United for Youth Results

It started back in December. Westside Athletes Association (a non-profit started by UB's community governor Christopher, along with coaches Nikki, Jason, Jo, Jon, and member Maria McGinley) began their third "United for Youth" event. This time their goal was BIG - bringing a 2-day certification to 20 teachers in the SF Unified School District, allowing them to implement functional fitness programs in their schools.

The UB community rose up in support of the event, helping raise funds in contribution and celebrating it with February's Fight Gone Bad event.  The fundraising continued up until the actual training, which took place last Wednesday-Thursday.

Before sharing some details of the training, HUGE thanks goes to all of you who supported WAA's cause, especially those fundraisers who helped raise $10,766!!! Some great prizes were solicited for the top 3 fundraisers, and those turned out to be:

Mike Coutermarsh - $946
Amelia Eddleman - $795
Dock Howard - $550

Congrats to them! And again, WAA cannot thank you enough for all of your participation and support. 

This training was the tangible result of the efforts around United for Youth. 20 teachers attended, and coaches Nikki, Jason, and Jon were also given complimentary attendance. Safe to say it was a resounding success! Here are just a few quotes from the teachers on what they found valuable:

  • The basic concept - focus on mechanics! It's easy to get swept up in the complexities of teaching a class, and this was a good reminder to live/work by simple rules and master them.
  • How to implement this within my P.E. class and how the approach will help me engage and challenge my students' fitness levels.
  • How to identify /correct form in squats, jumps, lifts.
  • Physical Literacy - what it means and why it matters.
  • Technique over Intensity and Load.

We learned all about Brand X's methodology for teaching kids (or really, anyone) how to move well through life. They call it "physical literacy" - how to confidently, capably, and safely move through your environment. Quality of movement is of paramount importance, and the foundation is in safety and fun. As they teach it, fun = success, and the goal is to have every kid be successful.  

Beyond how this applies to teens and children, many lessons/tips/drills can also be applied to adults, and we hope to share some of that with you in future classes. If you want to learn more, feel free to chat with Nikki, Jason, or Jon!  

We can't say it enough - THANK YOU.  From the bottom of our hearts, we truly appreciate what you helped create.  I'll leave you with some pics from the training.

Fight Gone Better Than Ever!

This past Saturday, 42 athletes participated in WAA's United for Youth - Fight Gone Bad fundraiser!  Plenty of you PR'd your FGB score, while some of you got your first taste of it. Despite the pain faces and sweat puddles, I believe I can speak for everyone when I say we all had an excellent time!

Sean and Connor set some early scores to beat, followed a little later by Steven M. and drop-in Josie.  But at the end of the day it was a familiar face on top of the podium!  Hayley edged out Loryn in a power-packed heat, 373 to 370.  And in the last heat of the day, Joe took 3rd place with a score of 366.  Congratulations to ALL our athletes for their efforts in this grueling workout.

WAA would like to offer our sincerest thanks to all who participated, watched, donated, and supported the event.  Also a big shout out to our sponsors, who helped us make the event memorable for everyone.

For those who missed it, here's a link to all the event photos:

We raised $1500 on the day for United for Youth - WAA's fundraiser to bring a functional fitness training course to 20 P.E. teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District on April 5-6.  That brings the total thus far to $10,161, just $2,000 away from our goal of $12k!

While FGB has now come and gone, the United for Youth fundraiser continues until April 4th.  We have some really fantastic gift packages for our top 3 fundraisers (WAA board members not included).  You can see those below.  The race is really heating up!  To contribute to one of these fundraisers, click on their name below.

Amelia Eddleman ($795 raised)
Anita Hsieh ($290 raised)
Austin Spires ($275 raised)
Brittany Vargas ($110 raised)
Chad Kindred ($250 raised)
Dock Howard ($50 raised)
Ester Hersberger ($355 raised)
Jenny Werba ($400 raised)
Lory Ferreira ($75 raised)
Mike Coutermarsh ($891 raised)

Alternatively, there's still time to become a fundraiser and get in the race for those prizes!  Click here to become a fundraiser!

Welcome to the Fight!


The judges' briefing begins at 8:30am and heats begin at 9am. Heats as they stand now are listed below. They will run every 25 minutes from 9am on until we get through all registered athletes.

Please show up AT LEAST 20 minutes prior to your heat. After checking in, you'll be in charge of your own warm up in the back room. At the top of each heat, you'll be assigned a judge and get a mini briefing on the points of performance.

Prizes awarded to top 3 highest RX scorers, plus some other gifts to be given away (show up to find out)!


