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Luke Kayyem of CrossFit Scottsdale "Courage Games" 4th place

The CrossFit Games are the ultimate test of fitness. It’s a grueling multi-day competition in which the world’s fittest athletes compete in a variety of workouts. What are the workouts? Each year they change, and the details of them are not announced until a couple days before the event. This means that all year long, the athletes are training for a competition whose format is almost completely a mystery.

“Proud to be”

I am proud to be so many things on this amazing 18th day of November in 2012. For our 4th year in a row we participated in the CrossFit Fury Fundraiser. An annual charity event and “Old School” fitness throw down in the parking lots and streets of Goodyear. I am proud to be affiliated with the owner and head Coach Peter Egyed and his entire crew. You sir have “raised your game” again and I look forward to many more showdowns in your gym.
I’m proud to have watched 1st time competitors Angelica and Joe go at it with some extremely challenging movements and skills they have never attempted like sledge hammer into plates and rope climbs. Since joining our competition team 6 months ago they have reached a new level of fitness and we are saddened to say goodbye to Angelica who is moving to the “OC” to further her career. “Thank you for your hard work and dedication”.
I am proud to see Riff and Nate push each other forward and progress each week. Klubo for unlocking more and more potential and Nicole Miller for showing up right when we needed you. Welcome to Team CrossFit Scottsdale! I am so proud to have been Jenn Deez partner and witnessed her P.R (personal record) after P.R when the pressures high and the weights ( #115 thruster 2x) are even higher. I am proud to be part of Team over “34” and would go to battle with you “anytime, anyplace”.
I am proud to bleed “black and yellow” Team CrossFit Scottsdale pride was everywhere and the SICFIT swag was seen through the crowds of CrossFit Affiliates from all over the state. I am so so proud of Team Mel/Meghan for winning the women’s division and for Mel winning 2 competitions in a row. For a full time Engineer and part, sometimes no time CrossFitter you are Golden!!!

I am the most proud to be father of a 6.1 year old FREAK and PHENOM Kanon Kayyem who called his dads bluff of attempting to do 100 burpees in 10 minutes for $100. I know, I know bribery should not be rewarded but this was the afternoon entertainment and he really wanted to prove to me and the team he could do it. He actually completes 121 reps and received a $1 over per burpee. “If you watch the entire video he gets called for about 10 “NO REPS” for not touching his chest to the deck and still fights hard to the finish. I am proud to be a FIT family and know that my kids are growing up, attending these amazing fitness competitions surrounded by amazing people.
I am proud to be your fearless leader and wish that all of our students at CrossFit Scottsdale
Powered by: KAYYEM FITNESS train towards the goals you set set new ones and punch them in the face!

Here is a link to all the photos from the days events.
CrossFit Fury Furious 5 on

A Tradition of Excellence… CrossFit Scottsdale Competition Team

If you were one of the athletes who came to our competitors meeting last night, THANK YOU for showing up and supporting the team with your presence! We had the pleasure of starting our team meeting with advice from two of CrossFit’s most decorated athletes and CrossFit Games veterans Chris Spealer and Zach Forrest. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we’ve summarized the plan for our Team for the 2012-2013 season below. Hope you decide to become a part of it. See a Coach or sign up at the gym to get in on the action.

1. Our Team this year will include ANYONE motivated to compete and that want’s to take part.

2. Team’s Objective: To create an environment that fosters excellence, virtuosity, and teamwork in a way that inspires elite fitness, sets goals and fosters community. (oh yeah… and to have fun!)

3. Being on the team means you are committed to taking your training to the next level, and to participating with our community that is committed to the same. One time a month team CFS “outing” (meeting on location for a workout, participating in local athletic events, specific skill training as a Team, small group/partner training).

4. Two considerations in being on the team: 1. Being responsible for and respectful of your own training, 2. Being responsible and respectful to your teammates.

