Faces of SPT

Faces of SPT-Torin Johnson

Who is Torin Johnson?
I am the fortunate father of Cole 17, Kyleigh 14 and husband to my wife, Yvonne of 23 years. I am a 23 veteran of the fire service and currently serve in the capacity of Battalion Chief. I love baseball and soccer.

What is your CrossFit SPT testimony?
My wife actually turned me on to CrossFit. I was hesitant of joining due to my only exposure being what I saw on T.V.. I thought I would be injury prone. My first experience was fitness training altering. I hadn’t felt that great in a long time! The work was hard but good and the members were my advocates for completing the work. I was immediately immersed into the challenges and the culture.

What is your greatest memory at CF SPT?
The people! Its more than just working out. I enjoy the camaraderie and the people I have met at SPT.

What is your purpose, your “why”, when you are in the middle of a tough workout?Try to push myself to the next level of being uncomfortable. Every time I have gotten through a tough mental and physical hurdle I made greater gains in fitness and confidence.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of CrossFit in your opinion?
You have to be “in-shape” to participate in CrossFit. Simply, not true! You can scale the workouts, with the help of the instructors, to meet your needs.

Faces of SPT-Oscar Lopez

Who is Oscar Lopez?

Just a guy that works hard and plays hard and who decided a long time ago to smile as much as possible through life while treating everyone the way I want to be treated. The more I smile the more others smile too, or at least I hope so.

I have a beautiful daughter, Alexia, who is a freshman in college at Oklahoma State, and a girlfriend (my dog Cheyenne). I run sales for a tool manufacturing company and travel the country promoting our products and visiting my friends (customers). I have been doing the same thing for around 30 years and still learning how to do it better.

What is your CrossFit SPT testimony? How did you find it? What was your first experience like? 

CrossFit SPT has become my extended family. It has brought me improved health, a great number of new friendships that I love, and has helped (and continues to help) guide me through a very rough patch in my life. I am doing movements that I could never dream of doing a few years back. From double-unders to handstand pushups, toes-to-bar, etc. I am also lifting weights that I never thought I would even want to lift. Not many 52 year old guys get to say that they are in the best physical shape of their life! Thanks to SPT, I get to say that.

I was working out at another gym when Shannon started SPT. I was curious but intimidated. I did a couple of classes and I was hooked! The improvements in my weight loss and strength were immediate.

My first experience was interesting. I got to hear Chris Rutledge’s definition of CrossFit and the cult that I was entering. He went on to tell me something with a chicken that sounded more like voodoo or Santeria. Not sure I can share everything here nor that I believed any of it but I am still here, aren’t I?

What is your greatest memory at CF SPT? 

The SPT crew and the competitors at the Fall Brawl observing a moment of silence in memory of my wife, Jane. It was only about 3 weeks after she passed away and it meant a lot to Alexia and I. I will forever remember it, appreciate it, cherish it, and thank them. Gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes even as I answer this. Love my gym family!!!

What is your purpose, your “why”, when you are in the middle of a tough workout?

Trying to  make sure Trish doesn’t lap me…more than once? Actually knowing the health and strength benefits that are coming my way as I am doing the workout. That does not mean that I will stop whining, but I will push hard to finish as quick as I can.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of CrossFit in your opinion?

That you have to “get in shape” before you start. I have actually heard that from a couple of people that I have invited to SPT. No one is in CrossFit shape until they CrossFit. If you are consistent and continue doing it you will get in shape whether you like it or not.


The Faces of SPT-Shelia Butler

Who is Shelia Butler? 

I’m a true West Texas girl through and through. I love my family, good wine, and Crossfit. Although I spent my early career in healthcare, I’ve spent the last 15 years in the furniture and home décor business. I recently co-founded Handley Drive and do a bit of consulting and professional speaking on the topic of business and lean manufacturing/operations.

What is your CrossFit SPT testimony? How did you find it? What was your first experience like?

Things happen for a reason…the CrossFit gym I started with closed for a few months and I had to find a box in the interim before the new gym opened. During that time I met Casie and she introduced me to CrossFit SPT. Needless to say, I never went back to my old gym. Crossfit SPT welcomed me with open arms and I’ve never looked back. Best decision ever.

What is your greatest memory at CF SPT?

I want to say it’s the day that Shannon and Casie pushed me to stop using 55 lbs for every single lift, but I actually think it’s the moment I walked into SPT for the first time and introduced myself to Shannon. She hopped out of her chair, introduced herself and invited me to join a class. I felt at home that day and feel the same way every day I walk in the door.

What is your purpose, your “why”, when you are in the middle of a tough workout?

