Wednesday, December 31, 2008


The face of pain, gasping for air and wanting to quit. But guess what? I don't!! I continue to push through the pain and feel like a champ when I'm done. This is why I AM CROSSFIT! This pic was taken when we first moved into the new gym. I am at the peak of my fitness and am only moving up. Crossfit has changed my life and continues to shape it to this day. I've been crossfiting since September 2005 and have seen my body change, my mind get stronger and have helped change and shape the lives of many people along the way. When I first began my journey I was 205 pounds, slow and hadn't really worked out in two or three years. Jeremy, my little big brother, said he had something new for me to try. So, with my fat plump body I began my journey. In three months I dropped fifteen pounds and was on my way to California to get my first cert. and the rest is history.
I can only encourage you to work hard, push through the pain and consider what that fast processed food is doing to your body. Make the choice NOW to change your life!! All of us coaches are here for you, to push you, encourage you and be that person that can relate to and know how you feel. FYI, I'm going to post a nice pic of myself from my good round days so stay tuned. I AM CROSSFIT!!
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fran Time!!

These ladies don't care if it's a wee bit chilly out. Janine and Jen attack "Fran" in the 6:15AM T/Th crossfit class like she took their lunch money. All the awesome people that come too crossfit in the mornings don't care how cold it is, they just want their butt's kicked. And I'm more than happy to oblige them. Speaking of attacking "Fran", watch Carey and Crystal go to town on this illustrious WOD on the crossfit affiliate page. Way to go girls!!
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Monday, December 8, 2008


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The ladies at 6:30PM LCRA get their swing on! They brave the cool night air three nights a week to spend some quality time with me and the trusty dumb bell and med ball. The dumb bell swing is a move that gets the whole body involved and works the core like you like it to be done. The swing is performed the same way as the kettle bell swing, so not having a kettle bell is no excuse to not performing the move.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

What I Support

I know this has nothing to do with crossfit. I also know that a lot of people don't care about my political views. But in the misted of everything that is going on right now and all the frenzy going on about the new President elect, I had to post this. This is the man I supported during the primaries and I still support him today along with his movement Campaign For Liberty. I hope you will watch this and read the quotes and listen to Ron Pauls words and consider the times we live in and what it truly means to be free. To consider the true role of our government the way our founders intended and ponder, are we truly free from government? Is it the government's role to take care of us? Just something to think about.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Texas Tech WINS!!!

I can't help it!! This was just after replay declared Crabtree's touchdown was good!! This was one of the greatest football games I have ever been too. I just wanted to share with all you great Longhorn fans. GET YOUR GUNS!!!!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Susannah who attends my 5:30AM crossfit class has had tremendous success with crossfit!! She follows the zone diet, uses Advocare supplements, takes advantage of all the free programs crossfit central offers to our clients and works her tail off!! I am so proud of her and I'm glad to be apart of her life and a small part of her success. Way to go Susannah!!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Time To Get Lean With Lean Turkey

That time of the year has come when we have party's to go to and lots of good food is around. Well Crossfit Central has come up with a way to combat that, with the Lean Turkey. What is it? Well, we have selected a group of current clients to compete on November 22 against the other coaches and there team for some wonderful prizes. We as coaches will encourage our teams to eat right workout hard and conduct some special workouts together to repair for the BIG competition. This is a way to encourage everyone to stay disciplined and have a goal to work towards during this crazy and hectic time, and hopefully look like Big Mike over to the left. Oh yea I can't wait!!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Boot Camp!!

