CrossFit Kemah

1811 FM 1266

Dickinson, TX 77539

832-425-1958

info@crossfitkemah.com

"The Open 2014"

The Strides We Make!!

This is marking the 3rd year of our existence, while in many ways it seems like yesterday that we as a partnership started this venture. In that same vein it seems we have been here forever!! I think that's a great sign of an awesome organization! I can't even even remember what it was like Pre-CFK.

Speaking for the owners and coaches we want to say Thank You!! It is because of all of you that makes us come here everyday to do what we do!! Please always feel free to let us know how we are doing, as it is the only way for us to keep improving!! If you feel comfortable telling us or if you'd just like to make a suggestion (just to the right →) at our suggestion box!! Either way we want to hear from you!!

The Games Season is Upon Us!

The CrossFit Games season is here! Here is a rundown of the qualifying season:

The CrossFit Games Open: Thursday February 27th - Monday March 31st

5 weeks, 5 workouts. Approximately 200,000 CrossFit athletes worldwide take on these workouts. At the end of 5 weeks, the top 48 men and women and top 30 teams from each Region advance to Regionals.

The CrossFit Games Regionals: South Central Regional Friday May 23th - Sunday May 25 San Antonio, TX

The best athletes of the Region (as decided by the Open) advance to the Regionals competition. The top 3 men, women and teams advance to the CrossFit Games in Carson, CA.

The CrossFit Games: July 25th Carson, CA

The fittest of the fit! At this competition "The Fittest On Earth" is determined.

Make sure to keep tabs on Team CrossFit Kemah and all CrossFit Kemah athletes here:

http://games.crossfit.com/leaderboard

 

 


CrossFit Weightlifting Certification!!!

The time is now!!!

Save the date....

Set aside the date November 1-2, 2014

Coming to our very own CrossFit facility is the CrossFit Weightlifting Certification. Check the side banners, click the link and sign up!! The spots will fill up fast and you won't want to miss the opportunity!!

Once again, let's do this, it will be an informative and helpful two day seminar!!

Stay tuned in on our Facebook page for updates and reminders!!

CrossFit Kemah

Crossfit Weightlifting Certification!!!

The time is now!!!

Save the date....

Set aside the date November 1-2, 2014

Coming to our very own CrossFit facility is the CrossFit Weightlifting Certification. Check the side banners, click the link and sign up!! The spots will fill up fast and you won't want to miss the opportunity!!

Once again, let's do this, it will be an informative and helpful two day seminar!!

Stay tuned in on our Facebook page for updates and reminders!!

CrossFit Kemah

Where The Winners Train!!

Superheroes?

One faction of The Avengers contained the  The Hulk, The Punisher, Thor and Elektra!! Saturday we definitely witnessed our version of those Superheroes!! You take a look and tell me if I'm off base on the bio of each these extraordinary athletes compared to the Avenger counterpart!!

Now That my friends are the true identities of these superheroes come to life at the Texas Fall Classic!! Only they could have dominated like that!!

Where Winners Train indeed!!

Champions and more!!

Defending your title is twice as nice!!

And on the podium for the first time is also sweet, especially when it's the first time competing!! Congratulations to Megan and Kim for a successful defense of the Beast Wars title!! Congratulations to our first time competitors Kirsten McBride and Crystal Henderson

Blood In The Water!!

The competitive spirit is within us all!!

Our first ever In-House Competition was a huge success!! We did this to inspire those who do compete to help those who haven't and help those who have never put themselves out there to get a taste of the action!! The Winners truly were Megan and I. to see all of you put everything you had into the WODs this morning was outstanding!! This is another chapter of new events to come as we move ahead!!

Thank you all so much!!!

Let's keep the "Blood In The Water"

Embrace the Master!

Age is an issue of of mind over matter, if you don't mind it doesn't matter.

-Mark Twain

Inner Strength and the Masters Competitor

by DR. ALLISON BELGER

What is the connection between these two quotes?

“You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have.” — Unknown Author

“You don’t compete to win. You compete to do better than you do in the gym.” – CJ Martin

The first quotation was posted recently on our TJ’s Gym discussion board by Sherri, one of our members, the day after the NorCal Masters competition we hosted in Richmond, California. Sherri had volunteered for hours at the event, all the while cheering on — and being inspired by — the participating athletes, who ranged in age from forty to seventy-something.

Win or lose relative to our fellow athletes, we have won if we have pushed beyond our perceived limits and proven to ourselves that we have far more in us than we can demonstrate in the forum of a non-competitive training day.