The truth is…I’m an old parent and I want to be around and not A ROUND parent. I want to enjoy life with my partner and our boys. I want to be healthy. I want to feel young. I want to be better than I was yesterday. I want to be.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of CrossFit in your opinion?

I think the biggest misconception about CrossFit is that it’s too expensive. Yes, it’s more than a membership at a global gym, but that’s because it’s MORE than a membership at a global gym. I think it’s important to look at your health and healthcare expenses to truly determine what’s expensive. Preventative care and maintenance is much less expensive…and it’s fun.

The Faces of CrossFit SPT-Tim Mullen

Who is Tim Mullen?

He’s husband to the most wonderful woman in the world, a father of three and a grandfather of three (and counting).  He’s a reader, a golfer, a lacrosse coach, an avid sports fan, somewhat of a political junkie, an engineering/science geek and an equally avid wine drinker.  He has loved 98.6% of the days he has worked in the Oil & Gas Industry, and questions the validity of the other 1.4% of those days.

What is your CrossFit SPT testimony? How did you find it? What was your first experience like? 

When Crossfit SPT walked into the back quarter of (then Velocity, now) Victory, they walked into my life.  I had been doing Crossfit as I travelled to Denver each week for three years, and when I returned to work in the DFW area, I was attending Velocity classes.  Crossfit classes in general depend upon the programming, and at first I was skeptical.  But the programming at SPT is hands down the best programming of any of the boxes I have ever been to, and this is why SPT is the only place I will now go (unless travelling for work).

What is your greatest memory at CF SPT?

Gina and I love the Friday Light Nights, they are such a good experience of friends, frivolity and fitness competition.  Also, I would include the day I PR’d my back squat at 5 lbs more than Tim Brown (Tim the Greater).  I still have no idea how that happened and to this day I think they spray painted ’45 lbs’ over top of the 25 lb plates for me.  Regardless, we have video, so it really did happen.

What is your purpose, your “why”, when you are in the middle of a tough workout? 

I keep looking forward to starting my dream of recreating Genghis Khan’s dominance of Central Asia with the Mongolian Hordes.  That notwithstanding, I keep telling myself, “There’s Torchy’s Tacos at the end of this workout”.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of CrossFit in your opinion?

You know how to tell if someone is a pilot or does Crossfit?  Don’t worry, they’ll tell you in the first 20 seconds of the conversation.  The biggest misconception is that of Crossfit people being this “live-Crossfit-or-die” mentality, when in reality it is just a great group of middle America who enjoy the comradery, competition and challenge of Crossfit.

The Faces of SPT-Robyn Frascella

Who is Robyn Frascella?

I am a chef by trade with a background in nutrition. I am incredibly lucky that I am able to have a job that I love, playing with food all day. Miguel and I have been married for almost 28 years, spending a few of those years in Venezuela where our oldest, Michael, was born. He is now grown and has flown the coop. We still have Daniel at home who is up here at SPT working out when he’s not at basketball.

What is your CrossFit SPT testimony?

Before I started Crossfit, I was running a lot, playing indoor soccer and doing a little yoga to stay fit. What I really wanted was to find a sport that that would help me build more strength and maintain mobility. I was really curious about Crossfit, I had heard great things about it but I wasn’t sure I could do it.

How did you find CrossFit?

Back in the fall of 2015, Daniel was trying out a class at SPT. When it was over, Shannon walked out with him to talk to me about him doing an On Ramp class to learn the fundamentals. I thought, this my chance to try Crossfit too. Shannon’s timing was perfect, I had no chance to chicken out!

What was your first experience like?

When we started that On Ramp class, I had never picked up a barbell in my life and was not super comfortable with even being in a gym. I thought, how do you even use this strange equipment and what the heck is a quad? It was a new challenge but it was empowering at the same time. I loved it from the beginning. Shannon and Casie have been amazing coaches, incredibly patient and inspiring. They are constantly encouraging and pushing me to do my best.

What is your greatest memory at CF SPT?

It’s hard to name just one! Last year’s Murph is a good one. It’s fun to have everyone bring their families up to workout together. It’s a great sense of community. What I have also enjoyed is watching SPT grow. Back when I started, sometimes it was just me and Hadi in the 7am class. It’s been great to meet new people and watch the gym grow so much!

What is your purpose, your “why”, when you are in the middle of a tough workout?

What keeps me going is the thought of how good it will feel when it’s over! Actually, what gets me through is that I refuse to quit. Knowing that it benefits me in so many ways, not only am I physically stronger but mentally too. I have ankylosing spondylitis, an auto immune disease that affects certain joints, my spine and my eyes. As it progresses or when it flares every few months, it can be tough but the great thing about Crossfit is that there is always something I can do. Shannon and Casie are great with helping scale workouts, suggesting alternatives to movements or working to help in open gym. So even if you have an injury or maybe a mobility issue, they can still help you get a challenging workout.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of CrossFit in your opinion?

