February Athlete of The Month: Lee Perry!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our February Athlete of the Month is Lee Perry! Lee is celebrating his 1 Year Anniversary with CrossFit Austin today! He’s now training under the CFA competition programming so you’ll most likely catch him in the evenings. Lee is one of the most giving people we’ve ever met and he’s always there to help anyone who needs it. He works hard and is always focused on his goals, but tell him yours and he’ll help you get there too!  Outside of the gym, Lee is always along for the ride at our social events and is part of the “Unofficial CFA Welcoming Committee.” We’re so happy to have Lee in our community and proud to announce him as this month’s Athlete of the Month. Congratulations Lee and thanks for all you do!


State your Name and/or Nickname please:

Words to live by?

What is your fitness background?
Played football, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and wrestled through High School. While in the Army we stayed fit. Furthermore, I coached all levels of various athletics (team sports) through 2013. Though while coaching… my personal fitness was a fail. I have a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certification.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
First day in a CrossFit Box was July 1, 2013. (2 ½ years)

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel?
Embarrassed, nervous, ridiculous and mad as F*@k that I allowed myself to be in such bad shape… both physically and emotionally.

PLEASE NOTE: All of those feelings rapidly faded as I tried to find my breath after the “warm-up” for elements class.  Nothing else mattered but trying to find air at that point. It was horrible, but at the same time it was a reminder of why I needed to be there. Seriously opened my eyes, but not my lungs, in fact I’m pretty sure my lungs collapsed that day.  I could not breathe. Needless to say, the next day I could not move either. I had no choice but to love it.

How do you compare it to workouts today?
Today I crave and look forward to getting into the gym as much as possible. So much so that I built one in my garage so that I can train any time I’d like. I enjoy lifting and volume the most. Now if I cannot breathe or I become sore, I know I am doing something good for myself.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
Community… Though for me that is a combination of athletes, coaches, staff, programming and equipment. Frankly, one does not go without the other.  CFA checks all the boxes!

Current Training Goals/PRs?
It’s always to become stronger across the board. There is no substitute for strength in my opinion.  Though to become stronger functionally there are many areas that need to be addressed besides just slinging weight. For example form on the lifts and gymnastic skills. I’d like to pull a 585# Deadlift this year (currently @ 520#).

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit? lee2
JUST KEEP GOING! Trust the process, it is proven. It does work. If you want testimony of that come find me and we can talk.

What is your cheat meal go to?
Let me dazzle you with my creativity here, PIZZA!

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
Anytime I see improvement. Proud that I have competed in CrossFit numerous times (love that) and ran a Super Spartan.

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
You can call it “Lee” if you want, but I call it “Dead Row”

EMOM for 30 Minutes
Even Minute: 2 Deadlifts @ 405 (30 reps total)
Odd Minute: 10 Cal Row (150 calories total)

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I’ll try just about anything. To relax I draw horribly. I truly enjoy coaching others as well.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I weighed 450+ lbs when I began CrossFit 2 ½ years ago.

Longhorns or Aggies?
HORNS! Sorry Wes. HOOK’EM!

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…Lee3
Help the new or the struggling. It was you once, and you will struggle at some point.

As necessary I try to help the new athlete. I cannot express in words exactly what it feels like to be new in a CrossFit Box without any experience.  It just sucks and feels awkward. So any assistance I received early on was always welcomed.  It’s the simple things that baffle the newer folks… like how to put wrist wraps on, turning on a rower, where are the damn bar clips, what are all those damn acronyms etc…

Because I felt like I was new for a really long time (still do at times), I try to ensure my fellow (new) athletes are relaxed and can enjoy what they are doing for themselves. That’s not say that I won’t assist the seasoned vets (who likely need the most help). It’s just that “my goal” is to get as many people moving as possible. Ensuring the new folks are comfortable goes a long way in their sustainability in the gym.

Lastly, I have stolen this from another CFA Athlete, but it’s a good one… “Be kind to yourself.”



TOMORROW starts The Fittest Games! We want to wish our folks the very best of luck as they go out to compete this weekend. Austin Coover, Isaiah Rosario, and Matt Milldrum will be competing as Individuals and Team CrossFit Austin will have Stacey Magnesio, Leigh LeGare, Josh Harris, and Tim Garland. Go get ’em guys!

Below is the schedule for Friday and Saturday. Let’s get out there and show them some love!


