Shadow a coach for 4 hours a week for 6 months
Your L-1 Training Course is paid for by the gym
Coach 4 classes a week for a year in exchange for your gym membership
After your one year probation period, we pay you per class.
My second life started in November 2010. Like many people, I was dormant, predominantly non-active, a gamer, I worked to pay my bills and get back in the gaming chair to attack the next big boss fight in the popular game World of Warcraft. I was not prepared for how my life would drastically change. My best friend and mentor, my father, passed away unexpectedly from massive cardiac arrest. I was devastated, My father was overweight with diabetes and worked an extremely stressful job. This experience changed me forever.
Shortly after my dad passed away, I weighed in at an astonishing 260 lbs with 42% body fat (I'm 5'6”). I knew I needed a change for myself and my young family. At that point, I made up my mind to get up and workout and I have not stopped since. My fitness has improved throughout this journey. My goal originally was to become healthy, to live a better and longer life for my children, my wife, and myself. Once that journey was on a steady course, I altered my “end goal”, and decided to become a fitness coach. I want to show others that it can be done, regardless of their starting point.
Why do it? I have found joy in building relationships with those I am coaching. I find that my heart nearly jumps out of my chest when I see one of my athletes accomplish their goals, no matter how big or small that accomplishment might seem to others. I am committed to increasing my knowledge of fitness, and have chosen Functional Fitness as my methodology.
I practice Functional Fitness methods of getting fit in my own daily workouts and encourage my clients to do the same. I look forward to meeting new people, turning them into fitness fans, assisting those already on their journey, and helping everyone reach their life goals.
Favorite Quote: When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.
Owner - Head Coach
My journey began in early 2014, I had no idea what I was getting myself into but soon found myself in love. I had no athletic training, I was afraid to try new things for fear of failure however, now I know that failure is simply a lesson. I’ve learned quite a bit from my short time doing CrossFit, like how far I can push my body and my mind. I've found all achievements are huge celebrations of my life and steps towards my goals. The biggest lesson being that people are always watching you, and you do not know who you are inspiring while on your own journey. My advice to women, all ages, do what makes you happy, others will take notice and aspire to better themselves. I'm hoping to one day compete on the floor at the CrossFit Regionals, maybe even the CrossFit Games! I was just certified as a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, and I am hopeful to one day run my own CrossFit gym.
Favorite Quote: Alis Volat Propriss (Latin for "She flies with her own wings")
Although I've only been training in CrossFit for one and a half years, I've been training in traditional weightlifting and power lifting for 7 years. While at CSUS, I completed a BS in Kinesiology as well as curriculm towards a Strength & Conditioning certificate. While completing my degree, I logged over 500 hours interning in both CSUS athletic training rooms and the ARC Junior College athletic training facility. During my final year, I also logged over 50 hours of observation at the on-campus Medical Clinic and in the CSUS Strength & Conditioning facility.
Currently I'm working towards my CrossFit L-1 training certification and am interning at Contra Costa CrossFit in order to further my experience in the field of general fitness and strength and conditioning.
My CrossFit journey started not to long ago in March. For me, it was just suppose to be a trial of learning something new and starting something fun with a couple co workers. I have always been an active person growing up, I played softball for 13 years but never lifted weights nor timed myself to see how fast I can finish a certain workout. First day was very intimidating for me because I didn't know what to expect showing up at a gym that had already been established with knowledgeable athletes. Little did I know that after only two sessions I was immediately consumed with being in the "box". I became addicted with the movements and the constant pushing of your body with motions that were unfamiliar and the motivation you get from your fellow peers. I felt my body becoming stronger and realizing that a couple weeks ago I was not able to do these things. That itself was enough for me to keep going.
I never would have imagined that I would want to to become a intern/future coach at a CrossFit gym but knowing that I can make a difference in someone else's life by motivating and inspiring them to make a better version of themselves, I was all in. This was a perfect opportunity for myself to become part of the interning program at Contra Costa and I am so thankful to be a part of this family.
My CrossFit journey began around 2012. I had always struggled with my weight, even as a child. It became a little easier as a teenager when I became very in sports, playing football and baseball as well as discovering weight lifting. However, after leaving high school, then college and transitioning into the "real" world, it became harder to maintain regular exercise. My weight fluctuated. I went through countless cycles of weight loss and weight gain, to the point that would never get rid of my big man clothes because I felt at some point I would need them again.
My last cycle was in 2011. I was going through some pretty difficult life challenges and decided to channel my stress and emotions into something constructive. I began with a home exercise program, sometimes staying up past midnight determined to complete that day's routine. I changed my diet, began to lose weight, then slowly returned to the gym. It was there I met personal trainer who offered to train me. We began slow, but I was eager for more. He was really into CrossFit and began programming CrossFit style workouts for me. The workouts kicked my but...BIG TIME! But I kept returning for more. Before long, every session was like a monster WOD. After seeing how much I took to the workouts, he invited me to his box.
In 2012, looking for more ways to motivate myself and switch up my workouts, I began working out at his box regularly. This "box" was really a home garage that later blossomed into a real box with a thriving CrossFit community filled largely with beginners like me. In a short time, I went from knowing nothing about CrossFit, to competing in local completions. This fueled my competitive fire which I had not felt since playing high school sports. I had found the exercise for me.
