Sweat with Your Sweetheart 2010!

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CrossFit Austin and Westlake CrossFit present a free Pre-Valentine’s Day CrossFit workout in the park. Get your Valentine’s Day started right! Meet us at Town Lake under the South 1st bridge, with that special someone or come “stag” and meet other local Austin CrossFitters.

This will be an instructor-led one hour CrossFit session. The perfect opportunity for those curious about CrossFit to finally try it out, the beginner to build on their skills, or the Firebreather to destroy another WOD. If you plan on attending please RSVP on our Facebook invitation or just meet us at Town Lake between 10 and 10:30 so we can get started promptly at 10:30 AM.

January Athlete of the Month, Jerry Everhard

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 master of the halloween costume Jerry Everhard….

State your Name and/or Nickname please.

Some people put the letter N in front of one of my names but I’d rather not discuss that one… . The one I hear the most is from my mom who calls me “Yeti” either because she hasn’t quite learned how to pronounce the “J” sound or my extraordinarily hairy legs remind her of a mountain fairing big foot creature. I still haven’t decided which.

To be clear about the first nickname, I just hate it when people call me “NJerry”, it wasn’t people putting the N in front of my last name. (Insert nervous cough)

Occupation?

During my breaks from Hulu.com I also do a little work as an attorney for the Legislature.

Words to live by?

(1) “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” ~ Rocky Balboa 2006

(2) [chasing a chicken] “I feel like a Kentucky Fried idiot.” ~ Rocky Balboa 1979

What is your fitness background?

NOTHING(’82)—->START TENNIS (’01)—>KNOCK TOOTH OUT (2 WEEKS OF TENNIS)—->BACK TO NOTHING

How long have you been CrossFitting?

Making my rounds around the Professional CrossFitting Circuit since September

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?

It’s multifaceted. First coming in and seeing Boone and realizing I won’t be yelled at by Wes for not doing an exercise perfectly. Second coming in and seeing Wes and realizing I won’t have to listen to Boone’s collection of Cold Play’s Greatest Hits while trying to work out.

What are your training goals?

Nail down the kipping pull-ups and join the muscle up club

Favorite sport or activity?

Watching Texas football because I like winning championships.

Recent adventure you’re planning?

My brother and I are planning to go to Yosemite Park in the summer and hike Half Dome.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

My mom made me eat a pack of smokes when she caught me smoking in high school.

Longhorns or Aggies?

Texas Longhorns

Do you consider costume creation more of an art or a science?

The giant Mr. Peanut costume 3 years ago was more art because it involved a lot of paper mashie. I’d say this year’s Oscar the Grouch costume was more science just because it makes me sound smarter and I need to sound smarter considering I wasted a month of my life making it.

Does your lack of a mustache hinder your performance in your chosen profession?

I have to say that my career at TomSelleckImpersonator.com has been stifled somewhat.

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

I’d like to thank Dave and Sherman for letting me sleep on their floor for an entire weekend the majority of that time uninvited.

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December Athlete of the Month

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 outerwear enthusiast / muscle up queen Walker Fenz!

State your Name and/or Nickname please.
Helen Walker Fenz…been called Walker all my life, so guess that’s my nickname

Occupation?
Project Manager at a logisitics software company (nerd alert!)

Words to live by?
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr.Suess

What is your fitness background?
Was a gymnast from age 8 through freshman year in college. Afte that, putzed around with kickboxing, step-class, and the like…you can still find me at the globo – i love my cardio salsa class!

How long have you been CrossFitting?
5 months – just passed my 75th workout!

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
The moment you realize, “holy sh-t, I CAN finish”

What are your training goals?
To be a lean, mean, crossfitting machine! (in other words, emotionally and physically strong, happy and healthy…and look fierce in a bikini)

Favorite sport or activity?
CrossFit, duh. Other than that, eating, drinking…and sweatin to the oldies!

Recent adventure you’re planning?
Become a 2010 Yelp.com Elite – i love to eat as much as i love to crossfit!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
Well the dirty secret is out – my first name is Helen

Longhorns or Aggies?
Hook em!

Describe Nugget’s butterfly pull-ups, in 15 words or less?
A dying fish having a seizure…i mean, poetry in motion 😉

What Would Jane Fonda do?
Wear underwear on the outside of one clothes.

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

“The CrossFit mindset:”
1. I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best I can.
2. If I can run, I run. If I can walk, I walk. If I must crawl, I crawl. And when I make it, I will rest. And live to fight another day.
3. I fear no man, but I fear my workout. If I don’t fear my workout, it isn’t hard enough.
4. I may puke. I may cry. But I will not quit. Ever.

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May 24th On-Ramp Class (6 Spots left)

On Ramp Program Starting May 24th @ 7:30 PM

The On Ramp program is designed to teach you the fundamental movements of the CrossFit program and prepare you for the rigors of our group classes.  The On Ramp Program consists of six classes over a two week period.  We also offer one on one training as a substitute for the On ramp class. Once you have completed our On Ramp program either as a class or through one on one sessions, you will be eligible to participate in our group classes.

The two-week On-ramp class costs $100 and includes an introduction to the foundational CrossFit movements and nutrition.  Click here to view the class schedule. To pay for the class and reserve your spot, please click the link below.

Buy OnRamp Intro CrossFit Classes

November Athlete of the Month

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 Queso Dealer/ Thruster connoisseur Dave Kiehl.

State your Name and/or Nickname please.
(listing no Nickname will result in a “nicknaming contest” via the comments)

David Kiehl

Occupation?
Manager at Maudie’s Hacienda

Words to live by?
Do it to it!

What is your fitness background?
Excluding kids sports, nothing.  This is the first serious regimented exercise routine I have ever done.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Seven months.  I love it.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
The community atmosphere.  I really like the competitive nature of the program but also how we consistently support each other to excel.

What are your training goals?
Short term to finally master the kipping pull-up.  Long term to be the best athlete I can be.

Favorite sport or activity?
CrossFit, of course.  Outside of that hiking and backpacking.

Recent/Future adventure you’re planning?
As many of you know I just returned from a rather leisurely cruise to Alaska.  I am in the early stages of planning my return to conquer the Wrangle-St. Elias Ranges.  Hopefully, I will be doing this in August 2010.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
A year and a half ago I challenged myself to get into shape.  In that time period I have lost almost 90 pounds.  This has been the single hardest and most important event in my life.

Longhorns or Aggies?
Aggies, class of ’08.  GIG’EM AGGIES WHOOP!!!!!

Is Maudie’s Queso as addictive as heroin?
No.  Recent studies have proven it to be as addictive as pure Afghani opium.  For any further comments you will need to contact our lawyers.

Does your lack of a mustache hinder your performance in your chosen profession?
I have found that my lack of mustache actually lowers my “creepy level” on the “creepy scale.”  This allows me to easier interact with my clientele.  However, a handlebar mustache would be awesome!  That may be my next adventure?

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words?
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Winston Churchill

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Akins Boot Camp

Starting Monday January 4th, 2010 we will be holding another CrossFit Outdoor Bootcamp @ Akins High School.  The boot camp will utilize the CrossFit training principles in an outdoor setting, and progess participants to a high level of fitness.  The boot camp will also serve as an introduction to the CrossFit methodologies, for those that are interested in full CrossFit classes at our facility.  If you have ever been curious about CrossFit but a little intimidated, or you’re just looking to get back in shape this program is for you!

The first Bootcamp will last six weeks on Mondays, and Wednesdays from 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM.  To pay for the class and reserve your spot use the appropriate link below:

General Public ($175):


Military, Fireman, Law Enforcement, First responders, Students, and Teachers ($150):


Akins Teacher/Staff ($100):


For more info contact us at info@crossfitaustin.com

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Halloween Workout in the Park

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CrossFit Austin and Westlake CrossFit bring you a free Halloween CrossFit workout in the Park. Give yourself a reason to indulge in costumed revelry this Halloween! Meet us at Town Lake under the South 1st bridge, with your best costume on and be a part of the Austin CrossFit revolution.

