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In 2012 I was looking to get serious about losing weight. I had just become a father and being obese most of my adulthood and childhood, I needed a change that would stick. I wanted to be able to run with my kids and watch them grow up. I had heard of CrossFit and decided to give it a try before settling on a regular "global gym membership", which lacked any sort of motivation for me. After my first workout, I was exhausted, out of breath, tired, drenched in sweat and I knew this was for me.
I have always enjoyed playing sports growing up, so the competitive nature and community CrossFit provided was what I needed. When I started I altered my eating habits for healthier choices and in six months lost 100 lbs. From growing up being teased about your weight and not finding clothes that fit, I know first hand the struggles and fears a person can have by starting a new workout regime they are unfamiliar with.
In 2014, I became a coach (CF-L1) and knew I had found my passion. Everyone steps in the gym for a sole reason such as to lose weight, get stronger, get leaner, to be healthier or just to get a good sweat. My passion has become to help each and every person that steps through those doors find what they are looking for and help them towards their goal.
My love for CrossFit began when my love for tacos and beer couldn't be shook!
I started CrossFit over 6 years ago when my life insurance results appeared to show I was a bit overweight. It was then I realized I needed to incorporate fitness into my routine. I had a membership at the local globo gym but never used it. So, I knew I needed something different to keep me interested and motivated in order to maintain the routine and better myself. Shortly thereafter, I walked into my nearby CrossFit box and saw the incredible amount of support shown among fellow athletes and the coach and it was then I knew I wanted to be part of this community.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and am a graduate of University of Houston. Professionally, I've been a financial advisor for 15 years. I'm also a husband and father.
My favorite lift is the squat clean.
Ram is known as the “Squat King”. His favorite CF movements are the overhead squat, squat clean and the squat snatch.
“I tend to favor the heavy lifting of the WOD. But as a coach, I’m going to add some serious cardio to get you sweating during the workout!” Ram started crossfitting in 2013. What started as a weight-loss challenge for his wedding, turned into a life-changing passion for real fitness. Sharing in members’ PRs and helping them push beyond their comfort zones are his favorite parts of coaching.
Ram has a lovely wife, Marcy, three grown kids and three high energy pups. In his spare time, you’ll probably find him on a cruise. Be sure you ask him about paleo or keto - he’s done them both and seen results. Or be sure you add him to your “phone-a-friend” address book if you’re ever on a game show as he knows a little bit of everything.
I have been doing CrossFit since August of 2014, before that I was a Tae Kwon Do instructor who had a school teaching/coaching since 1992. I have had athletes compete in National and International competitions as well as an Olympic Bronze Medalist. I have recently retired from coaching Tae Kwon Do but my passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals has not.
I am a person who wants to constantly learn and help others. I have much to learn when it comes to CrossFit but I will not stop so we can all reach our maximum potential. I am excited to meet all the new friends that will walk into our box and begin their fitness journey with us.
I started CrossFit in June of 2012 and haven't looked back. I have always been active with different sports in my life but I wanted to try something completely out of the norm. I remember my first 5am morning......... Karen was my first workout!
I taught Tae Kwon Do for over 10 years so becoming a CrossFit Trainer was the next logical step in my path. I can teach the things that I've learned and help others become stronger and have fun doing it. I have met so many great peeps throughout my own journey they are my CrossFit family.
I love the comradery, the relationships built and how you can advance at your own speed, there is no beginning or ending, just a path you pave in your own direction at your own speed.
I can't wait to meet all who join in this fun we call CrossFit and journey down their own paths.
CF - Movement and Mobility
The Outlaw Way Training
Michael's journey with CrossFit started in 2007 when looking for a way to better his physical conditioning. Although he had been practicing Mixed Martial Arts for many years he felt like he needed to supplement his conditioning with more than just going to the local "globo-gym" thing. Michael quickly realized how special CrossFit was and became passionate about sharing it with others.
I started my CrossFit journey right after my son was born in 2012. From a very young age, I always had a love for a variety of sports. When I started CrossFit, I really was unsure about it but I fell in love with it. I loved being part of a community, loved the way my body felt and loved challenging myself everyday. Being an athlete and being part of the CrossFit community inspires me to push myself harder and strive to be better than yesterday.
After having my 2nd son in 2014 and being a Breast Cancer Survivor in 2018, I have had to relearn movements, scale WODs, and rediscover that I am strong mentally and physically. I have never stopped learning and developing as a coach and as an athlete.
It's a great feeling as a coach to help someone do something that they once thought was impossible. I look forward to helping you in reaching your fitness goals.
My journey into CrossFit began about a year after my husband committed to it, see his bio above. I had the typical "CrossFit isn't for me" mentality, you know the ones..."I don’t want to be super muscular" and "I can't do those workouts" and the "I'm not strong enough." At the time, I believed these statements to be true but in all honesty, each statement was simply an excuse. In truth, what eventually pulled me into CrossFit was the community. I would visit the box to watch my husband work out or join the cheer squad at competitions and over time, I got to know a bunch of really awesome CrossFitters. Soon thereafter, the owner (and lifelong friend) pulled me aside and asked me to commit to CrossFit for just 30 days. Fast forward, 5 years later...Co-Owner of CrossFit Hercules and CF-L1 Trainer!
I believe anyone can do CrossFit. Personally, I was fortunate to continue training well into my third trimester of my pregnancy. CrossFit kept me physically active and allowed me to scale and modify whenever my body needed me to do so. In the postpartum stage (fourth trimester), I was able to gradually get back into training, by continuing to modify the workouts which allowed me to gain my strength and confidence back!
CrossFit has literally changed my life in so many ways and I in turn love to see and hear about how it has changed the lives of others in our community! You can usually find me trying to find the best WOD jam for the class and avoiding any run programmed for day. My favorite movements are the power clean and pull-ups.