New Fitness Bootcamp in Santa Clara / Sunnyvale!

Sunnyvale- Starting June 18th we will be starting a new Morning Bootcamp Program at Smash! Brian Kuhn will be teaching a morning Fitness Bootcamp at 6:00am on Monday and Wednesday. In July, Matt Ivy will be teaching Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00am.

The first 10 people to sign up for this program will get a huge discount! Only $49/month!

 
Try it Free!

 

New Strength & Conditioning Program starting in May!

April 27, 2012 Sunnyvale, California

New week Smash Gyms will start our brand new beginner friendly Strength and Conditioning Program! Smash will allow all existing members to try the program for free during all of May! Our Crossfit, NESTA, and ISSA certified instructors will help you reach your fitness potential. Program description below…

Join the Smash Strength & Conditioning Team!

The Smash Gyms Strength & Conditioning Team is for those individuals with goals to reach their personal maximum fitness potential. While maintaining a strong focus on safety, this beginner friendly program will teach you the training secrets of professional athletes in a fun and supportive environment. The program was designed to teach team members proper strength and conditioning techniques and principles while pushing them physically and mentally. Our certified, professional instructors will teach you proper body mechanics to help you safely reach a new physical fitness level. You will build amazing conditioning and increase your functional strength to a level you never thought possible. This Strength and Conditioning Program is serious about fitness, safety and fun.

If you join the program you can do all of your fitness training at Smash. You will not need personal training. You will not need to wander around 24-hour fitness and wonder what silly machine you can do next. Smash Gyms is a safe path to help you reach all your fitness goals.

This comprehensive program was designed to specifically sky rocket your performance. Our carefully designed workouts are perfect for any committed individual regardless of experience. What are you waiting for? Start your experience here at Smash Gyms and get in the best shape of your life!

 

  • STAMINA
  • WEIGHT LOSS
  • STRENGTH
  • FLEXIBILITY
  • POWER
  • SPEED
  • COORDINATION
  • AGILITY

 

TRAINING TO MEET YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS- WE HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOALS!

Get ready for not only a new body but a new life! Whether it’s losing weight, toning up, building muscles, increasing stamina, or preparing for a race Smash Gyms will help you reach your fitness goals through our Strength and Conditioning Program. Our classes aren’t just about working out. We will teach you how to train properly and become healthy and we’ll help you learn how to stay that way for life.

If you’re tired of the same boring workout routines, can’t seem to reach your goals, if you’ve hit a plateau, or just never worked out before… then Smash Gyms can help. Let our team of experts become your personal, one-on-one fitness consultant. As we guide you on the fitness path we’ll help you avoid common exercise mistakes that just waste your time and we’ll teach you techniques that will get you the fitness results you’ve always wanted. Our unique and entertaining workouts include cardio, strength training, and stretching exercises. Our workouts are great for all age groups and fitness levels!

 

INSTRUCTOR – JAMES CEBEDO

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James Cebedo is a testament to how proper fitness training can be life-changing. He was very overweight and out of shape in high school and decided to make a change for good. In one year he transformed his body. He lost over 40lbs and gained an impressive amount of lean muscle mass. Training and studying the different philosophies of fitness training has become his life mission. His years of experience in bodybuilding, power lifting, circuit training, rock climbing, Crossfit competitor and as a Personal Trainer have provided him with a wealth of experience. James is joining the staff of Smash Gyms instructors is to help people of all fitness levels achieve their fitness goals.

James competed in the 2008, 2010 and 2011 Annual Crossfit Games. His impressive resume includes a 455lb deadlift, 365 lb full squat, 120lb weighted pull up at bodyweight less than 160lbs. James has also hiked Mount Dana, the 2nd highest peak in Yosemite at 13000 feet!

Bachelors Science degree In Health Science

Minor degree in Nutrition

Nesta Personal Training

ISSA Personal Training

Crossfit Certified Instructor

Crossfit Gymnastics Certified Instructor

 

INSTRUCTOR – CAINAN MUNSELL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cainan had been winning Track and Field and USA Wrestling events since he was seven years old. He set numerous school records in his track and field career before focusing on wrestling where he was a 4-time state qualifier and multi-time state placer along with becoming a freestyle all-american.  He wrestled at Michigan State University before deciding to pursue his Electrical Engineering degree full-time.

