Legacies Alive Charity Event


CrossFit Roux hosted an event on Friday night to benefit Legacies Alive, a non-profit organization that has made it their mission to preserve the memory of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Legacies Alive provides support to the families of the fallen and erects permanent memorials in honor of these brave military men and women.  Legacies Alive is sponsoring Chris Ring, a navy combat veteran, who is currently swimming the length of the Mississippi River in an effort to raise awareness for Americans who have lost their lives during their service to our country.  He will reach the Gulf of Mexico in a few weeks, six months after his journey started, and he will be the only American to have swum the entire mighty Mississippi.   We welcomed people from all the CrossFit gyms in the area to participate in a workout and raise some money for the cause! DSC06599 DSC06798 We ran heats of athletes through the workout.    DSC06604 Running after completing a two thousand meter row was a little interesting because I could barely feel my legs, but the fifty shoulder to overhead lifts was by far the hardest part.  Holy shoulders!  

Twenty minutes of effort was the least we could do to pay tribute to our heroes!  

Roux coach, Missy, organized the event.  Legacies Alive is an organization that is near and dear to her heart, and she gave a heartfelt speech thanking everyone for their participation and donations.  



In true CrossFit Roux fashion, we enjoyed some alcoholic recovery, and turned it into a party.  Kelsey brought some red lipstick and charged a dollar a smooch!  I thought she was selling herself short, so I put in a more generous donation!  Muah!


Someone put $40 in the jar, and Kels got a little frisky…rawr!   DSC06824

It felt so good to give back to an organization that comforts the families of those lost to war especially during this time of year when we are all reflecting on what we are thankful for.  I am grateful that my whole family will be gathering around the table for Thanksgiving, and my heart aches for the families who have an empty chair.  

Thanks to all the generous donations, we raised about a thousand dollars for the cause.


 If you would like to make a donation to Legacies Alive, click here.  




Pensacola Beach Brawl


This year has been all about putting myself out there and trying new things.  Although I’ve been doing CrossFit for about seven years, I’ve never done a real deal competition until now!  CrossFit Roux sent a men and women’s RX team and a male individual to the Pensacola Beach Brawl last weekend.  Spoiler alert… no one made the podium, but we got a taste of what competing against incredible athletes feels like, and we had a blast!  The competition was held in a parking lot right next to the beach, so Saturday was spent relaxing on the gorgeous sand in between watching our gym member, David, compete in the individual competition.  12052633_1070683109617752_568094453768913603_o12068640_1070682906284439_7415705961310380519_o David placed 15th out of 45 in the scaled division.  You could see the determination in his face with every workout.  I was so impressed with his performance, and I was really jealous that his competition was over on Sunday and he got to relax and watch us!DSC06278 DSC06279We all got a little too much sun that day and we opted to stay in and cook on Saturday night.  We made Mexican food (pro tip:  salt and lime on pineapple is divine)  and went to bed early!  DSC06288I woke up on Sunday with a nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach.  I’m not a super competitive person, but I also didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of thousands of people or let my team down.  11934535_1070683629617700_2228763778875755661_o Can you see the nervousness on my face?!  My team (Missy, Kelsey, and Kata from left to right) are incredible athletes!  All three of these girls have muscle ups which are the hardest CrossFit skill to master and something that I’m working to get! DSC06296Our handsome boys team! DSC06313We started Sunday morning at an athletes briefing.  The weather forecast looked iffy and we were told that they may change the workouts to ensure our safety if it did rain!  DSC06303Look at all those CrossFitters!  The boys kicked off the event with a max clean and jerk and a max snatch/overhead squat complex. 

Next, we competed in a workout called “The Reverse” that consisted of burpee box jumps, 85lb snatches, double-unders, and toes to bar.  Snatches, toes to bar, and doubles-unders are three of my weakest movements, so I was most nervous about this workout.  I called to check on Brennan right before the workout started and my mother-in-law told me that he wasn’t doing well.  He had a terrible cough that was causing him to throw up.  I was worried about my baby, so my head wasn’t where I needed it to be when 3-2-1 Go was called.  Our team came in second to last place in the event mostly due to my inefficiencies, but the best part of the workout was what happened with the team that finished last.  One of the girls on the last place team got stuck doing double-unders and couldn’t string them together.  All of the other 8 teams circled around her and we were shouting her name and words of encouragement.  I love that about CrossFit… usually the loudest cheers are for the last person working!  DSC05376 12032846_1070684096284320_3076624652140125046_oWhile we were waiting for the sandbag beach relay event to start, Missy thought she would ask what heat they were on.  She came running back to our tent and frantically told us we needed to go NOW!  We ripped our shoes and socks off and sprinted to the beach where 8 other teams were waiting for us!  It was a little embarrassing, but I’m glad we weren’t disqualified for not showing up!  We had to sprint 100 meters in the sand while carrying a sandbag, drop the sand bag and sprint back to tag the next teammate.  There was little time to be nervous (or warm up) so we just went for it! My quads felt like bricks about a quarter of the way in to the last hundred meters, but I pushed myself because I knew it would be over in seconds.

