Featured Athlete – Clayton Manzer

Check Out this month’s Featured Athlete, Clayton Manzer. Clayton is one of the most dedicated athletes at the box and is always pushing his own limits. The success he’s found in his first couple of months of CrossFit is a testament to his hard work and proof that anyone that is willing to put in the effort can reach their fitness goals. Keep striving for excellence Clayton!
Being a Professional Firefighter, physical fitness is of the utmost importance. Pulling hose and breaching walls wearing 75 pounds of gear in excess of over 1,000 degrees, operating extrication equipment, carrying patients on stretchers are just some of the challenges that we face at any given time. Being physically fit is one of the best ways to guarantee that I go home to my daughter after my shift. I’ve tried all different kinds of exercise programs, even finished 3 half-marathons. Spent countless hours running the roads and pushing weights in the gym. Nothing ever seemed to help me reach the goals I was looking for. That all changed when I was introduced to Crossfit Beaumont in February.
My first time to hear about Crossfit was from my good friend Karen Pierce, who is an all around animal at anything she does. Hearing her talk about Crossfit was one of those things that sounded great, but I never thought I’d be able to do it. But at 330 pounds, I knew something had to be done. I lost some weight training for 2 half-marathons early this year, but I was ready for a lifestyle change. I was ready to change my life. Thats where Crossfit Beaumont stepped in. When Shannon Derharoutian invited me to come try a Saturday workout, I figured I had nothing to lose. I couldn’t tell you what the WOD that day was, but I knew I was never going back to my old gym and wasting my time. 45 pounds later, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life and still losing. The differences it’s made in my everyday activities, and on the job are astounding to say the least. In Crossfit, the idea is to be “fit for life”. No other words could describe my feelings better!
I’m so glad I was ever introduced to the Crossfit methodology. There’s no way that I can ever go back to “normal” workouts after experiencing the things I have at Crossfit. If you would’ve told me 2 months ago that I was going to do a workout that included 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 squats in 30 minutes, and smile when I was done…I would’ve called you crazy. Tell me I cant do it tomorrow, I’ll call you crazy

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Justin Moffatt

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From a young age, sports have been a central part of my life, with football and golf being my main passions. I played football for 19 years, finishing up my career at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. I am currently stationed at my second Coast Guard unit in Port Arthur and joined CrossFit Beaumont upon arriving here in the fall of 2023.

In early 2023, a severe knee injury left my body at its weakest. I spent months in physical therapy, working hard to regain the ability to walk. Moving to Texas, I was determined to join a gym that emphasized community, camaraderie, and functional fitness applicable to everyday life. That’s exactly what I found at CrossFit Beaumont.

Less than a year into my CrossFit journey, my knee has fully recovered. I feel stronger, more flexible, and healthier than ever before. As an avid golfer, I’ve noticed significant improvements in my mobility and performance on the course thanks to CrossFit.

CrossFit has inspired me to learn the methods behind it so that I can be fully equipped to lead and inspire others on their own fitness journeys. What we do here works; I’ve seen it firsthand, and the results are evident all around the gym. I hope to do the same for you!

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Yohannes Taddesse

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Honestly, when I first joined CrossFit Beaumont back in July of 2021, I was in a weird place both mentally and physically. To get out of the rut, I tried other gyms, and I couldn’t find myself driven enough to go past three months or so. But when I tried that first class with CrossFit Beaumont, I knew immediately that I would be coming back. In fact, I signed up that very day. Though I had played soccer all my life and I was participating in the occasional 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons, I left that first class realizing how out of shape I really was. I was excited to come back and face the challenge. I recently learned that fitness is health and wellness throughout lifetime and by that definition, my journey is not complete. However, I have been here two years now and I am the healthiest that I have ever been. I am in a good place both mentally and physically. And as a plus, in sharing the challenge of the class with others, I made some of my best friends. I can never give enough appreciation to the coaches and the members that guided and cheered me through all of it . . . There just aren’t enough words. But I am now part of the coaching staff and it’s exciting for me to be able to share and help guide others through the fitness journey that I went and still am going through.

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Sophie Hurley

COACH

Staying active has always been part of my life. I played sports growing up and I have been a dancer my entire life. In college I was searching for the next step in my health and fitness journey, not sure of where to go to achieve my goals. I stumbled upon CrossFit Beaumont and never looked back. The constant variation kept me interested and allowed me to do things I love as well as improving weaknesses. I am a dance instructor and I have a passion for sharing an active lifestyle with others. I am so grateful for the relationships I have developed within this community. Becoming a coach has been a dream come true and I am proud to be on the CFB team. There is nothing quite like the environment of CrossFit Beaumont and the opportunities I have to improve myself and cheer on those around me.

