Featured Athlete: Chase Wert
My name is Chase Wert. I’m 28 and I’m from Lumberton, TX. I’m married to my beautiful wife Ashleigh and we have 3 gorgeous girls Brynlee, Kynleigh, and Demi along with 2 dogs Tex (Lab) and Tula (Pug).
Some people say food is a drug and I would say when I was younger I was an addict and for sure a “stress eater”. My weight has been a battle and a rollercoaster my whole life. In 6th grade in order to play pop warner football, I had to lose weight because I was over the weight limit of 205. At my freshman year football physical I weighed in at 255. By the time sophomore year came around I was 315 and miserable. I was an offensive lineman so, of course, we had to be as big and as strong as possible but I was definitely extremely overweight and unhealthy. After my last season of football I immediately started losing weight and eventually dropped 100 pounds but would continue to go thru ups and downs from that point on. I’ve tried every diet and tons of supplements thru the years… Slim Fast, Atkins, low fat, fat-free, low carb, sugar-free, Keto, vegan, intermittent fasting (which I still do) and many more. Looking back, I don’t know if I would trade being the “fat kid” or the “big guy” because it forced me to go thru adversity and made me stronger.
Fast forward some years to 09/26/16 and my baby girl is born. Thru the pregnancy I had gained some weight but was still in pretty decent shape. Immediately after her birth I got laid off and thru the stress of life I blew back up reaching my highest weight ever of 336 pounds on 1/7/18. I was so discouraged and felt hopeless as I stood at the bottom of the mountain that I had once climbed but my boy Devon said “Hey man, when we move to Lumberton I’m going to start coaching at CFL.” So in April 2018 I joined and it was one of the greatest decisions I ever made.
I was a member at CFL for a short time back in 2012/13 but ended up moving to Beaumont and left. I joined GTC in January of 2014 and would be there until the end of 2016. I’ve know Sean Hardy for a very long time. He was a leader in my youth group and has been a role model to me since I’ve met him. He’s one of the greatest men I know so it only made sense that he married Stephanie who is one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met. Together they’ve created an irresistible environment at CFL. When I explain CF to people I very rarely mention what we actually do because I spend most of the time talking about the people and the community. The people are what make CF what it is. I’ve met and established life long friendships because of it…. I even got married in a CF gym. I plugged into the 6am class with a bunch of guys that hold me accountable and push me every day. Jody, David, and Todd added me to their group text and I’ve never been more motivated and focused on improving in my life. When I don’t feel like showing up I still force myself because I don’t want to let the guys down. On top of their accountability I have coach Shelby who makes sure to push me past my comfort zone and not sell myself short. Plus, I have Devon who is more than happy to remind me that I missed a workout, ate terrible, or that he beat my lift for the day by a pound. I wouldn’t change any of it. I get a lot of compliments for the weight I lift but I’m way more impressed and motivated by people like Shelby and Devon who can lift way over their body weight or someone like Mrs. Linda McClusky who shows up 3 times a week and kills it. I’m an extremely competitive person so every day I can come in and leave it all on the floor I have an immediate feeling of accomplishment.
I am now at 285 pounds and would say I’m close to being in the best shape of my life. I definitely feel like CFL is a family. I look forward to seeing these people every day. The owners, the coaches, and the members make the gym and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.
If you’re a non-member reading this I challenge you to give it a shot… you’ll be glad you did.