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CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.

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Trainers

Our certified trainers will push you to discover your mental toughness. Our mission is to make you a stronger, healthier, happier athlete.

George Giles

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
MOBILE: 832.628.5608
First I want to say… I get it. I understand how being out of shape feels. I understand what it is like struggling with food issues and being over-weight. I have been there; I have struggled with my weight my entire life and to this day I continue to struggle. I was overweight throughout my teenage years and constantly picked on during high school. It made life very difficult as a teen until my junior year I decided to play Lacrosse. I started eating a little better and the extra activity helped me lose 50 lbs. I feel like this was just the beginning for me. After high school I attended college at Auburn University and studied Mechanical Engineering where I continued to play lacrosse. I continued to keep the weight off fairly well until I graduated and life happened. I got a desk job and got “busy” or too tired and had to this and that done after work, the excuses rolled in. Later I got married and packed on even more weight. It got so bad that when I first moved to Houston I weighed 300 lbs., as you can see from the pictures – no I am not going to eat that baby. That is one of my son’s, Rainey.trainers1

When I reached my heaviest it was hard for me to tie my shoes without losing my breath. I was extremely unhappy and embarrassed I allowed myself to fall off the wagon like that. I tried diet pills; low carb, no carb diets and many other get fit quick schemes… nothing worked. I decided enough was enough and it was time to get dedicated to a happy lifestyle. I started taking spin classes and going to the gym every day before work. My goal was to get to 200 lbs. before I turned 30. I didn’t want to be a fat dad that can’t run, jump and play with his kids. Most important I did not want my sons to look up to me and think that being unhealthy was ok. I want to be a positive role model for my children. I want to try my best to educate them so they do NOT ever allow themselves to slip into that lifestyle like I did. Being overweight was one of the hardest things I endured in my life and as a parent you want to save your children from any hardship and that ultimately for me was one of the main driving factors pushing me to get in shape.

My 30th birthday rolled around and I did it! I lost 100 lbs. like I wanted to, I set that goal and I reached it through the education of fitness, dedication and the extra motivation from those around me. I cannot describe how fitness has changed my life. I made a promise to myself…never again. Never again will I go back to being obese. I started doing Triathlons with my new found fitness and I was so proud of myself I ran two marathons vs being exhausted form trying to tie my shoes!

After several years of triathlons I wanted a change, something new and something more challenging. A great friend of mine and my training partner Eric said “Hey let’s try CrossFit! We will give it a month.” That was where the beginning of my journey turned into an extreme passion of mine. My first class I thought I was in shape until that day I did not know what IN SHAPE was!

After quickly upping our membership to 5 days a week I noticed the changes in my flexibility, strength and even my endurance began to show or for the most parts exist! I started with a long list of “goals” I set for myself and to this day I still have plenty left but not a day goes by that I do not step even closer to a shorter list of goals.

Two years after starting CrossFit, I decided to get my Level 1 Trainer Certificate.   What an Amazing experience! Learning how to coach and share my personal experience as well as becoming a better athlete was such a great feeling! I absolutely love coaching people and watching them on their own journey to fitness.

It is truly a blessing to get to do what I love and constantly learn more about myself, others, and fitness while doing it. I am so excited for this next part of my journey, to follow my dream of opening up CrossFit Hippo where my inspirations can hopefully inspire others and push them to their greatest potential! I cannot wait to share my passion with others. Sometimes you need to know you are not alone. Let’s start your journey today! Let’s learn together, lift together and create stronger, healthier happier athletes together!

JoAnne Giles

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
MOBILE: 832.661.6025
I started Crossfit in December 2012. At the time, I had been a stay-at-home of two boys. I ran in 5ks,10ks, half marathons, and actually completed one marathon. But I was bored with running and with exercise in general. Going to the gym was so monotonous.

Prior to starting Crossfit, I watched my husband change, physically and mentally. He had lost 100lbs and maintained the weight loss with Crossfit. He had renewed energy and a better outlook on life. He met new friends and created a family within his Crossfit box.

Because his box was close to his work and not our home, I couldn’t try it. So I decided to go to a box close to our house. I instantly feel in love with it. The coaches were great, the people were encouraging and the workout was challenging. Every day was a different workout….every day I felt myself changing. When I turned 40 on October 22, 2013, ten months after starting Crossfit, I was in the best shape of my life. Now at the age of 42, three years after starting, I have even lower body fat, more energy and am in even better shape!!!

