Featured Athlete – Heather Williams

Heather Before CrossFit/Paleo
Heather Williams After CrossFit/Paleo


My name is Heather Williams. I am 32 years old and am married with 4 children. Matthew 11, Colton 10, Hallie 4, and Grant 1. I am a very shy person and don’t really say much until I get to know you. I have always been athletic; In high school I played basketball, ran cross country and track, and played a little softball. After I graduated all that pretty much stopped. I always stayed slim but lost all my muscle. After having my 3rd child at age 28, I noticed a little more weight stayed with me. I always averaged around 130 or 135 lbs and now I was at 145. That isn’t a bad weight by any means but for me it wasn’t what I was use to. After we moved to Bridge City, I became a little lazy and a bit of a couch potato. When I turned 30 I now weighed 162 lbs and I was okay with this. “Why would I need to lose weight?” I thought to myself. “I’m happily married, who would I need to impress?” Then I got pregnant with Grant. I got a little nervous. What was my body going to look like after having 4 kids?

On January 29, 2010 I gave birth to Grant. When I left the hospital I weighed 188lbs. At my 6 weeks check up I weighed 184. All that went through my head was, “ I have only lost 4 lbs in 6 weeks?? WTH!!” I have never had a problem losing the baby weight. Yeah, I’m over 30 and expected to keep about 10lbs or so, but not 22lbs. So I decided it’s time to exercise. I broke out the Billy Blanks Tae Bo DVD’s, went and bought The Firm, went to the gym at lunch and walked on the treadmill, but guess what, I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I was now a size 12 and weighed right at 180lbs in April 2010. I thought to myself well I am now the “average American woman” size and I’m just going to have to be okay with it. Then my good friend Christa McDowell told me about this place were some girls she worked with went and it was really hard stuff but they had fun and saw results. So I said “what do I have to lose, let’s do this!!”
We went to a Saturday class and I don’t remember the workout exactly but it involved air squats, sit ups and ring rows. Not hard right? Needless to say, I couldn’t even sit the next day. My body felt as if it was hit by a train, but I needed more! We went back for a free 2 week trial to see if we liked it and of course, I fell in love. I signed on for 2 classes a week because it is hard to get to Beaumont more than that with working and having busy children. Within a small period of time I could see a change. Just going twice a week I was amazed at the results. I used to hate running 400 meters, scratch that, I COULDN’T run 400 meters. I walked every time but eventually it was getting easier.
In June, Neal announced the “Paleo Challenge”. I was so ready for that but too embarrassed to say anything. I knew I could win. I had my mind set that I was going to win, I just had to work up the courage to tell Neal. So on the last day to sign up after class I told him to count me in. On July 1st I started the Paleo diet. My life got even better. I felt good, I had more energy, and I wasn’t tired all the time. It amazed me what food really does to your body. At the end of the 2 month challenge I had lost 18 lbs and 4 inches. I did it!!! Me, Jay Odom, and Kara Anderson were the winners. It was tough but well worth it.
My life has been completely change due to Crossfit. If it wasn’t for Neal introducing it to this area, I would of never known about it. It’s the best thing that has happened to me in a while. I go to work and try to recruit people all the time. They often ask me if I get some sort of incentive and I tell them no, I just enjoy the fact of trying to help someone better themselves. I tell them if they would just try it one time they would see what it’s all about. I sometimes think I probably get on some of their nerves because I talk about it so much. Crossfit is my new drug. I am addicted! I have been doing this for 9 months and now weigh 143lbs and have lost 6 ½ inches just in my waist. I don’t even pay attention to the scale anymore like I did. I see my clothes fitting different and over all I just feel great. I can only imagine what I’ll look like in a years time.

My new dream is to one day be able to help out or even help coach Crossfit and help people with their nutritional needs. If it wasn’t for the coaches and members of Crossfit Beaumont pushing me everyday to do my best plus some, I wouldn’t be were I am today.


24 thoughts on “Featured Athlete – Heather Williams”

  1. So very proud of you Heather! U look absolutely amazing! You were my partner my 1st day to walk in cfb. I needed help getting into the car afterwards. You promised it would always hurt everytime but not this bad. I was sure no one had ever been as sore as me. I stuck with it and turns out u were right! Thanks for being such an inspiration.

  2. Heather you look great! I love getting to workout with you. You are such an inspiration. And I’m super jealous of your double unders and your rope climbing lol! You are awesome!

  3. Christa McDowell

    Heather, I’m sooo proud of you! You work so hard at everything you do and it shows! You are awesome! Love ya girl!!

    P.S. Thanks for the shout out!

  4. You are my hero! I so enjoyed talking with you the last time at Crossfit and hope we can get to know each other better. Thanks for being such an inspiration to moms who really want to look and feel better, stronger, faster!

  5. Thanks for keeping at me to go visit Crossfit. I hope I’ll end up half as successful as you. You look so good. I’m so proud of you for sticking with it and being so encouraging to everyone else!

  6. i’m soooo PROUD of You. i knew you could do anything you set your mind to…..keep up the great work. set goals, challenge yourself. who knows what you can achieve. love ya.

  7. Heather – I just read your testimonial and just want to say it totally motivated me!! I attended the Saturday class last week and LOVED it. I am starting with Neal next week and cannot wait!! Thank you for sharing your story with us – you look great!!!

  8. I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to crossfit too. Once you try it, you just fall in love. Congrats to you Heather and everyone else who’s disciplined themselves to eat right and be fit.

  9. Heather,
    I just started crossfit and LOVED your story. I know you from the Bridge City Baseball park and wanted to say how AWESOME you look!! I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me…

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” 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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Javob Yentzen


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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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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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.

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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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