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Sean Bebeau

COACH

” Growing up, I was always on the move. I loved playing baseball, basketball, and football with friends. I loved the comradery we built over years of continuously rooting each other on. I especially loved the competition that forced us all to grow and improve. As I have begun my journey to becoming a coach at CrossFit Beaumont, I’ve realized the reasons I enjoy CrossFit so much are the very same reasons I loved athletics in my younger years. I’ve formed amazing friendships with the people I see in class every day. There is an awesome sense of competition that pushes me to do my absolute best in each workout. The benefits of the CrossFit methodology are great, but what makes CrossFit special is its unparalleled culture. I’m proud to be a part of the unbelievable team at CFB. I’ve seen the dedication and care that our coaches pour into their classes and athletes first hand. It is my goal to do the same for each person I get the opportunity to coach. “

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CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)

Javob Yentzen

COACH

I started at CFB almost 8 months ago. I will say JJ thoroughly disappointed me in promoting the atmosphere and the fun in suffering I have experienced. At least Neal would tell me to try it out from time to time. I am husband to Heather of 9 wonderful years, and father of crazy, wild, and awesome kiddos Bryson (3) and Bailey (5). Through the years since college, I really have just got into that sedentary life style that I always knew I needed to get out of. I needed it for my mental health as much as for my physical health. I have always done a month here and a couple months there at these globo gyms in town, just to never hang on and not find anything that got my competitive juices going. I have found that in life you will always find time for things that you enjoy and things that are important to you. And these gyms were never anything I enjoyed or became a priority. I now look at my schedule every week and see what classes I can make because CFB checks those enjoyment and important boxes. Since joining CFB, the fellowship and encouragement from members/coaches (now many friends) have been things that stuck out to me. Always someone there encouraging when you feel like you don’t have that last rep or those last 10 calories on those horrible assault bikes. Oh and I’ve also never been this fit in my life and look forward to the progress I know is still in front of me. Thank you to all friends and coaches! Can’t wait to get another pair of shoes……….

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CF-L1 Trainer

JUSTIN GIBBONS

COACH

I’ve been around sports my entire life. I played the big three growing up: baseball, basketball, and football and I continued to play baseball into college for five (5) years. I’ve seen and met all types of coaches and I’ve learned many lessons from them all. Coaching and teaching have always been passions of mine. Helping others set goals, seeing their journey, and helping them achieve those goals is something that really drives me. Crossfit has let me continue these competitive and coaching passions on a daily basis. We have great coaches at CFB that bring their own flair and styles which let myself and members gain a wealth of knowledge to continue to set and achieve goals.

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CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)

SAMANTHA BRIGGS

COACH

I have always been an athlete, from swimming, volleyball, basketball, softball and powerlifting, but college changed a lot of that for me. As I moved to Beaumont in 2014, I started getting into a little routine at a local gym, but it wasn’t feeding my need, just checking off a task on the to-do list. I hadn’t touched a barbell in what seemed like ages and lost sight of my self-confidence. All of that changed when I came to Crossfit Beaumont. It’s funny, reminiscing about that first day you walked in, those feelings and that slight anxiety, but it changed my life. The workouts were like nothing I’ve been through before, the motivation from other athletes, who were complete strangers then, was a new concept all together and the fact that we were doing it all together really changed the dynamic of working out for me.

Since joining, I have become a Crossfit Level 1 Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer and a USAWeightlifting Coach. I have crushed goals and made new ones, I’ve learned to set my pride and ego aside and become coachable and I wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without the people I surround myself with at our gym. The passion, dedication and fun put into what we do here takes ‘just working out’ to a whole new level and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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CrossFit Level 1 Certification

EMILY GIBBONS

COACH

Growing up I always wanted to be a ballerina! I stayed active in dance and in swimming throughout the years. In 2012 post college I needed some structure in my workouts and habits. Oh my did I fall hard for Crossfit! Since joining Crossfit I have found a balance with my workouts and nutrition that I desired. As a coach, I love bringing other people into the wonderful community we have here at CFB.

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CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2)

NEAL RILEY

HEAD COACH

CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach I have always had a passion for sports and fitness and love to compete no matter what. I thought myself in pretty good shape until trying my first CrossFit workout, Fight Gone Bad. Afterwards I was left on the floor unable to move wondering what the hell had just happened to me. I was hooked. Since starting I’ve gotten stronger, faster, and gained more endurance than I thought possible. CrossFit Beaumont is my dream come true of bringing a new level of training to everyone willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears to attain elite fitness.CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach I have always had a passion for sports and fitness and love to compete no matter what. I thought myself in pretty good shape until trying my first CrossFit workout, Fight Gone Bad. Afterwards I was left on the floor unable to move wondering what the hell had just happened to me. I was hooked. Since starting I’ve gotten stronger, faster, and gained more endurance than I thought possible. CrossFit Beaumont is my dream come true of bringing a new level of training to everyone willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears to attain elite fitness.

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CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
USA Weightlifting Club Coach
CrossFit Gymnastics Coach
CrossFit Running & Endurance Coach

ERICA FAUST

Owner/Head Coach

My whole life I’ve been involved with cheerleading, gymnastics, track, the whole nine yards; so when I stepped into my first CrossFit class as a collegiate cheerleader in January 2011 I was expecting it to be just another day at the gym and no big deal. Wow, was I mistaken! The first fifteen minutes of class I was sweating more and working harder than I ever had in a gym. I knew that I had found my new sport, CrossFit. The more I came the stronger I got, the faster I moved the more I was hooked. I love that the hard work we put in constantly reaps results and that no matter what you’re doing there’s someone there pushing you or dying along side with you. Training others has been the biggest blessing and I love seeing our community at CrossFit Beaumont thrive!

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CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2)
B.S. Nutrition & Dietetics

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