Cole Taylor

CrossFit L1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
Background Check 03/31/17 Status: No Flags

Years in CrossFit: 6 years

I’ve never been a very athletic person. Although I played youth basketball or outdoor sports as a kid, I was always on the heavier side and struggled with finding a fitness program that would keep my interest for longer than a few months.

I started CrossFit in 2011, when my weight had reached over 250 lbs, I wasn’t happy.  In the beginning I started doing CrossFit workouts in my home gym by myself but after several months at home, I wanted to do more than the limitations of my home gym, so I took the next step and joined a local box. I couldn’t believe the world of difference it made, I lost more weight, I got stronger, I started competing in local events, and fell in love with the community as well as the competitive side of CrossFit. I’ve visited dozens of CrossFit boxes around the U.S. working on various programs and certifications. My passion for CrossFit comes from the results I’ve personally had as well as the results I’ve seen in others.

Cole Taylor
Amanda Taylor

CrossFit L1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids
Background Check 03/31/17 Status: No Flags

Years in CrossFit: 3 years

I have always been a treadmill runner. Even when my results plateaued, I would run on a treadmill because it made me feel like I was doing something. Free weights scared me to death, that was the “guy” section of the gym and forbidden territory for a girl like me.

I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 (while I was pregnant with our fourth child) when Cole came home and started doing burpees in our garage. I distinctly remember telling him, I’m never doing that, while I ran on our treadmill. After our daughter was born, I remember telling him again, I’m not doing that as I was still running on our treadmill, but then I started seeing results. He was getting thinner, he was getting more muscular and he felt better. So the treadmill and I broke up and I started doing CrossFit. Within the first 3 month I put on four pounds of muscle and lost fat and that was it for me. CrossFit works for me because I got results, I feel stronger, I feel thinner, and I feel healthier.

Amanda Taylor
Brooke Sanders

CrossFit L1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids
Background Check 02/04/17 Status: No Flags

Years in CrossFit: 3 years

As a kid I participated (warmed the bench) in traditional school sports, but never found my niche.  Beginning in high school and until our first daughter was born, my activity consisted of cardio.  After children I wanted to see faster results and signed up for a boot camp where the trainer suggested crossfit.  So, I began my CrossFit journey in 2012 by walking into a box having no idea what to expect and no real understanding of how CrossFit would redefine my perception of healthy, fitness, and “strong.  I trained for a year at CrossFit North Mesquite, followed by another year at CrossFit Terrell.  After moving to Lavon, my husband set up a home gym, but we did not utilize its availability. I feed off the encouragement and energy of the group atmosphere. I love walking in the box every day and having a planned program that is modifiable for my needs, but offers high intensity functional movements as well as strength training.  Through CrossFit I have gained confidence in myself, a new perspective on being healthy and strong, and a better understanding of how performance is affected by the way we fuel our bodies.  I’m excited to be part of such a great community of athletes at CrossFit Lavon and look forward to helping others grow stronger and reach new goals.

Brooke Sanders