Asher is a certified athletic trainer and kettlebell instructor. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from San Jose State University after moving from Ohio in 2009. While working as the assistant athletic trainer for the university’s football team he was exposed to kettlebells for the first time. Impressed by the challenging workouts kettlebells provided him, he quickly decided he wanted to be part of the cause. As a SFG I Kettlebell Instructor, Asher strives to work his clients hard and efficiently while implementing healthy lifestyle habits. Asher stays in shape by enjoying the outdoors through trail running and hiking. He continues to weight train and practice jujitsu.
A special congratulations to our awesome Kettlebell instructor Asher for getting his Masters thesis published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning!
Titled "The Effects of Kettlebell Training on Aerobic Capacity", Asher used Division 1 soccer players to show that 20 minutes of kettlebell snatching with 15 seconds of rest significantly increases maximal oxygen consumption. The full text is available here: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5042&context=etd_theses
Fantastic effort, and we're proud to have him as a part of our team! Remember, we have Kettlebell classes throughout the week; be sure to check our schedule for details!
His classes are for people of all fitness levels. Asher is excited to help people at Smash reach their fitness goals!
Fitness Classes have started at the East San Jose Smash! Beginning Monday 2/24/14 we will have a full schedule of new fitness classes in our brand new Evergreen & East San Jose location! Strength & Conditioning classes will be at 5:30pm and 7:30pm throughout the week. We will also have our popular total body fitness bootcamps at 6:30pm Monday-Thursday. Both classes are very popular for all fitness levels and age groups!
Check the schedule here!
Our fitness classes at Smash are like group personal training sessions! You don't need to wander around gym wondering what you should do. You will have instructors pushing your fitness to the next level. All of our instructors are certified professionals personal trainers!
Our beginner friendly Strength & Conditioning Classes are taught by highly qualified certified trainers. Our trainers take a systematic and comprehensive approach to fitness. We understand that everyone has different goals and our trainers do everything we can to guarantee your success. In our program you will learn how to workout in way that gets results! In addition to getting in shape this program has a heavy focus on strength training and muscle gains. You will learn proper Olympic lifting technique with a very beginner friendly approach. Additionally participants will get an education on diet, fat loss and conditioning direction. You will get stronger and faster and gain lean muscle mass as you lose fat. The goal of this program is to help you reach your athletic potential. Instructors will closely monitor your progress and help you along your fitness journey.
Our total body fitness Bootcamps are circuit training classes designed to burn calories and fat! Your cardiovascular endurance will see huge improvement in this class as you tone and sculpt your body into a functional fitness machine! There is no boredom here as with traditional exercise programs. The Smash Boot Camp staff ensures each participant does each exercise correctly each and every time. They know how to keep everyone moving with a smile on their face. Everyone is dedicated to getting you to your goal and will help make every aspect lead you there. Burn calories, build strength, and increase your coordination all in one class! The hour passes by quickly because of the timed stations, unique and fun exercises, awesome partners, and encouraging instructors! This class incorporates challenging workout stations designed to push anyone to the next level! You get an intense overall workout while allowing you to progress at your own pace. A winning and fun combination of aerobic, weight training, and body weight exercises like you've never seen!
Yoga, Zumba and Morning Classes coming soon!
Beginning Monday February 10th 2014 Sam "The Ram" Spengler will begin teaching beginner friendly MMA Fitness & Self-Defense Classes at the new San Jose Smash Gyms. Smash Gym San Jose is located in Evergreen right down the street from Quimby Oak Middle School where Sam has taught for over 12 years.
As a veteran PE teacher, wrestling coach, athlete, and role model Sam Spengler has contributed to the East San Jose and Evergreen community in many ways. As a teacher Sam's positive attitude is contagious and he is extremely popular with his students and fellow staff. Sam has had huge success as the Quimby Oak Head Wrestling Coach. He has led the Quimby Oak Lobo's wrestling team to win their league for 12 years in a row. As a coach Sam has helped students fulfill their potential by guiding them in their athletic careers. He has created countless champions. Many of Sam's students have gone on to receive scholarships, become coaches themselves, and be contributing members of the community.