Cainan discovered Crossfit in 2009 at a time when he was rediscovering his personal health and passion for competitive sports.  He became refocused on his strength and conditioning and his entire lifestyle through a new found energy.  Since 2009 time, Cainan has drastically improved his strength and conditioning resume.  Some of his personal bests are a 425lb back squat, 455lb deadlift, 315lb full clean, 285lb Clean and Jerk, 215lb snatch and 2:51 Fran time at 170lbs.  Cainan is a Crossfit Certified Instructor. He has also continued to compete on the Olympic Freestyle Wrestling competitions in major tournaments such as the Sunkist International and US Open. Most recently he is using his strong wrestling background to transition into the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Smash Gyms.

 

Smash is just 5 minutes away from Rivermark Plaza in Santa Clara!

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!

Top 7 Reasons Why Women Should Take Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Self-Defense!

Smash Gyms Women Self-Defense Program combines Krav Maga, Mixed Martial Arts, and Jiu-Jitsu instruction for best and most comprehensive women’s program in the Bay Area. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often overlooked but completely necessary for self-defense training.

Below are 7 key Reasons why Brazilian Jiu-jitsu should be a part of a woman’s self defense training:

1) In the situation in which a woman is forced to defend herself against a man, it is unlikely that the goal of the man will be to trade strikes like boxing or kickboxing style match. In the event of a sexual assault, an assailant will most likely attempt to coerce or force a woman from a standing position to being onto her back or prone.

2) The assailant will most likely want to control the situation using his size and strength, especially if the male assailant does not have a weapon. This generally leads to a grappling situation.

3) In BJJ, the “guard” is the position in which an individual is on their back with an opponent between their legs. The average untrained person would consider that to be one of the worst positions to be in, however, it is considered a superior position of control in BJJ where countless techniques can be applied.

4) BJJ techniques are based upon manipulating the structure of the human body. This means that the effectiveness of techniques is not dependent on an opponent’s pain tolerance which can be unpredictable.

5) Grappling in BJJ allows students to feel full uncooperative resistance from training partners on a regular basis. Every single person who has never felt such energy and resistance exerted upon them tends to immediately become extremely tense, panic, and forget everything they have been taught. In addition, the adrenaline rush and crash tends to cause most untrained people to become completely exhausted in a very short period of time regardless of their fitness level. BJJ training teaches students to relax more and be able to think clearer in such a situation.

6) If you train BJJ you will build confidence. Predators are looking for victims not confident martial artist. The effectiveness of BJJ helps it’s practitioners build realistic confidence like no other art. Every woman that trains Jiu-Jitsu long enough will learn to control and force bigger, stronger men to submit. This helps a person carry the confidence to deter any assailant.

7) BJJ is great for fitness and weight loss. Individuals that begin training Jiu-jitsu a few times a week can lose 30lbs in two months. Several of our students have transformed their bodies by consistently training 3-4 times a week.

A well rounded self-defense program should include training for situations standing up as well as the ground. For women, it is often best to be able to remain standing and create an opportunity that will allow them to flee. For an untrained individual, being on the ground is usually one of the most uncomfortable situations to deal with, but the addition of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training can allow women to overcome the difficultly of being on the ground in an effective manner.

Smash Gyms’ World-Class BJJ instruction combined with our exceptional Krav Maga program will prepare you for every self-defense situation.

We offer day and evening classes 7 days a week. Women’s Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is on Sundays at 10am. Please see the link below to sign up for a free week.

FREE WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE

Sam “The Ram” Spengler beats undefeated opponent in MMA!

Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and professional MMA fighter Sam “The Ram” Spengler dominated a previously undefeated opponent to win a Unanimous Decision Saturday night at the Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. Sam’s experience, hard-work, and focus on improving his grappling game was showcased in this Mixed Martial Arts bout as he positionally dominated his opponent throughout the fight. Sam took down and controlled his opponent in every round, which allowed him to dish out an onslaught of knees and elbows. Sam is a fierce competitor known for his awesome conditioning and heart which he displayed to everyone on Saturday night!

Sam Spengler, a purple belt, is a competition team co-captain for the Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team. He also teaches kickboxing at Smash on Wednesday nights. See below for a full bio!

SAM “THE RAM” SPENGLER INSTRUCTOR BIO

Sam Spengler is a physical education teacher, wrestling coach and professional fighter. 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 bachelor’s degree in Education. A veteran of Strikeforce, Sam has competed in kickboxing and MMA since 2003. Sam is a dedicated and talented wrestling instructor who has produced many champions while teaching and coaching wrestling at Quimby Oak Junior High School in San Jose over the past 10 years. Virtually every year his wrestling team consists of state and county champions.

