THE CrossFit West of the River STORY
LaMonte - OWNER
To me, CrossFit is more than just a workout. It is a way of life, a community and a support team. It is an investment, being both a trainer and an athlete. I don’t have words for the excitement when someone gets their first air squat, push-up, pull-up, muscle-up or even their first RX workout. I get pure joy and excitement every time I enter into a box. So to me, it’s about reaching fitness goals every day, with every workout, being better than yesterday. I want to be a part of the lives changed, the goals reached.
I discovered CrossFit in 2011 and started coaching CrossFit methods in 2012. My experience as a track & field athlete instilled in me a love for community and competition, which makes CrossFit a perfect fit. I have been competing and coaching in track & field (sprints & jumps) since 1994. I continue to hold the indoor long jump record at my Alma Mater Missouri Southern. I have also completed two half-marathons. I am a true believer in the scalability of all wods in that ANYONE can do CrossFit.
With a background as a CrossFit trainer, as well as a collegiate track & field coach, I love using those skills to help improve the health of others. I discovered a passion for yoga due to its incredible health benefits, both physical and mental. I strive to foster an environment in which the students and athletes feel challenged, yet always having fun, and leave feeling refreshed and energized.
– CrossFit West of the River Owner/Head Trainer 2014
– Yoga Certified Trainer 2014
– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 2012
– CrossFit athlete since 2011
– Volunteer assistant jumping coach at Oral Roberts University for 2 years
– Graduate assistant track & field coach at Missouri Southern University for 2 years
– Private long jump/triple jump coach for 4 years
Social Media Director, Owner Success Manager
My CrossFit Journey started when a few of my former co-workers had joined CWOR and encouraged me to join them. I put it off for a long time because I NEVER thought I could do something like CrossFit. Without really knowing anything about it, the picture in my head of CF was a bunch of crazy meat heads who were already in shape, doing the most rigorous workouts, with no room for people like me. And by people like me, I mean I had 3 kids, my youngest was 1 year old, and after a very difficult year I had completely let myself go. I did nothing physical at all. Everyday tasks like grocery shopping and bringing the groceries inside, were tiring. I didn’t realize how bad I had gotten, but I knew I was at my highest weight ever and that something had to change. I felt terrible, my body ached, my knees killed me, and my attitude and temper stunk. After seeing my co-workers enthusiasm for CrossFit and the changes in their health, I decided I’d check it out. After graduating from Foundations I was absolutely terrified to join the group classes, but I kept telling myself, “You did this to yourself. Now it’s time to fix it.” When I started them, I found a group of people who were always kind and friendly, but mostly encouraging. Several times people I didn’t know would be yelling for me or simply speaking an encouraging, “Good Job” during a run or at the end of the WOD. It meant the world to me bc as much as I judged myself, I NEVER felt like any of them judged me.
I’ve been at CrossFit West of the River for 1 1/2 years now and I have found a new Me. Apart from the inches and weight I’ve lost, I’ve gained confidence that I have never had before. I’ve gained a love for CrossFit and this amazing community of people who are just trying to live a healthy lifestyle and set a good example. It’s become my second home and my favorite part of the day. I’m incredibly honored to be a part of the WOR tribe and see where this journey takes me, bc I’m definitely not done yet.
Nutrition Coach, M.A. CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist), CrossFit L1 Trainer
I found my passion in health and wellness somewhere is the mix of my college journey. I never really considered myself an athlete as I never felt like I was “good” at any sport. However through college I navigated different major options and I ended up graduating from Northeastern State University in May 2013 with a bachelors of science in Human and Family Sciences and a minor in Nutrition. Many of my classes were focused on human development and nutrition, which lead me to realize physical activity, was crucial to keep our bodies healthy. Like I said I never felt like I was “good “ at sports so physical activity was not really my comfort zone. I walked into CrossFit WOR September 2015 and have never stopped. I am now very comfortable with physical activity and finally feel like an athlete! I think WOR has only amplified my love for health and wellness. I am currently a Health Educator for the Tulsa City County Health Department where I teach health education to elementary school students all over Tulsa County. I teach on many
different topics from stress management to physical education, nutrition, and so much more. This job allows me to educate students on the importance of keeping our bodies healthy. I completed my Masters in Health Education in May 2020 and became a Certified Health Education Specialist, and in November of 2020 I got my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate. I love educating and supporting others and I want to use my expertise to help others reach their wellness goals. Nutrition is the footing of wellness; without good nutrition our bodies have a more difficult time functioning both mentally and physically. I believe the more people we can get healthy physically and mentally, that will make a positive impact not only on individual’s lives but the world.
