karhu pullups
A New Era. 

Welcome back! After a busy and productive couple of weeks, we are back online and moving forward with purpose, direction and intensity.

If the break in programming in any way affected your training, then please accept my apologies, but know that it was all for the best. If you had any questions or doubts about the future of my coaching, let me put those to rest…

As of this week, we will be opening our doors as: Karhu Strength.

Coaches Estrada, Pierce, Flores and I will be running programs at the new space located at 113 Industrial Blvd, Austin TX 78745. If you would like more information regarding classes, our schedule or pricing, please feel free to e-mail me:


You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram:


Our purpose is simple: to build the best gym in the world. Knowing that a gym is only as strong as the community that supports it, we are committed to providing world-class coaching, programming and customer service. It is our goal to take people from point A to point B – from where they are to where they want to go.

If you’re looking for a new way of doing things – if you’re looking for a community and gym that you can be proud of, then look no further. Although our gym is open to everyone, it will not be for everyone. Those that join and stay are a special breed.

If you feel like this might be you, come and find out.

We are currently in the process of building out our home. What we have found is an 11,000 square foot gem of a building nestled in the heart of one of Austin’s industrial districts. Our building was finished in 1955, and has had many uses in its history. At one point in the mid 1960’s, it housed the fabrication and assembly of Austin’s school busses.

We have finished with the construction of our rig, and are almost done with our wall-ball set-up. Both of these were custom designed and hand-made by local talent right here in Austin, TX. We have matted out 1/3rd of our gym, and will be laying our lifting platforms within the week.

Turf is set to be installed in the middle third of our gym – perfect for sprint work, light or heavy sled work and all kinds of bodyweight and barbell training. Equipment is on the way from Pendlay and Rogue. We will not sacrifice quality for quantity.

But more important than any piece of equipment, rig or building is the heart and spirit of the people that fill the space. That is what rests at the core of what we do and why we do it.

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Less Talk, More Do.

This has been the subtitle of my blog since its inception. Now more than ever, this will be one of our underlying (if unspoken) credos. From where we stand, there is entirely too much talk (mindless chatter / self-aggrandizement) in and around fitness. It is beyond boring to see passive-aggressive tweets and nearly constant trolling from those who have no skin in the game. Less talk, more do.

The only way to get things done is by doing. Ours will be a community of doers. Doers in the gym and in life. Results are important, but we value the process by which we achieve results even more.

Finally, read this article on Medium from Mr. Johnathan Haynes. I’m sure it will help you in your future decision-making.

See you at the gym.

Week 10 Training: 14.10.06

A. 1-RM Conventional Deadlift

B. 3 Rounds, for Quality:

-5/5 Split-Stance RDL
-50′ Handstand Walk
-ME UB Pull-ups

C. For Time:

20 Burpee Pull-ups
20 Pistols
20 Toes to Bar

20 Burpees
20 Pistols
20 Toes to Bar

20 HR Pushups
20 Pistols
20 Toes to Bar


CrossFit Jääkarhu is a local community in Austin, Texas that is focused on identifying goals, coaching progress and getting results. If you are interested in learning more about our gym, visit our main website (click here). About CrossFit Jääkarhu Programs Available How to Start

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23 comments on “14.10.06
  1. Brandon Mayernik says:

    I like it!

  2. Jason says:

    Congrats coach!

  3. nrandall15 says:

    This will be amazing!

  4. Tdub says:

    A) 275

    75×2 , 95

    C) 15:26

  5. brettbolus says:

    A) 275. Should have done something above 300.

    B) 95×3
    35/15, 25/25 x 2

    C) 10:38 or 10:48.

  6. Alyson says:

    A) 165 .. (way) too light
    B) RDLs @ 55#, done, 12/20/18
    C) 11:05

  7. Kay Vanlandingham says:

    Congrats on the new gym! I am glad all systems are GO!

    Best wishes,

    Kay Vanlandingham
    Administrative Director
    Texas Music Educators Association
    PO Box 140465
    Austin, TX 78714
    512.452-0710 x 103
    Fax: 512.451-9213

  8. vanlandingbad says:

    A) 315
    B) Done
    C) Done

  9. Brandon Mayernik says:

    A. 405 pulled twice. Jumped up to 455 but stopped pulling the second I felt my back give. Really trying to maintain the position and forget about the number.

    B. 135/185/205
    17 strict
    25 butterfly
    10 strict
    Handstand – done

    C. 11:50 about

    Been moving and trying to maintain but haven’t been consistent. Looking forward to getting back at it. Glad to hear things are coming along.

  10. Russ Laing says:

    A. 275 x 20
    B. 95/95/95, 10,10,8 butterfly, handstand – done
    C. 15:22

  11. Morgan says:

    a) 225 (adductor’s a little tight but felt good overall)
    b) 95 / 95 / 95 – 16 / 16 / 16 – HS walks done (almost hit a turn)
    c) 13:38

  12. MarkB says:

    A) 275 x 20
    B) 2 rounds (95 for rdl, hs walk, 5 strict pullups)
    C) 15:45 (sub’ed v-ups for t2b)

  13. Chad Fisher says:

    A) 275

    B) Done (95 for rdl, hs walk, strict pullups)

    C) 11:08 ( Switched Pistols with narrow squat due to hamstring strain.)

  14. A) 275
    B) 30, 20, 15
    C) 13:20

  15. Sarah says:

    A) done at 165. Too light
    B) 55#
    C) 15:15. Last 18 pistols were modified. Foot still hurts. Feelin’ outta shape too! 😝

  16. Macon Stokes says:

    A) I missed the memo 😉 , so I did 1RM: 340 PR(5)
    B) 135#, 13/11/9
    C) 22:00 Pistols modified by pulling assist on rings.

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