The CrossFit L3 Story

Our founder

Talon Smith

Talon is the owner of CrossFit L 3 which grew from SHAG CrossFit and SHAG Fitness. Talon left active-duty military in 2013 after returning from a combat tour a year prior from Afghanistan and was hired by Shawna Gibson as a trainer. The business grew and Shawna gave Talon the opportunity of a lifetime to partner with her. Talon is currently a Navy Reservist, Emergency Room Registered Nurse and Doctorate of Nursing student. You may recognize Talon from his appearance in the NBC Show Stars Earn Stripes where he was paired with Laila Ali in a military based competition to raise money for veteran charities. At the gym you will see Talon’s wife, daughter, mom and dad working out with classes. While Talon primarily is focused on the back end of the business, you’ll see him coaching a class or two every so often to keep his skills sharp. CrossFit L 3 is truly a family-owned business. Talon’s favorite movement is Snatch and favorite workout is Fran.

2012 CrossFit Asia Regional Qualifier
2x Spartan Ultra Finisher
Hyrox World Championship
Former USAW National Coach
2022 2nd Place Hyrox US National Championship(Men 16-29)
2x 2nd Place Men’s Doubles (16-29) Hyrox Dallas
2022 Hyrox World Championship 5th in age group/15th overall
CrossFit Level 2

Our coaches

Nathan Baez

Nathan is the manager of CrossFit L3. He has a background in a multitude of high school sports but has established himself as a world class athlete in both Hyrox, CrossFit and Olympic lifting. Nathan is also one of the best personal trainers in Fort Worth who is able to tailor programs specific to each individual’s needs and deliver results.
USAW Junior National Qualifier 81kg
2x CrossFit Quarterfinalist
2022 4,000 worldwide/2,000 North America
2022 2nd Place Hyrox US National Championship(Men 16-29)
2018 Texas State Junior Weightlifting Championship Runner up 81kg

2x 2nd Place Men’s Doubles (16-29) Hyrox Dallas
Hyrox World Championship 5th in age group/15th overall
CrossFit Level 1
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Jay Marwan

Jay works as Transportation Engineer for the City of Fort Worth and has a Masters degree in Chemical Engieering. At the gym you with see his better half Ali, who gave him two beautiful children crushing the workouts. Jay’s favorite workout is Annie. Jay has been with Crossfit L 3 since 2013.
2018 Texas State Championship Runner Up 77kg

2019 Texas State Championship Runner Up 77kg

2020 Texas State Championship Third Place 81kg
USAW 5th Overall 2018 National Championship
Texas State Championship
CrossFit Level 1

Ethan Mills

Ethan works as EMT at Medstar and is currently pursuing his Paramedic license. Ethan loves to coach and loves the community even more. He enjoys helping individuals reach their goals and keeps them healthy so he doesn’t have to see them at work(as a medic). Ethan has been with CrossFit L 3 since 2014. Ethan’s favorite movement is clean and jerk.
2018 USAW Junior National Championship Qualifier 77kg
2018 Texas Junior State Champion 77kg
CrossFit Level 1

Kyle Vargo

Kyle currently works as a design engineer for integrated fighter jet group. He holds all Texas State Weightlifting Records for Junior 56kg Lifter and his favorite workouts are Cindy, Murph and pretty much any workout with high volume body weight movements. His favorite movement is Snatch. Kyle has been with CrossFit L 3 since 2014.

2018 USAW Youth National Qualifier 56kg
2018 Texas Junior State Champion 56kg
2nd Place Snatch 2018 National Championship 56kg

Texas Weightlifting Junior State Record Holder 56kg

(3) Records: Snatch 77kg, Clean and Jerk 100kg and Total 177kg
2021 CrossFit Open Quarterfinalist
CrossFit Level 1

Lindsay Abstein

Lindsay is the owner and operator of Mindful Path Nutrition and the mother of two beautiful children. She got her nutrition certification after discovering her daughter suffered from Type 1 Diabetes. She loves helping people reach their goals and has mastered creating sustainable/affordable meal plans with help individuals reach their desired goal. Lindsay’s favorite workout is Karen and her favorite movement is Back Squat with an impressive personal best of 255 lbs. Lindsay has been with CrossFit L3 Since 2013.
Hyrox World Championship Women’s Doubles
8th in age group/14th in World
3d Place Hyrox US National Championship Women’s Doubles(30-39)
Certified Nutrition Coach
Owner Mindful Path Nutrition
CrossFit Level 1

Other notable achievements coaching achievements of CrossFit L 3 Members

1x USAW Tennessee State Scholarship Earned

6 Total National Weightlifting Championship Qualifier
4x Texas Junior State Championships
2x Texas Junior State Runner Ups

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