James Cebedo Earns a Silver Medal in Weightlifting Competition

Smash Strength & Conditioning Coach and personal trainer James Cebedo of Santa Clara earned a Silver Medal this weekend in an Olympic Weightlifting Competition in the 69kg weight class. He weighed in at 66.08kg, and was the lightest guy in the division. James plans on making 62kg in his next competition. It was a tough competition since the 1st place guy is a nationally ranked lifter. James lifted 91kg (200#) in snatch and 111kg (244#) in clean and jerk. He plans on cutting weight to the 62kg weight class to qualify for nationals! James is a certified personal trainer and crossfit instructor.

“I have come a long way in my 13-year fitness journey. When I started my fitness journey I had no athletic experience, I was overweight and I had average or below average genetics. I began to research everything about becoming fit and experimented with all aspects of fitness. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned from them. I have experimented and tested every theory of fitness from diet, to training methods, to mental preparation. You would not believe the crazy experiments I have tried. Now I know what works. With the knowledge and experience that I have gained through certifications, self-study and experimentation I pushed my body into what most would consider an elite athlete. I had no idea when I started this journey it would take me this far.

I am here to gladly pass all of that information, knowledge and experience on to you. I can just hand it to you. Trust the other coaches and myself with your fitness goals and I guarantee you that will reach them. Whether you want to lose fat, get stronger, add muscle, prepare for a competition, or just general overall fitness decide on your goal and let us know. We will give you the steps to reach your goal and help you along the way.

To improve yourself you should have a definitive plan. Share that plan with your coaches at Smash and we will help you get there. This is the best way to continue to improve. It becomes easy to stay motivated if you are specific with your goals and reach them. It is hard to reach your goals if you have none. We all needs that sense of accomplishment to stay happy as athletes and just as people. If you are unsure what you should be working on come see us and we will help you set your goals.

Name your goal and we will tell you all the steps to get there. I have 100% confidence in that statement. Every single person in class who have trusted the coaches in class were the ones who improved the most.  Ask any of the dedicated strength & conditioning members at Smash…this is not a matter of opinion, I have fitness data to back it up. Be coachable, have goals and we will change your life!”

James Cebedo

-Smash Gyms Strength & Conditioning Coach

-BS In Health Science

-Minor degree in Nutrition

-Nesta Personal Training

-ISSA Personal Training

-Crossfit Level 1 Instructor

-Crossfit Gymnastics Instructor

-2013 Redwood Empire Weightlifting Championships – Silver Medal

-2013 Emeryville Max’s Gym Open- Silver Medal

 

Smash Gyms got me in Shape for my Wedding!

For all the soon to be Brides:

Planning a wedding is stressful! Stress can cause weight gain! What better reason to start working out since we all know that exercise will help us lose weight, get in shape, and most of all relieve stress.

I know what it is like as I had my wedding last year. Of all the priorities on my to do list, losing weight and getting in shape was at the top. I pictured a beautiful strapless wedding dress that would hopefully show off toned shoulders and an hourglass figure. I knew the wedding dress was an “investment” so I had to make sure I had the “insurance” to pull it off.

My “insurance” was the Smash Fit program. SmashFit helped me lose weight for my wedding. All I had to do was show up! Every class is like a group personal training session. Because you are actually learning something in every class it helps you keep you mind off all the calories you are burning. It was fun!

By being consistent with the SmashFit program at Smash I was able to totally transform my body and lose about 12 lbs of fat within 3 months. I also gained lean muscle which I got many compliments on!

Having the group class format kept me from cheating on my work out. With other people in the class I was encouraged and motivated to finish the class and even stay for another. The kickboxing and zumba classes helped me with the cardio to burn the fat. The boot camp and weight lifting classes helped me build the muscles to get the toned shoulders and arms I wanted for my dress. Not to mention toned legs and abs for the bikinis I would be wearing on my honey moon in Thailand. I was so motivated to get in shape that I scheduled my life around the class schedules. Mon-Fri from 5:00-7:00 was dedicated to working out. If I had to miss a day during the week I knew I could depend on the Saturday morning classes with Krav Maga and Kettlebells.

Debbie Sanchez