5. Competitor team training options are: M,W,F 4:30pm (Games Class), Tues-Thurs 11am-2pm (Lab hours), Sat afternoon TBD. This is  separate programming and in addition to your regular scheduled CrossFit classes.

6. The team’s Coaches include – Luke Kayyem, Najla Kayyem, Mel Einbinder,  Josh Wagner

7. Three Phases of the Year
a) Phase 1 – Aug – Dec: This will be the time for you to determine your goats, design your training plan, and get together with your team for small group training, and fun events. You will be responsible for determining your PRs and best efforts in a list of skills and workouts. Assignment by our Team Coaches into small training groups/partnerships based on review of your training ‘goats and training schedules.

Our first official meeting and training session will be a two day fitness assessment. We will be testing on September  8th from 12-3pm and September 9th from 9am-12pm.

This phase will culminate with The SICest of the SOUTHWEST Competition on October 20th at the Phoenix Convention Center. Please plan to participate on a 4 man team or to compete as an individual. Register at

b) Phase 2 – Jan – March: The 12-14 athletes that we choose (based on workout numbers, PRs, and performance/rankings at  local competitions) will become our CF Games Open Team. These athletes will be meeting for workouts outside of normal classes and will be getting much more hands-on coaching.  The ENTIRE team will continue to meet for events and training around the Phoenix area. This phase culminates in ALL team members participating in the CrossFit Games Open.

c) Phase 3 – March -July: When we qualify a team (or two) for Regionals, we will narrow the talent pool down to 8 – and these athletes will train rigorously for Regionals with the goal to make it to the CrossFit Games in July. The rest of the team continues to meet for events and training and supports the 8 who have been chosen to represent CFS.

8. We reserve the right to be wrong… in other words, this is the plan based on what we know now. As the Team develops over the year, we reserve the right to modify, change, or adjust things. In other, other words, “Lets be flexible, people!” Look for some surprises thrown in there as well!

9. If you think you’re someone that is excited, enthusiastic, committed, responsible, and wants to take their training to the next level, with an awesome group of committed athletes, we’d love to have you. The cost is $100 for the year… and with that you’ll get one Team Jersey,  2 days of assessment and testing scheduled for September 8-9 and competitor programming.




Team CrossFit Scottsdale 2012 Southwest Regionals Part II

“There’s no crying in CrossFit”

Our goal was simple to make the cut on Sunday and be able to compete in the 6th and final event of the 2012 Southwest Regional’s. So when we made it we were happy just to be able to get one more shot at proving how tough our team was and that we had…

“Nothing to lose, everything to prove”

3…2..1. GO Chris bangs out 10x muscle ups unbroken while Brad holds a #225 dead-lift then it’s Brad’s turn to PR with 10x muscle ups of his own knocking out the 1st 20 muscle ups with ease and on to the 60x wall balls and static pull up holds  While one judge watches the wall balls and one stands on a box making sure that no part of your chin grazes the bar they finished after 3 or 4 switches and moved on to the partner carry where Chris had no problem carrying Brad 100 feet  across the stadium with a #100 dumbbell in his hand immediately after 40x alternating box jumps. Then it was Brad’s turn to carry his partner and the dumbbell back 100 feet. If that wasn’t enough they each had to complete 1x more muscle up. Brad jumped up on the rings and missed, Chris completed his rep seconds later and then Brad jumped back up completing the rep needed so that the ladies could start. Mel and Jen would have to complete the exact rep scheme including one muscle up each to finish the final event.
This is where the story unfolds….