Sam has been wrestling since he was 5 years old. As a senior in high school he earned a bronze medal in the Montana State Wrestling Championships and also received a scholarship to play college football where he earned a degree in Education. A seasoned martial arts veteran, Sam has been competing in kickboxing and MMA since 2003. He began training kickboxing over 10 years ago at West Valley Community College with Brian Kuhn. Shortly after Brian introduced Sam to Cung Le's Martial Arts in San Jose where Sam began training MMA. Sam continued his MMA training with Cung Le and supplemented his training by learning BJJ at Smash Gyms. Sam has trained with many world-class competitors and instructors over the last 10 years.
Sam has competed in hundreds of wrestling matches, 22 kickboxing matches, dozens of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments and 9 MMA fights. Sam is also the head of his Physical Education Department in San Jose. This competitive experience in kickboxing, wrestling, brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts coupled with his teaching background lends him the unique ability to transfer his knowledge to eager students in a structured and systematic way. Sam's organized and fun classes will help students of all skill and fitness levels learn technique and improve their fitness level due to a format and curriculum designed to create an optimal learning environment. Sam is happy and excited to pass on his experience and unique skill set to the Evergreen and East San Jose community at Smash Gyms.
2011 Jiu-Jitsu by the Sea Champion
2011 Jiu-Jitsu by the Bay Champion
2011 San Jose Open Champion
2011 San Jose Open Absolute Division Champion
2012 American Cup Champion
2013 US Open BJJ Champion
Beginning Monday (2/10/14) our NEW Comprehensive Kids and Teens martial arts program will begin! We are so excited to launch our new Kids Martial Arts classes at the East San Jose & Evergreen location! Our kids program will feature Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kids Wrestling, and Kids Judo classes taught by World Class Instructors. This comprehensive grappling program will not only prepare your son or daughter for any self-defense situation but will help them gain the discipline and respect to become a winner in their day to day life. If your child chooses to compete in Judo, Wrestling, or BJJ our program and coaches can guide them along a path to becoming an exceptional athlete and role model. Through this program your child will gain the confidence to overcome any obstacle they encounter. We will make your child a winner.
Program Instructors include:
Filip Novachkov- D1 College Wrestler (Cal Poly), Pac-10 Finalist, California High School State Champion, 3x CA State Placer, 3x CCS Champion
Scott Clymer- NCWA National Champion, D1 College Wrestler at Liberty University, Pennsylvania High School State Wrestling Champion, NCAA Wrestling Championships Competitor, MAC Conference Champion ("Most Valuable Wrestler")
Eli Sanchez- D1 College Wrestler at Liberty University, San Jose Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Medium Heavy and Absolute Champion, 2011 BJJ by the Sea Champion, US Open Championships 3rd place
Vince Rodriguez- 5th Place High School National Championships 1985, 3rd Place California State Championships 1985, 2x Freestyle State Champion
Jacob Palomino- 4X California State Wrestling Championship Finalist, 2011 BJJ US Open Champion
Sam Spengler- Quimby Oak Junior High School Coach, Pro-MMA Fighter, Montana State Wrestling Champion
Dave Williams- SJSU Judo Instructor, Judo National Champion
Come in and try a FREE WEEK of Classes!
As of Monday the current kids schedule will be as follows...
Wrestling (Kids and Teens)
4:30pm from Monday- Thursday
Judo (Kids & Teens)
4:30pm on Tuesday & Thursday
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Kids and Teens)
5:30pm from Monday-Thursday
We will also have later Wrestling options for teens and adults at 6:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Smash Gyms San Jose Evergreen & East San Jose will begin classes tomorrow February 4th! After dealing with the permitting process since July we were finally cleared to open. Thanks so much for all the help and support from the local community!
Try our first Jiu-Jitsu class Free on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm! We will add programs and classes in the days and weeks after. Please see the link to the schedule below for updates.
We are amazed by the generous help and support from the Smash Family, the local Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu community, and our neighbors in Evergreen and East San Jose. We are looking forward to giving back by bringing as much value as possible to individuals and families within the community.
Please come in and try a free week of training! All classes are beginner friendly!
In the next couple weeks we will begin our other classes including Kickboxing, Yoga, UJAM & Zumba, Strength & Conditioning, MMA Self-Defense and Fitness, Bootcamps, Kids Wrestling & BJJ, Kids tutoring and more! We will have a GRAND OPENING PARTY some time in March!
Here is a list of just some of the people that came to help! Thank you for the support!
Curtis and Daniel Summers of BC Electric for their extremely generous donations!
Coach Vince Rodriguez and Michael Rodriguez
Greg Crane and Ed Crane
Halen and Beasten Tanimoto
Issac and Alex Rios
Ivo and Yane Penev