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July 20th – 500 Squat Challenge!

We move forward.

and we need your help to do it.

Amatakers – After a really, really great, first Amatak Alley Cat team bicycle race last Sunday, we are how shifting gears fully into fundraising and the 500 Squat Challenge! We need your support to hit our target this month of $7,500! Without your participation, we will not be able to give you the gift, the gift… of pain. These funds help us stay operational (paying rent, keeping our staff employed and keeping the lights on, that’s about it right now), but if you really, really, really don’t want to do 500 air squats (I don’t, but I’m doing it anyway), there are other ways to participate (see below).

We have 4 days left, and we’re looking to get at least 100 participants from Cambodia and all over the world. It’s going to be fun, painful, but fun.

500 Squat Challenge

On Saturday July 24th we’ll be doing a 500 (air) Squat Challenge. This is a community event we are trying to make global – both online and in person.

Our Goal is 150 people globally joining in and raise $7,500 to help with salaries, rent and so we can be ready to open. We will have a “Zoom Booth” setup with a projector and camera so that those remoting in can connect with some of their Cambodia community.

Cost: $50/person

Yes, there is a cost, it’s a fundraiser after all. In addition, we’ll send you a special commemorative patch (iron on) so that when you recover your legs, you can stumble along with your memory on your bag or jacket.

More Info.



Support and… Corona Corps!

Amatakers and Amatak Supporters,

We have now been closed since 25 February, that is 27 normal workdays for us. I won’t lie, times are tough. Last year we were able to pull through on 2019’s success, using that cash to offset expenses during closures. 2020 was actually a good year, for when we were open, but we were closed 54 days last year so that allowed us to get by, but not fully recover.

This year is tougher. And with the current number of COVID cases continuing to rise, April is looking to be difficult as well. We are looking to raise $9,000 to cover our expenses through April, this will get us by with some other help already planned. This will go toward salaries and rent. We are committed to maintaining all our staff through the closure. We will be doing a few things in the coming weeks to support you all and hopefully bring in some more funds. In the meantime, we welcome direct support (see below). We are also continuing our Corona Corps WODS and will have some updates to that in the next week!

And also, BBQ (See below)

“No Go” Membership

What is it?

Essentially you’re just purchasing a membership that you’ll likely not use, but if we open in 2 weeks, you’re ready to go. Just go here to our sign-up page, sign up as usual for ANY membership and we’ll email you the invoice. You can pay by ABA or in cash 7-7 Mon – Fri.

What you get

Peace of mind, good karma, hugs from Sreymao, kisses from Tim (with a mask) and a free thank you coffee as well as the general feeling of knowing you will help us be here with the closure ends. And maybe, some leftover membership.

Purchase Merch

We have the awesome new shirts designed by Janny and we should have another surprise shirt in 2 weeks, I’m actually working on the design now and all I can say is, chocolate (and there is a tease at the bottom of this email).

Live Abroad?

Please email Corbett directly and we can work this out through Paypal, Wise (Transfer Wise) or other options.

Another Idea?

Have another idea? Email us at strong@crossfitamatak.com . All ideas are welcome!

We continue to do daily workouts, 6 times per week, with our coaches online. You can access through the dedicated Facebook Group, or if you’re not a FB user, through the YouTube channel. We post these the night before, and encourage you all to post up photos, scores and pained faces  ; )

We realize it’s hard to keep the motivation going at home, we’re the same way. But, talk with your partner, get them to join, maybe even convince your dog, it’s always easier, and more fun with someone else.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/AmatakCoronaCorps
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCt7b2oeBSeyJ6zGsgHPzJCA


Corona Update 18 & Cafe News

Amatakers and Kettlebell Fans, we wanted to provide just a quick update.


Not a lot of news here. Cases in the city and nationally continue, more closures, more uncertainty. At this point I’m hoping we will be able to open up after Khmer New Year, but that is only if cases drop. So, I encourage you to lead by example – limit trips from home, keep a mask on when out, social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing. Only if we all do our part will we start to hit the curve down.

Kettlebell Café

As you may have noticed, we’ve been using this time to update our menu at the café. We’re bringing back a lot of the favorites from the early days developed by Chef Olivier. We’ll be refreshing more frequently as well. For this week, we’re doing 1 extra dish per day at a special price, the full new menu will debut on April 1st.

Ordering – Ordering directly through us is usually the best way. You can do this directly on our Facebook page or website. We will be making our return to Nham 24 soon but remember, food delivery services charge you the delivery fee and take 15-30% from the business. We see them as a necessary evil, convenient yes but definitely bad for the business unless we raise our prices.


Corona Update 17


We are still closed. I realize that many other gyms are open, but we feel, especially with the increase of cases, that the best thing is for us to remain closed. We will wait for new cases to reduce and/or guidance from the Ministry of Health (not sure when or if that will happen given the past year). We ask for your patience and support on this as we move forward.