It had taken us months of training, 3 days of living and competing together over  5 grueling events for our team to finally be working together as a unit. The only issue was that Mel had to do about 19 out of 20 muscle ups and Jen would have to dead lift 30 more pounds then her body weight every time Mel had her hands on the rings. You see Jen had done a muscle up once or twice before but never in competition or in a workout and definitely never ever after hundreds of squats, pull ups, handstand pushups and dead lifts. After 4 UNBROKEN muscle ups Mel could not string anymore together and started missing. That sent Jen into a panic… with every pull off the floor Jens face would scrunch up in pain and agony. Then that is when the stars lined up and all 4 athletes clicked. Chris would watch Mel and wait for her to give the sign “Ready” then Chris would transfer that sign to Brad who was standing next to Jen and he would say GO and Jen would pull the dead lift off the floor. It was like watching the Stock Exchange, New York Giants or Tru Foods Kitchen run a sequence of events that looks like chaos but actually becomes an orchestra. They were all working together to become better.

Rep after rep 13…14…15…all complete. Then as great as she was Mel was toast and needed a break. I’m pretty sure Jen actually called her own shot and said “I go”. With the help of Chris lifting her off the floor like a scene from Mary Lou Rettons highlight film. Jen popped up and pushed passed the dip and kipped up completing the 1 rep needed to give Mel a rest and give Jen the confidence needed to hit the game winning shot with 7 minutes left on the clock. 17…18…19…20 done! On to the wall balls which made Jen look like she was getting shot out of a Canon at a 100 miles an hour. If you ask her she will tell you the target was 25 feet high and the ball weighed #50. It didn’t matter 1 by 1 they completed all 60 reps moving them to phase 3 the partner carry. Mel had no problem carrying the much lighter Jen. With less than 3 minutes on the clock I knew if they could just get to box jumps they could collect as many reps as possible before the clock expired. I was dead wrong! They blasted through the jumps in less that 2 minutes taxing there lower back’s even more.

With 100 seconds left Jen picked up the #70 dumbbell at the same time as Mel jumped on her back. Now think about this for a second…. Jen weighs #105 the dumbbell weighs #70 and Mel weighs #130 Jen carried double her body weight 100 feet. It looked like a scene from Saving Private Ryan and Jen was Tom Hanks. Halfway down the she fell dropping Mel and the dumbbell violently to the floor hesitating to get up Jen almost stayed down for the count. 1 minute left the announcer yelled and Jen got back to her feet within seconds with the dumbbell and Mel right behind stepping inch by inch forward passing the line and collapsing on the spot. 45…44…43 GET UP!!!! GET UP!!!! We shouted Mel jumped up on the rings and pulled 40…39… Mel missed the muscle up attempt and our hearts dropped 33…32… Jen jumped up and almost got her final rep, she not only missed but dropped to the floor from 10 feet up landing hard on the mat. 25…24…23 Mel back up on the rings and….BAM kipped up into the top of the dip 15…14..13… she dropped down and now with the fate and future of Team CrossFit Scottsdale in her hands Chris boosted Jen up onto the rings 9…8…7…6…5…4….as Jen got one arm up and in the other one slowly turned and Jen had finished it falling from the top of the rings. Listen closely to the crowd gowing crazy. 3…2…1 TIME. I couldnt hold back the emotions of not only the wod but the entire weekend and  Iliterally could not stop the tears coming down. This was the climacting ending to the greatest finish in School history.

Let this be a lesson to all of us. “Never ever give up”

A special THANK YOU to our crew Brandon, Erin, Tatum, Zuhl, Tony, Logan and Drew thank you guys for making the trip up, supporting our team and keeping the laughs at an all time high.
The coaching team back home Ashley, Hallie, Sensei, Canon, Jeff thank you for holding down the box and to all of you for following us online all weekend long.

None of this would have been possible without our team sponsors Dragonfly Weapons Systems (Josh, Jay and Christine Middagh)  iacquire (Jay Swannson)  Tru Strength Fabrications (Mike and Natalie Gillis) West Dermatology (Rich and Heather Rotan)  S.W.I.H “So What It’s Hot” (Anthony Ausband)  I Auto home insurance (Nathan and Shannon Atchison)

This weekend was dedicated to our team mom Najla who had to fly home early to take care of our 3 year old who knocked out her tooth. We love you!!!

Athlete, Father, Coach
Luke Kayyem

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