Sunday, August 29, 2010

CrossFit West Santa Cruz

...It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of something that you really believe in. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be working with people I truly believe in, and for something I truly believe in. CrossFit West Santa Cruz is really an amazing place. ...The coaching, ...the programming, ...the blog, ...the devotion to the clients, ...the CrossFit West community itself, ...everything. There is definitely a commitment to excellence that shows in everything they do here. ...And I do not say that lightly. I’ve been coaching for close to 15 years. I came up under Greg “Coach” Glassman and was mentored by the man himself. Glassman’s commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and devotion to his clients was unparalleled. ...I learned many a valuable lesson from that man and I am forever grateful.

I truly feel that we have some of the best coaches (and owners) around. The coaches here are amazing. They are great at what they do. I have quietly observed them for a long time, they coach, they interact with each other, they engage the clients, etc, and they have each impressed me on many levels. They are constantly studying and honing their craft, always striving to better themselves as coaches. They have each developed an outstanding “eye”, catching the smallest details, even in advanced lifters. They’ve each developed a profound understanding of efficacious programming. I love the fact that every coach here is willing, and able, to develop great programming for clients based on the clients needs and goals, such as understanding what sport they play and at what point of the season they are in, or if the client is injured in some way and needs modified, yet effective, programming. I feel this speaks not only to the coaches abilities, but to the overall approach, mindset and motivation behind everyone here. It’s an insight into the greater vision that is CrossFit West.

What I really love, is that every coach and owner here is absolutely devoted to the clients, every bit as devoted as I am. ...I can’t tell you how good it feels to be working with people like that. It’s quite refreshing, really. I would, in a heart beat, tell my sister, father or best friends to train with any of the coaches here, and I would feel totally comfortable doing so. I know they would be in good hands. ...I’ve had several friends, clients and people ask me “when do you run classes at CrossFit West?” and my reply is simply, ...”It doesn’t matter when I run classes.--Every coach here is amazing.” ...And that’s how I honestly feel. Anyone who has ever worked with me knows my style of coaching and knows how devoted I am to my clients and to anyone I have the opportunity to work with. ...Well, the coaches here very much remind me of myself in that way. It is such a great feeling to be working with people like that. ...Genuinely devoted and extremely capable.

Last I heard, there was 2000 or so CrossFit Affiliates, and just as many CrossFit websites/blogs. I most definitely have not seen them all, (nor will I ever even endeavor to do so). I have, however, looked at a few hundred over the years, and there are several I check regularly. There are some great blogs out there. CrossFit West Santa Cruz is most definitely one of them. I feel Sam, Jocelyn and Cliff have produced one of the best CrossFit blogs around. Their commitment to excellence can easily be seen when looking at the quality and consistency of their blog. It is very clear the level of care and thought that they each put into their posts. The guest writers and contributors to the blog are every bit as good. Their posts are just as insightful and inspiring and are written with an equal amount of care and thought. I love it.

The overall attitude of everyone here is so uplifting, positive and pure of heart. It’s genuine. It’s wonderful, and I love being a part of it. It’s just a great place to be. The community that has been developed here at CrossFit West Santa Cruz is outstanding. Forged through a commitment to excellence and devotion to the clients, the strength of camaraderie amongst the CrossFit West community is empowering. I love the community events that we do, such as the “Paleo Potlucks”, and how the entire CrossFit West community get’s together for such gatherings. The yearly party’s with, and for, all of the clients are always great fun too. ;)

Since I started coaching here, there has been many many things that I have loved about CrossFit West and that have made me proud to be a part of it.

...Now, ...Sam Radetski, Cliff Hodges, Jocelyn Forest and CrossFit West Santa Cruz, along with John Van Every and CrossFit Longevity, offers to it’s amazing and loyal clientele, and to the entire Santa Cruz County CrossFit community, a brand new, world class CrossFit Strength and Conditioning facility. The new CrossFit West is a facility like nothing you've ever seen. At 10,000 sq ft, it is the largest CrossFit that has ever been built. With 14 Olympic Weightlifting platforms, well spaced, and the all-new Rogue Fitness SPX pullup/squat-rack systems, the Santa Cruz CrossFit community finally has a world-class gym that is worthy of this town - the birthplace of CrossFit. Complete with new Prowlers, a Heavy-Bag, New OD-Green Rogue Fitness Sand-Bags (the same ones used in the 2010 CrossFit Games), New OD-Green “Slam” Balls, an awesome kids area, and 4 indoor sprinting lanes made from the same high quality Artificial Football Turf as used in the NFL. ...And there is still more to come! :) ...The new CrossFit-West/CrossFit Longevity facility will prove to be an outstanding place to train.

Even with it's size, CrossFit West remains absolutely dedicated to our clients and the community we've developed, which is why we are also offering amenities that no other gym has: an awesome gated children's play area, two showers, and a front desk with an all-paleo snack bar and drink counter.

This is an amazing new chapter in the life of CrossFit West Santa Cruz. We are all very excited for the future and we will continue to give you the best quality and care in service that you have all come to know and expect.

Thank you Sam Radetski, Jocelyn Forest, Cliff Hodges, John Van Every and Kyle Haynes for this amazing new facility!

Thank you to all the amazing and loyal CrossFit West Santa Cruz clients who made it possible. This facility is for you! :)

I strongly encourage everyone to come by and check us out! Stop by for a free class, any class! :)

For anyone who would like to train with me or is trying to get ahold of me:

I train solely at CrossFit West Santa Cruz now.

My phone numbers are;

(831) 359-6609

(831) 254-0426

My email is

I run classes at CrossFit West Santa Cruz, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, at 6:00 am and 7:00 am, and on Friday afternoons at 5:00 and 6:00 pm, though I’ll be at the gym pretty much all day, every day.

ALSO, I will be CO-Instructing in almost every class for the next three months!--Especially the afternoon classes! :) I would LOVE to see you there!!! :)



Dan said...

New facility looks badass!

Phil said...

Thanks Jason :-(

CrossFit OG said...

Sure thing, "Phil".
...Perhaps you should thank Dan.