I love to inspire people, especially women, of all ages that they can make a change for the better. They can move more freely, live life with less pain, and have better outlook. I love having a box where everyone is family and everyone is important, whether you are a beginner or advanced.

Nick Stevens

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
I started CrossFit in May 2012 after a coworker of mine badgered me for months to give it a try. What my coworker knew at the time (and I did not) was my fitness was lacking. Prior to CrossFit I attended a typical “Globo Gym” roughly five times a week. I was under the impression that my level of fitness was correlated to the number of bicep curls completed in a week where bonus points were earned through the consumption of multi-grain or whole wheat bread in place of white.

It took one 45-minute introductory session at CrossFit H-town for me to realize something was flawed with my previous view of fitness (truth be told it was the 5-minute workout at the end of the session that made me realize I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was). I signed up for a membership that day. My overall health and wellness continues to improve as a result of the teachings of CrossFit.

By the end of 2013 I decided to get my CrossFit level 1 certification and began coaching several times a week. The more I learned through my coaching experience the more I shared with my friends and family. As a result, friends and family began tinkering with CrossFit themselves. I’m probably most proud of my mother, who completely changed her fitness lifestyle. Prior to CrossFit she cycled through many fitness routines and gimmicks, never finding one that would stick. Now, it’s probably fair to say that she’s now the “fit” one in the family.

What my mom and many other CrossFit participants will tell you is CrossFit is more than just a daily workout. It’s a fitness lifestyle, it’s a community, it’s accountability, and it’s really f*cking fun. CrossFit is for everyone – sons, daughters, moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, your fit friend Sally and your not so fit friend Bob.  CrossFit will change your life (and probably those around you too). I encourage everyone to give it a shot.

I encourage anyone wanting to know more about CrossFit to check out this link/video (https://www.crossfit.com/what-is-crossfit) and come into CrossFit HIPPO and ask anyone about their own experience – come see what it’s all about.

One final note – I often hear people say that they need to lose weight or get fit before they try CrossFit. Let me be clear, nothing can be further from the truth. I read a posting recently that speaks well to this misconception (shown below).

Question: Do I need to lose weight to do CrossFit? If you ever had this thought before you started CrossFit, what helped you realize that the answer is no?

Response: I’m a pastor. One of the coaches said, “Do you tell people to get their lives straight before they come to church?” I signed up that day.

Courtney Ratcliff

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
I began living my best life, the CrossFit life, in March 2015. I was about to become an instructor for group classes at regular gym but one of my role models at the time mysteriously disappeared and reached out a few weeks later to inform me she had bought into a CrossFit gym. I never had any interest or plans of doing CrossFit but trusted  her so decided to give it a shot. I bought a 1 month membership right off the bat to force myself to give it a chance. I admit that I didn’t like it at first but that’s mainly because everything was so new to me! I had never picked up an Olympic bar in my life and was constantly googling all the ridiculous acronyms. However, at the end of the month I was sold. I felt better, gained strength I’d never had before and my body was changing rapidly. After a few months, my husband looked at me one day and said “That’s it! You have traps and abs. I’m coming tomorrow.”

I’ve always had a passion for helping people. Once I hit the point where CrossFit was a lifestyle, I knew I wanted to become a coach. I truly enjoy helping people achieve their goals and becoming the best version of themselves. I love to push people past their “limits”. There is nothing better than having an athlete come up afterwards and tell you how much they appreciated your coaching. You may hate me at the time, but I’ll never push you to do something that I know you can’t achieve. 😉

One myth I do want to squash right here for the ladies is about bulking. I can out lift my body weight significantly in almost every Olympic lift we perform and I’ve still gone down in pants, shorts, dresses and shirt sizes. Yes, I do have traps but come check us out and I’ll let you decide if their too manly.

The thing I love most about CrossFit is the community. We’ve met so many amazing people and have made lifelong friendships. We challenge each other physically and mentally every day. CrossFit has brought me humility, friendship and drive that I never knew I had.

Fabiola Gonzalez

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Aracely Osorio

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Alec Bieniawski

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer