Featured Athlete – Justin Talley

My name is Justin Talley. I am 29 years old, 5 foot 10 inches, and a member of the United States Coast Guard. When Neal first asked me if I was interested in being the featured athlete for May I was very proud and honored that all my blood, sweat, and tears had paid off. Then came time to write the article and let me tell you it is a catch 22. Don’t get me wrong it’s one thing to know you’re out of shape and have people there to help you along the way, but it is a different animal to sit down and admit to everyone just how out of shape you were. With that being said I guess there is only one thing to do and that is to put pen to paper.

In July 2010 Brian Nedab and Matthew Rivet had been talking about CrossFit and how we should go try it out. I ignored most of the conversation thinking I’m not in that bad of shape and I don’t need CrossFit it probably doesn’t even work anyway. Let me pause for one second and tell you boy was I wrong! So Brian and Matthew finally decided that they were going to stop by CrossFit Beaumont and check it out I figured what the hell, if they are going then I’m going. That day we met Neal Riley and I apologize now Neal, but I thought this little guy is going to teach me about lifting weights, you have to be kidding me! We talked to Neal and he told us about CrossFit and the on ramp program and how to go about getting signed up. We decided there was no better time than now to do it so we set up our torture that they have so elegantly named on ramp.

Before I get started on that fun time, let me say I made a grave mistake here. I got on a scale and weighed myself but I did not take any before pictures which I regret very much now, I don’t know if I was ashamed after getting on the scale and seeing that I weighed 235lbs or if I was just afraid to have photographic evidence of it. Getting on a scale and seeing 235 pounds staring back at you is like a kick in the teeth. Especially since just 7 years earlier I graduated Coast Guard Boot Camp at 186 lbs and 3 years before that I graduated High School at 163 lbs in a period of almost 10 years I had gained 70 pounds that was one hard pill to swallow.

Now back to the first day of on ramp, I didn’t know what to expect, I was excited and nervous all at the same time. The three of us showed up ready for a work out and that was when I realized that CrossFit was absolutely not a joke and that Neal Riley was indeed an amazing athlete. (editors note: he’s not good) I don’t remember a lot about the work out other than I was praying for the hour to be over with and wondering if I would be able to walk the next day. It seemed like we did a thousand air squats that day and my legs had never hurt that badly. Even with how bad I hurt for some strange reason I wanted to go back; I was ready for the next class and the class after that too. After a few classes of on ramp we were ready to start the real CrossFit workouts by that time and it was August 2010, I finally realized how out of shape I truly was.

I don’t think there was any part of the workouts I wasn’t scaling at first. I remember the first time we did a 500 meter row and Neal had me scale it to 300 meters, while I was grateful at the time later that night I felt like it was pathetic that there wasn’t any aspect of the workouts that I was able to do without scaling. As time went on I have met some great people at CFB, some were in the same boat I was in and all are constantly striving to better themselves. Seeing their results and positive attitudes has made me want to work even harder to achieve the same results they have worked so hard for. I have learned CrossFit Beaumont is not just a place to go and get your butt kicked, it is a place you go to better yourself and it is also a place you go to support the friends you have made while they are trying to better themselves too.

I am very pleased to announce that after nearly 10 months of working out at CrossFit Beaumont and CrossFit Mid-County I’m down to 173 pounds and am truly in the best shape of my life. The credit is not CrossFit’s alone it is a combination of CrossFit and the Paleo Diet. I started dabbling with Paleo from the start when Neal talked to us about it, but didn’t get serious with the diet until I hit the proverbial wall. In January 2011 I was down to 196 pounds and could not seem to lose anymore weight so I made the decision to go strict Paleo and within a few days I could see a difference in not only my weight loss but in my performance in the workouts as well. While I may not RX every workout every time I walk into the gym I do a better job than I did the time before.

The most important thing to remember about CrossFit is that it does not get easier, but you do get better. When I walk into the gym I challenge myself to work harder at what I suck at and challenge myself to do better at what I am good at. All of this was made possible by the coaching staff at CrossFit Beaumont and CrossFit Mid-County. They have a wealth of knowledge not only about working-out, but also nutrition that they are waiting to share and if you work hard you to will see the results you are hoping for. Thank you all, I am very grateful for everything you have taught me and I can truly say I am addicted to CrossFit and I will be attending the Level 1 certification course in July.

16 thoughts on “Featured Athlete – Justin Talley”

  1. Awesome write-up, Justin! And congratulations! You started whenever I had to take my hiatus, so I never realized how much weight you’ve lost since you started. You’ve come a long way due to hard work on your part. Keep it up.

  2. Well I’m on the mids right now and just read your right up. Good for you Justin you have earn this and have worked hard. Im hook to crossfit now because of You and Brian talking me into to going. Its funny how people at work tease us about cf but they just dont get it unless they try it. Alot of people at work are talking about how much weight you have lost and how u did it. You look good man. I need to find the paleo disapline for longer then two weeks. Any tip? Good luck in July with the cert.

  3. Justin, Congratulations! Keep it up. Stories like yours and all the other featured athletes are very inspiring. Good luck with the certification.

  4. What great progress and what a great story! It’s amazing what a difference CF can make, isn’t it. Your dedication has certainly paid off. Hope to get to meet you sometime. PS Thank you for your service—from the child of 2 proud CG Veterans.

  5. You’re the man Talley! Seeing your before picture is crazy because you and Samantha both look so different now! Congrats on all of your success!

  6. Talley you are an inspiration! I’m so glad you started. You’ve started a snowball effect in the Coast Guard community and your success will lead to that of so many others. Way to continually strive for the next level!

  7. Thank you all for the kind words it has defiantly been a lot of hard work to get to where I am now and I still have a long road ahead to get to where I want to be. So many of you have been inspirations to me. It is not only the coaching staff but also the members that set Crossfit Beaumont and Mid- County apart from the rest.

    Sorry it took me so long to comment i have been out of town on vacation.

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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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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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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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” 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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