What made you first walk through that door at Hurricane?
I always loved to play sports and I was big into fitness. When I was in college, my freshman year playing sports, I was introduced to CrossFit. I watch so many videos about it and fell in love with it. The first CrossFit athlete that caught my attention was Rich Froning. Once I found out about him and this sport I knew this was what I wanted to do. I knew I was far from it but I want to be better than Rich. One of the things I loved about CrossFit was the challenge of it. I planned on starting once I finished playing sports in college. The only thing was I didn’t know where to go or how to go about it. Then I saw a video of one of my friends doing it on Instagram and I immediately messaged him about where he was and got all the information about it as I could. I was so nervous on my first day. The first class I went to was a 4:45 am class and I was sitting in my car extremely nervous but I knew this was what I wanted to do. Ever since I walked through those doors for the first time, I knew I made one of the best decisions of my life.
What has been the proudest moment at Hurricane?
Not going to lie this was a hard question for me because I could not decide between two moments. The first was when I completed my first Open. It was an amazing experience and it showed me where I stood in the world and how much more work I needed to do. The second was one Saturday morning workout when Cody asked me to be his partner for the workout. I know I am not on his level yet but I am coming for you Cody. Haha much love though!
What was the first CD you ever bought?
The first CD I ever bought was Bebe & Cece Winans The Ultimate Collection. My parents brought me and my brothers up in church. So gospel songs were a big part of our lives and it was the first type of music I knew about before anything else.
I am a huge Marvel fan but I would have to say Superman would be my all-time favorite superhero. Not only his powers were impressive but what he stood for was a big thing for me.
What does Hurricane mean to you?
To me, Hurricane has many meanings. One is that it’s a community. It’s where you compete against people and you motivate each other at the same time. When I think of Hurricane I think of challenging myself and pushing myself past the limits I thought I had. I’ve been able to do things I didn’t know I could do. It’s a place where I can let go of everything in my life that is bothering me and clear my head. It’s a place where I can do something I am passionate about.
What made you first walk through the door at Hurricane?
As you already know I’m a recovering addict. I moved to Lake Charles last August and I did not know one person. I wanted to be a better version of myself. Better today than yesterday. I knew nothing about HCF, I just got lucky, HCF was the first gym I visited in Lake Charles, the very first Crossfit gym I had ever been in. You guys had me at Hello! Lol Being physically strong is a goal but being mentally strong is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. HCF has pushed me to be both physically and mentally strong.
What has been your proudest moment at Hurricane?
During the Open….. kipping pull-ups. I have no idea what happened that day I just know that my coach (CODY) told me “today is the day” and that I could do it.
What was the first CD you ever bought?
Pearl Jam…… Pearl Jam is my jam to this day!
What’s your spirit animal?
The Crab (I’m a cancer)…… Not exactly what I think of when I think of a spirit animal but Crabs are ruled by the element of water and the moon, very emotional and deeply intuitive, their personality is creative, dedicated, and kind. Was I suppose to be that nerdy and give you a serious answer? LOL!!
What does Hurricane mean to you?
HCF has been so instrumental in my recovery. I will be forever grateful for the coaches that have invested their time into teaching me that it is ok to fail (Mentally I would want to give up) and to not let defeating disappointments derail me from my goals, pick the barbell up and try again and again and again until I get it. Two of the most important things that you can offer someone in life is encouragement and hope. EVERYONE at Hurricane has pushed me to do things that I never thought I would be able to do….. But most important…. The encouragement and the push I always receive from the coaches and members renews my hope of being better today than yesterday. For those two reasons, I get excited about walking through the door at HCF….. EVERYDAY! The changes in my body are a BONUS!
It was in October of 2017 when a co-worker of mine mentioned he was a CrossFit owner in Baton Rouge and explained to me what CrossFit actually was. That evening I went home and begin to look-up boxes in Lake Charles and found Hurricane. I made an appointment that night, met with Cody the next day and the rest is history. It took me talking with someone who actually done CrossFit to convince me it was worth trying. I tried it and love it!
