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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!

Chance Gonzales

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
My name is Chance Gonzales. I’ve been coaching Crossfit since October 2015. I played multiple sports in high school and intramurals in college so I’ve always abided by basic offseason training programs. Before Crossfit, I shuffled programs and routines at commercial gyms, always searching for the motivation to stay committed to a particular regiment and diet plan. After some persuasion, George introduced me to Crossfit in the fall of 2014. I was instantly hooked. The intensity, accountability and camaraderie of the sport provide built-in motivation and drive to get better each and every day, all in the name of health and fitness. When George opened Crossfit Hippo, I jumped at the opportunity to pursue the hobby that had become a passion. Coaching allows me to share the knowledge I have gained through personal experience and training. It’s fulfilling to watch others achieve their goals and take their minds and bodies to a level they previously had not fathomed. My goal is help athletes reach their goals no matter if it’s lose fat, gain muscle, working to improve mobility or all of the above come see me and we will get it done.

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.

Christy Jeffery

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
MOBILE: 832.628.5608
CrossFit has been a part of my life since 2008, so I guess you could call me one of the “OGs.” I just moved to Texas in 2017 but originally from Ohio and was voted most athletic in my high school class of 2004 where I participated in cross-country, basketball, track, and cheerleading. Unfortunately I had a career ending knee injury my senior year of basketball. Instead of athletics, I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, with a minor in Athletic Coaching, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kent State University, Ohio, in 2009 in hopes to help athletes return to the activities they loved.

In my professional career I have worked as an athletic trainer at the DI, DIII, high school, and semi-pro levels, mainly with sports such as football & basketball. In 2012, I graduated from Arkansas State University with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science where I was fortunate to publish one of the first ever studies on CrossFit entitled CrossFit Effectiveness and Demonstration of Successful Program Objectives©; while at ASU I also worked as an educator and men’s rugby athletic trainer. After college, I worked full time at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, AR as the Physical Educator for the college and Assistant Physical Trainer for the Law Enforcement Training Academy for 5 ½ years.

Like I said earlier, I started CrossFit in 2008, and it was just with some friends in a Kent, Ohio high school weight room, where we created our own unique programming and followed CrossFit.com whenever possible.  That gym went on to affiliate as SPC CrossFit, and has seen much success over the years including a 3rd place finish at The CrossFit Games, a great story of humble beginnings. I became a Level 1 CrossFit trainer in July 2011 and started working at CrossFit 870, in Arkansas, when they opened in August 2011 and continue to work there until moving to Texas in 2017.

Professional Certifications Include:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach L-1
  • Eleiko Strength Coach
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (Board of Certification)
  • American Heart Association Professional Rescuer and Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor

Personal Competitive Achievements:

  • 1st place, Rampage on the Ridge Rx (Team), Jonesboro, AR June 2016
  • 25th place, Individual Women’s North Central Region, CrossFit Regionals, 2014
  • 3rd place, Mid-America Championship Female Rx, Bentonville, AR, 2014
  • 69th Individual Women’s North Central Region, CrossFit Open 2013
  • 2nd place Reindeer Games Rx (Team), Little Rock, AR, Dec. 2013
  • 1st place Faction Four (Team), Memphis TN, June 2013
  • 1st place CrossFit Rx Women’s Division, HeartWOD Fundraiser, Oct. 2012

In the gym, I’m very passionate about weightlifting, love wallballs, and hate “Fran.” As a trainer I find joy in helping others and pushing them to reach their own goals. Watching CrossFit change the lives of so many people over the years, has been amazing to witness. And most of my best friends are people that I’ve met in the gym!

Lastly I’d like to recognize my fallen KSU classmate and fellow CrossFitter, Army 1st Lt. Ashley “White” for her passion and dedication to this country.

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