Later that night, while Sherri was talking with her husband, Bill, he mentioned one of his favorite quotes: “You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have.”

Bill has been battling Multiple Myeloma (an insidious bone cancer) for two years now. It has taken him away from his young children and wife, forcing him into treatment centers in the Midwest for months at a time. It has stolen his hair, his marrow, his wellness. But it hasn’t captured his spirit. Indeed, it seems he is stronger of spirit now than during his life before cancer.

The second quotation is by CJ Martin, owner of CrossFit Invictus, who is always trying to get his athletes to enjoy their training and to repeatedly and honestly evaluate if that training is predominately enjoyable and rewarding, or if it is distracting and draining. For CJ, competitions are a chance to push ourselves beyond what we do inside our own gyms, and to test the limits of our tolerance — both physical and mental — during the heat of the battle. Win or lose relative to our fellow athletes, we have won if we have pushed beyond our perceived limits and proven to ourselves that we have far more in us than we can demonstrate in the forum of a non-competitive training day.

Finding the Will to Fight

So what do these two quotations have to do with each other? Maybe nothing. But when I finally sat down to write an article about the Masters athlete population, these two quotations came to mind. I’m a psychologist who believes in the unconscious mind. I believe that when ideas surface in our minds in tandem, there is usually some meaningful connection between them, especially when two seemingly unrelated bits of content emerge almost simultaneously at the start of a single endeavor.

Perhaps for the competitive Masters athlete, a significant portion of our competitive drive comes from a desire to prove to ourselves that if the shit really hits the fan in our lives, we will do better and have more in the tank than we did before.

My unraveling of the mysterious connection is this: Bill is now fifty and has two children. He has quite a bit of life experience behind him. But he’d never been tested or forced to dig down deep and see what he’s made of until he suffered the effects of cancer and its treatment at age forty-eight. One might say that Bill’s daily “training” (carrying on in his job, his relationships, his self-care) pre-illness was just fine, maybe even stellar. But it wasn’t until the competition with cancer that Bill was forced to see if he could do better, fight harder, be stronger.

Somewhere in our psyches, we all possess some level of concern or fear about how we might hold up if the going were to get really tough. I don’t mean thirty-reps-of-clean-and-jerks-for-time kind of tough or a 5k-run-with-a-sandbag kind of tough. I mean hair-falling-out-life-being-sucked-out-of-you-while-your-kids-cry kind of tough. Or worse still, the kind of tough it would take to watch your own child go through cancer. As we age and experience the decline of our youth and the realities of getting older, these fears tend to intensify. Signs of our own mortality mix with the fact that we become less sheltered from “bad” happenings in the world and are more in touch with the potential for things to go wrong.

Perhaps for the competitive Masters athlete, a significant portion of our competitive drive comes from a desire to prove to ourselves that if the shit really hits the fan in our lives, we will do better and have more in the tank than we did before. We will fight harder, tolerate more, and access parts of ourselves that have never been tested or revealed before.  Our hope is that, like Bill, we will be STRONGER, because strong is the only choice we have.

Dr. Allison Belger is the author of The Power of Community: CrossFit and the Force of Human Connection and the creator of PsychologyWOD. Follow her on Twitter at @psychologywod.

Fundamentals

Our Fundamentals course is now starting every two weeks. This $65 course must be purchased on Front Desk before you can attend. (https://crossfitkemah.frontdeskhq.com/courses/10005). This course meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 6-7pm and must be completed before entering into CrossFit classes.

Fundamentals will be starting on the following dates:

9/23/13

10/7/13

10/21/13

11/4/13

11/18/13

12/2/13

12/16/13

We also offer a free trial class on Saturdays at 9am. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions!

 

The Best Crossfit story ever?

THE BEST CROSSFIT STORY EVER

I had to share this story with you all. It is truly inspirational and another example of the fact that you never no what life will throw at you. Be prepared.

"Hey Freddy,

I know you don't know me, but I wanted to share with you how Cross fit saved my life. A little about me, I'm 6'3" and 41y/o and have always been a little heavy. I work for SJPD and have been there 17 years. In that time I've had some unfortunate knee injuries resulting in two reconstructions and two scopes all to the same knee. About 19 months ago while working an undercover assignment I went for a medical checkup and weighted in at 270lbs. I have never been that fat and it scared the shit out of me.  I knew I was on a path to heart disease and a slow death. I changed my diet and at the recommendation of one of your "One Worlders", I started Crossfit at the SJPD Crossfit gym. I had to scale down some of the exercises and work around my knee but I stuck with it.  I did well and by August 2010 was down to 240lbs. The same One Worlder introduced me to running. It was great for my weight and health but wreaked havok on my knee. I ran two half marathons and decided to ease up on all the long runs. I was able to continue with Crossfit though, and watched all my bloodwork change as I lost the weight. I really feel that Crossfit changed my life.

