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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Just because we’re not operating as usual, running classes and coaching in the gym, doesn’t mean we’re not going to continue to care for and clean our gym as if we were. This is our baby, and we’ll be back to her soon enough! @disinfxaustin - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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A happy and full Zoom class to end the day 🐻 - Thanks to @crystal_turi @gingerbeardman00 @brenanburcham @nikolo7 @gregmulesmith @alexandra_gartman @stefan.shilgalis @cp.texaspa and @jacquelinekarsnia for joining and CRUSHING IT! - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe

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Hey Everybody👋 - Coach Winchester here. Normally when writing our Instagram posts, we do so in the "voice of the Bear”. Today, I’d like to write in my own voice, because I have a special message I'd like to share with all of our followers! - 2 days ago we reopened our doors to a waiting group of eager CrossFitting Bears. This could not have been possible without the tireless work and meticulous planning of the three women in the above pictures. You know them as Coach Estrada, Coach Deering and Coach Molz. I know them as my "work wives" 😂 - In all seriousness, these three have done more for the gym than many know or realize. Admittedly, I can be hard to work with at times… These three handle it with grace, poise and understanding. They keep me honest and put me in my place when it’s needed (it’s often needed). Everyone needs a Sara a Taylor or a Jess in their lives. I’m lucky to have all three. - Many thanks are due to many people, from our parents who have continued to offer their love and guidance to our gym members who stuck with us through our shutdown experience. But we would all be remiss if we did not express our collective gratitude for these three women. It’s rare to find three badass females such as these in one place at one time. It’s even more rare to find them in the kind of leadership positions they’re in. People look up to them not just because of what they can do, but because of who they are. - If you see Jess, Sara or Taylor in person, please let them know how you feel and give them the praise they deserve for keeping this train on the tracks. If you don’t get to see them often or won’t see them again for a time, then please call or text them (or leave a comment below!) to say thanks for the hours, weeks and months - and the blood, sweat and tears - they pour into this gym, into their coaching craft and into our amazing community. - Karhu would not be the sanctuary it is without them and I would not be the person I am without them. - Thank you @estradaflys @taytay_deering sarafina_lynn - I love the shit out of y’all. 💙 - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #perhe #wearekarhu #risekarhurise - 🐻

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We love you Denise, and are so very proud of you! 🐻 - #Repost @taytay_deering ・・・ Today you have conquered something remarkable, 1 year of sobriety. You amaze me daily with your resilience and commitment to living this new life you have chosen for yourself. Everyday, every hour and every minute you are faced with a choice that instills your future. I could never imagine nor understand the battles you face, yet you continue to show up and win the battle for YOU. I hope you feel the utmost respect and gratitude for yourself on your accomplishment. You are a queen. My words are inadequate in comparison for my actual thoughts and feelings, you already know. I’m here. I’m so proud of you. I love you respect you more than i could ever express 💜 You did this. No one else. Onward and upward baby girl.

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Smile! This too shall pass 🙂 - Search for the Silver Lining. What is it? Where is it? - Spend time each day to find and express gratitude for all that you have. - Be thankful for your health, and your abilities. - Don’t give up… use this new-found time to improve. - Take advantage! Begin to practice new patterns, habits, and routines. - In every hardship: Opportunity. - 📷 @auburnmedia - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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2020. The year that will surely go down in history as the year of coronavirus. The year “things changed”. There isn’t a person or business who won’t be affected by the coronavirus and its associated shutdown / shelter-in-place orders nationwide. This year will be a year that changes the landscape of business, social interaction and yes, even strength and conditioning. - Coaching looks different now for us - it has to, at least for a while. When will things go back to “normal”? What does (did) normal even mean? What if they never go back to normal? - It’s not our job to predict the future, but to play the hand we’ve been dealt. We are busy finding out new ways to coach our people and to keep them moving, healthy and sane. It’s not ideal for any of us - coaches and members alike. Trust us when we say that we would much rather be at the gym, on the floor, interacting with our people face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder. That’s the environment in which we thrive, and the way we’ve been developing our craft over the past 12 years. - How can we continue to improve on our processes, innovate where we can, execute better and enhance the experience for our community? That is what we’ve been tasked to find out and deliver. We, as a country, cannot afford to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. Life Isn’t Fair. We must find ways to carry on and continue to do what we can where we are with what we have. - Our main goal is to stay connected with our people. In an industry built around and predicated on close social interaction and onsite coaching, we will all need to find a new way to create connection with those we love most. We will also need to find a way to deliver a product that is comparable, though different, from what we have offered in the past. - This year will challenge us, test us, and show us who we are and what we’re made of. We find ourselves ready and willing to take on this challenge, and continue to serve the world the best way we can. Join us. - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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“....that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain...” - Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address Nov 19, 1863