Still want to donate? Please give here:



3 rounds
1 minute at each station
- Wall Balls (20# / 14#)
- Sumo DL High Pulls (75# / 55#)
- Box Jumps (20")
- Push Press (75# / 55#)
- Row (calories)
1 minute rest between rounds  
Score is total reps completed




Additional heats will be added if needed.

Join the Fight!

Fight Gone Bad is just 8 days away - and we are excited!  For those of you who are participating, wanting to donate, or just want to know what the schedule will be, here are the FAQs:


In case you haven't caught on yet, Fight Gone Bad is a CrossFit WOD fundraiser raising funds for Westside Athletes Association and more specifically to help 20 SF Unified School District teachers get training to bring functional fitness to SF youth. FGB is one of the greats on the CrossFit named WOD list - so don't miss out!


This is a fundraiser, but anyone can participate!  Show up and get your FGB on!  Added bonus: it's great prep for the House Cup and getting used to being judged!


On Saturday, February 11th, we will start Fight Gone Bad heats at 9am (athlete briefing at 8:30am).  You can click the button below to register in advance and request an earlier or later heat time:



If you show up without registering, we will put you in a heat and you can join the fight -- 3, 2, 1, GO!


For those of you who can't come but wish to help sponsor those who are getting down and dirty -- Some of our participants have yet to reach their fundraising goals.  So please help by checking out our fundraisers here.

What are you waiting for?  Join the fight!  See you there!

United for Youth needs YOU!

Do you have a social network?  Uh, yeah, of course you do.

Do you care about the health and fitness of young teenagers? Uh, yeah, of course you do. 

Well, there you have it.  There's no good reason not to be a FUNDRAISER for United for Youth!

And I'll give you another reason TO become a fundraiser - the prize packages!  The team from WAA has gathered some really awesome donations from local businesses.  

SO, easy peasy - click this link, become a fundraiser, send a nice social post to your network asking for donations, and you'll be in the running for prizes like these:

Food for Thought: A New Years Resolution

While considering new year's resolutions, I stumbled across a post from my nutritionist team, Working Against Gravity, that I really aligned with and have adopted for UB.

Let’s strive to be givers.

Whether lending a helping hand or telling someone they look nice, giving to others doesn’t only help the world around us, but it’s good for us too. Here’s why:

  • Feels good
    Plain and simple. When we feel needed and make others feel needed our body releases endorphins, which also helps to lower our stress levels, blood pressure and anxiety.

  • Fosters a sense of community
    Belonging, social connection and understanding give our lives more purpose and fulfillment.

  • Cultivates gratitude
    When we recognize all that we have and all that we have to give we become aware and thankful for the opportunities, love and people in our lives.

  • Positively impacts self-esteem
    Knowing that we are making a valuable contribution to the world and the lives of those around us helps us grow confidently into the people we strive to be.

  • Teaches us valuable life lessons
    Having a giving mindset makes us act on the golden rule: treat others the way you’d like to be treated. This helps us become assets to any team, while successfully building strong and loving relationships.

When we choose to be givers we experience these joys and satisfactions in life, and we enable those around us to do the same.

As Maria Popova from Brain Pickings wrote, “Be generous. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.”

So, this month, our goal is to be intentional givers.

At the end of each day we want to have a proud answer to the question, “What did I give to the world today?”

You may be surprised at just how much you have to offer, as the list is endless. Below are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Time
    It’s perhaps your most precious and valuable resource. Time is a meaningful gift that you know you can never get back. Think of volunteering somewhere like a nursing home or soup kitchen, or just visiting an old friend who you know could use a good laugh or hug.

  • Love
    Whether it be a simple compliment, a handwritten note or a smile at a stranger, giving and receiving love has an incredibly powerful impact on our lives.

  • Knowledge
    Good quality and meaningful professional, relationship and friendship advice is invaluable. Value your opinion and all of the skills and lessons you’ve learned and don’t keep them to yourself.

  • Possessions & gifts
    Donate used items that no longer serve a purpose such as old clothes, kitchen goods and sporting goods. Or give financial aid to causes you believe in and want to support, even if it means making some sacrifices.

  • Talents
    Each of us are experts in different fields. Someone good at finances may completely lack social skills, and vice versa. Sharing your talents with friends, family and strangers is one way to maximize them and give back to the world.

At UB, we plan on being intentional givers by helping the Westside Athletes Association meet their 12K goal before their United for Youth - Fight Gone Bad competition at UB(Feb 11th)

United for Youth/Fight Gone Bad Fundraiser Details


We have a tradition of running a friendly gym competition of the classic workout "Fight Gone Bad" here at UB, each time raising money for a good cause. As announced last month, UB will be hosting United for Youth for the second time on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.  

