CrossFit Level II Trainer
CrossFit Kids Certified
I found CrossFit in the summer of 2013 while deployed to Afghanistan. “Best Damn Box in the Worst Damn Place.” A very fitting slogan for the first CrossFit affiliate I ever trained at, Kandahar CrossFit. Barricaded by large concrete walls and covered only by a thin military style netting, this improvised CrossFit box in one of the most war-torn countries on the planet made for one of the most raw and unbelievable environments I had ever experienced. Coming off an eight-month deployment as an Army medic, I returned to Fort Hood, Texas later that summer and continued to dabble in the world of CrossFit. However, I did not join an affiliate until almost a year and a half later. During that year and a half, I watched YouTube videos, read books and articles, and trained daily with my Army buddies as we attempted to teach ourselves this addictive, yet complex beast called CrossFit. I soon realized I was not only in the best shape of my life, but I was also becoming healthier and more equipped for my job as a medic. Despite my seemingly quick development and newfound love for the sport, I still lacked the tight knit community and professional coaching that I knew only an affiliate could offer. In January 2015 I moved back home and joined Norbeau CrossFit in Beaumont, Texas.
Norbeau was my first “real” CrossFit home and I absolutely loved it. Intimate. Hardworking. Gritty. Resilient. These are just a few of the characteristics to describe the mindset and atmosphere of this brand-new CrossFit affiliate in Southeast Texas. Less I forget the amazing relationships I built with the members and coaches there. Put simply, we were a family…a team. For me this was extremely important, not only because I felt this was a crucial component to a strong community, but also because it mimicked the bond I shared with my brothers and sisters in the Army.
I moved to Colorado in 2016 and was hired on at CrossFit Roots in Boulder, Colorado as a L-1 Trainer. I went on to obtain my L-2 and CrossFit Kids certification in the 2 years I coached at Roots. CrossFit Roots was an incredible place to start out as a coach, and I learned some invaluable things and met some people I will never forget. Towards the end of 2018 I accepted a job at CrossFit Colfax in Denver, Colorado and coached there until I moved back to Texas in April 2019.
Having coached now for almost 2.5 years, I can say without a doubt there is nothing I am more passionate about. Inspiring and educating others to challenge themselves and grow in ways they never thought possible, facilitating an environment where everyone is welcome and accepted, and building relationships that last a lifetime….that’s what it’s all about for me.
CrossFit Level II Trainer
Athletics and competition have always been part of my life. I was fortunate enough to succeed in high school athletics and get the chance to play D-1 basketball at Nicholls State University. Once my basketball career came to an end, my desire to remain active and “fit” continued. I spent the next couple of years pursuing my fitness goals in the fitness center type setting until my sister told me about this “workout program” she had heard about through one of her friends. I couldn’t even tell you what the workout was but all I remember is that is was terrible!! I spent the next several years doing CrossFit on my own and finally walked into my first box in March of 2013. The results I have seen from that point have been huge. I can do more things than I ever thought my body would allow me to do. The community aspect of CrossFit is what I think separates it from any other fitness programs out there. The community gives you the ability to push through things and work harder than you ever would be able to by yourself. I love pushing myself, I love competition, I love doing challenging things, and I love helping people realize the same things I have realized through CrossFit!
CrossFit Level II Trainer
I have always enjoyed the competitive atmosphere as I played football all throughout high school. Unfortunately I went through two surgeries within a year of graduating and eventually gaining a total of 40 pounds. It was then that I decided it was time that I make a change. I began doing stuff like “Insanity” and lifting at a Globo gym and although I was able to lose twenty pounds I sought more of a challenge. In 2013, I was invited to a trainers only CrossFit class. My first WOD was a 21 minute, RX “Helen” benchmark and I was hooked instantly. I competed at every competition I could find and eventually got my CF Level 1 certification in April 2014. As my passion for the sport grew so did my knowledge and desire for coaching. In February of 2015, I earned my CF Level 2 certification, which brought me to one of the top rated gyms in San Antonio. Two years later, I moved to Houston to continue growing as an athlete and a coach. Now here we are a year later and I have decided to make NorBeau my home gym and hopefully impact lives the way CrossFit has impacted mine.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Hi, my name is Chris Isenblitter. My fitness journey started when I was about 15. I was.... a little “ husky “ as they say. I decided I did not want to be a “fat kid” anymore. I recognized this at a young age and decided to change my life.
I changed the way I was eating and began working out. I used traditional bodybuilding methods and began competing in high school powerlifting. I fell in love with training and everything that came with it. After a while though that style of training became mundane and repetitive. I need something different.
Thanks to my wife. I discovered CrossFit. It has impacted my life in a way I could never have imagined. I enjoy the variety in the day to day workouts and the challenges associated with it. It’s like no other form of fitness I have taken part in.
Come check it out and I’ll see you at the Gym.
CrossFit Level I Trainer
I'm originally from Indiana and always led an active lifestyle of running, lifting weights and working outside. I also played soccer, softball and basketball when I was younger. I joined the Army National Guard after high school where I served as a combat medic. While enlisted, I earned my degree and certification to become a Physical Therapy Assistant. I finished out my Bachelor's in Exercise Science and later completed my education to became a licensed Massage Therapist. I currently work full-time for a spinal surgeon in Beaumont, helping people either avoid surgery through therapeutic practices or leading them to a full recovery after their procedures.
I remember seeing Crossfit on TV and was amazed but swore I would never do it because of what everyone (including myself) said about how high the injury rate was. During the summer of 2015, I moved to Texas with my wife, Jessica. With no friends or family nearby, she thought it would be a great opportunity to meet people and also have a hobby that we enjoyed doing together. To amuse my wife, I went to our first class in November of 2016. It took me a few short weeks before I fell in love with it and realized how inaccurate my impression of Crossfit was.
Because I'm able to combine my knowledge of body mechanics with a deep understanding of injury prevention and treatment, along with my Crossfit Level 1 certification, I can lead safe high intensity classes that are fun. Everyone has different goals, whether you want to become an elite athlete or simply fit into those old jeans again, I love helping each individual person maximize their performance. I'm available for any questions you have, whether they involve rehabilitating an injury, increasing your mobility, or pushing you to become the best you can be.