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success story with Eugene Hunt

this is a great discussion with an amazing man, an inspiration to so many people in The CrossFit Combine and SHT community, Eugene Hunt, or as we like to call him Gene the Machine.

scroll down for recommended reading and resources associated with this episode.


below we have a little write-up, written in Gene’s own words :⁠)


Gene’s brief bio.

I’m a local product of Henderson, Nevada born and raised. Graduated Basic High School in
1972. Yes, I am 65. Graduated twice from UNLV with a BS in Engineering and an MBA. Started
work in 1981 at the Nevada Test Site with EG&G (diagnostic field engineer) and now Mission
Support and Test Services as a Manager of scientific personnel. Married with four adult kids.


The good stuff – Getting back into shape.

I have been active most of my life. But there were times that this was not so. In my 50’s battling a series of injuries including my heart, feet, hands, back, knee and shoulders. The back was damaged hitting a tree skiing. I don’t recommend doing that. Operations for ACL replacement, surgeries on feet, hand and my heart.

I’m 6’3” tall and during this time my weight reached 235 lbs. Following heart surgery for Atrial Fibrillation my doctor said I give you one year to bring your high blood pressure under control. That was 6 years ago at age 59.

One day on travel I went to the hotel workout room began walking on a treadmill and doing some weights. I started to reduce caloric intake (small lunches with little carbs) and began working out at home. More walking and weights. Over the course of 18 months, I lost 35 lbs. I thought I was in good shape. Lots of ups and downs throughout that process.


Then came CrossFit and SHT.

I received a one-month free membership to The CrossFit Combine and after the elements class, I took my first real CrossFit class with the 5 am Guinea Pig Crew.  It was something with thrusters – OMG I nearly throw-up. I have been going ever since.

I continued with CrossFit, and eventually ended up coming across the SHT, and finally learned how to eat the right way, in a way that makes sense.  CrossFit along with better eating practices (what to eat, when to eat, how to eat), my weight is now under 180lbs.


How I am TODAY.

The daily support and encouragement I get from the Combine coaches (Ryne, Paul, John, and Colby) and the SHT program (Paul), including the constant information and support from programs, seminars, emails, and posts,  has given me so much positive physical and mental energy. I’m in the best shape both physically and mentally in my life. I’m in the best health of my life.  I want to say thank you and encourage each and everyone to continue your journey for better health. Don’t beat yourself up always praise yourself life is not easy its meant to be enjoyed.


Beneficial changes:

  • clarity.
  • happiness.
  • consistent bowel movements, stronger digestion.
  • stronger and fitter than ever.
  • bloodwork continues to improve.
  • blood pressure is better than ever.
  • know how to eat.
  • know how to do a daily process.


we love Gene the Machine.


resources and links:

Paul C. Tijerina

Paul C. Tijerina | BS MFT CPT NLP | Nutritional Therapist & ATAVIST Life Coach