8:00 – 8:20 /Team CFA / Pad 2, Gym Dense
8:20 – 8:50 /Austin Coover/ Pad 3, OHS Ladder
10:00 – 10:20 /Team CFA/ Pad 1, Cardio Density
10:50 – 11:00 /Isaiah Rosario/ Pad 2, Gym Dense

12:05 – 12:15 PM /Matt Milldrum/ Pad 2. Gym Density
12:30 – 1:10 PM /Team CFA / Pad 3, OHS
1:03 – 1:33 PM /Austin Coover/ Pad 1, Cardio Density
2:20 – 2:30 PM /Matt Milldrum/ Pad 3, OHS
3:30 – 3:40 PM /Austin Coover/ Pad 2, Gym Density
3:40 – 4:10 PM /Isaiah Rosario/ Pad 3, OHS

8:50 – 9:10 /Isaiah Rosario/ Pad 1, Double Fugly
9:17 – 9:25 /Austin Coover/ Pad 2, Kong 2.0
10:30 – 10:50 /Matt Milldrum/ Pad 1, Double Fugly
11:20 – 11:40 /Team CFA/ Pad 2, Fattly Gymnasty

12:53 – 1:01 PM /Isaiah Rosario Pad 2, Kong 2.0
1:48 – 2:06 PM /Matt Milldrum/ Pad 2, Kong 2.0
2:30 – 5:00 PM /All/ Finals

The CrossFit Open Is Coming For You || What To Expect This Cycle

Much to my dismay we are almost through our first full month of 2016, which means we are getting dangerously close to the CrossFit Open. This first full training cycle of the new year is designed to prepare us for the upcoming CrossFit Open, and I’ve included several past Open workouts in our initial test week. We’d also like to encourage all of our athletes new and old to sign up for and participate in the Open.  The Open is a great “benchmark” for athletes, it provides accountability, a goal and a schedule to work towards through the following year. It also forces athlete’s out of their comfort zone that allows them to push through self imposed limitations.  Most importantly Open Saturday’s at CFA are a ton of fun and it’s a great way to enjoy the community and the great people that it’s comprised of.


To register for the open:

  • Login or Create an account here: https://games.crossfit.com/cf/login
  • Follow the instructions to register as an athlete.
  • Choose “CrossFit Austin” as your affiliate and “Team CrossFit Austin 1” as your team


That said here are a few specifics on how this cycle will shake out. It will be a bit different from our normal format since we have the open in the middle of it!


Here is how we will run our training cycle through the open :

Week 1: Test Week (1/18-1/23)

Week 2-6: Base Training Block (1/25 – 2/19)

Week 7-11: CrossFit Open In Season Training (2/21-3/26)
*I’ll include some specific of how our training schedule will look as we get closer to this

Weeks 12 & 13: Transition weeks

My overarching goals for this training cycle are:

  • Improve barbell cycling ability at moderate to heavy loads
  • Improve absolute strength in the Front Squat
  • Improve skill, rhythm, and strength endurance ability in CTB Pull-ups, & TTB
  • Get lots of touches on traditional CrossFit couplets, triplets and chipper to improve workout management strategies, and mental fortitude  

Some specifics you can expect in the base phase:

The days and times you see things will be a bit less predictable this cycle but you can count on  the following

  • CTB / TTB work 3-4 times / week
  • Barbell Cycling work 3-4 times / week
  • Absolute strength work  1-2 times / week
  • CrossFit Daily

A Note on Muscle-ups

We know that muscle-ups will show up in the open and I haven’t left them out of the program totally. In my experience to have a legitimate chance to
achieve a muscle-up you need somewhere in the range of 5 low strict ring dips, 5-7 kip chest to bar pull-ups, and 2-3 strict chest to bar pull-ups. So the plan is to include daily extra credit work that will help folks get to the pre requisites for for muscle-up or help you move towards a muscle-up if you have the listed prerequisite abilities.  

Looking forward to seeing all of our athletes surpass expectations this Open season. Lets get to work!

-Coach Wes

Presenting: Push Up Man & Woman of the Year 2015|| Jose Gonzalez & Mer O’Brien!

If you missed the CFA Holiday/7th Anniversary Party, you might not have heard about our 2015 Push Up Man and Push Up Woman of the Year! We offer our sincerest congratulations to Mer O’Brien & Jose Gonzalez for their outstanding actions that lead to being the recipients of our Push Up Man and Push Up Woman of the Year awards. We are honored to present to you look into the lives of these two special folks.

