Member of The Month: Josh Widman

Josh has only been with us at BlackBox a little over a month, but he has caught on quickly and showed great qualities in our Strength & Conditioning program. Josh has impressed us with his excellent attendance and awesome attitude. He is very encouraging to other members during workouts and always stays after class to work on additional exercises to better himself. His hardworking mindset and positive attitude are contagious within the group classes and we are very thankful to have him at BlackBoxFW. Congratulations Josh! Keep up the good work.

Strength & Conditioning Day 3:
SL Bounds x 3
Clean & jerk x 1

3 sets:
100m suitcase carry
20 wallballs

Texas Barbell Club Training Camp


From Dutch Lowy:
When I first started weightlifting as a sport, I trained in my garage alone with little to no coaching outside of my own program design. I did this for 2 years and was able (by some miracle) to compete at a national level. By compete I mean ‘enter and lift in national meets’. I do not mean actually contend for national medals.

Enter Ursula:
In mid-2010 I started training under Ursula Garza Papandrea. I forced her to program for me and watch me via correspondence, I could not make it to Austin. She transformed me as an athlete and a coach. I owe much of my success to Ursula. In 2014, I reached the national podium for the first time in my career with a 2nd place finish at the American Open. I made it again in 2015 at Nationals, taking 3rd place in the clean and jerk and as a part of the National Championship Team: Texas Barbell Club.

The incredible value I have seen from training with a team and having a fearless leader and coach at our helm has taken my training to the next level.

Texas Barbell Club is excited to announce local training camps for athletes coached by Ursula and the coaches and athletes of Texas Barbell Club.
We will be traveling the state of Texas in 2015 coaching and training with anyone that wants to join us. We know that there are tons of weightlifting technique seminars out right now. This is not an attempt to teach you how to lift. This is an opportunity to train with the best coaches and athletes in the country. This is creating an atmosphere where you can thrive with your training and pick up tips from the top lifters in the country. This is not teaching, this is TRAINING.

These sessions will include:
– 3 full training sessions in 2 days.
– Hands on coaching from the current National Champion coach and team.
– World Class facilities across the state of Texas
– Training with and learning from the best in the country.
– Structured training sessions for anyone interested in becoming competitive on the national level.


210 Crossfit (San Antonio, TX)
BlackBox Fort Worth May 23-24, 2015 Register Here
BlackBox College Station June 19-21, 2015 (College Station, TX) Register Here

Weightlifting Wise/Redside Crossfit (Austin, TX)


Best of Fort Worth 2015

FWTX Magazine Best of Fort Worth 2015
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine is collecting votes for Fort Worth’s best businesses and services. BlackBox was voted Fort Worth’s Best Place To Get Fit in 2014. If you would like to vote for BlackBox for the 2015 Best Of list, please visit the FWTX Mag website here. Consider voting “BlackBox Fort Worth Strength & Conditioning” for Best Fitness Program, and Dutch Lowy for Best Athletic Coach (Blake Dunson should be considered as well, he does coach the Best Fitness Program, after all…) if you would like to show your support. Voting ends April 1st, so feel free to vote often until then. Thank you!

Strength & Conditioning Day 2:
Waiter’s carry x 3
Press x 1
wt plank up down x 8

4 sets:
:30 on/:30 off
Ball Slams

Day 1-
FS x 5
Snatch Pull-unders x 3
Snatch from blocks x 2

Day 2-
Clean pulls x 4
Jerk + OHS x 1+2
Clean x 2

Day 3-
Snatch drop x 2
Hip snatch x 2
BS x 4

Day 4-
Clean + FS + Jerk x 2+1+1
Push Press x 6
Body Building

Alex at the National Junior Championships


We are proud of Alex Skipper’s performance at the National Junior Championships in Oklahoma City yesterday.  Excellent job, Alex!  Thanks to everyone who tuned in to the live feed and kept everyone updated!


Strength & Conditioning Day 1:

EMOM x 8 alternating
30 jump ropes
12 KBS

WT step ups x 6
Lat med ball throw x 6

4 sets:
300m row
12 push-ups