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.


7th Anniversary + Holiday Party || December 12

Hey CFA! It’s time to celebrate!
7th Anniversary WOD + Holiday Party + Celebrating with our CFA Family!

Join us on Saturday, December 12th to celebrate CrossFit Austin’s 7th Year down here in South Austin!

Part 1: Anniversary WOD – Regular class times – 9 & 10 am at CrossFit Austin! {Members Old & New – feel free to bring a pal!}

Part 2: Meet us at District Kitchen+Cocktails where the real party starts! We’ll meet at 1:00 pm for drinks + CFA awards {Bitter Burpee awards & Push Up Man and Woman of the Year!}

Check out last year’s award winners {HERE}

Bust out your favorite holiday duds {or} tacky holiday outfit to WOD in and let’s have a Holly Jolly Holiday Party!


December Athlete of The Month: Christina Gustavson!

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 December Athlete of the Month is Christina Gustavson! Christina chooses to end her days with us, typically hitting the 6:30 or 7:30 pm classes. She joined CrossFit Austin back in July of 2014 and is definitely one of our #badassbabes. She is full of drive, continuously working toward her goals and taking all the right steps to get there. In addition to all the hard work she puts into class, she’s recently added 1-on-1 sessions with Coach Tim to her training schedule to lock down her goals. She’s an awesome person to hang out with in and outside of the gym. Come hang out with her and you’ll see why she’s our AOM! Congratulations Christina! We are thrilled to have you as this month’s Athlete of the Month.

State your Name and/or Nickname please:cg1
Christina (I’m too cool for a nickname) 🙂

Words to live by?
“Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods.”

What is your fitness background?
I played high school sports, floundered at globo gyms for many years, found CrossFit, and haven’t looked back since.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
3-ish years.

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
Murph was my first CrossFit workout. I felt nothing because I died.

I love looking back to that day because I can clearly see the progress I’ve made. I thought the athletes who did Murph unscaled were super-human. I’m not yet strapping on a 20lb vest, but the journey to doing unscaled, high-volume pull ups and push ups has been both challenging and glorious.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
CFA has a good balance of fun, and serious but sustainable programming. (The people are pretty awesome, too).cg2

Current Training Goals/PRs?
To get a damn muscle-up.

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Look to other athletes for inspiration, but not comparison. Your journey is your own. Leave your ego at home and celebrate the small victories.

What is your cheat meal go to?
Pizza. All day.

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
Probably the first workout with pull ups where I didn’t have to use a band

cg3If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
I love the most hated movements

Synonymously, I would call it The B*tch:

25 min AMRAP
200m run
15 Wall balls
15 Thrusters
15 Burpees
15 double unders

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I don’t discriminate and enjoy doing just about anything physically or mentally active.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I can teach you a lot of profane phrases in Vietnamese. 😉

Longhorns or Aggies?

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
It’s a slow process. Don’t make it slower by quitting.


Black Friday at CrossFit Austin!

CrossFit Austin has some amazing deals for Black Friday! All deals are in limited supply so get them while they last! These deals will begin on Wednesday {11/25} and run through Cyber Monday {11/30}

CrossFit Austin’s Prep Course:
$100 Group Prep {limited to 12 deals} Regularly priced – $200 {purchase online with code: PREPSGIVING2015} *The Prep begins Mon. Nov. 30!
$200 Private Prep {limited to 2 deals} Regularly priced – $250 {purchase online with code: PRIVATEPREPSGIVING2015}
[choose “personal training” from the drop down menu, then Private Prep]

CrossFit Austin Memberships:

12-Month Unlimited Group Class Membership – Paid In Full
$1500 for 12-months of Unlimited Group Classes
($2028 Full Price – Save $528)

6-Month Unlimited Group Class Membership – Paid In Full
$1200 for 6-months of Unlimited Group Classes
($900 Full Price – Save $300)

Limited to 3 offerings of each – When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Current Members: 12 Months of Unlimited Classes begins on the first day of your next month’s current contract ‘start’ date

New Members: 12 Months of Unlimited Classes begins on the day of your purchase

No Refunds Available // Prices Do Not Include Tax

Contact us to purchase!


**Don’t forget our New Member November deals running through November 30th!


Last Call for Hoodies!



Last chance to pre-order your CrossFit Austin Hoodie!

Get your order to Genevieve ( by Friday, November 13th!


Eco Black (dark heather grey) with green print

“Eco Fleece” – Eco Fleece is 50%Poly/46%Cotton/4%Rayon – Basically, warm & cozy.

Size chart (Unisex)– XS – 2XL – see fit guide photo attached
**XS not listed on photo**:
Chest is 33-35″
Waist is 25-27″