CFB Athlete of the Month - February, 2016

Name:  Michelle Ragsdale

Age:  54

Occupation:  Secretary

Which class do you usually attend?  Noon

Favorite WOD:  Cindy or any bodyweight WOD

Favorite Lift:  Power Clean

What brought you to CFB?  The founders of CFB rented their first warehouse from me. I had never heard of it before so I decided to try and fell in love with it and been there ever since.

How long have you been a member at CFB?  5 years

What is your athletic background?  Dancing (tap, ballet, acrobatics), Tennis, working out with free weights.

How has CFB changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?  I have learned to eat more of a lower carb, paleo style diet and I never thought I could go a week or even a month without sugar or alcohol. For me eating clean totally carries over into my workout performance. I couldn't hardly run 200m when I first started and after 2 years I did my first 5k and came in first place for my age division!

What is one thing you have done through CFB that you never thought you could do?  a 200# deadlift! Never thought I could do that!

What motivates/inspires you?  All the CFB coaches train me to do proper technique and push me to achieve my goals. Also the community of all the members at CFB.

Name one goal you would like to achieve?  Ring muscle-up!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about starting CrossFit? If I can do it, anyone can! When you first walk in the door it can be intimidating, but just remember that everyone starts at the beginning and if you keep going to push yourself you can achieve any goal you want.

CFB Athlete of the Month - September, 2015

Name:  Christy Ludwick

Age:  40

Occupation:  Accounting

Which class do you usually attend?  Either noon or 6:00 pm

Favorite WOD:  I like the EMOM workouts

Favorite Lift:  Clean & Jerk

What brought you to CFB?  I wanted to increase strength and endurance to supplement my Jiu Jitsu.  And it has increased strength and endurance way more than I anticipated it would!

How long have you been a member at CFB?  2 years in August

What is your athletic background?  I have always been involved in Athletics.  Soccer, Track. Basketball, Softball from elementary school through high school.  After that, it was city league sports and martial arts.  It is a very big part of me. 

How has CFB changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?  Like I mentioned above, CFB has helped me to keep up with the younger people and bigger people in Jiu Jitsu.    It complements the sport tremendously.  I also feel healthier now than I was in my 20s.  And I have met a lot of awesome people I now called friends.

What is one thing you have done through CFB that you never thought you could do?  Lift a lot of Weights JI had never done that before Crossfit and never thought I would.

What motivates/inspires you?  I think what motivates me most are the relationships and the support of everyone.  There are so many different levels; but everyone is a cheerleader.  They’re there for each other as well as themselves.  It’s an awesome atmosphere.

Name one goal you would like to achieve?  I will conquer Deadlifts one day.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about starting CrossFit?  I’ve had people tell me that they just couldn’t possibly do crossfit because it is so intense.  I like to tell people there are no worries.  You start at your level; don’t worry about trying to keep up with everybody else.  It’s about what YOU can do and eventually, the obstacles you can overcome.

CFB Athlete of the Month - August, 2015

Name: John Gramling

Age: 23

Occupation: Brown County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy

Which class do you usually attend? Noon class

Favorite WOD: Handstand/pull up work outs

Favorite Lift: Pull ups

What brought you to CFB? My former captain, Captain Tony Aaron recommended it as a great way to be physically conditioned for a law enforcement work environment.

How long have you been a member at CFB? For about 5 months (I think)

What is your athletic background? Played football and powerlifted in high school. Have ran long distance endurance from an early age.

How has CFB changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? It has made me more knowledgeable about how the human body muscle groups work together. It has made me a more safety conscious lifter, but at the same time gives me more drive and motivation when working out with the other people in my class. CFB members make it fun and competitive when lifting which really helps when you are trying to push yourself.

What is one thing you have done through CFB that you never thought you could do? Being able to walk on my hands.

What motivates/inspires you? The desire to be the most physically proficient officer as possible in order to better serve the community that I'm responsible for protecting.

Name one goal you would like to achieve? A ring muscle up.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about starting CrossFit? It’s worth every cent! The average gym membership may not cost as much as CFB but it’s not the same type of workout. CFB challengesathletes on all aspects including strength, cardio, endurance, explosion, agility, etc. The environment is inviting and establishes a sense of security. Everyone is working up from different levels. I encourage everyone to take the plunge and join.

