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


Weekends full of BJJ and Weightlifting Competitions!

A few weeks ago, Sam Jung represented Smash Gyms at the East Bay Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open.  Sam put on a great performance and placed 1st in the gi division and 3rd in the no gi division.  That same weekend, Jonathan Bialoglovski competed in the Calfornia Black Belt League: Victory Challenge and place 1st in his division.

Then this past weekend, Christina Apatow represented Smash Gyms Women’s BJJ and competed in the KO Finisher Series Submission Only Tournament.  With no competitors to go against in her division, Christina moved up 2 weight classes. She did awesome and placed 3rd.  Christina finished two of her matches by armbar and gi choke.  The most memorable moment was when her opponent refused to tap to the gi choke and ended up being put completely unconscious.

While Christina was competing in BJJ, Smash Gyms’ Strength & Conditioning instructor, James Cebedo, competed in the Redwood Empire Weightlifting Competition.  James threw up some big weight and placed 2nd in his division despite only weighing 157lbs in the 170lbs division! This was James’ first weightlifting competition so he decided not to cut any weight and still took home a silver medal!


A big congratulations to all the competitors!

Check out the highlights of Christina at the KO Finisher Series!