Featured Athletes – DeLanea & Eric Bronson

We were always active and health conscience individuals. Like most in society we thought they were on the right path. The impact the CrossFit Beaumont has had on us has dramatically changed our lives.

DeLanea’s Journey
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I’ve never considered myself an athlete. In fact, I’m your stereotypical non-athlete. You know,  the “last one picked” in PE class. You’re looking at her. I’ve always been intimated by gyms.  I would sit in the car in the parking lot for long periods of time giving myself pep talks before going inside. On occasion I just drove away, unable to gather enough confidence to go inside and workout.

Eric and I both have always enjoyed being outdoors and active.  We love to find weekend adventures including skiing, hiking, rafting, scuba diving and running.  We participated in many runs together over the past 10 years.  I even ran a half marathon and 10k during my first pregnancy 5years ago. I felt great! A few weeks after our first son was born, I started trying to run again and quickly got frustrated and depressed. Many of you moms know what I’m talking about without even hearing the words -exercise induced incontinence. Embarrassed and down,  I stopped working out all together. Two years later I was pregnant again, but this time feeling miserable.  I wanted to be active again. I saw on Facebook how some of my old neighbors in Connecticut were changing their lives with crossfit. I’m not sure how I did it, but seven weeks after Maddox was born I walked into my first free Saturday class not knowing anyone in this area that did this.  I don’t remember the entire workout, but it involved box jumps and I could barely walk at all for three days after. I completed my on ramps and my first workout was on coach Kara’s birthday, June 25, 2012.

This has been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. I am stronger and can do things with my body I never thought I was capable of like pull ups and ring dips.   One of my goals now is to finally get those dreaded double unders. So, I decided not too long ago to pull up my big girl panties (lined of course) and make this happen. I feel fantastic and at 38 I am in the best shape of my life.  It hasn’t been easy, but it is extremely rewarding to look back at where you were and how far you’ve come.  We want to continue our life of outdoor adventures, now with two boys.  Thanks to CFB we are setting an example of nutrition and fitness for our family. We are looking froward to taking the boys rafting, hiking, skiing and snowboarding and thanks to crossfit we will be able to do these things WITH our boys and not watch from the sidelines.  (And maybe they won’t have to scream “Hurry up Mom!” for too long at the bottom of the mountain) The supportive and encouraging community at CFB has become like family for us in southeast Texas.

Eric’s Journey

After seeing the incredible changes in DeLanea, and hearing about the CrossFit community, I was ready to give Crossfit Beaumont a try during one of the free Saturday classes. Athletics dominated my life while growing up. I participated in wrestling, soccer, baseball, rugby, distance running and football over the years. Weightlifting and conditioning were always a major part of my life.  From the moment Coach Neal yelled out “3, 2, 1, GO!” to start the WOD, I was hooked.  The positive environment and intensity was exactly what i was looking for!

I was lucky enough to play division one college football in Kentucky. When compared with other offensive lineman i was small (only 270lbs). The college coaches put me on a weight gain eating program of several thousand calories a day. The program worked! By senior year I bulked up to over 300lbs. This was great for an offensive lineman, but terrible for any other walk of life. Old habits die hard and after my playing days were over, the intense organized workouts ended, but the eating stayed the same. At my heaviest, I tipped the scales at 322lbs. I turned to distance running to solve the weight problem. After several 10Ks, half and full marathons and thousands of miles pounding the pavement, I was still heavy.

The coaches at CrossFit Beaumont knew the answer was not due to a lack of activity rather a lack of proper diet. Under the guidance of CFB coaches, we have been following the zone diet since November of 2013. I have dropped into the 230s and significantly cut body fat.

I am stronger and doing things in the box I never thought I would be able to handle. This is especially true when one considers an old neck injury and subsequent surgery. In 2008 I had discectomy and spinal fusion of two vertebrae in my neck. The surgery and injury limited my strength and mobility to the point that when I first started CrossFit 2013 I was limited to employing dumbbells rather than a barbell. In a few months of Crossfit I was able to RX many WODs, something I never thought possible.

Realizing the power of Crossfit, I recently competed my Level 1 Coaches certification. My goal is to inspire others to make positive decisions to change and improve their lives the way CFB coaches have done for me.

We would like to thank Neal Riley, Kara Rees, Erica Trosclair, Elyse Dobrick, Allie Crommett, Toben Squires and Omair Arfeen for all of their guidance, support and encouragement throughout our time at CrossFit Beaumont. We would also like to thank all of the CrossFit Beaumont members that have welcomed and made us feel like family (especially the Lunch Crew and the Zombie Crew).

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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
CrossFit Gymnastics Coach
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)
B.S. Nutrition & Dietetics


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