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      Athletes — Jared Astle

      Tommy Vinas: 2017 Crossfit Game's Athlete / Coach

      Tommy Vinas: 2017 Crossfit Game's Athlete / Coach

      Tommy Vinas: Crossfit Athlete

      Photo Credit: @rxdarkroom

      “My first time trying American GAINZ, I was truly amazed by how clean this post-workout was. I also was impressed with the rich chocolaty flavor it has, by far the best post-workout I have ever taken. I am super excited to have the opportunity to represent a company that is all about the quality of their products and not just the hype behind it. In American GAINZ I trust.”
      —Tommy Vinas

      Tommy’s athletic abilities were discovered long before the sport of Crossfit. As a child, Tommy had a passion for the pool, and swimming became the platform in which Tommy developed his competitive drive. By the time Tommy entered high school, his skills in the pool led him to the state meet year after year, ultimately placing him top ten consecutive years before graduation.

      The sport of fitness entered Tommy’s life during his junior year of high school; like so many natural competitors, he was hooked. Without hesitation Tommy earned his level 1 certification and began to feed his hunger for teaching others as a coach at Crossfit Fury (Arizona) in the South West Region. A few of Tommy’s most notable fitness achievements include:

      • Taking 15th at the 2015 South Regional as an 18 year old!!! 
      • Competing as a Pro Individual at the Granite Games
      • Competing side by side with Jared Astle & Cole Marshburn (American GAINZ Athletes) at Wodapalooza as Pro Team
      • Competing as Pro Individual at the Infinite Strength Games, taking 2nd place behind Marcus Filly

      Tommy is American GAINZ Nutrition’s youngest athlete, and with the world at his feet, Tommy utilizes his talents to work with and inspire anyone and everyone. During the summers Tommy’s favorite aspect of coaching is getting to interact with and develop the skill sets of Special Olympic kids looking to complete in a triathlon at the end of summer. The rest of the year Tommy is hard at work, mentoring kids & teenagers to achieve their athletic aspirations. Although Tommy’s athletic goal is to become a top Games Athlete, his coaching goal of running a successful student athlete program supporting teenagers is what drives him to succeed.

      “Tommy is a patriot and a great example of the potential of his generation. Without a doubt Tommy will meet and exceed his goals as a coach and athlete and we are thrilled to support him through that journey.”
      —American GAINZ Nutrition

      Bethany Shadburne: 2017 CrossFit Game's Athlete

      Bethany Shadburne: 2017 CrossFit Game's Athlete

      Bethany Branham, crossfit athlete for American GAINZ

      “Words can’t express how thankful I am to both my mentors Jenn & Jared Astle as well as American GAINZ Nutrition for supporting me as I train towards the 2017 CrossFit season.”
      – Bethany ShadburneStreamline Crossfit

      For the overwhelming majority of Bethany’s athletic career, CrossFit wasn’t even an afterthought. It wasn’t until a back injury forced Bethany to retire from an 8-year career in competitive gymnastics that she started developing a more well-rounded skill set taking on several different sports.

      Once fully recovered, Bethany redirected her energy towards the endurance sports, competing in several half-marathons and sprint triathlons. Soon after her running phase, she found herself competing in bodybuilding as a women's physique competitor. Although long distance running and bodybuilding are rewarding in their own right, the void created by no longer competing in gymnastics wasn’t filled.

      It wasn’t until after getting married that Bethany’s husband helped introduce the sport of CrossFit to her as just “something to try.” With the understanding that if you are not currently in the CrossFit cult, the perception of the sport—especially coming from the world of body building—is a bit taboo. None the less, the rest is history!!!

      After the first year of essentially playing and having fun in CrossFit, it seemed obvious that Bethany’s potential in the sport was dying to be hydrated. Her awesome husband then reached out to a games veteran, amazing person, and AGN athlete Jenn Astle (formerly Jenn Jones) for guidance. Only described as “an experience I’ll never forget” early post open in 2016, Bethany found herself working out with the elite Crossfit couple, soon-to-be husband and wife Jenn & Jared Astle following Black Magic Training.

      Over the course of the next 6 months, under the mentorship and guidance of Jared, Bethany’s life has dramatically changed for the better. Bethany has noticed remarkable improvement not only in her athletic capability but also her mindset.  We believe Bethany is on the road to earning great success in this sport and competing at the highest levels.

      Bethany’s short term goals just this year included a 2017 placing at Wodapalooza in Mia in which she finished 1st place in the Rx Division, and of course, achieving a top 20 spot in this year’s 2017 Open in which she rose to the top finishing 1st overall in the South Central Region.  She then went on to place 4th at the South Regional qualifying for the 2017 Crossfit Games in Madison this summer!!!

      “Bethany has displayed extraordinary potential and is the epitome of a 'coach’s dream athlete.' It’s no secret that, when potential meets experience, the sky becomes the limit; we are proud to welcome Bethany to the American GAINZ family and wish her the best of luck in her 2017 CrossFit Season goals."
      —American GAINZ Nutrition