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Athlete of the Month – Maria De La Mora Maria we are extremely proud of you and your hard work.  You are doing so great on your nutrition and killing it in the gym.  You exemplify our core values of Humble – Hungry – Happy.  Your smile and bright spirit light up the gym.  You are…

Coach’s Note Ever since I started CrossFit Hippo in my house in 2014, I have been making mistakes and learning.  We don’t do everything right.  We do try to do everything for the right reasons.  We are working diligently behind the scenes to clarify our vision and solidify our talented team in order to provide…

Athlete of the Month – Jose Olvera and Maria Martinez Thank you Maria and Jose for being such an important part of our community. For almost two years, CrossFit Hippo has enjoyed your enthusiasm, your positive attitude and willingness to remain coachable.  You continue to learn and grow with the herd. You guys are an…

What are MEPs? MEPs stand for MYZONE EFFORT POINTS. When you wear your MYZONE MZ3 heart rate monitor during the workout or exercise outside the gym, you will be tracking your effort as well as the total calories you have burned during that effort.  This helps ensure that the feeling you experience during the effort…

Athlete of the Month – Max Ebner 1.TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. I’m Max. Married to the lovely Nicole Ebner. From Round Rock, TX.  Work as a home builder here in Houston. 2. WHAT IS ONE THING WE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU OR BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT? I have a twin brother. We’re fraternal,…

Athlete of the Month – Raquel Rivera Raquel thank you for being you.  You have been consistently improving while remaining coachable!  Keep up the great work in and out of the gym! We will have to talk about this Coke taste testing business hahaha   TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?  I am a full time working…

Athlete of the Month – Araceli Rivera I wanted to take a minute to highlight a couple awesome things about Araceli.  Araceli came to our gym with a pretty full plate.  She is a mother, a wife, a full time Mechanical Engineering Student at University of Texas and a full time employee at a major…

Athlete of the Month – Ammar Akhlaq   Thank you, Ammar, for being such and amazing member of our community!  You always come in to class with a great attitude and a smile on your face!  We absolutely love having you and supporting you on your fitness journey!  Keep up the great work and ya’ll…

Athlete of the Month – Dusty Ballew Dusty is a great member of our community and a dear friend.  He is not only crushing his goals, he also crushed his first RX Murph after winning the Nutrition Challenge 2018! His attitude remains hilarious and coachable.  Thanks Dusty for being a genuinely good dude and crushing…

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. I moved to the US 10 years ago from Bolivia. I work as an engineer at Wood. I do not have any family in the states other than my husband and two kids. But I do consider CrossFit Hippo my extended family. WHAT IS ONE THING WE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT…

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. I’m 27 yrs old. Moved to Houston about a year ago from PR for work. I used to play sports. I love my dog and all other dogs. WHAT IS ONE THING WE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU OR BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT? I had an “insta-food-blog” about clean eating…

Jim Earley Jim exemplifies what we mean when we say “Age is just a number!” Jim is getting after it in the gym improving his mobility, losing weight, getting stronger and improving his ability to do the things he loves.  Some days Jim comes twice a day to be sure he gets a good workout…

I would like to take a minute to share why the coaching staff here at CrossFit Hippo chose Victor for athlete of the month.  Victor embodies the hard working, friendly and consistent athlete we are looking for in our community.  He will show up early and stay after to work on weaknesses and is constantly…

By: Christy Jeffery New Year’s Resolutions, yeah yeah yeah, it’s finally that time. Do you know what the top 2 Resolutions of all time are? Or have you ever made any of these? Go to the gym – which is never very specific Eat better – again, no one ever knows what this means Both…

I’ll try to put into words what Shaun’s commitment, dedication and support has meant to our Hippo Family over the years.  Shaun has been a member since the beginning.  He has been committed before the Commitment Club was even a thing. Shaun continues to improve and challenge himself every single day.  We have grown together over…

It goes without saying we have had an amazing year here at CrossFit Hippo.  Thank you to everyone who made it so special! Here is a brief summary of your awesome fitness year! 3,100 personal metcon records have been crushed this year!  Total number of workouts performed at Rx is 3,500! Looks like we lifted…

You’re killing it in the gym, committed to getting in your workout 3-5x/week, and you saw great results right from the beginning, but now you’re stuck. Why? Let’s dig deeper into the Fitness Pyramid that you walk by every day in our Athlete’s Lounge at CrossFit Hippo. Nutrition First we need to start at the…

By: Christy Jeffery We are smack dab in the middle of the Holiday season right now and for most people this is the most wonderful time of the year. So being sick is the absolutely last thing you want to happen. Here are some simple tips to keep you healthy this holiday season: 1. Sleep….

