Featured Athlete – Katie Doubt


My name is Katie Doubt, and I am 26. I am so honored and humbled that Neal asked me to do this testimonial. I have read and re-read all the other testimonials on here of real life people like me and the incredible changes and challenges they have embraced and overcome. It is
incredible to be a part of something so amazing.


I began CrossFit 6 months ago on August 1st, 2012. I was scared to death to walk into the gym for my first on ramp session. I hadn’t performed any type of significant physical activity for a long period of time since I was about 16 and had orthoscopic hip surgery for a torn labrum. However, after lots of encouragement from my husband, Matt, and his unfaltering belief in me, I signed up and committed to this incredible life change. Once I stepped into the “box” at CrossFit Beaumont, I never looked back.


I literally hit the ground running, or rowing on some days. When I first heard about CrossFit through a coworker about a year or so ago, I weighed in at nearly 230# and lived on a diet of carbs, starches, and sugars. And to be honest, the thought of such an intense workout scared me to death. I would never be able to do something like that! So, I started dieting, mostly crash diets, on my own. I did lose some weight but was moving nowhere fast. After about 6 months, I had enough of it. I got over my nerves and emailed Neal. He set me up for my on ramp classes, and the rest is history.
At my on ramps and through my first couple weeks of classes, I was the definition of an out-of-shape beginner. I was scared to death of jumping, even if it was just a 10″ box. I felt awkward in every single barbell movement, and ran a maximum of half of what was suggested. And it STILL kicked my butt! But with great coaching by Neal, Kara, and Toben, motivation and support from all the members of our CrossFit gym, and determination, I have challenged myself daily and pushed myself further than I ever believed possible. The community at the gym, the family that I have become a part of, pushes me to my physical limits and helps to exceed goals frequently! What can get any better than that? I still remember my first week at CFB. Sheree, my CrossFit “mom” as I call her, took me under her wing and taught me the ropes. She partnered with me for everything, quickly taught me what scaling meant, and showed me how to push hard and improve with each movement. Everyone I met that first week, and everyone I have met since, has supported me, encouraged me, and pushed to exceed all my own expectations. The members of CrossFit have become my family; we push each other, challenge each other, and scream the heck out of each other’s names to get through that challenging workout we sometimes feel we would otherwise never finish.
Six months ago, I couldn’t run 200 meters without getting winded, I couldn’t lift weights on a barbell, and I couldn’t even get through the warm-up without having to take a break. But today, I can proudly say that I have run a mile in under 8:30, I can back squat 210#, and I can push myself to RX a workout on a regular basis. My weight is dropping (over 50# in a yr.), my body is beginning to shape up (from a size 20 to a size 8), and I have real muscles with definition! Not to mention my health! Both my cholesterol and my triglycerides have dropped over 100 points. Talk about excited! CrossFit is my addiction. It is a need, a want, a desire to become more. It is a drive to become better.
What I dreamed impossible is now a reality. I enjoy working out and pushing for that next level. I challenge myself with each daily workout. My passion to improve and perform better than yesterday is how I approach every day. Even though I have work left to do, I don’t get discouraged or bored. Each day is a new one. I owe what I have become to my incredibly supportive husband, family, friends, and my CrossFit Beaumont family.


17 thoughts on “Featured Athlete – Katie Doubt”

  1. This is amazing Katie! I never knew your story. I got to be Katie’s partner for a horrible/awesome Saturday morning partner workout one time and she was the best partner I’d ever had. She was SO encouraging and SO helpful, and she made me feel proud I had finished it in the end. Thanks Katie, you rock!! 🙂

  2. I LOVED reading your story Katie! You are amazing! You push yourself so hard every single day and it shows. I always know if I don’t see you at 6am that you’re either sick or going in the evening because you never miss. I love getting to have you in my classes (and my softball team) Your positive attitude and drive inspires everyone, including me. Thank you for being such an inspiration!!

  3. Stories like this are what make me love CFB and our community so much. The support and push from the members create such a positive environment. Your success thus far is amazing and I can’t wait to see what you can do in another 6 months!

  4. What a story, Katie!! I knew when I first met you that you wouldn’t be timid very long and you’d be RXing almost everything. You even got over your fear of running! MamaHen is VERY proud of you!

  5. First of all, Katie you are looking amazing. It takes a tremendous amount of courage for anyone to walk in the door of the box. Besides the fact that every workout pushes everyone, the thing I love to see the most with CrossFit is seeing those courageous individuals with little to no athletic history and out of shape come in and put in the work with the tools provided to them and make amazing transformations doing things they never imagined in their life they would. To me, CrossFit doesn’t just shape your body, but your mind as well. I know joining CrossFit has brought me to do things I never imagined and to share the same understanding with people is one of the best feelings. I am beyond proud of you Katie. You truly are continuing motivation for us all. With fitness there is no destination….just an ongoing journey of fun experiences and positive changes. Keep up the great work and continue to enjoy the journey!

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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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Sean Bebeau


” 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. “


CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)

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……….


CF-L1 Trainer



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.


CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)



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.


CrossFit Level 1 Certification



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.


CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2)



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.


CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
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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!


CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2)
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