After the run, I felt really sick.  I tried to force myself to eat, but the nerves coupled with the heat really got to me.  I downed a protein shake and slowly chewed on half a protein bar and we watched the boys do the “You Pick Two” workout where 2 team members completed forty 155lb shoulder to overhead lifts and forty pull ups and the other two team members completed fifteen muscle ups, twenty 155lb power cleans, forty wall balls, twenty power cleans, and fifteen muscle ups.  The boys were cool, calm, and collected and had no problem breezing through this workout.  The girls team had this workout last, and our goal was to complete the first 15 muscle ups, but at the end of the day we knew it would be tough!    The rain rolled in, and the twenty minute shower put a wrench in our complex.  Instead of finding a max clean and jerk and snatch/overhead squat complex, the officials switched it up.  We would now need to find our one max rep thruster.  I was much more confident in my thruster ability, but the problem was none of us had ever done a max thruster.  We had no idea what weight to even shoot for!  We all did better than we thought we would… I remember Kata saying she thought she might get 105 lbs and she ended up getting 30 pounds heavier!  

I love the look on Kelsey’s face… Can I put this down yet?!? The boys wrapped up the day with “The Reverse” event and the beach relay.   12080059_1070684656284264_1761387115632671184_oShane is a speed demon and he was chosen to go last on the relay.  He TOOK OFF, and our cheering section started chanting SHANE! SHANE! SHANE!  All of the other spectators were watching us instead of the athletes.  It was an exciting end for the four of them and beer was immediately consumed! 12002356_1070685426284187_8209076555621978543_oThe last event for the girls… the one with the muscle-ups!  Missy realized shortly before we started that she didn’t even know what was past the first 15 muscle-ups because her and Kelsey didn’t expect to complete them.   Kata and I handled the shoulder to overheads and pull-ups and left Kesley and Missy about 8 minutes to get as far as they could.  Kelsey had a pretty scary tumble on her first muscle-up attempt and nearly fell on her face, but she and Missy got into a groove and alternated back and forth until… they were all completed!  

With time left, Kelsey started on the cleans.  Missy went beast mode as Kelsey moved onto the wall-balls!  Time was called before the wall-balls were completed, but we were so excited that we got so much farther than we thought!   unnamedunnamedIt was an amazing feeling to complete the competition!  The ladies placed 6th out of 9 teams, and the boys got 19th out of 45 teams!  We felt accomplished and the boys exceeded their goal of placing in the top half.  While we didn’t make the podium, our cheering section definitely placed first!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… we really have the best members!  Thanks for the support guys!    12079912_1070685459617517_3164872856644996134_oThank you to my photographers for the weekend, Hailey and Heidi!   Thank you to the Pensacola Beach Brawl staff for putting on a really well run event! Thank you for our team sponsor: ūMin Supplements!  I noticed a huge difference in my recovery while taking the minerals!    

CrossFit Travel

#GeorgeandBeyoncé: Our Trip to Portland!