I don’t have a favorite quote but I do have a favorite scripture – Romans 8:28 – And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Least – anything with the combination of thrusters, burpees and wall balls. DUs are my least also because I can’t do them yet.
Favorite – MURPH and pretty much anything with running.
The power to move things with my mind. If I was able to move things with my mind I would really be able to blow through the WODs. 🤪
HCF is a community of people who all come from different backgrounds with a common purpose in mind to be FIT. It’s a place where we come and are strongly encouraged to push beyond what we think is our limitations. My personal testimony is that if it hadn’t been for the coaches and other athletes especially the 4:45am class encouraging me to keep coming, “it gets better” I would have given up. Because of HCF today I can say, I’m a better person , I feel better and wife and kids say I look better. Thank you Hurricane Family!
1. When and how did you get started with us?
Long ago, in a place far away. January 14th of 2012.
2. What’s your favorite quote?
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford
3. Least and favorite workout?
I HATE chippers. I like low reps with a lot of rounds.
4. If you were an alcoholic drink what would you be?
Champagne and St Germaine.
5. What does HCF mean to you?
It’s the community. It’s about the challenge and sense of accomplishment. I always feel better when I leave than I did when I got there, which helps to motivate me to be consistent.
1. When and how did you get started with us?
It was right at the beginning of April I think
2. Favorite workout? / Least favorite workout?
Least favorite is easy, that’s the pistols. Favorite workout would probably Russian twists.
3. What’s your favorite cheat food?
Anything carb related. Probably lasagna.
4. What superpower would you want to possess?
I’d wanna move things with my mind.
5. If you could travel anywhere outside of this planet, where would you go and why?
I’d wanna go to Saturn. Just to see the rings up close.
6. What does HCF mean to you?
This is the easiest question. It means quality of life for me. I enjoy being active again. I really enjoy going back to the gym and working out. My blood pressure has gotten better, my resting heart rate has decreased, I’m down almost 38 lbs since beginning of the year. I’d lost a lot of drive to even try to workout, and now I’ve got the coaches that when they push I try to push more than what they ask. But the best part is they’ve also helped me recognize limitations and scaling options so I also keep confidence up and not get down on myself.
1.)When and how did you get started with us?
1. When and how did you get started with us?
I started at Hurricane Crossfit 5 months ago by attending a Saturday workout. I was in desperate need of physical activity in my life, and Hurricane came through big time. You can read my Facebook post from a few weeks back for the longer version of this story, but let me just say, I have come a long way, and I have a long way to go. Hurricane showed me how out of shape I was, and they also showed me the path forward. After about 3 months, I could finally do the prescribed weight for the ladies which was a huge accomplishment. Also, my pull-up has become more of an actual pull-up and less of a bungee jump. It’s been challenging, but also really fun and rewarding too.
2. Favorite workout?
I haven’t done them all yet, but my favorite so far is the Thanksgiving Day workout, “Thanksgiving with the Girls,” I believe it was called. I like any WOD where I do a movement, then check it off and move onto something else. I think you call them “good little chippers.”
3. Least favorite workout?
Any WOD where it’s 27+ rounds of anything. If I need poker chips, I’m going to whine about it.
4.What’s the best part about working out with the 4:45 am crew?
So many things I could say here. More than anything, it’s the community. Nobody just stops in for the 4:45AMclass, so there are rarely any random people you’ve never seen before. If you are there at 4:45, you’re either insane, a vampire, or really committed, and I like to think we are all really committed. I also like forcing myself out of my comfort zone every day, and being up at 4:30 in the morning is definitely uncomfortable. If I want to cheat on my diet that afternoon, I tell myself “No, you moron, you didn’t get up at 4:30 this morning so you could eat M&Ms, put it away and drink some water.” It really helps.
5. What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?
As always, a picture of my kids. I have 3 – ages 7, 4, and 1. They’re awesome.
6. What’s the first CD you ever bought?
DC Talk – Free at last. I saved up to buy it. This was the pinnacle of the Christian Rap game, with nothing but posers since. (this should tell you all how awesome and cool I am)
7.Team Captain America or Team Iron Man?
