Featured Athlete – Michele Stone

My name is Michele Stone and I started CrossFit 4 months ago on June 1, 2012. When Neal asked me to be the featured athlete I was humbled. Me? Really? I felt like I had just won Homecoming Queen! I have no idea how I worked up the nerve to walk into CFB but it’s the best decision I have ever made. Never have I loved anything so much in my life! Neal, Kara, Toben, and everyone at CFB create such a welcoming and supportive environment. The friendships I’ve made are part if the reason I love CrossFit so much.


I first heard about CrossFit from my coworker, Casey. Seeing the amazing transformation he went through, and the enthusiasm he had encouraged me to give it a try. I asked him a ton of questions like “Can girls do it?” and “Are you sure girls can do it?” Next I went to the CFB website and read it entirely. All it took was that first Saturday class and I was hooked!


Since starting I have lost almost 30 pounds and gone down 4 sizes in jeans! Never in my life have I felt more confident in myself and my abilities. I come to the box every time prepared to give 100%. My only goal is to be “better than yesterday.” That is what I tell all of the new people who come to CrossFit. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t get asked, “What are you doing? You look amazing!” And boy do I tell them! I eat Paleo which has also helped with my success; Meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, that’s my motto! I love sharing my success with my friends because they have watched me every step of the way. I am honored when I see one of my friends come into the box, knowing I encouraged them to do so.


When I started I could barely run 200 meters, had to do ring pull ups, and knee push ups. Now I can proudly  say I ran a mile AFTER the workout because I wanted to, not because the coach told me to do it! I’m getting better all around; I’ve recently gotten my first double unders and unassisted kipping pull ups.  I am most proud of my 173 pound back squat. The harder the WOD looks, the more I can’t wait to try it. Every time I leave the box I feel like a ROCK STAR!


My favorite activities are squat cleans, pull ups, wall balls and the dreaded burpee! The word insane comes to mind!! No pain, no gain, baby!


Never could I have imagined how much CrossFit could change my life. I am happier and healthier than I have ever been. Nothing means more than when my daughter, Madeline, hugged me and said, “Mommy you look so good. I am proud,of you!” My mission is to make sure EVERYONE knows that ANYONE can do Crossfit, and it will change your life.

Michele After
Michele Before

20 thoughts on “Featured Athlete – Michele Stone”

  1. Wow, your before and after pics amaze me every time I see them! LOVE having you and your smile in the gym, Michele 🙂

  2. I never had a doubt in my mind you would be successful in the box!
    I think it’s awesome how you tackle every WOD like you been challenged. Using every day in the box as another opportunity to excel! Super proud of you!

  3. Thank you, everyone, for being part of the reason I love CFB!! Your friendship and support mean so much. Thank you, Casey, for opening my eyes to CrossFit and supporting me every step of the way 🙂

  4. because you are a ROCKSTAR, Michelle! you look amazing and always have a smile! truly an inspiration to me and to many! keep up the badassness!! xo

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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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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 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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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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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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