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“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” -Carl Jung - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe - 🐻

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And we’re back! - Closed for 8 weeks, now open again with renewed drive and determination to serve our community. - Your health is your wealth. Never has this been more true than now. You can’t eat diamonds and you can’t take your toys with you when you pass to the other side. - Invest in your health and in the health of others. Don’t wait - do it now! The time and money you invest in your health and fitness might just save your life. - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #perhe #wearekarhu - 🐻

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Name: Taylor Anne Deering Born: March 4, 1989 University: Northwestern State University Years in CrossFit: 7 Years Coaching: 7 5 Questions for Coach Taylor: Q: In 5 years where do you see yourself? A: I think anyone who knows anything about me knows my passion for moving abroad, specifically Colombia. I have felt pulled to that country ever since I visited in 2015 and I still feel that way every time I visit. I see myself living in Medellin with Pacho, coaching of course and living out my passion to be in a Spanish speaking environment that lights me up. I want the challenge of being uncomfortable in another country, to be honest. Austin will ALWAYS be my home, but maybe we can just open up a Jääkarhu in Colombia (wink wink Jessica and Michael). - Q: What is Jääkarhu to me? A: Jääkarhu is nothing shy of a miracle. If you are a part of the community you know exactly what I mean. When Jessica brought me over to be her assistant and join the team, I had no idea how many relationships I was about to make over the years, not just relationships but how much my family was about to grow. Jääkarhu is my home, my family and my life. Our community is the best, hands down, no questions asked. The feeling I get when I walk into the gym, see our people's faces being lit up around one another brings me so much gratitude for the space that has been created. I wish I could explain how it feels to a part of the family, but I can't. It’s just something you feel when you’re here. - Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time? A: I spend most of my free time with my puppers, Pachito. He loves the water, greenbelt and hiking. I enjoy reading books, specifically Thrillers. Give me a margarita in the sunshine on some water and I’ll be fine. And of course, get me anywhere In Central/South America and I'm a happy girl! - Q: What would your last meal on earth be? A: Chips and Salsa (#texan) & 2 prickly pear margs with salt to start me off. Entree: Grilled Salmon from ATX cocina, fried brussel sprouts from Fresas, coconut scented rice from Loro, Honey and Sage Sweet potato fries from hopdoddy and finally, a sprinkled donut from Wheatsville co-op.

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April Athlete of the Month: Nicole aka @nikolo7 •••• Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit? A: A very long time hehehe But I’ve been at Karhu for a year and half lol and that’s all that matters ❤️ - Q: How did you get started? A: When I first moved to Austin I had a personal trainer and he introduced me to CrossFit. I remember doing Fran and Karen in my workouts with him. Then I thought “why am I doing this and not just joining a CrossFit gym?” so I took a leap of faith and tried out a gym it was crazy intimidating - but ended up being the best move I ever made! - Q: What is your favorite movement/workout? A: Box jumps are my favorite movement!! But my all time favorite workout is Grace!!! ••• Congrats Nicole! You are such an amazing, kind human. We are lucky to have you! Also...Happy Birthday Month! 📸 @auburnmedia #crossfit #community #austin #perhe #fitness #wearekarhu

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Hey Karhu Peeps...! A little update on “The Girls” Competition that was to take place this coming Saturday: - As you’ve probably noticed by now, Austin in on lockdown until further notice. As such, we will be postponing the competition until a later date, TBD. - All teams will be receiving an email with more information - reach out to us if you have any questions! - As always, thank you for supporting your fellow Bears during the shutdown! 🐻 - #karhu #strength #crossfit #jääkarhu #wearekarhu #perhe

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