Introducing the CrossFit Houma Team

Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.

Our Founder


Brian Ellender

My wife, brother and I started the FIRST CrossFit affiliate in Louisiana in 2007. CrossFit was unlike anything we had ever done before in its effectiveness and were excited to bring something healthy and new to our town.

Little did we know what it would turn in to.

Having athletes, those who had never been in a gym before as well as seniors among our first clients, we quickly learned how to adapt effective exercises for those at completely different levels of health and fitness. Understanding that accountability, nutrition, and personal attention were the keys to clients reaching their goals and learning how to maintain or surpass those goals, we developed our Personal Training programs in order to help clients where they need it the most: getting a solid start that gives them the tools to continue a healthy lifestyle long after that first session is done (after all, how long do you want to be healthy for? Likely more than just this year!).

This grew into our current philosophy of serving our clients’ goals through the framework of the 4 Pillars of Health: Nutrition, Movement, Recovery, and Community. We teach our clients healthy eating, how to move well, and properly recover, all in a fun, safe, and family-friendly atmosphere, which has grown into a community of friends and family that we never could have imagined when we started.

Brian Ellender: Owner, Head Trainer

Head Personal Trainer
Trained directly by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman and coaches “Eva,” “Nicole” and “Annie”
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Starting Strength Seminar
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
CrossFit Kids Certified
CrossFit Trainers Prep Course
CrossFit Judges Cert ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18
CrossFit Scaling Course
ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
Gayle Hatch Olympic Lifting Certified
Eva T Certified Fitness Programmer
Pose Running Method
Health Blogger
Clean Nutrition Enthusiast and NICE GUY!

Our Professional Coaches


Junko Matsumoto Ellender

Co-owner, Co-founder and Trainer
Head of CrossFit Kids Program
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
CrossFit Endurance Certified
CrossFit Kids Certified
Gayle Hatch Olympic Lifting Certified
Eva T Fit Lifestyle Seminar 2X Attendee
Mom and Motivator!

Katie Prestenbach

Trainer, Personal Trainer
CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CrossFit Judges Cert
Personal Trainer
Eva T Fit Lifestyle Seminar Attendee
Starting Strength Seminar
Retention Specialist
Office Manager
Paleo Enthusiast
Our 1st pregnant CrossFitter Mom and Pink Lover!


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