Featured Athlete – Missy Allison

My name is Missy Allison and I am a teacher at Oak Forest Elementary in Vidor. In December
the man of my dreams asked me to marry him. After all the phone calls were made and the initial shock
set in my mother, grandmother, best friend and I started looking for that perfect dress. That’s when it
all began.


I decided that if I wanted to look stunning on my wedding day and wear my beautiful, strapless,
fitted wedding gown of my dreams I had to get in shape. I began by supporting the at home method by
throwing away money by buying “walk-away the pounds” to “30 day shred with Jillian Michaels” to “P-
90X”and yes even “flirty girl fitness”. Nothing seemed to work or hold my attention. I hated knowing
exactly what was coming next in the video and really I was only as motivated as I was interested. No
one was pushing me, no one was cheering me on, I was bored. My friend Stephen kept telling me to try
CrossFit. He did it and loved it and praised it every day. However, even though I knew I needed to do
something different, I was scared. I was never the athletic type of girl. I could never run fast or far. I
never lifted weights or even pretended to be strong. I thought I would die if I even tried to participate in
such an intense workout program. Of course, I was wrong.

Coach Neal decided to hold a five week boot camp at our school to show us what CrossFit
was all about. My friends Lydia and Brittani and I were thrilled at the idea at trying this new fitness
program that we have heard so much about. It ended up being the best thing I could have done for
myself. Right after I signed up for the class I ordered my dress, we took my measurements and decided
to go with a size ten. I told everyone I was planning on losing weight but the store employee said that
you couldn’t count on losing weight before a wedding that a lot of people get stressed and will eat
unhealthy and gain weight. I think I showed them. We met three times a week for five weeks starting in
April. I immediately saw results. After being sore for the first week and forcing myself to work through
the pain I instantly started shedding the pounds. Teachers in the hall were telling me how good I was
looking after only two weeks. They could see a noticeable difference and were telling me daily. That
alone would have been motivation to continue going but I was feeling different also. I wasn’t as tired,
I was keeping up with my kindergarteners, and I was changing my eating habits because I wanted to be
healthier all around.

When the five week boot camp ended we weren’t ready to give up. So Neal opened up a
women’s only class at his gym in Beaumont. The women in this class are the best women who work
the hardest and truly care about each other’s goals. Beverly, Susan, Lydia, Brittani, Rochel, and Teresa
have helped me do things I didn’t think my body would ever be capable of doing. We were flipping tires,
we were dead lifting, and we were doing thrusters with dumbbell weights that scared us back at our
own gym. Neal believed in us and knew we were able to run faster and lift heavier than we thought we
could. If I didn’t have a personal trainer telling me to push it, I probably never would. Around this time
my dress came in and to the store owners amazement we had to take the dress in everywhere. My hips,
bust, butt, and stomach all needed to be taken in. My arms were even getting thinner which was always
a problem area of mine and no matter what I did I thought I was just doomed to have thicker arms,

Crossfit changed that. This was only after two and a half months of doing CrossFit.

Now being a busy bride I was not able to make it to every class like I wanted to. However my
group welcomed me back each time and I felt myself getting stronger each time. I was still seeing
amazing results even if I wasn’t going as much as I would have liked to. Lydia and Brittani gave me
inspiration because each time these girls pushed themselves to the limit and keep going stronger
and faster. Have a support system like that is great. You don’t have people cheering you on in your
living room when you are doing a work out video like you do at Crossfit. You don’t have a system of
friends who are just as pumped and thrilled about your workout as you are. Also the work out is always
different and not the same boring routine. This really kept my interest and kept me motivated. I would
come home so excited to tell my fiancé what our work out was for that day. He would be so proud and
astonished when I told him I ran with a sand bag on my back and did more push-ups then I ever did in
my life. No matter what level you are on Neal works with you to make you the best that you can be
even if it is a gradual step up.


The time came for my bridal portrait. My photographer told me if I lost 3 more pounds I would
have to get a new dress because mine wouldn’t fit anymore. She told me to stop working out so I would
stop losing weight. Ha! You think that’s going to stop me. CrossFit was my stress relief from my hectic
wedding schedule. I always felt better when I left the gym. I was proud of myself for pushing through a
workout that I didn’t think I would be able to live through. I had fun laughing and talking with the other
women athletes. Crossfit was my haven from the invitations, tastings, and decisions for an hour. So
instead of putting a halt to my work out routine I decided it was time to have my dress altered again.
Two weeks before my wedding I brought my dress back for alterations. I had to have my dress taken in
to a size 4. I dropped 3 dress sizes in 3 months. Wow, I was thrilled! I did it! When I walked down the
aisle my future husband was stunned. He told me he had never seen me look so beautiful. Let me tell
you that made all my hard work worth it.

On our honeymoon we were able to go hiking, white water rafting, and climb mountains. I
probably would not have been able to have been so active without having done CrossFit before I left.
While we were own our honeymoon I missed doing CrossFit and was looking for a gym in every town
that we went to. Now that the wedding is over and I was able to slim down and tone up to look perfect
in my dress I still want to continue my fitness program. At the beginning it was to just lose weight for
my wedding now CrossFit is a part of my life. I want to continue doing it so I can have a healthy life
style. I am still amazed at what I am able to do and how it affects me in my everyday life. I am able to
move things around the house without asking for my husband’s help, I am not as tired anymore, I have
more endurance, and I am already 10% faster that what I was two months ago. I honestly just can’t
get enough of CrossFit and can’t tell you how much it has done to change my life. I am looking forward
to my new life with my husband and I know it will be a healthier stronger life thanks to Lydia, Brittani,
Beverly, Susan, Rochel, Teresa, Steven, and Neal.

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Yohannes Taddesse


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.


Sophie Hurley


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.


CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)

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
USA Weightlifting Club Coach
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CrossFit Running & Endurance Coach


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!


CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2)
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