Egg Cupcakes Togo

(they are easy to make at the beginning of the week and pop in the microwave in the mornings-if time is an issue, this is a good solution!) (feel free to substitute veggies you prefer)

  • 10-12 eggs
  • 6-8 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 zucchinni/squash, grated
  • 1 red onion, grated
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomato, diced
  • Salt and pepper, garlic salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your muffin cups (the silicone type works best for me).  Using a box grater, grate the zuchinni and red onion (both of which came out of my CSA box this week!).  Whisk your eggs till blended and then add the grated veggies, bacon, and sun dried tomato. Season to your liking.  Using a measuring cup, scoop about 1/4 cup of the egg mixture into each prepared muffin cup.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until egg is set in middle. This batch made 18 Egg Cupcakes.  You can vary the ingredients to match what you have on hand…diced ham, ground beef, chicken sausage.

What’s with all the Rx talk?

by Boone Putney

First let me say that I have a couple main goals when it comes to training you:  To make you a stronger, faster, healthier person… and, more importantly, to keep you safe.

Rx is a term from the medical world that stands for “Prescription” we use it in the CrossFit world to mean that you did a workout “as prescribed.”  So, the infamous Fran workout is 21-15-9 of 95lb Thrusters and Pull-ups.  Any scaling from there would mean the workout was not done Rx.

What must be realized is that the workout “as prescribed” is designed for top-level athletes, and will not and should not be the proper level for most of the people in the gym.

“My goal is to wear the same shoes as Shaquille O’Neal.”

What’s wrong with that statement?  Well… forget about Shaq’s horrible taste in footwear, with the noted exception of the neon-blue CO2 auto-pumps of ’94.  The shoes are designed to fit his specific feet, U.S. shoe size 23 (You know what that means… he has a REALLY big  …bill from the custom shoe store), and even though you can probably get your feet in them and hobble up and down the court, it won’t be pretty and you won’t get much out of it.

First the easy Topic: Safety

We can all understand that in any given movement, there will be a line where a movement becomes unsafe:  too much weight, too fast, for too long, etc.  Even though you MAY be able to pull a 500lb deadlift doing your constipated dog impression, it probably isn’t the best idea.

How’s my form?

If you really want to sit on the couch for the rest of your life, there are better ways to go about it than attempting to shoot your vertebrae out your ass.  If you guys don’t understand this, just ring your call button, and Tommy will come back there and hit you on the head with a tack hammer.

…and now Performance

a.k.a. Results a.k.a Why you guys are in here busting your asses

Wanting to do workouts Rx’d is the same as the Shaq situation.  Although our strength and conditioning programming may look more or less Random, there are set stimuli and responses that we’re trying to achieve through thorough and methodical planning.  These WODs (and strength sessions, skill sessions, movement preparation, and mobility work) are designed to maximize effective time in the gym, and more importantly… drive results (or as Kelly Starrett would say: “dirty sexy nasty performance increases”).

BEWARE: Science & Graphs follow…

There are three metabolic pathways that provide the energy for our movements. These “metabolic engines” are known as the phosphagen pathway, the glycolytic pathway, and the oxidative pathway. The energy production and time domains are displayed above.  The phosphagen pathway dominates intense movements that last less than about ten seconds. The glycolytic pathway, dominates moderate-powered activities that last up to several minutes. The oxidative pathway, dominates low-powered activities, those that last longer than several minutes.  Hint:  You’re probably in the oxidative pathway right now, unless you’re sitting at your preacher curl station reppin’ out sets of 10 while reading this (in which case you’re probably still in your oxidative pathway).  Each one of these metabolic engines will tax different systems and elicit a certain response.  We program for these specific responses.

So, if someone does Fran in 4 minutes, they will achieve the desired stimulus and the designed results.  If someone is stumbling through Fran for 15 minutes, do you see how they might not be getting the same stimulus?  While you will probably still get something out of lifting 95lbs overhead 45 times, if you scale to 65lb thrusters and band pull-ups, to a level where you can get the desired stimulus, you’ll see much better gains in the short and long term.

At the same time, maybe someday we will ask you to do Fran with 95lbs, even though it won’t be easy, and it may take you a little longer, because we’re trying to build your strength and mental capacity that day.  We do these things for a reason, not because we love torturing you, or making you look bad on the world wide internet by displaying your time with some scaling next to your name.  Chances are good that your grandma, or that cheerleader you dated in middle school, or your dog Duke won’t ever even read the results… but come pool-time, everyone will notice.

…So if someday you want to get to the place where you’re one of those top-level athletes who steals Mikko Salo’s milk-money on his way home from the gym… THAT’S AN AWESOME GOAL.  It’s our goal to get you there, but if we want you to do 75lb thrusters so you can stay in the desired metabolic pathways, and generate gains, realize it’s with good reason.  Take your 75lbs and run with it.  Bust out Fran in 2 minutes with perfect form.  Show us you deserve more weight, and keep grinding away.  You’ll get there!  Just understand if it’s not today.

New Website!

Notice something different? …We’ve redesigned the website. Key features include a “Class Login” button on the top right of the screen for easy access to your Mind Body Online Sign-up. We’ve also reorganized things and added some preliminary new content such as leader boards and Travel WODs which will be constantly evolving.

Stay tuned for further upcoming content and resources. If you have any comments/questions/or suggestions, we’d love to hear them. Thanks!

