CrossFit
Jääkarhu

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.

Become a Karhu Bear

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. We offer two programs: Karhu CrossFit and Karhu Method.

Less talk, more do.

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. Learn more about our two class offerings below.

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Crossfit

YOU DO NOT NEED TO “BE FIT” TO ENTER THE PROGRAM… BUT YOU WILL GET FIT WITH CONSISTENCY, HARD WORK AND SOME FUN ALONG THE WAY.

Karhu
Method

CROSSFIT JÄÄKARHU’S KARHU METHOD PROGRAM IS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE CROSSFIT THEIR SPORT.

Try a free week of training on us.

We want to ensure that you feel part of the community and want to become the best version of yourself. One day or Day one? You decide.

FOLLOW US @KARHUSTRENGTH ON INSTAGRAM

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“Was looking to change up my fitness routine and add some gymnastics and barbell work into my routine, so I came to check it out a few months back. I’ve now been a member for about 4 months now have seen some big changes since coming here. Karhu is owned by some passionate people who are amazing athletes that genuinely care about your progress and well-being. Being new to CrossFit there have been so many new skills and movements that I had never done before, but my main coaches Orion, Jessica, and Sara have all been patient with me and given me good advice and coaching. Once you get into your mid-30s stuff starts breaking down whether you like it or not, so I appreciate the fact that all coaches do a thorough total-body warmup before class to get you ready for the day. I really do love coming here every morning for the expert coaching and the people. I love that people here can be pretty competitive but it’s all in good fun!” - @atxjadejoy - Thanks Jade, we absolutely 💙 having you with us in the Cave! - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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(members in picture not as serious as they appear 😆) - "This place embodies what CrossFit is all about. From the moment I walked through the bay doors I felt at home. The community was so welcoming. I’ve been a CFer for 7 years now and I learn new things about my technique all the time. That’s how good the coaching is. The coaches catch the little things to help you make huge jumps in your training. Technique and form outweighs the amount of weight you push. The coaches care about you as a person and not just another member. Oh, and did I mention our coaches are Regionals/Games athletes?! We have it all here. Don’t be intimidated by CF. We were all beginners at one point. So, if you want a fun new workout everyday with a community that will support you through it all, come check out Jääkarhu.” Serge L - Love you @serge_tx 💙 - thanks for being a Bear. - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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Join us this Saturday for our monthly Community Workout at 8:30am. All levels are welcome! Hope to see you there. #austin #fitness #community #crossfit #crossfitjaakarhu #wearekarhu #perhe

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“Every time I write a review I try to think of a reason to not give 4 stars because 5 stars suggests perfection with no room to improve and yet here I am handing out another 5 star review. This place deserves 11 stars. The location, equipment, people, programming, coaching, accessibility, etc., etc., etc. all deserve their own 5 star review. If you're from out of town, I can't imagine finding a better experience for a drop in. If you're local, what are you waiting for? Some of us have to fly in from Philly and wake up early after eating way too much brisket to access this community and you could just go every day. Take advantage, you will not regret it!” -Micah - We 💙 our members, and we love our drop-ins too! Thanks for spending your time in Austin with us Micah! - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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This team right here! When four gifted athletes from two gyms come together, we get fireworks. - Sarah @sarhobbs, Taylor @taytay_deering, Chase @chase504 and Zak @zak_attak_ (@omegacrossfit) have qualified to compete at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Championship (MACC) in Washington DC this coming April. - Finishing THIRD PLACE in the qualifier, they’ll be competing as Team Karhu Omega for a spot at the 2020 CrossFit Games. - They now have 8 weeks to prepare themselves for what will certainly be an epic showdown against some of the best teams from around the nation and world. - Are YOU ready? We already have a committed sleuth ready to Back the Blues in D.C. - no matter if you travel to watch in person or are cheering from your couch, get ready to be entertained by some of Texas’ finest! - Congrats to you four. You’ve already made your Karhu and Omega families proud! - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe #karhuomega - 🐻