After trying a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class at Smash Gyms, Sam began attending classes regularly. “I was super impressed by the detailed instruction and high level of skill from instructors and students at Smash Gyms. In my opinion for Jiu-jitsu, they are the best around. When I attend a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class at Smash I can often immediately implement their techniques in my MMA training. My ground game improved extremely quickly since I started training there. I’ve found that the Smash Gyms system of BJJ is very applicable to MMA.”

Sam has competed in hundreds of wrestling matches, 22 kickboxing matches, dozens of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments and 6 professional 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 kickboxing classes have helped students learn technique and improve their fitness level extremely fast 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 students 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

Filip Novachkov added to Smash Gyms Staff

Highly decorated Division 1 Wrestler Filip Novachkov has been added to the Smash Gyms coaching staff.

Novachkov is originally from Bulgaria where he wrestled until he moved to Sunnyvale. While he was in High School his family won a lottery to bring them to the United States. He became one of Fremont High School’s most technical and decorated wrestlers of all time. He then had a very successful college career at Cal Poly University, defeating 10 of the top 20 wrestlers in the nation in Division 1 rankings.

Filip began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Smash in January. Filip has been interested in adding Jiu-Jitsu techniques to his grappling knowledge for quite some time. After completing his Senior year at Cal Poly he is now living and working in Mountain View. He began looking for a Jiu-Jitsu gym and heard that Smash was the best place for CCS wrestlers to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Bay Area.

He was immediately impressed by the technical knowledge of the instructors and the detailed instruction at Smash Gyms. “I really like all the details they show while teaching technique,” Filip said. “They are very very good at what they do. I knew right away this was the right place for me. It was nice to see so many people from the local CCS wrestling community training in one place. ”

Filip is eager to continue to learn Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and to pass on his amazing wrestling knowledge to the students at Smash.

Filip’s impressive wrestling resume includes…

-D1 College Wrestler
-Pac-10 Finalist
-Bronze Medal at High School Nationals
-California Wrestling State Champion
-3X California State Placer
-3X CCS Champion

 

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar February 25th at Smash Gyms!

Smash Gyms presents – Women’s Self-Defense Seminar!

One of the only self-defense seminars in California that uses fully padded mock assailant instructors. This equipment allows the instructors to teach self-defense to students in an safe but realistic adrenalized state which helps them learn how to fight through the “freeze response” that naturally happens when attacked. This also allows the participants to practice real life application of the techniques with 100% full force for a fun, unique and possibly life-saving experience!

Topics will include..

-Full Force Self Defense in realistic scenarios
-Awareness
-Prevention
-Risk reduction
-Risk avoidance; and
-Self-realization of your own physical power

Smash Gyms Instructors

The Smash Gyms Self-Defense program is ran by  some of the most experienced and professional martial arts instructors in the Bay Area. Expert professionals teach every class.

If you want to truly learn a subject you need to see an authority on the matter. If you want to learn how to throw kicks and punches at the highest level you need to find a kickboxing coach. Nothing makes a person ready, aware, ferocious, in shape like taking our self-defense classes. If you want to protect yourself, control and then submit an attacker in a one on one fight you should take BJJ classes. If you want to learn to knife fight then come to one of our weapons classes! None of these fighting styles is an expert in every situation. Every one of them is an expert in many situations though.

Cost:

$75prepay

NON SMASH GYMS MEMBER link: http://smashgyms.com/seminar/

$100 at the door

Smash MEMBERS PAY at the GYM for discount pricing!

Testimonials

“It was a great seminar, and I feel a lot stronger and more confident now.:) Thanks to Smash for another great experience!” – Sherry

“Great seminar…useful and fun! Looking forward to the next one!” – Viola

“This is a seminar every woman should take! I recommend this to all my friends.” – Denise

“Great experience. I really enjoyed being able to practice the moves 100% on the padded instructors!” – Debbie

“I had so much fun and feel much safer and confident in day to day life.” – Melissa

 

Don’t become a statistic…

Statistics on Female Assaults:
– One rape or sexual assault occurs every two minutes.
– One violent crime occurs every five seconds in the U.S.
– 172 Women are physically and/or sexually assaulted every hour!
– 261,000 rapes and sexual assaults occurred in the U.S. in 2000.
– 90,186 forcible rapes in 2000 as reported to police.
– In the year 2000, 2.8 % of college women experienced rape in a six month period (?)
– 17% of rape or sexual assault victims were attacked by someone they knew!
– One murder occurs every 34 minutes.

