Author Archives: Chris Galvan

Same Mission, Different Way of Going About It…

Not that many people look at this site, but just in case they do…

My wife and I started TempleStrength for a couple of different reasons:

  1. To bring CrossFitters to God
  2. To bring people in the church to CrossFit

The acronym of “TEMPLE” stands for



Ministering to

People through

Love and


I stopped the “gym” back in April for many different reasons. I absolutely love coaching, teaching, and helping people with their health and wellness but it was becoming detrimental to my own health and wellness due!!! I was getting sick a lot, I was stressed, my own training was suffering, and Emily and I were about to have our little Abigail. I knew something had to give so after praying about it, talking to my family and a few friends, I gave up the gym owner life and went back to normal life!

Thanks for making time for me, Pops!


Although I absolutely miss my athletes, I know they are all doing well and in good hands at Bedlam CrossFit!

Well now the Alamo City Throwdown is my main focus to reach out and serve the CrossFit community! God has been so faithful in opening up doors for us and Emily and I look forward to what God has in store for us!

A Half Marathon or 13.1???

If you had a choice, which one would you rather do???

Run 13.1 miles or perform The CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.1. Choose quickly…

I may say that some people would rather run for 2 hours than do the following in 17 minutes:

40 Burpees

30 Snatches @ 75/45

30 Burpees

30 Snatches at 135/75

20 Burpees

30 Snatches @ 165/100

10 Burpees

AMRAP Snatches @210/120

This morning, we tackled this WOD and here are some videos of our awesome peeps suffering 13.1 Style!

Jocelyn breezing through the second round of Snatches…

Deby hitting a PR (75) EIGHT TIMES!!!!

Curt failing at 135…

And then with a combo of my amazing coaching (haha), his determination, and God’s strength within him, here he is looking like a BOSS…


Congrats to my athletes for an awesome showing this morning! So proud of you guys!

Saturday Team WOD with TempleStrength!!!

What an awesome day we had today with our members and their families!

First an awesome WOD where the men tested their strength against the women. We started with a fun long workout where the men were slightly ahead at the beginning but then the women absolutely dominated one of the movements and eventually won.

Here we started with Deadlifts and an active rest by holding the KB over the head.

They tested their balance with a 2 point stance while another partner did Knees to Elbows.

During the WOD, the teams had to Frog Jump 200M together. (This seemed brutal, luckily I didn’t do it…)

They finished up the WOD and thought they were done but then I had them do a Sled Drag relay where the girls won (again).

Thinking they were done (again), they finished them up with 100 Burpee Box Jumps as a team. The guys finally won. I thought they were going to go 0 for 3 today.

They absolutely hated me for this but now they love me. 🙂

We then finished up with a great Paleo BBQ at the house.

Great job, guys! It is an honor to coach you all!!!

What I Do During Army Reserve Training (Top Secret)…

Every month, I hang up my suit for my ACU’s to be all I can be as a weekend warrior.

You probably imagine Army training as tough, physically intense training where we prepare to fight the terrorist insurgents in close combat. Here is what you may think we do on the weekends…

But here’s a top secret video of some of our tactics. Please don’t show the Taliban… (This is actual video I took this weekend)

Crazy training huh? I know you can’t imagine how I don’t come home from drill with major PTSD but I seem to cope.

Please don’t thank me for my service just yet. Watch this video and then you can thank me for the sacrifice I make going to drill once a month… (Once again, actual video)

Yes, I know it is tough to watch what we go through on a day to day basis but please know we do this for our country. Not for money, fame, or glory.

And if that wasn’t enough, here is some footage of soldiers in a close combat tactical environment at the M-16 Qualification Range on Friday at Camp Bullis. BEWARE: Some of this footage is very intense and violent!!!

Okay, so being in the Reserves isn’t that bad. By the looks of it, we dance and throw rocks.

But we do it for our country!


SGT Galvan- OUT.

Eliminate Wheat for Good Health

A great segment on a Houston morning show recently!

Just think about it and ignore all the commercials you hear that “whole grains” and “whole wheat” are good for you. Especially when people say you “need carbs”.

Did you know 2 slices of whole wheat toast raises your blood sugar more than 6 teaspoons of table sugar???

Natural is better and wheat in today’s form IS NOT NATURAL!!!!

I have been off grains for 4 years now and I have never been healthier!!!

For more info on “Wheat Belly” and Dr. Davis, click here

“DT”, Paleo Challenge, and a Online Client comes to visit…

A lot of great stuff happening at the gym!!!

This week we did the hero WOD “DT”. It is a nasty little workout which is made up of:

12 Deadlifts
9 Hang Power Cleans
6 Push Jerks

Prescribed weight is 155lbs. And you do this 5 Rounds for time.

We also had 2 winners of the 2 week challenge, Jocelyn and Tommy! Congrats to both of them as they have been eating clean, living clean, and working out dirty… 😉
Here’s Jossy…

And Tommy!

Also, we had the pleasure this morning of having Vanessa come to visit us and learn some Hang Cleans, Deadlifts, Pullups, and Farmers Carry. I have had the pleasure of coaching Vanessa as she works out at work during the lunch hour! She has come a long way since a month and half ago, and it is awesome to see her in the gym!

Have a great weekend everyone! God bless you all!

Prayers and Well Wishes to the Crawfords!!!

Our resident hunk, Scott Crawford and his beautiful bride Bekah are scheduled to give birth to their first born today! We are all so excited to meet Baby Benjamin and we are all praying and thinking of them today.

We also had our first ever “Baby WOD”, where we honor the children of our members! Today’s little workout was obviously named “Benjamin”.

10 Power Cleans @135/95

5Front Squats

10 Lateral Bar Over Burpees


The Last Few Reps…

You know the feeling…

You are gassed and your lungs are burning but you have a few more reps to go. So you dig deep and crank out the last few reps.

Sometimes you don’t actually have it in you but God provided the strength to get it done. It is an awesome feeling knowing you pushed through the pain and finished the workout.

Here’s Deby finishing this mornings WOD. Her last 6 reps…

Great work, Deby and everyone out there who pushes through those last few reps.

Do Your Parents Do This?

Last night I saw something really special so I decided I had to capture it on film.

Both of my amazing parents at the gym.


Lifting weight.

I hope and pray that Emily and I are still doing this in 40 years.

You see my dad is 70 in April and my mom… Well she is around 40 something (still). So what’s your excuse for not getting to the gym?

And don’t tell me you are too old to do it.

Enjoy the graceful strength of my mother and the raw brutality of force my father displays on a daily basis…

TempleStrength Wins Local CrossFit Competition, Advances to World Qualifying Games!

Okay, so I wrote that so you would read this blog. There are no “World Qualifying Games”. Please forgive me for fibbing… This weekend, my brother’s gym, 210CrossFit held a small, fun competition and a few TempleStrength peeps competed as a team. And we won.

It felt like we advanced to the World Qualifying Games.

The main reason I want you to read this post because I want to give a few shout outs to some special people…

First of all, the TempleStrength Team consisting of Curt Kruse, Deby Carlin, Michelle Hitchcock allowed me to be a part of the team! Here’s the winning team:

(L-R: Michelle, Deby, Curt, and Chris)


A big shout out to Jacob Flach, one of our athletes who came out to support us and took this video of our choreographed dance… (Please do not attempt any of these moves at home. We are professionals)

Thanks also to our judge, Marcia Custodio who was an awesome judge and encourager throughout the competition!


We had a ton of fun doing all kind of crazy CrossFit stuff… Here are some action shots…







We also danced, did trivia, and spelled words backwards.




All in all, we had a great time and God blessed us with a fun, tiring, injury free day!