I eventually got away from the dieting but continued with Crossfit 2 days a week to maintain. The same One Worlder took me to a few of your open Sunday sessions and she also introduced me to the Paleo diet. I liked your no bullshit approach to Crossfit and began realizing that i needed to take my health and fitness more seriously. In March 2011 I decided to not just diet but change my whole lifestyle as it pertained to my health and fitness.

April 1st 2011 I began eating Paleo and working Crossfit 4 days a week. I was "pretty" strict with the Paleo, but had to have my adult beverages. I began following your daily workouts online and reading your posts and stories. At the time I started, I weighed in at 250lbs and am now down to 205lbs. I feel great and haven't felt this strong and fit since high school. Crossfit definitely saved my life.

On August 22, 2011 Crossfit saved my life again. While working patrol, I was on a call for service at a restaurant. At the end of the call, I was ready to leave and canceled my fill unit. Shortly after, I was approached and attacked by a 5150. He wanted to kill me with my gun and I didn't feel like dying. He was 5'7" and about 245lbs. When he approached, he swung at me. His first punch split my lip and pulled my radio mic from the lapel. I couldn't call for help so I decided to fight my fight and call the troops when I could. A few punches and baton strikes later we were rolling around on the ground. I tried to sprawl to keep from ending up on my back. He had his legs wrapped around mine so I couldn't separate away from him. During the fight he got a handful of my gun. He yelled at me, "I've got you" and "I'm gonna kill you". I placed my hand over his and pushed downwards to keep it in the holster. While fighting for my gun this guy repeatedly kicked me and punched me with his free hand. The nice thing is I didn't feel a thing. I wasn't carrying a back-up gun and needed to do something. I eye gouged, head butted and punched him with my off hand, which really only seemed to piss him off. I tried to get to my knife, but had a table lying across me and couldn't reach it.

I remembered seeing the security camera aimed right at us and thought if this guy gets my gun, I don't want my kids and family seeing this video. I sure wasn't going to be some fucking training video either. I was able to get his hand off my gun so I lifted up and came down with an elbow that caught his chin. His eyed rolled back and he went unconscious. I re-secured my holster and got on the radio to request emergency fills. He woke up within 2-3 seconds and the fight continued. This time he tried pulling my hand off my own gun. I lost some skin but not my gun. I was exhausted and knew I had to last about another minute for my teammates to get there. He continued trying to get my gun and screaming that he was going to get me. I continued thinking how to survive. I grabbed his upper arm with my weak hand and his wrist with my strong. I pushed his hand away from my gun. This time he balled his fist to hit me. I placed my hand on his chest and lifted up again. I came down with an elbow as hard as I could. I'm so glad I didn't miss. It would've been just my luck. This time I hit him across his jaw and he went to sleep.

My supervisor was first on scene and we cuffed the guy. I sat back on my ass and rolled to my back. I was spent! I kept thinking, i just got my ass kicked by some 50 y/o man. WHAT THE FUCK just happened?!?! My uniform shirt was partially torn off and stuff from my pockets was all over the floor. Tables were overturned and broken glass was everywhere. I sat there spitting out pieces of glass and realized it was pieces of my front teeth. I cracked my 4 front teeth, split my lip and tweaked my knee. I recently found out I partially tore my MCL and meniscus in my knee requiring surgery #5. Yes, on the same knee.

Based upon a 911 call from a citizen and the radio traffic tapes the fight was about 3 minutes and 12 seconds. When we found out the guy was Bi-Polar and just got it in his head that he was pissed at the police, we realized it could have been anyone. Most of my team said they wouldn't have lasted in the fight. They said it was my conditioning from Crossfit that saved my life. Although there's something to be said for self preservation and adrenaline, Crossfit saved my life.

I recently had a command officer approach me and say my story inspired a lot of guys to get back into the Crossfit gym and working out again in general. I think that's a good thing. In this line of work you never know when some 5150 will put the cross-hairs on your chest.

Thank you for what you do. I know it's a labor of love for you, but thank you all the same. I almost feel like I owe 6 months fees.....almost.

Take care and be safe.

Robert Dillon"

Courtesy of Crossfit OneWorld

Before and after pics of Robert


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