L1 CrossFit Trainer
When I joined CrossFit WOR in January 2016, I brought plenty of doubt and apprehension with me. My wife Cherlyn had been a member for several months and she assured me that I would fit right in, but I wasn’t convinced. As a three-sport athlete in high school, I would have jumped at the opportunity. During my college years and later as a high school teacher and football coach, I would have been confident enough in my fitness and athleticism to step into a box and meet this challenge head-on. But I quit teaching for an accounting degree and became a CPA. I had been sitting behind a desk for over ten years. We started a family during that time and between going back to school, starting a new career and negotiating the pitfalls of parenthood, I had completely neglected my health and fitness. Other than the occasional stint at a corporate gym, which inevitably went nowhere, I had fallen into the
sedentary lifestyle that is so common in our society. I was unhappy when I looked in the mirror. I refused to take my shirt off at the pool with my kids. Worse, I started to wonder if I would be around to see my girls graduate college, get married and have children of their own. I had to do something.
So, I took a leap of faith and showed up at the box for my first foundations class. As I was working my way through the movements, I felt every minute of those 10 years behind a desk. After each class there was exhaustion and all-over soreness, but also a growing realization that I could do this. And then, the results started coming. I could move and breathe more easily. I started losing weight. I certainly wasn’t the fastest athlete in the room, but I wasn’t the slowest any more. When I started to pay more attention to my diet, all of those gains were amplified. Within a year I had dropped over 40 pounds and I was completely addicted.
When I was given the opportunity to become a CrossFit L1 trainer, I saw it not only as another step in my fitness journey, but a chance to share my experience with others. I truly believe that CrossFit is the best program available for well-rounded fitness and lifelong health. It changed my life and I know that it can do the same for anyone willing to put aside their ego and self-imposed limitations and give it a try.
L1 CrossFit Trainer
I am a CrossFit level 1 trainer and a certified NASM personal trainer. I live in Mannford on the lake with my husband, two sons, one daughter, two cats and two dogs. All three of my children play soccer and both my husband and I coach soccer.
Helping others with health and fitness has always been an interest with a focus on athletic training and injury prevention/recovery. It wasn’t until years later that I enjoyed being an athlete myself. I joined CrossFit to find a fitness family for that friendly competition and camaraderie.
I love that CrossFit is based around functional fitness for the everyday life. CrossFit can seriously be for anybody with any modification. Believing in others and seeing them do things they could not do before or think they could never do is the absolute best and one of the reasons I started coaching. You will not find a better place with better people than West of the River.
I am a wife, mom, nurse and coach and I love Jesus. I joined CrossFit WOR in 2018 to take control of my health after my second son was born.
My goal is to be a bright spot in someone’s day every day. I want your day to be better because I was part of it so I try to act accordingly and appreciate call outs when I don’t!
Take it back to 1987: I was the kid with a foam bat in my hand as soon as I could walk. I was on every team possible until high school sports were all year and I had to cut some out. I played volleyball and golf in college. I also picked up jiu jitsu for a brief period for its competitive nature after collegiate sports were over for me and I had the itch to compete. I have taught fitness outside CrossFit off and on but I’m always drawn back to the community and competitive nature of CrossFit. I don’t mean competing with others (as I also love to do). I mean competing with the old me. Racing the clock and putting up weights that I would have laughed at a year ago while celebrating little victories with the community. It would make anyone’s day!
As a CF-L1 trainer at CrossFit WOR I am committed to pursuing my health and fitness right along with you and look forward to doing so!!!