Who is the Gym for?

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.

This is not just a place for elite athletes. This is a place for people who are determined to improve their fitness and wellness. We provide levels based on your goals, interest and commitment but we strive to form one community.

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. Those that join are a special breed.

Here is a look at the different programs we have available. 

Fitness   |    Sport   |   Competition  |   Weightlifting


Once you have made the decision to “get real” about your health and fitness, what do you do next? The Level 1 or Fitness program is here to help you find those answers. The program is designed to meet you where you are and help you develop a fitness base. This means focusing on increasing strength and mobility while conditioning your body to get in shape. This program is complete, allowing long term fitness lovers to enjoy themselves alongside those looking to advance to the next levels. It’s hard work but who says we can’t have a little fun along the way.


Quit telling yourself you are going to get in shape before you start training CrossFit, let us help.


Skill Development and Advancement 

The Sport Program, led by Jessica Estrada, is comprised of many types of athletes. The two main groups are those that have developed a basic level of fitness and desire to get more time in the gym and advance their skill sets. It is also for athletes who would like to become competitors, but need more practice and technical instruction on Olympic lifts and gymnastic movements. This program is also a great option for multi-sport competitors who want to supplement CrossFit into their training.

This program is designed to suit the needs of athletes that wish to stay in this class permanently but also helps to equips athletes that wish to move onto the sport program with the skills needed to do so.  Our focus is to get athletes moving faster and more efficiently. Quality of movement is key in the advancement of an athlete. We want to develop “the Complete Athlete”. The focus is to get athletes moving faster and more efficiently. Quality of movement is key component of advancement.

Program Flow

All of our Sport classes are one hour and meets four days a week. Skill development is emphasized while refining an athlete’s fitness. Classes begin with an Olympic lifting, gymnastics or a strength component and ends with a conditioning piece.


The Sport Program is for veteran athletes that have been doing CrossFit for more than 6 months and would like to have their strength, skills and technique elevated. In order to join the program, athletes must meet specific skill requirements and be recommended by a leader of the Fitness Program.


CrossFit Jääkarhu’s Competition Program is designed specifically for those who have decided to make CrossFit their sport. Athletes who enter the program know what is takes to train 5 days per week and understand that excellence comes from attention to detail, consistency and constant learning.

Coach Michael Winchester is the Leader and Head Coach of the Competition Program. He has developed and coached numerous Regional individual athletes and teams and has also coached two teams to the CrossFit Games (2014, 2015).

Program Flow

Athletes who are interested in joining the Competition Program to prepare themselves for the Sport of Fitness should be able to complete 80% or more of the program’s training sessions as prescribed (Rx). While you do not need to be at an elite level to enter the program, it is expected that you have been training CrossFit for at least two to three years, are proficient in bodyweight movements and weightlifting, and have developed the capacity and durability  to handle higher-volume and higher-intensity training.

The yearly template is based around the CrossFit season (March-July). Each phase of the season has a different feel, flow and purpose to it. At different times in the season, athletes will develop their GPP, strength, gymnastics and work capacity in different ratios, volumes and intensities. Extra work is prescribed strategically for those who need it, to emphasize a strength or to shore up a weakness or imbalance.


Athletes considering the Level 3 Program should be proficient in their bodyweight movements, Olympic lifts and should have a competitive level of conditioning to bring it all together. Most of the athletes in the program have been CrossFitting for at least 2 years, and while not everyone in the program competes, the program is designed on a yearlong template with the central focus of developing athletes who will excel at the Regional and Games level.

Coach Winchester’s vision for the program is to develop each athlete to reach their full potential and help them attain their goals. Long-term athletic development is always the top priority; the program seeks to create and transform athletes into Regional and Games-level competitors and teams.

If you think this program is what you’re looking for, please e-mail Coach Winchester at: Michael@karhustrength.com

If you are interested in joining our programs, email info@karhustrength.com or hit the contact button below.

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