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Coachability. Do you have it? - One of the most important aspects of learning something new and progressing in an endeavor is the ability to be coached. Coachability. - In our experience, those who learn the fastest, progress steadily over time and experience the most meaningful results are also those that exhibit high levels of coachability. - These people listen... a lot. They also approach their training with focus and intention, ask important questions, observe those around them, pay attention to instruction and are willing and able to accept feedback without taking it personally. - Everyone in our gym has goals. Everyone comes to the gym to learn and develop themselves as human movers. If you go to your gym with a purpose in mind (and you should) then why not be as coachable as you can be? 🤓 - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T! (find out what it means to me) -Aretha Franklin As the saying goes: respect is earned, not given. Respect comes in many forms and can be expressed in many ways. There are many different kinds of respect. Respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for elders, respect for a time or place or process; a people or tradition or idea. Every animal in the animal kingdom has a healthy respect for the world around them. Squirrels have a healthy respect for gravity. Zebras have a healthy respect for lions. Humans (should) have a healthy respect for Mother Nature and her laws. At Karhu, we work to earn and give respect in the following ways: Maintaining a clean, safe, welcoming and inviting atmosphere. Starting class on time / ending class on time. Cleaning our equipment after each use. Programming movements and training sessions in a progressive, sensible manner with the focus always on the needs of our members. Greeting each member, new and old, with a firm handshake (or hug), a smile and eye contact. Maintaining a professional environment with professional coaches. Asking for feedback from our community. Holding a space for those who are confident, extroverted and experienced while holding that same space for those who are timid, introverted and unsure. Addressing issues or conflict head-on with open ears and an open heart. Communicating with consideration, clarity and honesty, tête-á-tête. Thursday Meditation: What does respect mean to me? How do I show respect to others around me? How do I respect the process of growth and learning in my life? #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe 🐻

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Meet your Karhu Coaches! - Name: Jessica Estrada Born: 9/10/82 (San Angelo, Tx) University: Texas State University Years Doing CrossFit: 10 Years Coaching CrossFit: 9 - 5 Questions for Coach Estrada - Q: What is the meaning behind the name? A: When we started searching for names, we knew we wanted an animal name in another language. We finally agreed on "Karhu" which means Bear in Finnish. However, due to trademarking issues, the name was denied. After some thought, we decided to go with "Jaakarhu". For me the name had to make sense, so I did my research. The polar bear represents strength and endurance, as well as transformation and guiding warriors from one life to the next (according to the Eskimo and Inuits). We use fitness as a vehicle to transform lives. We want our athletes to be able to persevere through any obstacle in and out of the gym. - Q: What drives you as a coach? A: My drive as a coach is more than helping people get fit. It is about creating a space for people to grow into a stronger, more confident version of themselves...mentally and physically. As a coach, it is important for me to establish an honest, authentic connection with my athletes in order to build that trust that is needed to take them to that next level. I want people to move their bodies better and more efficiently. But more importantly, I want our athletes to be able to take the confidence that they develop in the gym into their lives outside of the gym. - Q: What is the biggest fitness obstacle you have had to overcome? A: When I was training for 2013 Regionals, I started feeling an uncomfortableness in my left hip. As time went on, it progressively got worse. I was able to compete at Regionals that year with a moderate amount of pain but without any limitations. It turns out that I had torn the labrum in my hip due to an acetabular impingement. Basically what that means is that the head of my femur was causing repetitive trauma to the acetabulum due to a bone overgrowth and hypermobility. I had surgery in 2013 and had to forgo my 2014 CrossFit season to heal and recover. I was back competing and earned a trip... ***Continued in comments

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This is the moment you know it was worth it. Friends. Family. - 📷 @auburnmedia - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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The Dogs of Karhu...! - This good girl is Maya. She’s a 1 year old Goldie with a heart of GOLD. - She almost always accompanied her friend @slackmason to the gym, although she’s still too young to try CrossFit 🙁 - Maya has one of the sweetest smiles you’ll ever see, and when she’s not wooing our members, she’s busy hanging out with her dog crew. Maya loves nothing more than a head scratch and a hug... so if you see her don’t be shy! - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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“The Girls” - Teams of 6 - Six Events - Saturday, 11 April 2020. - Where? @karhustrength, of course. - Start gathering your teammates now... they’ll go fast 🐻 - Open to any and all competitors - full details will be released next Wednesday! - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe

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“The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.” - Starting is often the hardest part. Whether it’s starting a new fitness program, a new way of eating, giving up substances/addictions or just getting out of bed in the morning... Starting can be difficult if not seemingly impossible. That’s OK. - We’ve all been there. Many of us are still there. Fear, doubt, insecurity and a whole host of perceived and real emotional and mental blocks can keep us from taking that first step into the unknown. - The important thing is to begin. Begin with that first step, and then focus on the next. Find a group (or individual) of people who can and will hold you accountable to your goals and dreams. Shut out the naysayers and energy stealers. Yes, do it for you. But also, do it for those who would look to you for inspiration. #community - Athlete: Erika Ortega - 📷 @auburnmedia - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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Located at 139 E. St. Elmo Austin, Tx 78745