Featured Athlete – Toben Squires

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One of the original gangstas

My name is Toben Squires and if you are pressed for time I will just get to the point- CrossFit changed my life.

It was a little more than one year ago when I decided that I had had enough. I was on the verge of turning 30, I was significantly overweight, and I had recently been laid off from my job as a commercial diver. My days were filled with a whole lot of nothing and I spent most of my time in a haze of Jameson and gravy. One day as I was driving down the road I saw a grey vinyl banner that had a kettle bell on it and the fateful words “CrossFit Beaumont” were written in big bold letters.

Up to this time I had always had a very casual relationship with health and fitness. When I first started working as a commercial diver I was actually medically disqualified to do my job because of my excessive weight. The average sane person would take this as a good sign to not let themselves get too fat- but not me. I would starve myself, gobble down thermogenics and diuretics, and just barely make the cut every year and then I would go about my corpulent ways.

Toben Before

This went on for about 5 years.

(I don’t recommend it)

Now, a kettle bell is something you don’t see every day on a sign in South East Texas so my curiosity was certainly piqued. I went home and I did a little research about this “CrossFit” and I was even more curious. I stopped in one day and observed a class and I decided I had to give it a try.

My first logged work out was the day before my 30th birthday and from the words “3…2…1…GO!” I was hooked. It made sense and it hurt.

It hurt a lot.

But it made sense and what’s more, it works.

The weight started coming off and my strength started to increase. My clothes began to fit differently and then not at all. The strangers that were working out next to me became like a family and we shared each other’s triumphs.

I felt like I was home.

Today, after a bit more than a year of CrossFit I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life and that tomorrow I will be a little bit better than today. I can’t thank Neal Riley and the rest of the coaches enough for pushing me to always dig a little deeper when things start to suck. I hold them and the rest of my CrossFit family in the highest esteem and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing group of people. I look forward to utilizing my recent Level 1 Certification and I hope that I can in some way give back to the community at least a fraction of what I have been given and learned.

It is an honor to have been chosen as a Featured Athlete and would urge anyone who may be considering getting their toes wet with CrossFit Beaumont or Midcounty to stop thinking about it and dive in… it just might change your life.

This is only the beginning

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  • cassi

    toben!!! Absolutely well deserved!! You are an awesome inspiration, and very helpful with all of my 1000 questions a day!!lol congratulations friend!!

  • Shannon D.

    Wow Toben!! I didn’t realize how much weight you lost. You’re a beast!! Keep up the good work!!! 🙂

  • JJ

    All i can say is yummy, Toben looks so hot!

  • Michutka

    Toben Squires is an inspiration to me as a person and a coach. He is a wealth of knowledge that I learn something new from every time I talk to the man. And he writes beautifully as well. There’s not enough time to type out all of the nice things about Toben. I’ll leave the rest to some of the other members. Congrats on your success buddy!

  • hardyf

    Congrats Toben! It is well deserved and wow I never saw a picture of you before.

  • StephenW

    Congratulations, Toben. It’s a well deserved honor and I’m proud to call you a friend.

  • John G

    Awesome work, Toben! You deserve it and I’m proud of you. Congratulations!

  • JJ

    gotta love people trying to be “me” but for real toben..congrats on your success so far and keep it going bro

  • scott caldwell

    I was there his first day. I knew he was hooked. I am shocked every time I see him.

  • Sheree

    What a great story of success! Congrats. You really are an inspiration to a lot of us. Keep up the good work and join us more often at 6am!

  • Jay

    Awesome work Toben! Only a classic 80’s video game title can describe Toben: “Altered Beast”

  • Heather

    Great job Toben!!! You look amazing. Keep up the good work.

  • Miranda

    Toben!!!!! You totally deserve this! Im proud to know you! I love being the sober one with you at some of the parties lol. And a special thanks for picking Cassie, I love that sweet lady!

  • Traci

    GO TOBEN!!!

  • Tony Mahan

    Congratulations Toben on your accomplishments!!

  • Erin

    you’re a good man, toben! congrats on your success!

  • Jacob

    Youre a beast! Congrats on the transformation!

  • toben

    thank you all very much for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. it has been a very good year and i look forward to all our triumphs in the coming year. you are a great group of people and it is a real treat to be a part of something so incredible!

  • Neal

    Toben, You are such a great person and it’s been a pleasure coaching you this past year. You motivate everyone in class and always come in with a positive attitude; ready to destroy any WOD that stands in your way. Congratulations on all your success and thank you for being a part of CFB!

  • Herman Lee

    Tobin – I had no idea you lost so much weight. Congrats. Your now MY coach, and a major inspiration for my overweight self to push as hard as I can to get the results you got.

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