Upcoming Pose Clinic

As promised, we’ve finally secured a Pose Running expert to come help us all improve our running technique.  The 4-hour class will take place on Sunday, March 28th from 11am to 3pm. $100 is a small price to pay for 4 hours of specialized instruction, and a lifetime of improvement. Reserve your spot now!


Join us for 4-hours of improving running performance and comfort through technique, theory, drills, and video analysis with Pose Method® Certified Running Coach Level II, Valerie Hunt.

  • Prevent overuse injuries
  • Move faster with less effort
  • Unlock your natural potential
  • Get better results

Price is $100 for the 4-hour session including individual video analysis.

Class size is limited, so click the link below and register to reserve your spot:


March Athlete: Matt Terry

In an effort to get to know the fine folks of CrossFit Austin, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different CFA athlete.  This month we have Jets fan and Mustache lover Matt Terry….

State your Name and/or Nickname please.
Matthew Douglas Terry, aka Tow Matt which is short for the other white Matt. I would like to vote for changing it to “Stigmatta” due to the blister on my palm from pull-ups

Banquet Manager at the Headliner’s Club

Words to live by?
“What do you expect Thorn, look at the sneakers those guys are wearing. If our guys had sneakers like that, there’s no telling what they could do.” Quote by the basketball coach in Teen Wolf (The Michael J. Fox original, not the lesser sequel starring Jason Bateman)

What is your fitness background?
Played tennis in high school, called me “wild thing” because I never once won a match and would throw absolute tantrums caused by the frustration of sucking

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Started in either August or September of ’09. The first week was so horrible I’ve blocked it out, therefore the exact date is suspect

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
The commradery. I’ve never been a part of anything like it. Wes and Boone have fostered a really kick ass environment for all of us to be the best we can be

What are your training goals?
Two parts. I want my name on the wall and I want to Rx every time. Oh, and I want to be in amazing shape so I can live a long healthy life loving my beautiful wife, Amber, who told me to write this.

Favorite sport or activity?
Golf. You get to drink

Recent adventure you’re planning?
Well I’m on vacation the week of south by………..

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
In kindergarten, me and this kid rusty lawson peed in the reading apple. It was a giant plastic apple you could climb in to read and we peed in it. Sorry Ms. Vickers.

Longhorns or Aggies?
I have serious Longhorn connections through work but was raised bleeding maroon.
I say you can still gig ’em while hookin ’em as well. Why does that sound dirty?

How has moving back into the general mustacheless population affected you over the last two months?
I lost a big piece of myself that day as my facial hair and self respect swirled down the bathroom sink drain. It has been easier stopping to use the restroom at truckstops without being hassled by undercover cops thinking I’m a male prostitute.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words?
You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself. No, not you dummie.


February Athlete: Kristin Shanahan

In an effort to get to know the fine folks of CrossFit Austin, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different CFA athlete.  This month we have Pancho Burpee Afficianado Kristin Shanahan….

State your Name and/or Nickname please.

Kristin Shanahan aka Pistin, Pisticle, Pist, Fritters, Fritts, Kris, Krispy, K, Snatch Monster, Ridiculously Strong (hahahahahahaha)


I pscyhoanalyze you…that’s right YOU! Now you’re all paranoid! Just kidding, maybe. I’m finishing up my masters in counseling – marriage and family therapy.

Words to live by?

“Pay no attention to the faults of others,
things done or left undone by others.
Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.”

What is your fitness background?

I was a ridiculously good runner before I joined CF. HA! Just kidding…..I was a swimmer through high school. Then I begged and pleaded with people to buy training sessions from me at a box gym…. 3×15, 3-5 x week and 45 min. of cardio….I didn’t last very long….but I do miss calf raises (just jokes).

How long have you been CrossFitting?

Since Wes told me to shut-up after I badgered him for 30 minutes on the phone about his certifications….hehehe – December, 2008.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?

I have to pick just one favorite thing?! I love that every day is different. I am NEVER bored at CF.

What are your training goals?

I’m hoping to PR Fran when I’m 9 months pregnant….training goals are on hold for the moment.

Favorite sport or activity?

Um, CF of course!

Recent adventure you’re planning?

Is having a baby an adventure? I think so.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I win guacamole contests.

Longhorns or Aggies?

I have no idea who the “longhorns” are….A-G-G-I-E-S!!!!!!!

What Would Rob Wykoff do?

Rob Wykoff would do 30 burpees in the rain and mud at ACL and then shotgun a beer (I mean, Patron with 100% pure lime juice) just to show off how manly he is…..or he’ll just sing you “Werewolves in London”.

If Baby Shanahan ends up being a boy, do you go with the Tom Selleck mustache, or the Burt Reynolds Mustache?

I’m going with Tom on this one. Burt’s just……gross.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words?

Pain is temporary, misery is optional except if you CrossFit. Misery LOVES company! Thanks, CFA’ites….it’s been GREAT getting to know you!


Shoe Drive for Haiti

Our friends at Westlake CrossFit are holding a shoe drive for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. I will be taken a donation from CrossFit Austin to Joss and Jevon next Friday, if you have shoes to donate please bring them to the gym.

shoedrive_ollFrom the CF Westlake website:

Join us in our effort to contribute to the victims of the recent disaster in Haiti. Westlake CrossFit is partnering up with Soles4Souls in an effort to provide one million pairs of new boots and shoes to help survivors locate others trapped in the rubble and begin the rebuilding process. As you can imagine, the amount of broken glass, twisted metal and raw sewage is staggering. We will rush this protective footwear to them as quickly as possible.

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