Team Iron Man. I may be over thinking this, but I always like “superheroes” who don’t have any real “super powers.” Tony Stark is just really smart and good at engineering. I think that’s awesome – as opposed to simply being the test subject for a Super Soldier Project, or being born on Planet Krypton, or being the Thunder God. (Again, I’m really cool if you can’t tell.) He just uses what he has for something good.
8. What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
Cheap Christmas Present Ideas for a 7-year-old. He wants an electric motorcycle which ain’t happening, so I gotta get creative.
9. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Man, this is tough. My name is Johnny Ringo so maybe something like I’m Your Huckleberry Hazel
10. What does HCF mean to you?
This may get a little sappy, but HCF has been life-changing for me. I have a real tendency to be lazy, and HCF seems to be the place to burpee box jump that right out of me. HCF also means little things to me, like being able to tie my shoes without losing my breath. That may sound ridiculous, but every overweight guy over the age of 30 knows exactly what I’m talking about. I’m way more functional now, and I can do things I never thought I would do. Not only snatches, and pull-ups, but other things like playing with my kids longer, and being outside more. I was headed down a path to a sedentary lifestyle, overeating, and then going from one diet plan to the next with no results. HCF has made me passionate about being healthy, and I honestly hope I’m saying the same thing in 10 years.
1.)What’s in your most frequently used emoji tab?
The smiley crying face
2. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
There are so many to pick from, but I think having the ability to fly would be pretty cool. It’s a little cliche but I would save a ton of money on gas, and I’d be able to travel the world faster and without a plane ticket.
3.)What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
Hurricane website to check the WOD for “FUN” Friday
4.) What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Lemme tell you what happened” (said in a Cajun accent) …my friends tell me I say this a lot when I’m telling stories and my Cajun accent tends to come out.
5.)How would you spend a billion dollars?
Pay off bills, buy a nice house, travel often, save a lot of it for the future…I hear life gets more expensive when you get older.
6.) What does HCF mean to you?
I started HCF in February of this year. In less than a year, it has become such a huge part of my life. It constantly challenges me and has pushed me to surpass goals in fitness I never thought possible. Growing up, I was always active, but never completely comfortable in my own skin & on the chubbier side. I have gained confidence, strength, and much more. I often think back to when I first did the Baseline; thinking I would never be as strong as the people here. Well, now I’m so thankful Cord convinced me to try it out because I’ve never felt healthier, stronger, or happier. I look forward to checking the website to see what kind of crazy WOD Cody has programmed for us the next day. Working out here doesn’t feel like a chore. I am more dedicated to fitness and health than ever because I genuinely enjoy it now. HCF isn’t just another gym, it’s become more of a second home.
1.) Adam Hebert. Member of the Month! Congratulations! When did you start CrossFit, and what was your first experience like? Remember your first workout?
I first started crossfit in June of 2015 due to a lot of peer pressure from my sister, Michelle Traylor. She kept working on me to get me to go and I kept trying to put it off because I was nervous about doing crossfit, or really working out in general, since I hadn’t really been active in probably 10 years. My first experience there and a memory I don’t think I’ll ever forget was doing the baseline, it really put into perspective how far I had let myself go and right then I knew crossfit was going to kick my butt. After the baseline I remember going home and just laying on the couch for two hours and being sore for days afterwards. It was rough but I wish I had started sooner.
2.) If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Is all of them an acceptable answer? No? Shoot. Well, there are so many to choose from including being rich like Batman and Iron Man, or having laser eyes like Superman to heat up soup for old women. However, even after listing those amazing superpowers I think I would have to choose super speed like the Flash. Essentially, super speed is the same as teleportation except that with super speed I would still be burning calories, it’s a win/win!! I’d be able to travel the world, play pranks on friends, and save the occasional person from a disastrous situation. Heck, I’d probably be able to actually get the house clean!
3.) Since that first workout, how much weight have you lost and what are some other results you’ve had? *Drumroll*
Since my first workout, and starting at 275 pounds, I have lost just over 55 pounds! Right now, my goal is to get to 200 and I’m not too far off from getting there. Once I hit 200 I’ll set a new goal and strive for it. In addition to weight loss comes better health in general. I did a wellness checkup in February of 2015 and just about all of my results were in the red except for my Glucose level. Total cholesterol wasn’t good at all, I didn’t have enough good cholesterol and had too much bad cholesterol. I did another wellness check in July of 2016 and all of my numbers have improved. My cholesterol levels have improved and are in the green and my doctor told me to keep doing what I’m doing because it’s working.