 

Beginner Friendly Fitness and Self-Defense for Milpitas, Santa Clara, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View! Have fun and get amazing results!

Big Turnout for the first Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Class at Smash!

Great turnout for the first Women’s BJJ class! This introductory Women’s Martial arts class was a hit. Women from San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Mountain View all joined and had a great time. Support women’s martial arts at Smash!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for women on Sundays! Schedule below.

http://www.smashgyms.com/schedule.php

Meet friends and learn the best self-defense for women!

Women Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class Now at Smash!

Smash Gyms Women’s Only Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Class on Sundays from 10am-12pm. The class is currently FREE to all women who are currently members of any Smash Gyms program! Drop-ins for non-members is $5.

All Women are welcomed! This beginner friendly class and is a introduction to the Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu program in a non-threatening and friendly environment. It is also a great way for the Women’s BJJ Community in the Bay Area to meet and train together! Women from San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Mountain View feel free to join and have a great time.

Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu student Crystina Coats is leading the class. Crystina is a BJJ purple belt training at Smash Gyms under Michael Jen.

Crystina first began training jiu-jitsu under Carlson Gracie in 2003. Since then, she has competed and medaled in many women’s grappling and BJJ competitions including major tournaments such as Grapplers Quest West, Pan Ams of Submission Grappling, Best of the West, and On The Mat American International Championships. Crystina qualified and competed in the prestigious 2006 North American ADCC trials in New Jersey. Crystina earned a spot on the USA Team as an alternate and competitor at the Fila World Grappling Games 2007 in Antalya, Turkey.

During her BJJ career Crystina has not only earned over 30 medals in BJJ competitions but has also trained under some of the best instructors in the Jiu-jitsu world. Before training at Smash Gyms Crystina was a student under Carlson Gracie, Rodrigo Medeiros, Dean Lister, Elias Gallegos and others. Crystina helped start a successful Women Only BJJ program at her past school and is eager to pass along her grappling knowledge to women in this new beginner friendly class at Smash Gyms!


Female BJJ Competitor Hillary Williams

Beginner Friendly, Advanced, and All Levels Kickboxing Classes at Smash

A quick update on all these awesome new kickboxing classes. Before the New Year, Smash only had two kickboxing classes throughout the week. In 2012 every kickboxing student will have access to at least 4 classes throughout the week.  We now have kickboxing classes Monday through Saturday! To accommodate everyone’s goals and all fitness and skill levels there are now 3 different kickboxing Levels at Smash. All three levels may not be for everyone but all three are for someone. 🙂

Smashfit Level 1 – This is what we’ve always had and there are no real changes to these classes. You will continue to learn and progress in technique and get a great workout without ever getting punched. The focus will be on getting a great workout and refining offensive technique as you develop.

Level 2 Kickboxing – This will be an advanced kickboxing class. There will be a test in February for students that are interested in the Level 2 classes. If you choose to test for Level 2 you must get headgear, shinguards, your own gloves and a mouth piece. Get these asap! The test will consist of the combinations, technique, and timed body weight exercises to ensure those students are at a minimum required fitness level. We will announce the test dates soon!

All Levels Classes – These will continue to be on Friday and Saturday will focus on both conditioning and technique (without sparring) and be similar to the classes Brian is currently instructing.

If you enrolled in the kickboxing program you are welcomed to attend the Level 1 and All Level Classes with no testing. To prepare for the Level 2 Testing in February all kickboxing students may attend all the classes until the first test. Once testing is done only those advanced students will have access to the Monday and Wednesday classes.

Tuesdays and Thursdays is SmashFit Level 1 Kickboxing (pads and mitts; no contact); Level 2 (advanced) is on Monday and Wednesday (pads and mitts; light sparring); All Levels is on Friday and Saturday.

SmashFit Level 1- Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm

Level 2 – Monday and Wednesday- 6pm

All Levels- Friday at 6:00pm (changing to 6:30pm on February 3rd) and Saturday at 12:00pm

Open Sparring- Saturday at 1:00pm and Friday at 7:30pm