Congratulations Sara!

We would like to offer a hearty congratulations to Sara, competing in the World Police and Fire Games in Northern Ireland over the weekend.  She won the Hammer Throw Gold Medal with a WPFG World Record throw!   She’ll compete later this week with her brother in the Toughest Competitor Alive competition.   We’ll keep you updated as we hear results.

Member’s Only Weightlifting Meet and Potluck 8/17/13

Hi All!

We needed an excuse to have a barbecue, and everyone likes to pick up heavy things!   So, we are going to have a mock weightlifting meet on Saturday, August 17th.  We’ll plan to start about 11, but final schedule will depend on the number of competitors. 

This marks the end of the first 4 week cycle for the Olympic Weightlifting class, so it will be a perfect opportunity to establish new 1 RMs before we start our next cycle.  

We also have people who have expressed an interest in competing in Olympic Weightlifting.  This event will give you an opportunity to experience a competition.  We will be following USAW rules. 

Please note:  this is a FUN event!   You DO NOT need to be actively competing (or even interested in competing) to register!

Come out and compete (and win prizes!)!  Come out and support your friends!  Come on out and grill something!

Competition is limited to CFSW members, but anyone is welcome to join us to watch and  BBQ. 

$10 to compete, free to spectate.  Registration is online only, deadline is 8/15.  To register, click here.   You must be be signed into your Front Desk profile to be able to register.  It is listed under the ‘Plans and Passes’ tab.  

Call or contact us with questions or for further details.

BRING A DISH FOR THE POTLUCK!!   (Or just scrounge off of your friends…)

Meet Ben

Some of you have already guessed the identity of our mystery man from a few days ago.  Ben and his lovely wife trained with us previously (before moving to the far side of the world), and Ben has coached off and on at CFSW for the last few years.  We’re pleased to let you know that he’ll be back coaching, starting next week.  

For those who haven’t had the pleasure, I’ll allow Ben to introduce himself:

Hello everyone!!!!

 I am a proud Marine, and I served in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005-06’.  During my tour, a Humvee I was riding in, was struck by a roadside bomb killing two of my fellow Marines and leaving me with a right-leg amputation.  Needless to say, the incident changed my life forever.

When I was first discharged I was lost. I wasn’t sure what to do with my life; so I floated around from job to job, and drank A LOT to help me cope with insecurity and my loss.

In 2009, I moved to Seattle, WA and that’s where I was introduced to Crossfit Northwest. The community was surprisingly receptive and supportive to me participating in the programs. I loved it! So I kept going back, and found that it was helping me cope with my nightmares and emotional symptoms associated with PTSD.  It also rekindled the love I had for lifting weights that I discovered when I was in Iraq.

When I moved down to Tempe, AZ in 2010, I found another great community of people at CrossFit Southwest.  What surprised me was the way that people here were also motivated and inspired by my story of recovery.  I loved the fact I could inspire people to live better and overcome obstacles.

As a result, I wanted to increase my knowledge about the science behind lifting so I could improve my coaching abilities. Over the last couple years I have aquired several fitness certifications; such as, Crossfit level 1, and USAW Olympic Weightlifting

I look forward to blasting steel with you and assisting you in reaching your goals!

Semper Fidelis

10-3 Student Membership [UPDATED]

Thank you to everyone who has already expressed interest in this offer!

For those interested in registering for the 10-3 Student Membership, you will need to complete the following steps:

1.  Click here to email us, and let us know that you would like to register.  This will hold your spot for 24 hours.  

2.  Create a member profile at   Please complete the digital waiver and include a valid form of payment. 

3.  We will contact you within 24 hours to confirm, prior to completing the purchase.  

Please contact us with any questions.