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Our Trainers

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CrossFit Trainer

Talon Smith

Talon is the owner of CrossFit L 3 which grew from SHAG CrossFit and SHAG Fitness. Talon left the 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 his 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

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CrossFit Trainer

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

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CrossFit Trainer

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 to help individuals reach their desired goals. 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
🏆 3rd 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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CrossFit Trainer

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

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Jay Marwan

Jay works as a Transportation Engineer for the City of Fort Worth and has a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering. 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

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Kyle Vargo

Kyle currently works as a design engineer for an 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 bodyweight 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

Contact us and Join the Team

We love our team! If you want to be part of CrossFit L3 drop us an email on what makes you a perfect fit, or contact Talon at (817) 296-1769 or talon@crossfitl3.com.



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