Hold Policy Update

Everyone with a current membership, unless you requsted a no hold(thanks!), began as of 25 February. Membership holds will be extended on the following schedule. Note that we cannot extend beyond this for financial reasons, when we eventually open.

Monthly Memberships

Extended through 14 March (2.5 weeks total)

3 Month & 10 Pass Memberships

Extended through 21 March (3.5 weeks total)

6 Month Memberships

Hold extended through 28 March (4.5 weeks total) 
If you are financially in a good position and can help, the easiest thing is to request a no hold. When we eventually reopen, we will be in a tight cash position so every dollar counts.

Crossfit Open

The timing on this is obviously not good. We are currently assessing and will make an announcement by end of business on Thursday.

Corona Corps WODs

We are providing DAILY workouts designed so that you can do at home or with a small space.
YouTube Channel
Amatak Corona Corps Facebook Group


Covid Closure, Again (FEB 2021)

Amatakers –

We’re too irritated to come up with something clever to say. This outbreak was caused by people being selfish and fleeing quarantine. It was preventable. We are going to do our part for as long as it takes (or as long as we can stay in business), but please do what YOU can as well. Take precautions and avoid large crowds. This means personal sacrifice. It means postponing some big events. Everyone is tired of this, us too, but working together for the great good is the only way we’re going to get through this.

As per previous closures, we’ll put memberships on hold tomorrow for 2 weeks. This is the max we can do for financial reasons. This will be automatic (give us a couple of days to get it into the system).


Several members have said they do not want the hold to help the gym. We appreciate this. If you want to continue with no hold, please email us to OPT OUT of the automatic hold.

Corona Corps WODs

We will bring back the CORONA CORPS WODs on Friday 26 Feb. If you missed these last time, we do these DAILY, and they are designed so that you can do at home or with a small space.

YouTube Channel
Amatak Corona Corps Facebook Group

Gym Equipment Loan

Same as before, stop by the gym from 8AM – 6PM and we can loan things out. This is all happening at 8PM the night before so tomorrow AM we will still be getting things setup.

Thanks for understanding and check Facebook and Instagram for more updates. We’ll be monitoring the situation closely.

Corbett, Tim, Bonx, Ron, Mao, Mouth & The Amatak Crew


T-Shirt Anthology

We’re in the process of designing some new shirts and we started to think about what we have done over the years. The following images are a history of Amatak shirts and the people who gave them stories.

Download a PDF version.


Our Membership

People know one of my favorite things about Amatak is how diverse it is. I’ve lived and worked in Washington DC, Tokyo, Busan and spent a lot of time traveling or living for short times in Europe and throughout Asia– but this is the most diverse community I’ve ever been a part of.

So, I just ran through our current numbers and to even my surprise, found that we had even more diversity than I thought. As of right now, CrossFit Amatak has members from 33 countries!

#diversity #respect

– Corbett Hix




CrossFit Open 2016!

CrossFit Amatak is proud to have over 50 athletes participating in the 2016 CF Open! Here is a link to the Cambodia leaders board:



Olympic Weightlifting Seminars!

CrossFit Amatak is happy to host Ms. Cassidy Duffield (USA) to teach two Olympic Weightlifting seminars. Each session will consist of two 4-hour classes. Day 1 will introduce and dive deep into the nuances of the Snatch, and Day 2 will transfer this over to the Clean & Jerk.

Cass Poster COME 2sm

The format will be a mixture of demonstration and practice. You’ll be paired up with a partner so that you can also learn by observing others. Each session will have a maximum of 20 people and be taught over 4 hours with two short breaks.

This seminar is designed for beginners as well as those with proficiency in the Oly lifts– advanced lifters will also get attention on how to refine their form.


Space is limited and filling up quickly. Use the link to reserve your spot, please drop off payment the week before your session between 12PM – 6PM.


Some experience with foundation lifts is required. If you do not know what a deadlift is or have never front squatted with free weights, this is not the right class for you.

  • Experience with the core lifts with free weights (no machines) – squat, deadlift and press.
  • You know what Snatch and Clean & Jerk are, even if you’re not able to do them.

There is no strict age limitation but please inform us in advance for young athletes.

About Cassidy –

Cassidy has been competing in Olympic Weightlifting since 2013 but in that time has already won 1 national championship and holds a state and national titles in the United States. She currently is the head Barbell coach at SLC CrossFit in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). She has taught over 6 Olympic Weightlifting seminars in the United States and this will be her first venture into Asia.


Expanded Schedule, Open Gym and new pricing

Amatak Ladies & Gents:
We have a lot of changes happening that we are excited to share with you. These will go into effect Monday 18 May. Let’s dive into it!

New Schedule

We’ve all noticed classed getting full, particularly during the Prime Time classes at 6:30AM and 5:30PM for CrossFit and the 4:45PM Bootcamp. To help address this, we’re adding additional sessions, and shifting a few others around. These changes will go into effect starting next week on Monday 18 May.


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