Let’s start with the easy stuff…

Name: Kara Musselman

Age: 39

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX

Profession: I’m a CPA and a Pilates Instructor, but mostly I’m “Mom”

Fitness Background: I played sports as a kid – I love every sport. Weight lifting/training started in high school while playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. I played on countless intramural sports teams in college… You can find me in the Intramural Hall of Fame at UT! LOL, fun times. And there’s more… after I had kids and started staying home with them, I became a Group Ex instructor at the YMCA. I taught everything from Bootcamp to Active Older Adults. Somewhere in there, I got talked into running and found out how fun that can be. 😊 I’ve run three full marathons and “countless” half marathons (maybe 20?) in something like 6 different countries.

Now onto the CrossFit stuff...


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The basics…

Name: Tanner Stafford, Coach Tanner, or Coach T

Age: 31

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Occupation: Environmental Specialist for Centerpoint Energy

Fitness Background: I was always in some sort of sport growing up, everything from football to cross country. Additionally, I’ve always enjoyed the weight room.

Onto CrossFit stuff…

When did you first try CrossFit? I tried CrossFit when I lived in Colorado in 2011, but just with my brother-in-law at a traditional CrossFit box. The gym we went to had a “CrossFit” area, but no formal class. Later, when I moved back to Texas, I bought the beginner package from Rogue Fitness.

What was your first CrossFit workout? Fran…when described to me by my brother-in-law, I thought it sounded easy enough. I was not ready. Simultaneously, it made me hate what just happened and realize that...


Let’s start with the easy stuff...

Name: Juliann Pelton

Age: 35

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Profession: Personal assistant to Rob and slave to our 4 kids

Fitness Background: Swimming and Pole Vaulting in high school, then bopping around different bootcamps, cycling and BodyPump classes in more recent years. There was a half marathon, multiple 10ks and some triathlons scattered in there.

Now onto the CrossFit stuff...

When did you first try CrossFit & what made you want to try it? After enjoying a few different bootcamps, I decided to bite the bullet and jump on the bandwagon.

What was your first CrossFit workout? There were push-ups, running and bear crawls. It was delightfully painful.

What made you stick with CrossFit? I find it challenging enough that it keeps me coming back and wanting to get better. Like when I suck at handstand...

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The basics…

Name: Angie Altum

Age: 41

Hometown: Copperas Cove, TX

Occupation: Full-time housewife/mommy & part-time CrossFit coach

Fitness Background: I was on the drill team in high school and I exercised here and there, but my real fitness journey didn't start until I discovered CrossFit… so let’s fast forward a couple years, haha!!

Onto CrossFit stuff…

When did you first try CrossFit? I first tried CrossFit in 2009 when my friend invited me to come try it with her. At that time, I had a membership at Lifetime Fitness, but thought it would be fun to try something different.

What was your first CrossFit workout? I don't remember my exact first workout. All I can remember is feeling intimidated and sick to my stomach walking into class (hence me not remembering my workout). :)


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Name: Paul Mitchell

Age: 39

Hometown: Houston

Profession: Mortgage Lender

Fitness Background: Some weightlifting, but nothing consistent.

Now onto the CrossFit stuff...

When did you first try CrossFit & what made you want to try it? My wife DeLynn started CrossFit probably 5 months before I gave it a try. She would come home talking about how hard the workouts were and how much she enjoyed it. After watching the CrossFit games with her, and saying numerous times that it didn’t look that hard, I decided to try it out.

What was your first CrossFit workout? Not sure what the workout was, but I am sure that I didn’t make it past the warm up before nearly dying.

What made you stick with CrossFit? The community. There is a lot to be said about the camaraderie that is formed when you get your butt kicked with...


The basics…

Name: Enrique M. Banda… but everyone just calls me JR

Age: 36 years young

Hometown: Harlingen, TX

Occupation: Project Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry

Fitness Background: I was never really into fitness at all. A bit of basketball in elementary school... A bit of roller hockey in high school... Five straight MS150’s. That’s it. I didn’t really start being athletic until I started CrossFit at the age of 30.

Onto CrossFit stuff…

When did you first try CrossFit? July 26, 2011

What was your first CrossFit workout? Something brutal with jump ropes/dumbbells/burpees, etc. I can’t quite remember.

What made CrossFit stick over other types of workouts? The intensity, results...

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Name: Julie Whitworth

Age: 29

Hometown: Katy, TX

Profession: Stay at home mom

Fitness Background: I’ve always enjoyed being active and playing sports, and I swam competitively from when I was young through high school. Swimming was what I did most of the time, but I also played basketball and volleyball growing up. After high school I tried to like running, but that spurt didn’t last long for me. Then I had two kids; during that time I’d go on and off to the gym and take different classes, but I wasn’t consistent with anything until I started at Elevate.

Now onto the CrossFit stuff...

When did you first try CrossFit & what made you want to try it? My husband started doing CrossFit several years ago and - like many people - I was like, “great you’re joining the cult.” I had no idea what he was getting into. It wasn’t until...

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Name: Liz Webster

Age: 39

Hometown: Lafayette, LA

Fitness Background: I played basketball and softball growing up and was a competitive gymnast until I was about 12. I was also a cheerleader in middle school, but by the time I got to high school I had pretty much stopped playing all sports. From high school until well into my twenties I pretty much sat on the couch and ate fast food a couple times a day, and basically did anything that would be considered unhealthy. The biggest compliment I get today is that people don’t believe I was ever that unhealthy. If I had to guess, people that I knew back then wouldn’t believe I live the lifestyle I do today. I dabbled in running in my mid-twenties, but didn't do much until I had my second child at 33. After that I started long distance running, and ran one full marathon and several half marathons. For years, I wouldn’t do anything other than running - I didn’t even bother stretching. Eventually, I started adding classes at the gym.


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Let's start with the easy stuff...

Name: Jason Webster

Age: 40

Hometown: Small Town, Louisiana

Fitness Background: I participated in sports as a kid and into my teens. Also took up lifting weights in my late teens and in college, but nothing serious. I had hopes of becoming a serious runner a few times, but shin splints nearly crippled me. At best, I was on and off with fitness throughout my adult years. At 40 I learned I had become skinny fat and thought it was “just part of getting older.”

Now onto the CrossFit stuff...

When did you first try CrossFit/what made you want to try it? In 2015 I went to my first class at Crossfit Elevate. Prior to 2015, a Facebook friend was heavy into CrossFit, posting lots of pictures and videos of the workouts. I was amazed at the physiological transformation my friend was experiencing, and I wanted to experience that as well. Not to mention my wife had been going to CrossFit...

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Name: Luke Roberts

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Fitness Background: I became interested in health and fitness while enlisted in the Navy in 2002. One of my collateral duties while stationed at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA was Command Fitness Enhancement, which allowed me to work with individuals staying physically ready for the Department of Defense’s Physical Readiness Tests. This duty made me eligible for a special Tuition Assistance Program, which I used to complete several nationally accredited personal training certifications. I moved to Katy after my enlistment concluded in November 2009 and began working as a Personal Trainer at Lifetime Fitness, Cinco Ranch. My belief in the CrossFit methodology coupled with the skills I gained in the private sector led me to open my own affilate, CrossFit Elevate, in April 2011.

When did you first try CrossFit? CrossFit began gaining popularity in the military around the time I was deployed to Joint Task Force Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base,...