Ya know , I've been thinking about why I love coaching boot camps for a while. It's not hard for me to know why, I just haven't written it down for others to see and read. Boot camps have helped me grow in so many way's. It is quite astounding. I remember the first time I went to a Crossfit Central boot camp to help Jeremy. I had no idea what to expect or what to do. I followed Jeremy around for about two months, learning the warm up, coaching cues and things like that. I probably wasn't ready to coach my own, but Jeremy insisted we needed an evening boot camp and I needed to start it.
So I met a young man by the name of Vic at Deep Eddie park and I started to put him through boot camp, just me and him. If it wasn't for UTB's he wouldn't have come. This was a little over two years ago. So, fast forward to now, I coach three boot camps four days a week with thirty people all over Austin, Tx. LCRA boot camp, Bridge Point boot camp and LCRA Corp. boot camp. But the whole point of me writing this is to share with you why I love coaching you guys.
For starters, I get to meet new people and have a positive influence in there lives. It's crazy to me that people look up to me and seek my guidance and opinion. And it's not just about coaching, but life and friendships. For any of you that have spent time away from crossfit with me and have gotten to know me must know that I am a political junky and readily share my opinions, and I do. I love to get to know everyone outside of just training and talking politics or sports. It is fun and it's all light hearted. I have developed a relationship with all of my boot campers and regularly talk with all of them ether on the phone or through email. I also know may of the boot campers have made friends with each other and regularly hang out out side of boot camp. And some of us have been known to go out and take advantage of some of the good watering holes around Austin. So aside from all the positives everyone gets from the boot camps, we develop friendships and learn how to push each other and encourage one another.
So, there are some of the reasons I enjoy coaching boot camps so much. I get to meet wonderful and inspiring people and get to see them change there lives and be apart of it. I hope for some of you sitting on the fence trying to decide if you should come to a boot camp take what I've said here and consider all the positive I just mentioned. It could very easily change your life and meeting you will most likely play a role in mine.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The New Month Is Here

The new month is upon us, the air will be getting cooler hopefully and the days are starting to get shorter. So if your still on the fence about joining boot camp, GET OFF!! The time is now to change your life, feel better and meet new people. I don't want to hear how it's to early, it's to hot, I don't have time, hog wash!! Boot camp IS a challenge, sometimes IT does hurt and yes it is hot but so what. Getting yourself back into shape isn't easy, or trying something new can be a challenge, you just have to want it bad enough. Do you? Lets find out, boot camps are under way but it is not to late for you. Go to and come and join me. If one of my boot camps doesn't fit your schedule then find one that does. All that matters is you make that first step to changing your life. Hope to see you there.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

KettleBell Cert. was a Success

In all seriousness it was a success. The Crossfit Central crew had a great time and learned much from the great Jeff Martone and his sweet wife Moe. Other than the raw hands the certification was intense, informative and challenging. I suggest you ether take advantage of the Kettle Bell classes Crossfit Central offers or you can contact me via email at for a more personal approach.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Good Ol' KB

If you didn't know we are having a kettlebell certification at Crossfit Central this weekend and I must say I am very excited. Kettlebells seem to kick my ass when I pick them up and two days of non stop training with them is going to be fun, fun!! These odd shaped iron balls with a handle offer core strength, strong grip and have a long storied history. All of these things are appealing to me so you can understand my interest. So, with this new cert. I am receiving I will officially be a certifiable ass kicker with the good ol' kettlebell. Better get ready!!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Core Strength

5:30Am Tuesday, Thursday Crossfit class working on Planks after hustling through Nancy on a steamy morning. Nancy consist of 15 95lbs Overhead Squats, 400 meeter run, 5 rounds for time. One hell of a core strength workout in it's self.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Susannah has lost 100LBS, lost 15% body fat and is more fit than she has ever been in her life!! How did she do it you ask? She zone diets, uses advocare supplements and crossfits! She has dedicates herself to working out 4 to 5 times a week and uses her supplements every day and is consistent in coming to my 5:30am crossfit class every time. Though she had started her weight loss journey before crossfit she has taken it to a new level since coming on nearly four months ago. I am so proud to call her crossfitter and a friend! Way to go Susannah!!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

You Can do Anything You Want!

When Ashley first started Crossfitting she could not do a single pull up. One year later she is doing six in a row for several rounds of work. She has not only gotten stronger but has gained more confidence and pushes herself harder than ever. Oh, she is also my wife. I couldn't be more proud of her!
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kickin It Cali Style

The Crossfit Central crew had the privilege of working out at the Crossfit North Santa Cruz gym while out in Cali for the Crossfit Games last week. What a great bunch of people and what an awesome gym. Thanks guys!
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What An Experience!