4.) We’re making a band. And you’re in it. What instrument are you playing? And what are we calling ourselves?!
I’m playing the cowbell! I can tap along to any song but don’t ask me to do much more than that because I’m musically challenged. As for the band name we chose to call ourselves “French Toast Mafia.”
5.) What does Hurricane mean to you?
Hurricane is a community to me, it’s a place where I can go workout and have a great time doing it. I’m suffering alongside others who want to be there to better themselves as well and making friends in the process. I also enjoy all the events I can attend, from beach volley ball to spikeball. It’s nice to have that sense of community.
1) Casey! Congratulations! You are Hurricanes Athlete of the Month. If we could play a victory song for this announcement, what would you choose??
Hurricane Crossfit to me means having a future. Most of my family has been diagnosed with diabetes and heart disease. Through HCF I have lost over 50 pounds and am hoping to never get diagnosed with either of those. Crossfit means I can watch my son grow up. It means that I am able to be the best me for my husband. It means that I am able to be the best me for me, which as wives and moms we sometimes forget about ourselves. Hurricane gives me a since of pride, it gives me goals to work towards and the support found at the gym is like none other. So a big thank you to everyone at the gym for all the encouragement over the past year. And to Dan for never letting me give up.
1.)Cindi! You are the HCF Athlete of the Month. Congratulations! What’s your touchdown dance look like?
My touchdown dance would probably be the Funky Chicken followed by a chest bump with my teammate. I only say this because I know that I’ll never have to do one.
2.)How long have you been with us at HCF, and tell us about your first experience or workout.
This month makes two years that I have been at HCF. My first workout was Baseline. I THOUGHT I was in shape, but quickly found out how far that was from the truth. I nearly died on the 500-calorie row. My legs were noodles after the 40 squats. I only just survived the 30 sit-ups. I had to do the 20 push-ups on my knees and had to use a green band for my 10 pull-ups and did them 2 at a time. My time was close to 11 minutes. I left thinking ‘this is not for me’. I could not get up from a sitting position without assistance for four days. I hate feeling like a quitter, so I decided I would stick with it for 30 days, get the t-shirt and then tell you guys that Crossfit just wasn’t my thing. After two weeks, I could already tell that I was stronger and that my body was changing (for the better). I did the Baseline workout this past March RX in half the time. I’d call that gainz.
3.)If you could make the workout, what would it be?
I am typically known to whine about the more challenging workouts. Don’t tell ‘The Programmer’, but I secretly love them. The more challenging they are, I feel the more fit I become. So….my workout might look something like: 5 Rounds 20-wallballs, 15- box jumps, 10-kettle bell swings, 5 dead-lifts.
4.)Name a skill (or superpower as some may say) that you have that none of us know about.
My superpower? That’s difficult. The one thing I do constantly, faithfully and with purpose is pray. So I would call myself a Prayer Warrior.
5.)If you were to open a restaurant, what feel would you go for?
If I opened a restaurant, it would be on the water. It would be very casual and laid-back. There would always be live music and the food would be fresh, healthy and tasty.
6.)What does HCF mean to you?
Hurricane Crossfit is what helps me maintain my sanity now a days. I love the fact that the staff at HCF puts so much time and effort into making everyone feel special. I enjoy the social events like Wine and WOD, Crawfish boils and Nutrition Classes. To me HCF means fitness, friends, family and peace of mind. When I offer my prayers of thanks for the blessings in my life, my Crossfit family is always included as one of those blessings. Thank you HCF. I love you all.
1) So how did you find CrossFit, and how did you find us at HCF?