“The Push-up Man and Woman of the Year exemplify everything that we love about our athletes, our community, and the human spirit. Not only do these people walk through the doors of CFA day in and day out, and work hard to improve themselves; they go out of their way to lift up everyone around them. They make their friends and families a priority over themselves. They lead and encourage by words, actions, and example. They represent the burning spirit of what makes our little South Austin gym unique and special. We at CrossFit Austin can humbly bestow no greater honor and we give our utmost heartfelt thanks that you both have chosen to make our gym, business, family, and lives a better place!”


joserowWhen did you join the CFA community?
So I joined about back in 2013

What is one of your most memorable moments from your early days at CFA? Any ‘newbie’ stories you’d like to share?
So, My most memorable moment was feeling incredibly sore after my first week! Back when my buddy Ed was at CFA I would complain to him how much my body hurt haha. So, my rookie mistake was when I was doing some box jumps, and I was an idiot thinking i didn’t need to reset myself before my next jump, and just like a rookie I totally missed my jump andjoseleg ripped my shins! Erica was coaching and saw me walking away, and she thought I was just quitting the workout, and started calling me out for it, but then she saw my shins, and her attitude changed lol, just look at her awesome tape job!


What is it about CFA that you love or that is different from other sports/programs you’ve tried?
I love the people! if it wasn’t for every one there then I wouldn’t be waking up early each day! and I don’t have to be at work till 1245pm! So, that 630 am crew are some awesome people, but it must also be Mr. T’s jokes haha. There’s nothing better than CFA, or at least that’s how i feel. I use to run, like a lot! or I would go to Golds gym or planet fitness, which are horrible! But the programming at CFA always challenges and pushes me to do better. Working out at those other places didn’t give me the motive to do better, and since I really didn’t know what I was doing; it got old real fast.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time to when you first started CrossFit?
I would of told myself to get oly shoes! lol it took me 2 years to finally buy some.

beforeafterHow did you create long term fitness/CrossFit success for yourself?
Well, at first it was just trying to beat Ed in everything lol, but now its because I look back at where I was and how I never wanna be there again, and how i dont wanna be stuck in a certain lifestyle. So to overcome the urge to drink when I’m stressed, or bored and just wanna eat something; I look at the workout and set a goal for myself, and that helps me keep away from bad habits.

What keeps you motivated? What makes you come in and train on days when you don’t want to?

You mean what keeps me coming 6 days a week!! lol, its the people! It  just seems a bit better knowing im not the only one who hates life after Fran, or whatever crazy workout Wes likes to put together!

Recent PRs?
One of my recent PRs was during pre-test week when i hit 345lbs! on my deadlift!!!joseanded

Current training goals?
Is to eat and drink healthy after the holidays, and do another competition! O and to improve my form, so Erica can stop yelling at me in Oly class lol

Tell us about an obstacle you have had to work through in your training. How did you work through it?
I always have to deal with negative thoughts on I can’t do this or I can’t do that. I’m probably my own worst critic, but I always shut that out by pushing myself harder, and showing up.

What does the Push Up Man title mean to you?
It really means a lot to me! This is honestly my first trophy, and it helps remind me that changing my life 10 years ago was totally worth it!

Thoughts upon winning the title?
I’m still in shock that I was picked, and when hearing Wes give the speech about the reward, I kept thinking, “Man I should be nicer to people, and to stop complaining about the workouts!”

How will you use your new found Push Up Man glory?
I’ll use it as a reminder that all the sweat, blood, and tears was worth every second, and as a way for me to help those who might be in that same spot that I was in, and to let them know they can do anything if they set their mind to it.

What is your cheat meal go to?
Pizza and a 6 pack of lonestar!

Leave the fine folks of CFA with some parting wisdom.
Thanks again to all the coaches and members who has helped me push myself everyday! and for just being awesome people!



When did you join the CFA community?
I joined CFA on October 5, 2011.

What is one of your most memorable moments from your early days at CFA? Any ‘newbie’ stories you’d like to share?
I loved the competition I did with LV in which we dressed up like Olivia Newton John on psychedelics. I remember that I had walking pneumonia during that event and had to lie down in the parking lot afterwards for something like twenty minutes. But I recall there was a great, fun energy to that event.

As a Newbie, I had the hardest time getting straight the difference between a snatch grip and a clean grip – not sure why. Oh, and there was the one and only time I wore makeup/mascara to the gym. Apparently it was not sweat-proof and ended up all over my face, black lines streaming down, and no one told me! When I got home, my husband thought I had bruises on my face, and that I had gotten beaten up at the gym.