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we’ve been in Portland, Oregon for a few days for a wedding.  Our friends, Joel and Karen, moved to Portland last year and we were so excited to trek to the other side of the country to see these two tie the knot!  Joel was the very first trainer that we hired at CrossFit Roux and Karen got her certification a few months later and we hired her too!  We miss them, but they seem to be fitting in perfectly in Portland!   I had never been to Portland before, but I knew that it was a foodie mecca!  Despite starting the Eat Clean, Live Clean challenge the week prior, I decided to throw the rules out the window and live it up while I was there!  The six pack will have to wait– this town is known for their donuts!  So, sorry for the tease challengers! We started our adventure at Powell’s book store which is the largest new and used independent bookstore in the world- purchasing up to 3,000 used books a day!  This place was HUGE, but I was disappointed when they didn’t have a paleo section in their vast collection of cook books!  One of the employees overheard me and told me it was upstairs in the health section– makes sense!  Brennan got 3 souvenir books!   DSC05997 We spent some time in Washington Park at the International Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden.  The scenery was  incredible!    DSC06022  My mom is retired from Delta and gets flight benefits, so she and my dad offered to come to Portland to help us watch Brennan during the wedding!  Thanks Mom and Dad!!!  Bees were very happy in the garden, and it seemed every time stopped to smell the roses, we would narrowly miss a bee stinging us on the end of the nose!    DSC06027 We had an awesome experience at Mt. Tabor CrossFit!  After a grueling WOD of running with med balls, burpees, handstand push ups, and pull ups, one of their members offered to donate towards their cider fund on our behalf!  This gym has a keg of cider at the gym and members can donate to purchase the next keg and help themselves!  Bradley joked that if we had that at Roux, no one would ever leave!  I think he’s right!   IMG_0590 IMG_0583 This has been the summer of waterfalls!  We drove about 30 minutes outside of Portland to see Multnomah Falls.  This was great because seeing the waterfall didn’t require a lengthy hike– it was only a 5 minute walk from the parking lot!   DSC06122 We were up for the challenge though and climbed the mile hike up the mountain to get to the top!  Bradley carried all 30 pounds of Brennan the whole way! IMG_0615 The top of the waterfall had a perch where you could step out and peer over the 611 foot drop, and we got to dip our toes into the icy water.  Brrr!  DSC06134 IMG_0636 ^  My arms in this picture though!   OK!  Now, onto the food!   We happily waited 30 minutes to dine at chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok.  We went to this place on a week day at 2:30 and there was still a wait!   DSC06050 DSC06051 This Thai restaurant had a very cool vibe, and I appreciated their speedy service when dealing with a very hungry toddler!  I ordered the Hoi Thawt which was a crispy crepe full of mussels and bean sprouts served with a Siracha sauce!  It was delicious!  One of my mom’s chicken wings in at the top right of my plate. Those guys were the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, but they required a boat-load of napkins!  My one complaint was the water!  It was served to us in metal cups and tasted very off!  We requested a bottle of sparkling water because we thought the water was bad.  While I was reading the FAQs on their website, I found out that they flavor their water with the Pandanus leaf, as is done often in Northern Thailand.  Fair warning though, a bottle of water may be necessary!    DSC06052 My parents offered to watch Brennan while Bradley and I had a date night to celebrate our 7th anniversary!   I asked him what kind of food he wanted, and he said MEAT!  Haha!  I chose Olympia Provisions which is a salumeria that had a “meat” marquis sign in the dining room– I aim to please!  We had a burrata and arugula salad with roasted figs and local cherries, a steak tartar, chef’s choice charcuterie board, and then we split a Flintstone size prime rib!  IMG_0622 IMG_0623 IMG_0624 And of course, Rosé for the yuccies!  Cheers!    IMG_0621 We ended date night with ice cream from Salt and  Straw!  I loved their flavor selection and I was happy when I saw the coconut strawberry rhubarb because it made my choice easy!  These people know how to make ice cream!  So good!IMG_0632 IMG_0637 We hit up the local farmers market on Saturday morning!  I loved that the food was served on reusable dishes with real flat wear– Portland is so environmentally friendly! !DSC06053 DSC06062 DSC06063 We stumbled on Vita Cafe for brunch because the place we picked out had a line that wrapped around the corner!  This place was great because it was a vegan restaurant that had something for everyone!  A vegan restaurant with eggs and bacon?  Sign me up!  We later found out it’s one of Joel and Karen’s favorites because she’s vegan and he’s not and they can go there and both find something they love!   DSC06117 DSC06115 DSC06114 I saved the best for last– the wedding!  Every detail of this insanely beautiful event was perfectly executed and it was very “them”!  We drove up a winding mountain road and arrived at Bridal Veil Lakes.  Y’all- this was the most breathtaking venue for a wedding!  We passed the garland of photographs and were offered love flavored kombucha or cool brew as we sat and listened to their adorable band play La Vie En Rose.   DSC06070 DSC06072 DSC06073 Their program was so fun to read and at the bottom it said:  “Celebrating from afar, George (their cat) and Beyoncé (Karen’s idol)”.  So, we started hash-tagging all of our pictures #GeorgeandBeyoncé! DSC06075 As Karen came down the aisle, I looked at Bradley and said, “Oh my gosh, why am I crying?”  It was literally just THAT beautiful!  She looked like a fairy princess in her ever so subtle mint green gown!   DSC06083 The ceremony was complete with a sing along of “I want to Hold Your Hand” and the newly married couple recessed up the aisle to Beyoncé (of course)!   DSC06089 IMG_0031  DSC06098 DSC06099  IMG_0618 We ate too many vegan donuts and danced the night away! I can’t wait to see the professional photographs because I feel like my amateur skills didn’t come close to capturing the beauty of this place! I’m a single parent for the next week while Bradley is in California with the Barbell Shrugged team at the CrossFit Games!  I’m super jealous and trying to convince him to write a blog post about it!   Where are y’all watching the games this weekend??   


Member Spotlight: Kristin Mann


I asked Kristin Mann if she would be my first feature on the CrossFit Roux “Member Spotlight” series that I’m doing on the blog.  The series is intended for everyone in the Roux family to get to know everyone a little better.  Kristin is one of the original gym members, and she has come such a long way in terms of her health and fitness ability since she started.  I’m so proud of this girl!  DSC05439 Continue Reading


Roux Turns Two!


I remember when Bradley came home from getting his Level 1 training certification in Atlanta. We were  in our kitchen and he told me that he needed to make CrossFit his life. My husband is notorious for having grandiose ideas that never come to fruition, but for some reason I believed him this time. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since we took a huge leap of faith and opened CrossFit Roux! I was 6 months pregnant and we put it all on the line when Bradley quit his job to devote 100% of his time to making this dream come true. I can’t say the road has been easy, but I can say it’s been worth it! Our members are like family, and every milestone, breakthrough, or PR they experience makes all the blood, sweat and tears worth it! We wanted to do something special to mark the anniversary, so our social committee (we seriously have a social committee) rented a school bus, and we took a field trip to the Abita Brewery. The bus rolled up to the gym… Chuckwagon Charters, of course! Bradley called the bus driver “Chuck” the whole time—I’m sure he LOVED us!  DSC05410DSC05414 Continue Reading