I have been doing CrossFit now for a few years, and though I still struggle with my weight and diet, I am no doubt in the best shape of my life. I workout with a great group of people and simultaneously look forward to and dread each workout. The best thing I can say about CrossFit, besides the workouts, is the community. Never before have I been in an environment where individuals enjoy suffering in solidarity while encouraging and cheering on each other to perform at levels they didn't think were possible. Though the workouts remain difficult, my motto has become "just keep coming". Trust me, you'll see results.
My name is Mircea Burla. I have been an active person since I was a kid. At age 5, I started playing soccer. In 2006, I became a personal trainer and discovered that I loved helping people and changing their lives. At the beginning of 2016, I found CrossFit, which changed my life forever. It showed me a new path in my life, and showed me that I want to be come a certified CrossFit L-1 Trainer. I want to show others what CrossFit is all about, what your body can do... things you never even thought were possible.
I love CrossFit because it's dynamic. The workouts are different every day and the community continually grows. My favorite workout is Chelsea, and my favorite lift is clean & jerk. My goal is to compete at the highest level, at the CrossFit Games, and take the podium.
Thank you Contra Costa CrossFit for introducing me to CrossFit and being there with me, every step of the way.
My fitness journey began back in 2006. I was overweight all my life and it wasn't until I was 16 when I decided to quit wishing the weight was gone, but rather do something about it. About a year later I was able to lose 60 pounds. However, I pushed myself to unhealthy limits to achieve my goal. After taking some time to reevaluate my diet, I started running with my best friend. We started small, pushing to run consistently for half a mile until we were able to run 6 miles in under an hour. During this time I began to lift weights. I started small with just the bar, to practice some basic exercises. Soon I was pushing my self to learn more, do more, and learn from my many painful mistakes.
My Crossfit journey began when I read an article in Men's Health. I remember reading the article, which was about the authors experience during a WOD. He described it as an excruciating workout where people would throw up, muscles drained and lungs full of fire. I immediately thought, "pass". It wasn’t until I was going to school in Santa Cruz that I came into contact with Crossfit again. Being in the city where it originated and being around peers that did Crossfit, it encouraged me to reevaluate how I worked out. After, I learned how to properly deadlift and climbed from 45lbs to 405lbs within a year.
Even after re-evaluating myself I was still nervous and scared to try Crossfit. To help overcome my nerves I would ask friends if they would like to take a class with me, that was met with "LOL..No". It wasn’t until this August that I decided to go for it. I couldn’t let my nerves get the best of me anymore. If I hadn’t overcome my nerves I would have missed out on something amazing. Every class is another chance to push and challenge myself. In the "box" I have never pushed harder then before and a lot of it comes from the community supporting my efforts. I want to coach to return the support and welcome the community gave me.
After finishing a 4 year collegiate baseball career at Dixie State University in St. George, UT, I found CrossFit as my competitive outlet. Since then I had been doing CrossFit recreationally on and off for about three years. I started my career as a coach doing boot camp style classes and small studio HIIT training in 2015. After taking about a year off from CrossFit, I found Contra Costa while trying to boost my training to get ready for my wedding. I quickly remembered why I loved it to begin with and since joining have done my first individual competition where I placed second. I love to help people make progress to master form and see them achieve their fitness goals.
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West Coast Championships®
We want to give athletes worldwide the opportunity to compete AND prepare for the CrossFit Games® Open against athletes of a similar ability level.
Competitions are comprised of Three workouts (one a week, three weeks in a row) that will be announced on Thursday of each week throughout the competition. Athletes will then have 5 days to complete and video submit their scores both to the Online leaderboard at Wodrocket.com and the video to www.YouTube.com for all workouts.
Athletes may complete the workouts at any location and on their own schedule. Athletes may repeat the workouts as many times as they want. Only the best score for each workout counts.
Contra Costa Throwdown
May 22nd 2016!!!
We are BACK! and this year we are adding a PROGRESSIVE Prize FUND$$$$! What this means to you and your teams, The more people that sign up the bigger the cash prize will be for your division.
3 Workouts plus final - we will release all workouts early. Minimum 4 weeks ahead of competition, We are hoping to make this a fun filled day with lots of athletes and vendors having good old fashioned fitness fun. Come be a part.
Same sex partners
Male: RX,Scaled, Masters
Female: RX,Scaled, Masters
Snatch for weight (1 rep max)
Clean and Jerk for weight (1 rep max)
KB swing (70 RX m / 53 scaled m / 35 RX w / 26 scaled w)
toes 2 bar
bar muscle up (rx only)
Ring Muscle ups
Box jumps (30 RX m/ 24 RXw / ScaledM / MastersM / 20 ScaledW MastersW)
KB Goblet Squat
Knees to Elbows (scaled)
V sit ups (scaled)
Overhead squat (135/95/65)
Single Unders (scaled)
Double Unders (RX)
Attention all athletes and vendors, prospective athletes. Cut off to guarantee a T shirt for this event will be May 1st 2016. If you buy a ticket after May 1st, I will not guarantee a t shirt for your team.