New Strength & Conditioning Instructors making noise at Smash!

Smash Gyms Strength & Conditioning Program has grown rapidly in the last six months because of our awesome instructors. If you take this class you DO NOT need personal training. Our certified personal trainers and veteran instructors strive to help each member of the program reach their fitness potential. You will get stronger and faster if you come to our classes. Our members have seen amazing progress in their fitness level. This beginner friendly class has a strong focus on safety and performance results!

Below are some highlights of just a few of our members amazing progress. Many others have also seen amazing results.

When Joe Silveria first started he couldn’t do a pull up. Now he can do 12 pull ups! His deadlift went from  255lbs to 475lbs!

Debbie Sanchez was not able to do one pull up. Now she can do 3! She can now overhead squat her body weight. She can also clean and jerk 115lbs!

Prathap Muthana doubled his squat! When he started the program he could squat only 95lbs. Now he can do over 205lbs!

Sherry He could only dead lift 75lbs 5x when she first started. Now she can deadlift 145lbs 5 times!

Bertilla Meow could only deadlift 113lbs and is now up to 173lbs!

16 year-old Ibrahim Elsakka has seen amazing improvement as well. His deadlift increased from 113lbs to 315lbs!

His squat 175lbs to 225lbs; Front Squat 135 to 210lbs; and 400m run from :74 seconds  to :69 seconds.

Try a Free Week! Smash is located in Sunnyvale on the Santa Clara border. We have beginner friendly group fitness classes seven days a week.

Fitness Classes in Sunnyvale!

SmashFit is the fastest growing fitness program in the Bay Area. Smash Gyms members have lost over 30lbs in less than 2 months by showing up to SmashFit only 3-5 times a week! SmashFit allows people to have fun, get fit and learn a new skill every night.

This program includes a new workout every day in which you will be learning as you sweat. In Smashfit people are not only physically challenged but also mentally challenged by learning from expert practitioners and instructors. These instructors will teach you a real skill in every class while you workout. There is no feeling more rewarding that  being able to feel and see yourself progress in a discipline or sport! This will keep you mentally stimulated and motivated and consistent. Our SmashFit program is dedicated to making your workouts diverse, fun, unique and effective. SmashFit allows you to progress at your own pace in a supportive environment!

Our World-Class Instructors help people of all fitness levels and age groups reach their fitness goals. You will get top quality instruction while getting in the best shape of your life. SmashFit allows you to choose from a unique variety of classes and workouts throughout the week so you will never get bored. Your new training schedule will include Kickboxing, Bootcamp, Kettlebell training, Zumba, UJAM, Krav Maga, CrossFit, Women’s Only BJJ and more! You will learn from expert instructors in every class. Every class is a group personal training session!

SmashFit instantly gives you all the tools you need to be successful in reaching your fitness goals and improve functional strength. You will become more athletic, stronger and healthier. With SmashFit comes an instant support system of workout partners and instructors ready to help you improve. Every class is like a private lesson. Schedule your free week  on the link below today!

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Functional Strength classes in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Milpitas and Mountain View!

What is Functional Strength?

Strong is the new skinny! Fitness professionals and personal trainers are teaching people the importance of improving their strength to reach their fitness goals. Trainers are particularly fond of using the term ‘functional strength’. When most people hear the word “strength”, weightlifting and bodybuilding are often the first things to come to mind. However, functional strength is very different from weightlifting strength. Most traditional weight training exercises are done to develop physical aesthetics. Of course bodybuilders are not weak, however, the strength from standard weight lifting does not always translate over as effectively in real life as someone who trains for functional strength.

A great example is the World’s Strongest Man contest. Rather than curling dumbbells, bench pressing barbells, and pumping out reps on a machine, the World’s Strongest Man contest has competitor lifting rocks, pulling cars, flipping huge tires, etc… If you look at the competitors in these contests, though they are big guys, they look nothing like professional bodybuilders. A few professional bodybuilders have participated in these contests in the past and most had very limited success. I am not saying that in order to have functional strength, you need to be big like the competitors in a World’s Strongest Man contest as there are many other examples of functional strength. I am using that as an example with people of comparable mass to a professional bodybuilder to show how training for looks versus training for function can directly translate to performance.

Functional strength not about how big or defined a muscle looks, but rather having strength in the movements of your body that is used in daily activities, sports, and another other natural forms of physical exertion outside of the gym. When you look at many standard weight training exercises, the movements are not natural if you look at it closely. Let’s take the flat bench press as an example. Most people see the flat bench press as simply a pushing motion. However, if you really dissect the flat bench press, you will notice that your back is against an immovable object (the bench) and you are pushing (the weight) directly against the force of gravity. When in your regular life do you find yourself with an immovable object against your back and pushing directly against the force of gravity? The answer is probably…never. So, the strength developed for the flat bench press is simply strength to bench press and developing muscle mass for looks. This exercise and the strength developed from this exercises is useless and is not functional for most people and, especially, athletes.

Having functional strength can really be seen when doing movements or activities outside a person’s norm. People with functional strength tend to be the ones who are a lot stronger than they look. I have grappled thousands of people throughout my martial arts career. Interestingly, some of the strongest opponents I have grappled against were gymnasts, yoga instructors, and people who did hard manual labor for a living. None of these people ever did standard weight training and very few were bigger than me, but when I grappled against them, each one felt like I was wrestling a bull.

The Smash Gyms fitness program (SmashFit) includes a wide variety of group fitness classes designed to learn a skill, lose weight and improve your functional strength. All age groups and fitness levels can improve their overall fitness in a safe and supportive environment. The group classes at Smash have a strong emphasis on proper body mechanics has translated to great results and a very low injury rate for our students. Professional instructors guide new members on a safe path to fitness regardless of athleticism or prior experience. Our beginner friendly programs allow anyone to learn, get fit, and have fun!

SmashFit includes kickboxing, zumba, bootcamp, self-defense, krav maga, women’s brazilian jiu-jitsu, kettlebell training and more!