I found CrossFit through a former boss who is a longtime member of CrossFit at a Jennings, LA box. I had been wanting to improve my physical condition for sometime but always quickly get so bored with “traditional” exercise or working out. So she pushed and pulled and, with a little help from my primary care physician, convinced me to give CrossFit a try. And I found Hurricane CrossFit through the help of HCF member Marketta Parker who kindly replied to my Facebook inquiry about Lake Charles CF gyms with words of support and encouragement as well as some important information about the amazing job the Hurricane coaches do to scale the movements so that anyone can join in and begin to take control of their own fitness.
2) If you were a SuperHero, which one matches best with your personality?
It may be a bit cliché, but I would probably pick the Hulk. I prefer to be rather quiet, mild-mannered, and focused on intellectual gainz like the Hulk’s alter ego, Bruce Banner, but I have always had some difficulty with anger. Additionally, I enjoy mentally drawing parallels with the Hulk as I continue to work at uncovering and developing my own physical strength at HCF.
3) Spring is approaching. Any fun plans in the near future? And can we come? Like, all of us?
I plan to finish my master’s degree at the end of this spring semester. There result of that is that my plans are sort of up in the air. There may be a lot of transitions for me. Let’s hope they will be fun. If nothing else, I will have the fun of HCF. Starting my days off there every morning at a time that I have not usually been able to function and with a consistency that I have never previously been able to maintain has already helped so much to keep me grounded and given me a sense of stability. Plus, who can manage to stress and worry after their 20th burpee? As far as all of HCF coming with me, you guys are already there with me at HCF and you are all welcome at graduation. I think that I may be the first in my family to earn a postgraduate degree, and I am super excited.
4) You’re in the desert and you find a genie in a bottle….what are your 3 wishes?
This is the sort of question that I am prone to answering at far too great a length. ‘Wish’ suggests that absolutely anything could be requested. Then I start to think about selfish wishes versus altruistic wishes, or all the pain and hurt in the world and whether or not good has any meaning if it the contrasting concept of evil could be removed, and on and on. So for the sake of simplicity, I will restrict my considerations to wishes that focus mainly on me. 1) First, if I am in the desert somewhere, I would wish to get home safely ’cause coming from the wetlands of LA means that I have very little clue how to survive in the desert. 2) Next, this may be trite, but I would wish to remove monetary constraints from my life. 3) Lastly, I would wish for some significant medical advance that would form the basis for some sort of panacea that would largely and universally remove the threat of disease and illness. Runner-up wish) I would wish that someone would open up a seriously healthy chain of fast food restaurants, ’cause cooking and eating healthy gets time consuming and tedious at times–I miss the simplicity of the drive-thru.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CALEB MONROE ON BEING OUR FEBRUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH!
CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHELLE TRAYLOR ON BEING OUR FIRST EVER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH!
How long have you been at HCF? What pushed you to come for the first time?
I’ve been crossfitting for 1.5 years. This May will make it 2 years. When I saw a couple friends doing it and enjoying it, I thought “if they could do it, then I can”. And although it seems scary and intimidating, my only regret is not starting sooner.
What does a day in the life of Michelle look like outside of being a rockstar Crossfitter?
Outside of crossfit, I am a full time veterinarian, wife and mother of two active kids. All of these things keep me pretty busy.
If you could go to any concert, go backstage, and party all night with any artist (dead or alive) which one would you go to?
Well, I hate going to concerts, but if I could just hang out with one artist, it would be Snoop D-O-G-G!!! He would be a lot of fun.
Maybe a little more realistic… if you could sing one song to us to fire us up for the workout, what would you sing?
This song is taking me the longest to decide…it’s stressing me out a little, there are so many to choose from. I do like rap music, so I would pick 679 by Fetty Wap (but I would never sing it!)
What does Hurricane CrossFit mean to you?
Hurricane Crossfit has allowed me to become strong and active, in a way I could never have in any other exercise environment. Sometimes I get frustrated in myself when I think I could have done better or gone faster. But when I look back to where I started, I realize how far I have come.
What is us a fun-fact about Michelle that no one may guess… something not even the 5:45am class knows.
A fun fact… I don’t know, I’m pretty boring I think. However, Matt and I recently became scuba certified, and we have a dive trip scheduled to the Florida Keys in May (we will miss Murph, darn!)