CFB Athlete of the Month - July, 2015

Name: Jackye McAnn 

Age: 41

Occupation: Flight Paramedic

Which class do you usually attend? Noon

Favorite WOD: It's a toss up I love Grace since I can finally do it, but I love doing Murph every year to push myself.

Favorite Lift: Cleans

What brought you to CFB? I had tried every gym in Brownwood, I didn't understand how the equipment worked, no one really talked to me in the classes. It all felt very awkward. I was wanting to lose weight like everyone else, I just didn't have a clue on how to start. So I figured I would give this new gym a try. The moment I walked in to meet Matt I knew this place was different. The intro fitness workout almost killed me. I knew I had to come back. 

How long have you been a member at CFB? 3 years

What is your athletic background? I played sports in high school, basketball and volleyball ,  as a adult I played roller derby.

How has CFB changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?  When I first started, I was a almost 2 pack a day smoker. CFB gave me the desire to quit smoking. I wanted to be stronger, faster and smoking wasn't going to allow that. So after 20 years of smoking I finally found something that made me want to quit. I have been smoke free for 19 months!! I plan things around my CF schedule now, instead of the gym being a last thought, it's worked into my every day life! 

What is one thing you have done through CFB that you never thought you could do? Run, when I first started I couldn't finish a 250 run. Matt always told the new people coming in about me running the straight and walking the curves because I just couldn't breathe or have the stamina, when they would say they can't run. Now I have completed a half marathon and start training for my full marathon Sept 1st! I also never though my perception would change. I was always about getting skinny, now I'm about getting stronger! I could care less about the weight I want muscles. 

What motivates/inspires you? Honestly, the people at CFB inspires and motivates me. To see so many people put in hard work every time they come in is amazing. I love getting to celebrate the victories of the PR with each person. I love screaming for who ever is attempting a new PR, I love that no one leaves until the last person is finished.

 Name one goal you would like to achieve? Pull-ups! 

Any advice for new members or people thinking about starting CrossFit? Just get here, get the notion that you are not fit enough to do crossfit out of your head! Our coaches tailor make the wods for every level of athlete or non athlete. 

Francie Clark

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Name: Francie Clark
Age: 27
Occupation: Higher Education
When did you first start CrossFitting? Spring of 2012
When did you first start at CrossFit Brownwood? June 2013
Favorite WOD: My favorite girl is Grace but my favorite WODs are long chipper! Sounds miserable right? ha. Least Favorite WOD: anything with pull-ups!
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I was a swimmer growing up but Fitness drove my college years. I took classes in Exercise Science every semester but never committed to it being my major.  So, I have a minor in Health and a minor in Fitness from TCU.  With that, I got my personal trainer certification from Cooper Athletic Center and did that as well as group fitness throughout college to earn money and it fulfilled a need in me to be around people and to help people get better. Personally, I was training to run long distances at the time and finished every race from a 5K to a marathon in college. One day, about a year and a half after graduating college, while I was in San Diego doing my masters, I woke up and didn't want to run. at. all. I was burned out. My neighbor had been going to a gym called Performance 360 that was similar-ish to Crossfit in that they believed in variable training, group classes, and olympic lifting but no gymnastics.  I fell in love with the community driven classes. That was just over three years ago and I've never looked back!  How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it and how did it feel? I will go ahead and tell you about my first class at CFB because it's worth sharing.  First you need to know that my San Diego gym community was a bunch of 23-35 year olds with minimal responsibility in that few had kids, most were transplants to SD so no family in town, and we all lived by the beach to be at the beach and make rent and enjoy life in every way possible.  There were exceptions and we all worked hard but my point is this. I walked into CFB feeling pretty on top of my game. Then a mom of three out lifted me and a dad with girls in college ran past me!  EKK!  I had some humble pie and got to work.  It made me realize that working out is a choice and this community was going to help me make this a lifestyle even as jobs, marriage, and others things came into my life.  What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit?  I have more energy and I am in better shape than I have ever been. No doubt in my mind.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  We have so little control over most of our life.  I know we hate to admit this but it's true. The beauty about weights is that 45# is always 45#, some days it's light and some days it's heavy, but it's always 45#.  When life is a mess and nothings going right, I can walk in and know that this is my time and my place and it is reliable and it is constant.  That is a beautiful thing. Please share with us any favorite CrossFit/CrossFit Brownwood memory? My favorite memories are from doing the league events! Sign up for them if you can, you won't regret it!