By Dylan Hensley
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Lufkin mother Amanda Skinner has practiced CrossFit for years and is proud it.
"So, CrossFit has completely changed my life, from the time that we opened the doors to date. It consumes my life. Everybody here, every member that is a part of LoudHouse is part of my family now, and we, the way that we eat, the way that we think, the way that we train has been due to CrossFit," Skinner said.
Skinner is, not only a CrossFit coach, but the owner of her own CrossFit gym called LoudHouse in Lufkin.
"Everybody here, every member that is a part of LoudHouse is part of my family now, and we, the way that we eat, the way that we think, the way that we train has been due to CrossFit," said Skinner.
It was thanks to her family, specifically her husband, is the reason Skinner got into CrossFit.
"I got into CrossFit because of my husband. He started doing CrossFit when we were marathon training, because our whole group of marathon runners kept getting injured, and so he started looking for a new way to train, found CrossFit," Skinner said. "He did it for about six months before I would even try the craziness, and whenever I tried it, I fell in love with it and haven't looked back."
Skinner is one of the millions of people who have practiced the high-intensity interval high-intensity interval training workout program.
CrossFit helps those who want to increase their cardio levels and muscular strength, according to Lufkin Doctor Todd Whitehead.
"Depending on the workout, you can develop one of the major systems in the body: You could develop cardiovascular system more, you could enhance your muscular strength. CrossFit addresses both of those," said Whitehead.
As someone who practices CrossFit himself, Whitehead says beginners should be careful.
"CrossFit has received some criticism for people getting injured, but a lot of that responsibility falls on the participants themselves, because all the workouts, CrossFit uses the term 'infinitely scalable,'" Whitehead said.
Skinner loves helping and teaching people of all ages who are ready for a change. She makes it clear that anyone is welcome at LoudHouse.
"Once they walk into the door, they realize that it's normal people, every day, average people that are doing the workout, and they're hooked, but it's getting them in the door that is the hardest part," said Skinner.
If you're interested in trying out CrossFit, contact Skinner at LoudHouse in Lufkin. You can find the contact information here.