson I try to apply—when things get hard, push through and finish it out. Also, I’ve learned to like the things I’m not good at and to work on them more than the things I do enjoy.

 

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in your lifestyle since doing CrossFit?

The biggest change that I’ve seen in my lifestyle since doing CrossFit is the intensity in which I do my workouts and also the standard I hold myself to do each workout. I push myself to do better each workout even when it’s hard and I want to quit. 


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The Gormans

What do you do for a living?  
Mary is an amazing stay-at-home mom and home school teacher. Randy is the director of the Catholic Life Center and youth activities director at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

 What are your hobbies?  
We love to travel, especially to Disney. We enjoy spending time in the outdoors (hunting, hiking, fishing, etc.). We love to hang out with our three beautiful daughters, family and friends. Randy is a published cigar reviewer and avid drummer. Mary is a classically trained singer and relaxes by reading and crafting.

What’s your favorite movement or WOD in CrossFit and why? Randy - Karen is my favorite WOD. It hurts like hell but it’s an awesome way to test your mettle. Mary - Deadlift is my movement of choice. I really, really enjoy WOD’s that have zero burpees in them.

What’s your athletic background?
Randy - I played baseball from age 7-16 and played football for a short time as well. I was a weightlifter during my teens and have been a sporadic gym attendee through the years but never committed to long term fitness/nutrition until starting CrossFit.  Mary - I played volleyball and soft ball during my teen years but, like Randy, really never gave fitness or nutrition priority until starting CrossFit.

What motivates you to come to the gym every day?
Randy & Mary - Heart disease and diabetes are common in our families. Mary’s father died at age 60 of chronic heart disease after having a heart transplant when he was just 57 years old. Knowing our family history with heart disease and diabetes, we both wanted to be the best role models we could be for our kids. We want to give them a better start in life by encouraging fitness and clean eating, hopefully, preventing chronic disease in our family for good.

What have you learned about yourself by doing CrossFit?Randy - I’ve learned that I don’t want to ever go back to my old, sedentary lifestyle so I can spend more quality time with my girls. I do CrossFit for them as much as I do it for myself. We have both learned we thoroughly enjoy the new family we’ve become a part of. The feeling of community is second to none.                                                                                                                                                                            Mary - I’ve learned I am stronger and more capable than I ever imagined. I’ve learned that when I think I want to quit, I can tell myself to keep moving and ignore the pain. I’ve learned I am fighter, in charge of my body. Most importantly, I have seen the way that what I do as a woman has challenged my little women to become interested in health, fitness and nutrition. That’s honestly the best part of it all.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in your lifestyle since doing CrossFit?  

Randy - I slowly lost about 20 pounds until starting CrossFit. Since starting, I’ve lost nearly 40 additional pounds. I am starting to see muscle definition and have more endurance than I ever thought possible. I am in the best shape of my life. We owe a million thanks to Bill and Michelle McCumber for challenging us to give this a shot. Your friendship, persistence and constant encouragement has helped change our lives and for this, we are eternally grateful.  Mary - For the first time in my life I have a desire to be healthy and not eat junk. I see the importance of an active lifestyle and clean eating. I’ve lost about 40 pounds since June. I see muscles that I didn’t know I had and my energy and cardio are probably the best they have ever been. I look forward to the changes I’ll continue to see in my body as my CrossFit journey goes on. I have found an active and healthy lifestyle that I can, and will, maintain. I’m so thankful for the family I have found at Catahoula CrossFit; you’ve changed my life for the better.    

We also want to thank everyone at Catahoula for being so welcoming and patient with us newbs. You’re all amazing and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this incredible box!