What is it about CFA that you love or that is different from other sports/programs you’ve tried?
There is vulnerability inherent in doing/trying things outside of one’s comfort zone, and being privy to that vulnerability in myself and in others is something I find very touching, and feel very privileged to experience.

mer jumpWhat advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time to when you first started CrossFit?
I wish I had been able to pay attention to my own work and my own progress, and to not compare myself to others in the gym. It’s okay to run the slowest mile — we all have our strengths. I now find it most useful to look at struggles as motivators.

How did you create long term fitness/CrossFit success for yourself?
I’ve always loved sports and exercise, but as far as Crossfit success, I think it’s about making it a habit to show up.

What keeps you motivated? What makes you come in and train on days when you don’t want to?
I love being with the CFA community, so knowing that I will get to spend time with people I enjoy makes coming to the gym easy. I also really like challenges, so the fact that every workout offers that opportunity keeps me motivated to try harder than the day before (most of the time 🙂 ).

Huh? When are you going to start being open on Sundays?

Recent PRs?
I’m starting to be able to string together TTB. (I found my bicycle 😉 )

Current training goals?
I have a few things, but mostly I’d like to lose the red band once and for all, and push harder during runs.

Tell us about an obstacle you have had to work through in your training. How did you work through it?
I could not get double unders for the longest time. I would come into open gym every week and work and work and all I’d end up with were red marks on my legs. Finally, I was able to hold my arms and wrists properly, and not try to hurdle a horse on every jump. Now I really love doing double unders. Mostly the secret for me to DU’s is to relax and enjoy them.merfamily

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The Push Up Woman title means the golden rule wins. I always tell my kids that kindness will take them a long way. And keeping a positive attitude is key.

In order to really answer this question I would have to open my heart and dump it out in front of you. I feel this honor very deeply. I am in awe of the people at CFA, and to be singled out is incredibly humbling. To stand beside Jose, whom I admire so much as an athlete and as a kind and gracious person, is the most humbling part of all.

Honestly, it’s hard to use any sort of glory that I still can’t quite believe exists! This award makes me know that the tougher times were worth it – the times I would cry from frustration early on after workouts, or those times I felt I couldn’t do one more squat clean. But I have to say, I will always hate Turkish getups and will continue to have the urge to sandbag those reps whenever possible.

What is your cheat meal go to?
I love warm bread and butter.

Leave the fine folks of CFA with some parting wisdom.
I think wisdom comes from curiosity. I can’t wait to find out what’s in store tomorrow, and the next day, and on and on. Thank you so much to the entire Crossfit Austin family for making my cheeks hurt from smiling – you guys are quite bunch.



New Year = New You! || Whole Life Challenge 2016

New Year = New You

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you” -Zig Ziglar

Change can be challenging. Yet without a challenge, there can’t be change. With 2016 right around the corner, the new year brings new opportunity for new starts, new goals, new challenges… new change.


Every New Year CrossFit Austin has offered a challenge to kickstart the goal setting in fitness and nutrition for all those up for it. 2016 will be our 2nd year hosting a team for The Whole Life Challenge. Last year, we saw some awesome results and had great time working through the challenges & celebrating our weekly wins with our teammates. We hope you’ll consider joining us on this journey again!

Whole Life Challenge is part fitness, part nutritional and body composition, and part accountability challenges. Our goals for each 2016 Whole Life Challenger are:

  • Mental + emotional preparation for the longevity of a healthy lifestyle {awareness + action}
  • Individual fitness gains
  • Creation of lasting habits for individualized nutritional and body composition success
  • Physical & nutritional preparation for the 2016 CrossFit Open


You + Whole Life Challenge = Team CrossFit Austin

Challenge = Change // Goals = Gains

{What is it?}

While everyone wants to look and feel better, it can be a challenge to know how or where to start. The Whole Life Challenge focuses you on the key areas of your life that produce real, life long changes. Playing together with your friends and family in a fun and motivating daily game, you’ll create new healthy habits that last long after it ends.

The Whole Life Challenge focuses on 7 daily habits that you will learn and create for yourself as you journey through.

