Meet The Team

  • Laci Johnson
    Laci Johnson Lead Coach

    Laci was born and raised here in Rockport where she and her husband stay active with their two beautiful children. Laci has her Bachelors degree in Nutrition and for the last nine years has taught Nutrition and Culinary Arts to high school students. She just finished her crossfit level 1 testing and is excited to add her fitness knowledge to her nutrition background. “I am a healthy food-n-fitness lover on a mission to educate, support, and empower everyone I work with! While I know the many benefits of eating clean and feeding my body the right foods, I also very much delight in a long (or short), challenging, sweaty workout. I have always had a love for participating in all things sports and being outdoors. I have run numerous races including a half marathon in 2009. I stumbled upon CrossFit in 2011 thanks to some good friends and have never looked back! I love that the workouts are consistently tough and have helped me become stronger. I am committed to assisting others in developing healthy habits as the path to living a life with purpose and reaching their goals.”

  • Samantha Franek
    Samantha Franek Trainer

    Samantha grew up in Rockport, Tx where she was very active in cross country and track. Samantha then attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, whoop! During her college days, Samantha was introduced to the Crossfit method of working out by a friend, and fell in love with the community setting and the workouts! After college, she continued to broaden her fitness horizon and became a Crossfit Certified Level 1 Trainer, Group Barbell Certified Instructor, and Tabata Bootcamp Certified Instructor. Samantha started leading group fitness classes in 2014, on the side of her normal 8-5 job, and is the highlight of her day! Samantha is also a Certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant, and loves helping people become their healthier & happier version of themselves!

  • Emily Mason
    Emily Mason Trainer

    Emily was born and raised in Austin Texas with her older sister and younger brother. Throughout her life they were always outside and involved in many different sports. She received her Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University, and currently working on her Master’s of Education degree in clinical mental health counseling; in addition, Emily is also working on earning her CrossFit level 1 in July. She is currently working in Aransas Pass as a 3rd grade teacher and has lived in Rockport for two years. Emily has competed in three local crossfit competitions respectively placing first, fourth and second. “I’m extremely lucky to have found Zeph’s Gym since moving here. The community has been welcoming and has helped me call this place home. Having the opportunity to work towards fitness goals is very dear to me. The challenge of working out helps me in more ways than just fitness (my students can always tell when I don’t workout). With fitness I can feel myself getting stronger physically and emotionally. Coming to the gym everyday helps me become stronger and more confident in myself each and every day. What I love about fitness is that it can be individualized to meet your own personal needs. The hardest part is getting started, but once you do it’s life changing. I’ve been involved in CrossFit for about four years now, and I never would have dreamed of being where I am now. With hard work and dedication anything is possible. “

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