Featured Athletes – Becky Marino & Chris Draths

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Becky and I began running together about 15 years ago. We were primarily trying to shed fat from marital bliss and numerous children.  As the miles and years went by, it didn’t seem to matter if we added more miles or ran faster. We weren’t burning more calories. So we added weight training with a trainer. Then we joined a tennis team, started swimming, hiking, biking. We were having fun at the time but had no idea how great our lives were about to become, or that our families would join us in our new journey!

 

We began crossfit in a kid’s garage.  When he left to chase the snow, he told us about this guy Neal who had a crossfit gym.   That was two years ago.  We were intimidated, embarrassed, and very bad at the Olympic lifts.  Though our improvement has come in baby steps, we are stronger, leaner and more fit.  This has only been accomplished through the encouragement of so many people at the box.

 

Thank you Kara for always pushing us to go a little bit farther, a little bit higher, a little bit heavier than we think we can. Thank you Sean and Clayton for your encouragement and drill sergeant attitude early in our ineptitude. Thank you Toben for increasing our vocabulary and putting your own creativity in the WODs.  Thank you to the many friends we have made, most of you 30 years younger than us, who have laughed with us, yelled for us, and made us part of the family.

 

And most of all thank you Neal for the atmosphere you have created at the box. It is competitive but friendly, frustrating but rewarding, intense and fun, challenging and satisfying.  You are the key that makes it all work and we’re so glad that kid told us to look you up!

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  • Neal
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    First, I LOVE THIS PICTURE!

    I’ve been so honored to be able to coach the two of you. Always come into the gym with a smile, ready to work hard, and extremely coach-able. You guys have been with us since the beginning and it’s been so much fun to see you both progress in your athleticism. You’re just hitting the tip of the iceberg; I know there’s more awesomeness to come from you two!

    Oh and even their kids are fit!

  • Lucy Merrill
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    Love working out with both of you! Hope to see you guys soon 🙂

  • Neal
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    And Happy Birthday Becky!

  • Danielle
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    awww yay ladies! I loved reading this! You ladies are always busting butt that’s for sure. So encouraging to work out with you both. Keep up the great work!

  • Jeremy Johnstone
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    You will not find two sweeter ladies anywhere! Well deserved, the both of you!

  • Sean
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    Ladies, I couldn’t be more proud of you! I’m very honored by your gratitude! It’s athletes like you who make us the coaches we are. By simply coming into the gym and giving it your best, even if you’re not very good at some of the movements, you get better and better. I’ve never seen either of you defeated, because your attitudes outweighed your performance. Keep on keepin on!

    Folks, take notes from these two. Quit is not in their vocabulary!

  • Allen
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    When the going gets tough, the tough reinvent! Great job ladies!

  • Amber
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    I absolutely love these two’n

  • Toben
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    So happy to see this! Congratulations to the both of you, you certainly deserve it.

  • Stephanie C.
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    I love you two ladies. I always enjoyed working out with y’all. You two are always encouraging. Thank you for being an inspiration!!

  • Madison
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    You ladies are such an inspiration to me! Rain or shine y’all always show up ready to workout and have the best attitudes. Such good examples of what a CrossFit Beaumont featured athlete should look like!

  • JJ
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    You two are the sweetest ladies I know. Always smiling and having fun. Such a blessing to WOD with yall and to get to know you

  • Michele Stone
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    What you two really are is a couple of HOT MOMMAS!!!! Great job!

  • Kara R
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    Aww I love you two so freaking much!! You really are two of my favorites and have been for a long time. I remember when I first started coaching mornings I would look forward to Tuesdays and Fridays because I knew you’d be there. You’re great athletes, sweet friends, and amazing moms. Some of my favorite days are when your kids are in town because I know we’ll have a big group of happy smiling people ready to work hard! I love the happiness that you and your families bring to the gym. I love pushing you guys, even when you don’t want me to lol. I’m so happy you’re part of our cf family. I’ve seen you both make so much progress and I can’t wait to see more. And I’ll continue to look forward to those Tuesday and Friday mornings 🙂

  • Sheree Pierce
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    I love when these 2 are at CFB when I’m there. They’re always setting an example of hard work and FUN! And always so encouraging. It’s an honor to know you!

  • Becky
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    Thank you all for such kind words…what a great birthday surprise. I promise not to show my face at the box today, we would never finish all the Burpees!!

  • Ann
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    Congratulations Becky and Chris! I am inspired by the two of you. Well deserved recognition.

  • Erin Allare
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    I’m so proud of you two hotties! Love you both!

  • Scott
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    Chris and Becky are two of the coolest people in the world as far as I’m concerned. Everyone is spot on with their comments about how nice it is to go to CFB in the mornings with 2 people who have permanent smiles. Always fun WODs when you are there, Chris and Becky. Great write-up, by the way. Loved it.

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