These 7 Daily Habits are:

    • Nutrition. Your food choices have the single greatest impact on your health, well-being, and community. When you make choices that keep you healthy, you give yourself the fuel to fulfill all of who you are. {Choose the level that is right for you}
    • Exercise. Humans are designed to move daily. Whether through workouts, activity, or simply enjoying the full use of your body, daily movement keeps you healthy and vital.
    • Mobility. In a sedentary world, our bodies get stuck. Daily mobility and stretching helps you move the way nature intended and continue enjoying freedom of movement into your later years.
    • Sleep. Modern schedules tend to dictate how many hours of sleep we’re entitled to. A practice of increasing that time, even by a little bit, can make big strides in robust health.
    • Hydration. More than anything, your body is made of water. This habit ensures that your body gets enough of its most basic resources for life.
    • Lifestyle Practice. The {WLC weekly lifestyle practices} turn a life into your life. Learn to step back, take stock, connect, and turn your attention to what is really important to you.
    • Reflection. Looking back, looking inward, or looking forward, daily reflection draws your awareness to what is working and what needs your attention today.

{How Do I Play?}

The {Challenge} begins with taking your preliminary measurements and completing a scalable workout that will be repeated at the end.

Throughout the 56 day challenge you will post your scores in the 7 categories listed above. The Challenge is designed in a way that we can work as a team to check in with and support each other on a daily basis. 

To close out the Whole Life Challenge, you will repeat the preliminary measurements and workout to gauge how far you’ve come! But, it doesn’t end there! The Whole Life Challenge is designed to help you make healthy lifestyle changes that last.

{How Do I Register?}

You can register through the Whole Life Challenge {website}. Once you have registered, you can join Team CrossFit Austin (under the “My Profile” tab) to participate with the community!

Registration from now until January 4th, 2016 is only $39.

Registration from January 5, 2016 forward is $49.

Kick-off Seminar is Saturday, January 16th! Join us!


Congratulations to our award winners!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our 7th Anniversary & Holiday Party this past weekend! It meant so much to have everyone come together and celebrate with us. We’d like to take a moment to recognize our new Push Up Man & Woman winners, as well as those who were bestowed with the most prestigious Bitter Burpee Awards 😉 Congrats you guys!

Push Up Man & Push Up Woman of the Year
Jose Gonzalez & Meredith “Mer” O’Brien!

“The Push-up Man and Woman of the Year exemplify everything that we love about our athletes, our community, and the human spirit. Not only do these people walk through the doors of CFA day in and day out, and work hard to improve themselves; they go out of their way to lift up everyone around them. They make their friends and families a priority over themselves. They lead and encourage by words, actions, and example. They represent the burning spirit of what makes our little South Austin gym unique and special. We at CrossFit Austin can humbly bestow no greater honor and we give our utmost heartfelt thanks that you both have chosen to make our gym, business, family, and lives a better place!”


Bitter Burpee Awards

Iron Throne Award (Most likely to have to use the bathroom during class)
Mr. T

Golden Shoe Award (Kicks on point!)
Isaiah Rosario

Blood (Nick Piacente) Sweat (Zach Lane) & Cheers (Lee Perry)
(Most Accident Prone, Sweatiest, and Cheerleader)

Mighty Mouse Award (May be small, but they pack a big punch!)
Nicole Seltman & Austin Coover

“Mr. & Mrs. Liftmas” (Gym Couple)
Thuy Vy Mai & Matt Cecilio

“Old Balls” (Veteran Member of the year) + “Yoda” (Veteran Mentor Member)
Mitch Tabera

Daddy’s Home Prize Pack || Get your chance to win on Thursday 12/10

“Who’s Your Daddy?” There is nothing wrong with a little competition! We’re partnering with Paramount Pictures again in anticipation of their new film Daddy’s Home.


DADDY’S HOME follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading father (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

While you won’t be competing for our affection, you will be competing for the chance to win a prize pack full of awesome gear.

How it works:
Everyone that comes to class Thursday (12/10) will be entered into the drawing for the prize packs. The MALE & FEMALE with the best scores of the day will have 5 additional entries into the drawing! On Friday morning we’ll add the top male and female’s additional entries and do the final drawing. Make sure you get your name in the box when you come to class!

The WOD:
20:00 AMRAP
50 Cal Row
40 Wall Balls
30 Burpees
20 Pull-ups
10 Power Snatches
*Rounds or reps recorded

Prize packs will include one of each of the following: (awarded to 1 male and 1 female)

  • DADDY’S HOME GrillerCooler
  • DADDY’S HOME Bottle Opener Cup
  • DADDY’S HOME Basketball
  • DADDY’S HOME Tech Accessory Holder
  • DADDY’S HOME Hoodie
  • DADDY’S HOME Mini Foosball Table

*Stop by the front office to check out the goods!

We will also have passes available to the advance screening on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 PM at Galaxy Highland 10.