I woke up with a hop in my step Monday morning because as mylast official visit for this crazy month of CrossFit visits I would be headedto CrossFit San Mateo. For those of youwho do not know, I have just recently folded my box in Burlingame to partnerwith Brendon, owner and coach over at San Mateo for the next handful ofmonths. This partnership comes thanks toa HUGE life decision made by my girl Lindsey and I and seemed like the logicalnext step for me and my business. I knowI’m leaving a lot of you on the edge of you seats with this whole decisionthing, but I will be making the announcement this weekend at the very latest.
But I digress. Thepoint being is that I have a quickly growing relationship with the athletes atCrossFit San Mateo and so far I am enjoying my time there a ton. To get to the gym, you have to navigate tothe most hidden road in downtown San Mateo, the one the parallels the railroadtracks very closely. Directly acrossfrom the main train station you’ll see a string of small warehouses andsandwiched between the grungy buildings is this gym. Stroll is and you are met by a pretty barrencollection of equipment. There are somebars, plates, a couple rowers, med balls, bands, a few DB’s and KB’s and boxesand that’s really about it. Theequipment is spread between two pretty distinct sides of the gym. The front portion has a pretty sweet pull uprig and houses the front desk area on the uneven concrete floors. The back half is all rubber–floored and hasan additional pull up rig as well. Thisside has a little higher ceiling and there are a couple ropes hanging upthere. A little thrown together, butabout as “classic” as they come! And to add to the fun, there’s apretty good sized lot on the side of the gym with a few tires, and the hiddenstreet paralleling the tracks is perfect for some spectator workouts!
Brendon, the owner here is an extremely down to earth andcharismatic dude. He knows his stuff,he relates to everyone very well, and then, he tears it up fitness-wisehimself. As we speak he is in theprocess of getting a sub-4 minute mile. Good freaking lord (to put that in perspective, he would lap pretty muchanyone reading this on a mile run on the track…sick)! In almost exactly a year of existence,Brendon has organically grown his spot to be a pretty damn good gym. The combo of well-placed location, greatcoaching and an enormously welcoming community, CrossFit San Mateo has nothingbut positive potential going into its second year. And awesome steps are already takingplace: a couple great additional coachesn Tuan and Erica, a boot camp class, a powerlifting class and a Kids class areall new additions that will bring in some pretty well-deserved attention to thegym.
But what sets this place apart for me is the perspectiveBrendon inspires in his athletes. As anactive athlete himself, he firmly believes that CrossFit is not just a greatway to get in shape, but also the best way to train for specific sports. His goal for all athletes that walk throughthe doors is to sign up and DO SOMETHING. Use CrossFit as the base to actually compete in some way shape or formout there. People are signing up forraces, triathlons, swimming meets, CrossFit competitions and more, it is sogreat! This is totally something Ibelieve in. Come in and work your buttoff; but make sure you’re working it off FOR something. This is a logical concept that a lot ofpeople miss out on.
Enough on that, we had a workout to get after! And when 6pm rolled around we had about 24total athletes packed in there ready to get after it!
3, 3, 3, 3, 3 power cleans
6 rounds of:
150 meter run
10 pull ups
8 hang power cleans 135#
6 lateral burpees
Soooo… I decided to skip out on the clean work as I did someheavy clean and heavy jerk work earlier in the day (a miserable outing I mustadd). We got after a great warm up thenI hung getting good video footage and helping out as the massive group workedon their clean form. After that we allattempted to figure out how to get this workout in. Brendon, Tuan and I decided to wait to jointhe 7pm group for it and everybody got themselves set up with modificationswhere needed. Watching this workout gotme so pumped to get after it, I couldn’t wait. When 7pm rolled around I was more than ready. Unfortunately Tuan jumped the gun and gotafter it on his own…, but then I got to join the smaller, and superhard-working 7pm group. My goal was toget the whole thing unbroken, and even though the top athletes were gettingthis in the low 17’s, my goal was sub-10. That is totally possible for you firebreathers out there by theway. I ended up finishing in 10:54 andthat 6th round was one of the toughest things I have ever done. My lack of fuel caught up to me, but havingBrendon just ahead of me kept me going. He finished in 10:24 I think and we both were able to get it allunbroken.
In the end I was all smiles. I had an awesome workout with a HUGE group of really energetic people. And what I think placed a close second behindthe 10 minutes of wonderful hell, the social connections happening after theworkout. It was so great to see all theathletes stretching after working their tails and chatting amongstthemselves. They all seemed to connectso wonderfully.
I am proud to be a part of this gym and will be sad to leaveit in a few months. I hope that I can domy part in catapulting CrossFit San Mateo into a new realm of CrossFitaffiliate, one that helps change the world y getting people to take theirfitness out side of the gym. And thewhole Bay Area will get a chance to come hang out there in a few weeks. After the Courage Games 2011, there will bean awesome after-party hosted by CrossFit San Mateo. So, I expect to see all you out for thecompetition on the 19th, and I hope you all can make theafter-party. We’ll have food, we’ll havedrink, we’ll have raffles and we’ll have a few more bits of entertainment!
CrossFit San Mateo
23 S. Railroad Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
This marksthe official end of my CrossFit Community Month. I will be visiting 3 more in the Sacramentoarea this coming weekend, and of course, I plan to visit hundreds more in thecoming years. This was one of the mostinspiring and educational times of my life and you all can expect a fewarticles inspired by my journey. I’m excitedto get back to my regular posts!
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