Free Women’s Open Mat at Smash Sunnyvale

Women Only Open Mat

Bay Area ladies, come get your roll on! This is a great opportunity to meet up with new and old friends, roll with awesome women, and share/learn techniques. Rolling starts promptly at 1:30PM, so please feel free to come by early and warm up on your own. All ladies over the age of 13 are encouraged to participate and all belts are welcome! This is a FREE event – all we ask is that you please indicate your interest in attending by clicking “join” on the event page. Feel free to invite your friends!

ALL ARE WELCOMED! 

EVENT DETAILS:

Location: Smash Gyms Sunnyvale 
1239 Reamwood Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Time: 1:30PM – 4:30PM
Cost: FREE
Open To: All women 13+, all belts
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/318777174947833/ 

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New Instructor at Smash! by Debbie Sanchez

A few weeks ago I decided to take the CrossFit Trainer Course to become a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. I want to thank my Strength & Conditioning coaches James Cebedo and Cainan Munsell for the inspiration! They have helped me reach a fitness level that I never thought possible. Without them I would not know my full physical capabilities & potential and I have grown to love physical fitness.

The course spanned over 2 full days with lectures, breakout sessions, and a WOD  (work out of the day) on both days. The class was full of mostly very fit aspiring trainers ready to take their knowledge and fitness to a new level. I have never seen so much muscle in one place! I was pleasantly surprised of the equal ratio of women and men. Because of the awesome training at Smash I was in the top 20% of the women in completing the prescribed timed WODs despite only training for one year. Many of the women could not complete the workout with the prescribed weight requirements.

I am proud to say I have passed the exam and can now consider myself a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer! Below is my fitness story!

Growing up my diet was horrible. As an adult I ballooned up to 140lbs because I never worked out. When I met my husband I had lost 10 pounds mostly through starving myself and diet pills.

I was Heavy Before Smash!

When I began working out I just would walk straight to the elliptical machine. Like most women I didn’t want to lift weights because I didn’t understand the benefits and thought I would look bulky. I didn’t want muscle because I didn’t know what I know now. I have come a LONG way.

All I knew of exercise was getting in 20 mins of light cardio, whether it was jogging or using an elliptical machine. I never saw any results but that was because it was boring so I was never consistent.

When my husband and I started dating I started to workout with him. He encouraged me to start lifting weights and told me that it would actually help me lose fat! He designed an exercise regiment which consisted of weight lifting and cardio. My weightlifting (Globogym style) consisted of legs one day, tricep, chest, & shoulders the next, and back & bicep the following day. I started to see results but I didn’t have systems, knowledge or the support to measure progress and reach my potential.

Then came Smash Gyms and my life changed! After two long years of the same boring workouts I found an exercise regiment that was fun and making huge strides in my physical fitness. The variety of classes at Smash pushed me to a new level of fitness. I was incorporating group classes such as Kickboxing, Kettlebells, and Bootcamp into my workouts. I was taking 3 classes a day because it was FUN!  I learned so much in every class and didn’t want to stop progressing.

Then I finally tried the Jiu-Jitsu classes. By that time we had a lot of women in the program at Smash so it was a comfortable safe path for me to see what is all about. It took me a few classes but I eventually fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu. Once you get passed the first few classes Jiu-jitsu becomes addictive! This new found addiction motivated me to get in the best shape possible! Getting tapped will motivate you!

Jiu-Jitsu Competition

Soon after I started taking women’s Jiu-jitsu, Smash added Strength & Conditioning classes to the schedule. The class was taught by fitness veterans & personal trainers James Cebedo and Cainan Munsell. They showed me what real strength training was. It meant taking the plunge and adding heavy weights to a barbell. I soon found that I could lift and squat heavy weights. I was amazed at my new abilities! I soon realized that it wasn’t me. It was my new coaches! With high level coaching everyone is capable of taking their fitness to this level! The coaches also tracked results for everyone taking the Strength & Conditioning classes. This showed that everyone is capable of getting physically stronger and making progress on sprints, WODs, jumps, etc. We could see our progress every week!

Clean & Jerk!

Not only was I able to see and track progress on my lifts and conditioning but best of all I could see the results in my jiu-jitsu training. I found that much of my success in Jiu-jitsu was due to the physical and mental strength that our Strength & Conditioning class gives me. With the combination of our amazing coaches for BJJ and S&C at Smash I was so confident that I decided to enter The Bay Area Jiu-Jitsu Championships and ended up taking home a silver medal. The days I don’t feel like lifting the barbell I remind myself that I want to win my next BJJ tournament and I know that supplementing with strength & conditioning classes will be that extra step towards the gold.

Aside from sports performance our Strength & Conditioning classes have given me much more confidence. I am much happier with the way I look and feel. I was always very self conscious and have battled with low self-esteem. Through martial arts and physical fitness I have built confidence. This is why I decided to take the CrossFit Trainer course. I want to share these great things that I have found and help inspire others to do what they never thought possible.

Debbie Sanchez
Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

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Christine is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt!!!

On April 5, Smash Gyms Head Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Instructor, Michael Jen, awarded Christine Ho the rank of blue belt. Christine joined Smash Gyms last year upon seeing the dominating performance by our team members at the San Jose BJJ Open Tournament that won us the team trophy for the event. Though Christine had some grappling experience, she opened herself up to learning a completely new system from scratch and began to make phenomenal progress.

Big congratulations to Christine. The promotion is well deserved. Christine is generally very serious during training so it was nice to see her with a huge smile for the rest of class. 🙂

Christine helps teach the Smash Gyms Women’s BJJ class on Sundays at 10am!

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