This will be an instructor-led one hour CrossFit session. The perfect opportunity for those curious about CrossFit to finally try it out, the beginner to build on their skills, or the Fire-breather to destroy another WOD. If you plan on attending please RSVP on our Facebook invitation or just meet us at Town Lake between 10 and 10:30 so we can get started promptly at 10:30 AM.

October Athlete of the Month

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 our resident firebreather/teacher extrodinaire.

State your Name and/or Nickname please
(listing no Nickname will result in a “nicknaming contest via the comments”).

Stacey Magnesio aka Stacey Mag.

Occupation?
4th grade Teacher

Words to live by?
I am going to steal these words from a very wise man that I know…

The Circle of Awesomeness…
Work Hard,
Play Hard,
Look Good!

What is your fitness background?
Played everything growing up… basketball (yeah, I know I’m short but I still hold the record for most 3 pointers in a season at my middle school), volleyball, tennis, swimming, softball, ran track…

Soccer was my #1 love- played club ball and traveled everywhere!
In college I kinda dropped off for a few years…worked out here and there and played intramurals.Then I got really into running for a few years, ran a half marathon and then I found CROSSFIT!

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Since last January…so…about 8 months! WOW!

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
The in-your-face, sore-as-hell, feel-like-your-gonna-puke INTENSITY of the whole thing! I love it because it is always something new!

What are your training goals?
I will get to those games come hell or high water!

Favorite sport or activity?
CROSSFIT of course! But when I am not doing that, I love to go for a good run (which I haven’t done in quite a while might I add!)

Recent adventure you’re planning?
Lets see, I have been skydiving…I really want to go white-water rafting one of these days!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
Ummm…I am an undercover FBI agent…JUST KIDDING! I don’t know, I can do the worm!

Longhorns or Aggies?
I am partial to both I suppose. I cheer for both, have been to see both teams play…but feel I can’t quite make a true decision on this matter because I am a BOBCAT!

There is a rumor going around that you challenged your fellow teachers to a “Thruster Off” for the crown of “Teacher of the Year” can you confirm said rumor?
Hey!…That sounds like a damn good idea! I am sending the email out right now!

When is the infamous “Evolution of Dance” youtube video going to surface?
Haaaa haaaa! I will have to make copies for everyone! This year will be even better…the theme is musicals and the teachers are going to rock the stage with some FOOTLOOSE! We are thinking a dancing piece of “Bacon”!

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words?
Wes and Boone- You guys are the best! Keep up the great coaching!

Guys- Keep thrustin’ those sexy muscles with your shirts off!

Ladies- We will all soon be joining the bikini club!… and of course, kick the guys’ asses!

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CrossFit Austin September Athlete of the Month

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.  Lets start this party with everyone’s favorite mustache-less APD detective.

State your Name and/or Nickname please?
Blake

Occupation?
Police Detective

Words to live by?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ” – Theodore Roosevelt (1910)

What is your fitness background?
I have always made fitness apart of my life, from playing sports to just working out. Prior to starting CrossFit I did the more traditional working out. (Lifting weights with a little cardio mixed in from time to time)

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I have been with CrossFit Austin for around 5 months and loving it. Wish I would have found this sooner.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
Olympic Lifting…..which would be followed up with burpees (my second favorite).

What are your training goals?
Short term….to get a 200 lb clean and jerk before the end of the year. Long Term…..to get in the overall best athletic condition of my life.

Favorite sport or activity?
Growing up I played and was more partial to baseball. However, as a fan I love both pro and college football. Oh, and not to forget my new favorite activity/sport…. CrossFit!

Longhorns or Aggies?
More or less neutral on the Aggies, but I am anti-longhorn. (ed. note: excellent) (other editors note: I’ll assume your dislike comes from your extreme jealousy of all Longhorns)

There is a rumor that you are starting a new club to counter the muscle-up club (obviously small guy biased) would you like to divulge any information on that?
There is always the possibility of this occurring. However, at the present time I can neither confirm nor deny such rumor.

Does your lack of a mustache hinder your performance in your chosen profession?
Silly question…..obviously the answer is yes. Although the aerodynamic benefit I get while running far outweighs the sacrifice.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words.
Stay classy CrossFit Austin. Blake.

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