I have to say, competing in my first CrossFit Games was absolutely amazing. Seeing the athletes, the big names of Crossfit and the competition is one of the better experiences in my life. It also taught me that I have a lot of work to do if I want to be considered a top elite crossfiter. It has given me a new perspective of the work and commitment that I have to put in to take it to the next level. I could ask for a better group of people to travel with and spend time with that the people in the CrossFit Central team. And congratulations to my brother Jeremy Thiel for his third place finish, truly inspiring!!
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Prepping For The Games

It has been an extreme three month proses prepping for the Crossfit Games coming up this weekend. I have to say working out six days a week, following the zone diet and staying the most discipline I have ever been has paid of. I am stronger and leaner than I have ever been in my in tire life and I owe it to Crossfit. It has provided me with the desire to want to improve, eat healthier and work harder and endure more pain than I ever thought I could. I will forever be thankful to Coach Glassmen for what he has provided all Crossfiters and my brother Jeremy for introducing me to Crossfit. I can't even imagine the energy and anxiety I will be filling before the first challenge begins, but I know that I will be prepared for battle because of the intense training and structure Crossfit has provided me. I will forever be grateful.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Early to Rise

5:30AM Bridge Point Elementary boot camp taking advantage of the cool early morning. New classes begin July 7th.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's A Family Affair

Mother, daughter and son! John, Gina and Gina have been attending 6:30PM LCRA Boot Camp for one month and have made great strides. It is a pleasure and a compliment to have this family attend boot camp together and put their faith and trust in me to help them meet their athletic goals. Much like my own family they help and encourage each other to greater heights. It is my pleasure to have them with me and the rest of the group three days a week.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Good Morning

5:30AM isn't too early for these Crossfitters. Three days a week these lady's and gentlemen are out here rain or shine busting there hump to be as fit as they possibly can. Morning, noon or night we are up at he gym helping people achieve there fitness dreams. can help you achieve your goals for fitness if your willing to sacrifice and pay the price. Come Get Some!!
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Monday, June 9, 2008

New Month Begins!

A new month of boot camp has begun. 6:30PM LCRA boot camp getting warmed up before the real fire works begin. These people come three days a week and kick butt for an hour straight under the HOT TEXAS SUN! They are truly dedicated to their health and fitness and build team work and friendships at the same time. It is truly a pleasure to coach them.
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Sunday, June 1, 2008

First WOD in the New Gym

On Saturday a few of the coaches got together in our new gym to break it in. The new spot is awesome with plenty of space to breath and move around. Crossfit Central has come along way from the beginning with just classes outside to our previous spot to our new and improved gym. I hope ever one enjoys!! Classes begin June 2nd in the new spot so I hope everyone is Ready To Get IT ON!!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008


The many faces of Crossfit Central inspires me to work harder and to help improve the lives of the many people that I come in contact with. Everyone that joins us for our challenges , free workouts and comes to our classes and boot camps works hard and sells out every time. I must say that I am proud to be apart of such a great group of people and coaches. Thank you Crossfit Central and Crossfit.
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Friday, May 16, 2008

300 Callenge

Lisa performs floor wipes during the 300 Challenge. Lisa was the women's winner of Crossfit Centrals Fittest Games and is using the 300 Challenge to farther prepare her for the Crossfit Fittest Games 4th of July weekend. Part of Lisa's responsibilities for the 300 Challenge is to practice the Zone diet and log her food intake in a food journal. She is also required to use advocare nutritional supplements. Lets cheer her on to victory in July!!
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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Reaching For The Sky

As the temperature begins to rise Crossfit Central boot campers are jumping up along with the heat. Nikki Stephenson jumps high while performing a burpee, one the loved moves for boot campers and crossfiters alike. Crossfit Centrals outdoor programs provide elements of crossfit along with cardio and a variate of calisthenics and body weight resistance.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Bionic vs. OPT Challenge

Myself and my brother in law Kris perform the Bionic vs. OPT Challenge on Saturday after the UTB. I must say it was a kill workout. The workout was 5 Rounds for Time: 7 pull ups, 7 95lbs thrusters, 7 ring dips, 7 burpees. Go to on the affiliate page and scroll down to see Bionic vs. OPT Challenge. These guys are SIC FIT!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

LCRA Wellness Programe

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has joined Crossfit Crentral in improving the health and wellness of it's employees. The 5:00PM M/W/Th class now enjoyes the riggers of a Crossfit Central boot camp along with building a stronger bond with one another.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

6:15AM Crossfit Class

6:15AM Crossfit Class working a sweat on this cool spring day. Better enjoy these nice cool mornings because it's about to get HOT HOT HOT!!!
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