Besides being a really fun day in the gym, this is great prep for the CrossFit Open that will be starting just weeks later.  Participation in the event is free for UB members, with an optional donation requested to support the United for Youth fundraiser.

Here's how you can help:


Spread the word! Use the hashtag #unitedforyouth in any social media posts about the fundraiser or event.

In 2014, UB and other local San Francisco gyms raised $12,000 in support of Westside Athletes Association.  In 2017 the goal of United for Youth is very specific.  WAA has been working with the SF Unified School District to bring a 2-day certified training course to San Francisco. This training will allow SFUSD P.E. teachers to implement functional fitness programs in their schools.  By raising $10,000, 20 teachers can attend this training.


3 rounds
1 minute at each station
- Wall Balls (20# / 14#)   
- Sumo DL High Pulls (75# / 55#)    
- Box Jumps (20")  
- Push Press (75# / 55#)    
- Row (calories)    
1 minute rest between rounds   
Score is total reps completed


WAA is a not-for-profit organization comprised of UB members and coaches including Christopher Comma, Maria McGinley, and coaches Nikki, Jon, Joanna, and Jason.  Their mission is to transform the lives of teenagers by making functional fitness programs available in local schools, and supporting healthy lifestyle habits.


United for Youth/FGB - Save the Date!

With today's WOD being "Tabata Fight Gone Bad," we wanted to give you a SAVE THE DATE message for our (almost) annual Fight Gone Bad fundraising event here at UB. 


THE DATE: Saturday, February 11

THE WORKOUT: Fight Gone Bad, of course! 

THE EVENT: We call this event "United for Youth," and it's coming to UB for the second time. In 2014, UB and its extended family raised over $10,000 in support of Westside Athletes Association.

THE CAUSE: WAA is funding a Brand X Method certified training course for high school and middle school teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District.

THE GOAL: By raising $10,000, 20 teachers can attend this training.

THE WHY: Well, it's for the kids (duh).  But also a great way to compete.  Whether to prep for the Open in March, or just experience the adrenaline of a competition, this event is for you.

Plus, there are PRIZES! In 2014, WAA solicited sweet prize packages for the top 3 male and female competitors.

THE WHO: YOU! UBers and non-UB CrossFitters are welcome to participate in the event.

We will announce more details for the fundraiser and the event in the coming weeks.

WAA a not-for-profit organization comprised of members sweating right here alongside you in the United Barbell community including Chris C, Jon S, Jason L, Nikki S, Maria M, Joanna G, and others.  Their mission is to transform the lives of teenagers by making functional fitness programs available in local schools, and supporting healthy lifestyle habits.


UB Prom is Around the Corner

Did you know UB Prom is just 2 weeks away?! 

Time to break out some fancy clothes, find yourself a date*, and join us for a night in Alice in WODderland!

On October 8th, your ticket price covers:

  • Raffle tickets to win fabulous gift baskets are included in your ticket price!
  • Crowning prom royalty (aka 2016 Ambasaddors of Awesome)
  • A donation to UB member-born non profit Westside Athletes Association (it's for the kids!)
  • 2 free drinks (beer & wine) to ensure excellent prom dancing
  • A DJ that will make your feet move
  • Delicious catered tasty treats


...and of course, a whole bunch of CrossFitters gettin' down and dirty!

Suggested Attire: Schmancy. Feel free to be creative, but leave your Lulus at home! Head to the thrift store and find the most amazing/awful prom dress or suit you can find.  Maybe you want to dress as you were back in high school (satin, ruffles, lace, and tulle are go). Gents, a jacket's good, but a tux certainly wouldn't count against you. If it happens to be sky blue... well then all the better!

*A date is absolutely not required, but we can't resist the thought of everyone reliving all kinds of hilarious high school prom-date-finding awkwardness. So we encourage you to get out there and ask someone!

Alice in WODerland

It's almost UB anniversary time!  Six years later and we're painting the roses red with our Alice in WODerland (see what we did there?) UB Prom & Benefit!   Join us for a memorable evening filled with dancing, raffle, awards and fun! 

Please join us down the rabbit hole!

WHAT:  UB's 6th Anniversary Prom & Benefit

WHEN:  August 13th 8 - 11PM

WHERE: At UB, of course! 

WHY: It's for the kids!  In addition to celebrating 6 years of WODs, gains, and friendships, we will also be raising money for Westside Athletes Association, an organization helping transform the lives of teenagers by making functional fitness programs available in local schools, and supporting healthy lifestyle habits.  All proceeds from ticket and raffle sales will go towards the kids!

Mark your calendars now!  Tickets will go on sale next week!