This is a great question because I can say personally that I used to think Crossfit was a crazy intense sport that only people with distant Icelandic relatives could do. It is really a sport that anyone can do, regardless of age or ability. All it takes is a positive attitude and a willingness to work.

The Faces of CrossFit SPT-Maria McIntyre

Who is Maria McIntyre?

I feel like I am a 16 year old living in a 41 year old’s life! I am amazed by life every single day. I have been practicing immigration law since 2003 and have an immigration law practice in Irving. My days are spent translating confusing statutes and laws into common, every day language while cracking a few jokes in the process. In 2014, I decided to become a certified yoga instructor; hence, creating my part-time job. My yoga classes are focused on moving the body with the breath, which hopefully allows one to GET OUT OF THEIR HEAD and just let the body open and strengthen!

What is your CrossFit testimony? How did you find it? What was your first experience like?

I was a sporadic member at a local gym. When my husband decided to make the switch to SPT, I became a sporadic member at SPT. In November 2015, I hastily (and without much thought) signed up for the 1st Annual Fall Brawl with the best partner ever, Lauren Parks… I figured I should probably start regularly attending classes so as to not make a total fool of myself and most importantly, Laruen! In those couple of weeks leading up to the Fall Brawl, Shannon worked with us a lot and made CrossFit less intimidating. I had pretty much never worked with a barbell, always opting for dumbbells. When Shannon explained the body’s form and mechanics while going through the different movements, it actually aligned with much of my yoga training.

What is your greatest memory at CF SPT?

Greatest memories are always cheering people on during the Fall Brawl or Open workouts! You may or may not know who is competing, but the SPT community always comes together to encourage others regardless if they are leading the pack or the last to finish. Seeing someone do well literally brings me to tears!

What is your purpose, your “why”, when you are in the middle of a tough workout?

I grew up playing the oboe and competed regularly at the state and national level. (Yes-I know… super random!) I was very fortunate that I had enough natural ability to do well without much effort. My band director, probably the most influential person in my life to date, PUSHED me hard and often left me in tears. He was literally in my face, yelling that I could do better, but the yelling served to drown out any thoughts in my head which just allowed me to perform. This completely shaped who I am as an adult, as I can still block out those thoughts in my head and “do my thang” when things get tough regardless if it is at court or during a WOD. There is always someone in CrossFit who is (positively) yelling at you/encouraging you to continue. In a weird, demented way, the screams serve as a great comfort and an eerie similarity to my childhood which allow me to find that extra push during tough workout.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of CrossFit in your opinion?

CrossFit is about fitness and COMMUNITY! It is about pushing yourself to the best of your ability but also pushing your neighbor to the best of theirs. CrossFit is about celebrating accomplishments both big and small regardless whether the accomplishment belongs to you or another.

The Faces of SPT-Sean Galaise

Who is Sean Galaise?

I spent my early years growing up on the beaches of southern California but have been a proud Texan for 30 years! I am a father, husband and brother. Before starting crossfit, I was active with various memberships to global gyms, recs, etc. and always tried the newest fad diet. Obviously nothing I was doing had that “impact” or sustainability that I wanted to create. I had actually tried several local crossfit gyms before finding my home at SPT.

What is your CrossFit SPT testimony?

SPT is more than a community of good people, its also a place where the coaches invest in their athletes fitness goals while embracing the shortcomings and celebrating the achievements.

How did you find us?
What was your first class at CFSPT like?

I was a “drive-by” drop in my first time at SPT. Everybody in the gym introduced themselves and welcomed me to the class. Coach Shannon took the time to ask about my fitness history, any limitations I had, etc. – she took the time to make sure I was comfortable. It felt different – she cared about my safety and fundamentals of the lift and not how many plates were on the barbell. I knew at that point, I was in the right place.

What is your greatest memory at CF SPT?

I have quite a few great memories, like PR’s, but my “ah-ha” moment came in December 2016. I reached out to Coach Casie because I wanted to commit myself to getting better with lofty (crazy) fitness goals, but didn’t know how to get there. That changed everything – my dedication to the program, creating lifestyle changing eating habits, learning about supplements and most importantly….the results.

What is your “why” when you are in the middle of a tough workout?

My why – “Get better, embrace the suck and it will be over soon!”

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of CrossFit in your opinion?

I think for men, the biggest misconception is that you have to be in great shape or a weight lifter to start Crossfit. Nobody is there to judge you, they are all there to support you and help you get better. If you have an ego, I promise you, there is somebody out there that is stronger and faster. People in the SPT community will respect you for your effort, not your strength or speed.