Have you ever wanted to try CrossFit but thought you needed to get in shape before you went to your first class? If so, you’re not alone. There is a huge misconception out there that CrossFit is only for ex-athletes or people who are already “in shape” Personally, I’m not shocked to hear about this,…

BY: Christy Jeffery “Hey man what’s Rx?” How many times have you heard someone say this only to rush over to the board to check the weight? And for what? Only so they can check that little blue button on Wodify and “beat” everyone else when they have the fastest time or most reps. Now,…

ALEC BIENIAWSKI Congrats Alec! You are our Athlete of the Month for November!  What can I say about Alec other than we met at CrossFit Fulshear while I was a coach there.  He has always been able put a smile on my face.  Alec pursued his passion to become a great Level 1 Trainer and…

Hippo Nutrition Challenge 2018 Here is how the challenge works! Enjoy your holiday and come back ready to work on your health!  Choose your plan type with the following questions.  Then get your body composition with the Body Analytics hydro-static weigh in January 8th and 9th.  This will give you your accurate lean muscle mass…

Surviving Thanksgiving and Christmas – Eating, Exercise and In-Laws Fast approaching is FATTEN season.  Bulking Season.  The Holidays.  Stress Eating Time.  We are going to give you a few tips on surviving Thanksgiving and Christmas in eating a little healthier, getting some exercise in, making better alcohol choices and coping with the in-laws and out-laws….

  There you are crushing the last few reps of a killer AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible in a given time) 3-2-1 and your coach yells TIME! What you do next says a lot about where you are mentally at the outer extremes of your exertion.  There are a couple type of people at…

 I would like to take a moment to recognize one of the hardest working badass athletes we have in the gym.  Gina Mendoza started here at CrossFit Hippo over a year ago when we invited folks to do the CrossFit Open at our gym.  Her and Iris showed up and the rest is history.  Gina…

  I quit. I’ve quit.  I am quitting.  I’ll never quit. Don’t be a quitter. Sound familiar?  I personally have said all of these.  They can be positives and negatives.  I’ve quit jobs that were toxic.  I’ve quit relationships that were toxic. I’m currently quitting eating carbs.  I’ll never quit on my family.  I’ve told…

Its Time announce our 2017 CrossFit Open Winners! First let me say how proud I am of all of you for competing in the 2017 CrossFit Open!!! It is a different animal putting yourself out there and competing! You all did awesome! We would like to recognize the leaders. We grouped some of the categories together. By…

First let me say, I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication that each and every one of you have put in over the last 12 weeks! For the last 12 weeks we have been running the CrossFit Hippo Strength to Weight Ratio Challenge. This challenge consisted of an initial weigh in to…

I think these numbers speak for themselves.  GREAT work last year!  I would like to highlight a few people.  Shaun did an amazing job being super consistent and coming pretty much on average, floods or no floods, 5 days a week!  Coach Chance and Yareth were our top athletes for PR’s last year!  Think about…

So its 8 pm.   The WOD just posted in WODIFY.  Its “Isabel” 30 Snatch as fast as possible at 135 lbs.  You think to yourself, I can snatch 155 lbs.  I got this. The next morning you arrive at CrossFit Hippo, nice and early, and begin to stretch.  Conversation regarding the WOD ramps up as…

First let me preface this with I am not very good at controlling my eating habits for a plethora of reasons. That is neither here nor there. I have helped plenty of people excel at this lifestyle to know that it will work given the right execution and hard work.  I am currently 6′-2″ 260…

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