Our mission is to encourage the athlete within everyone. We are here to push you further than you thought you could go. We are a community of athletes bent on providing a helping hand to athletes of all levels and show that fitness is more than possible, it is fun.
Courtesy of CrossFit, Inc
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many division 1 sports programs, military units, police academies and Olympic athletes. The methodology is built around constantly varied functional movements done at high intensity, and combines cardiovascular activities, weightlifting, and gymnastics in as many ways as possible. While CrossFit serves many elite training programs, it is designed for universal scalability and is ideal for everyone from grandmothers to professional athletes.
We define fitness as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Capacity is the ability to do real work, which is measurable using the basic terms of physics (force, distance, and time). Life is unpredictable (much more so than sport) so real world fitness must be broad and not specialized, both in terms of duration and type of effort (time and modal domains).
The magic is in the movements. All of CrossFit’s workouts are based on functional movements. These are the core movements of life, found everywhere, and built naturally into our DNA. They move the largest loads the longest distances so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time (intensity).
By employing a constantly varied approach to training, these functional movements at maximum intensity (relative to the physical and psychological tolerances of the participant), lead to dramatic gains in fitness. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work/time. The more work you do in less time, the more intense the effort.
CrossFit Journal October 2002
What Is Fitness and Who Is Fit?
Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen “the fittest man on earth” (http://web.outsidemag.com/magazine/0297/9702fefit.html). Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit, then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman (http://www.decathlon2000.ee/english/legends/poelman.htm) who also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and coordination?
Perhaps the definition of fitness doesn’t include strength, speed, power, and coordination though that seems rather odd. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “fitness” and being “fit” as the ability to transmit genes and being healthy . No help there. Searching the Internet for a workable, reasonable definition of fitness yields disappointingly little (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=fitness+definiton). Worse yet, the NSCA, the most respected publisher in exercise physiology, in their highly authoritative Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning doesn’t even attempt a definition.
For CrossFit the specter of championing a fitness program without clearly defining what it is that the program delivers combines elements of fraud and farce.....(read on)
Meg has been training in CrossFit since the summer of 2008. Before turning to CrossFit Meg was a classically trained ballet dancer performing and teaching professionally until 2003. She also spent a few seasons in the competitive Jazz Dance arena as well as studied all other major forms of dance some thoroughly, and some just for fun. In 1999 she began to study Martial Arts. She earned her Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and her 9th Student level in Wing Tsun Kung Fu.
As someone who has always enjoyed being active, she was always looking for a training method that could take her from regular gal to athlete, CrossFit not only helped her accomplish that, but it worked quickly. Whatever your sport, whatever your passion, CrossFit will make you better, faster and stronger at it!
Meg’s coaching philosophy: Take it personally. If the athlete is not successful it is probably the coach’s fault. Be inventive, motivate, encourage and internalize the goals of each and every athlete.
Briana's path toward fitness may sound familiar to many. As a California native who grew up in Walnut Creek, she always maintained an active lifestyle during school, excelling in track and field and volleyball. Afterwards, Briana would typically run 2-3 miles/day or glide away on the elliptical machine, with the occasional weightlifting day. Years went by and she still felt that, after all those hours of hard work, her fitness level wasn't reflecting her efforts. She wasn't seeing the results she desired and thus, working out became a daily chore.Then in the summer of 2011, Briana was introduced to CrossFit and the results began to flood in. With CrossFit’s approach of making each workout uniquely varied and randomized, working out had become fun again and Briana quickly became addicted. With this new found love, Briana decided to take a step back from bar management and pursue a career in physical fitness.
She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, CrossFit Level 1 trainer, Crossfit Mobility trainer, Outlaw Coach, TRX certified, CPR/AED holder.
As a CrossFit Level I Certified Personal Trainer, Briana is dedicated to giving others the opportunity to find what she discovered at Concord CrossFit: a sense of well-being that can only come from finding true life-sustaining fitness, an extremely friendly and supportive community, and the ability to have an amazingly fun time while getting your fitness on!!
I started Crossfit in December of 2009 after having my second baby. I was overweight and out of shape. Since I had never been much of an athlete, I did not think I would be able to do much. Within a few weeks, I was hooked and within a year I could do things that I couldn't even do when I was a kid (climb up the rope, do pull-ups and lift heavy weights)!!! Crossfit made such a difference in my life that I decided to get the Crossfit Level 1 Certfication in 2011. Through Crossfit, I hope I can help others believe in themselves and become better athletes (or first time athletes).
Tristen began her journey with CrossFit in 2010 and from that first workout knew she was hooked. Prior to CrossFit Tristen could be found on the trails of the East Bay running over 40+ races in the last decade or cycling century rides in the hills of Napa. Tristen has served as a pace runner for the Nike Marathon Training program for 3 years, has Coached and been a Mentor Coach for Girls on the Run of the Bay Area and served a 4 year stint on the Board of Directors for the Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders where she was heavily involved in the Oakland Marathon Training Program. In 2011 Tristen opened her own gym in Berkeley, and coached a team to 3rd place in the Co-Ed California International Marathon Relay Race. Her struggle with PCOS forced her to step back and close the doors so she could maintain her health. With no regrets about closing her own gym, when Tristen found CCF in January of 2015 she was happy to be surrounded by a supportive community and stoked to get back to coaching. Tristen has competed in several competitions and has a special love for Olympic Lifting. Tristen still accepts Personal Training clients and has a huge passion for helping others find their inner “grrrrrr” to compete in local competitions. You can often find her in the trails still jogging through the hills of Briones with her three dogs, so don’t be afraid to wave and say hi!
MA Anthropology, BA Psychology, CrossFit Level 1,CrossFit Mobility, NCEP Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Group Suspension Trainer, Spinning Group Instructor, ViPR Group Trainer, CPR/AED and has taken numerous other courses and clinics. She also is an experienced in tennis, rock climbing, SUPing, surfing and triathlons. Follow Coach T on instagram @barksandbarbells
My name is Kevin Robinson, I have been a paramedic for 15 years and a firefighter for 12. In 2013, I obtained my level one CrossFit trainer certificate. I also have taken the CrossFit mobility course. I started doing CrossFit about 6 years ago when a friend from church told me about it. I was bored going to a gym and using machines. At the time I had just started running half marathons. I found that CrossFit helped me with my running and was constantly different so it held my attention. As a firefighter I have to stay in shape and I have to do functional movements, like lifting ladders and hoses as well as patients onto gurneys. CrossFit movements have definitely helped me on the job.
Helping people with their mobility is something I am passionate about. The more we stretch and use things like balls and rollers the less we injure ourselves. I also enjoy lifting and rowing, Jackie is my favorite workout.
CrossFit is great because it is a competition with yourself and your previous time, it’s scalability makes it possible for everyone to achieve great fitness! I really enjoy the community and closeness of Concord CrossFit and I’m glad to be able to train and coach here.
I began my fitness journey when I started training for my 200 hour yoga teacher certification, which I received in 2014 with YogaWorks Walnut Creek. While I was in teacher training I started taking Aerial Arts/Circus classes in Oakland, and fell in love with them ever since. Competitively, I placed 2nd in my division at the 2015 Pole Dance America Championships in Atlanta, GA. Since then, I have taught Pole, Aerial Silks, and Aerial Hoop at 5 different gyms in the Bay Area, including the ninja warrior facility Apex Movement NorCal. Currently I’m teaching Pole, Strength/Conditioning, and Flexibility classes at JPOWER Studio in Benicia, and am excited to start at Concord CrossFit! I will be teaching a Stretch and Abs classes as well as Aerial Silks. I’m available for personal training, private and semi-private lessons.