The Weekly Dose of Awesome

When I say the words "strong like ox," there's probably a few UB athletes that pop into your mind. We have an entire stable full of strength-biased athletes, and this man definitely falls into that category. He squats a whole lot, and probably out-deadlifts you by an order of magnitude.

Sass, or Ryan if you're feeling fancy, has only been with us since October, but since his onramp he has been a dedicated member of the morning crew, surprising us recently when he showed up for a noon class during a work-from-home day. Sass may not be the fastest runner, and burpees may not be his favorite, but he never shies away from the dreaded cardio, instead embracing the suck and making sure he completes every singe rep. DNF means nothing to this strong man.

I love seeing Sass work on his weaknesses while thoroughly enjoying the benefits of his strength. It's awesome to see his humble approach to bettering himself and the gainz he reaps as his rewards. Sass - you are awesome!

GQ Sass


Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.

The Weekly Dose of Awesome

A recent transplant to San Francisco, Farrah B's a relatively new fixture in the AM classes. This bad-ass landed at UB and immediately began impressing coaches and community alike with her trademark tenacity and positive attitude.

Did you know this week's Awesome has traveled all over the World and lived in Brazil? She's seriously prepared for the unknown and un-knownable --- this Princeton grad competed as a club lacrosse athlete in college and also worked the turntables as a DJ.

Don't make the mistake of overlooking this powerhouse in Tiger gear. What Farrah lacks in stature, she more than makes up for in intensity. Keep up the Awesome, Farrah --- we're happy you chose UB!

Your Newest Ambassadors

If you haven't been to one of our anniversary parties, you may not be aware of a very important tradition.  Each year we name one male and female our ambassadors of awesome.  These are individuals who have shown up over the last year.  They are consistent in attendance.  They are active in the community.  They exemplify our vision of what we wanted to create for people when we opened UB. 

So who was our 5th year's awesome lady and gent?  Let's take a moment to celebrate Hayley and Chris C.

Our Ambassadors got demonbell kettlebells to commemorate the occasion.

Our Ambassadors got demonbell kettlebells to commemorate the occasion.


It won't surprise you that Hayley has been dedicated from the start.  What might surprise you is that Hayley took some convincing to put some weight on her bar.  Hayley is consistent, coachable, courageous, determined, passionate, and brings out the best of those around her.  She will be your partner in class, your teammate in a competition, or just simply be your competition in class (with a smile and laugh) -- whatever the situation calls for.  Her determination is inspiring ladies and gents alike.  She is the kind of woman who declares all she wanted for her birthday was a muscle up - and then does the work to get it (3 days before her birthday)!  Since we've known her, Hayley has grown as an athlete, community member, and individual.  And what's exciting to us is her dedication to continue growing. 

Hayley's 5th Muscle Up


If you've been in a room with Mr. Comma, you probably knew it by the sound of his echoing laughter.  Chris is the kind of person who puts 100% passion into everything he does.  UB is no different.  Chris has made a point to not only join our community, but to entrench himself with all things UB.  He is the first to cheer you on in a WOD and assure you you can do it all day.  He is the first to strike up a conversation with a nervous looking newbie and assure them the coaches will go easy on them.  He is probably even the guy that gave you your CrossFit nickname.  His love for all things "CrahssFit" is inspiring and catching (you've seen us refer to his mom more than once!).   This man might be the king of nicknames, but it's clear to us how he earned the name "the governor."

We hope these two inspire you just as much as they do us!  Want to be a UB Ambassador?  Bring on your A Game!

The Weekly Dose of Awesome

Where do badass personal trainers go to get their fitness on? Why, UB, of course! At least that's the case for Annah H. We first met Annah when she came to coach Bootcamp classes at United Body (formerly the original location of United Barbell). Annah has an extensive background in fitness training beginning back in 2008,  coaching individuals group classes all over the Bay Area at BootcampSF and CrossFit in 2012. We were so excited to work with her!

Annah has been coming back from a spine injury and has been diligently and patiently rehabilitating, recently starting to rebuild that foundation of strength. She became a full member at UB one year ago this month (Happy UB Anniversary, Annah!) and can often be found in noon class or squeezing in a quick training session in the afternoon between her clients and classes at City Bootcamp (check out her awesome video). 

In addition to her passion for helping others be healthy and achieve their fitness goals, Annah is an active animal wellfare advocate, is currently training for a half marathon, and just signed on as the 4th member of the Moxie Madness Novice Team competing this weekend! 

On top if this robust resume and list of awe-inspiring activities that make up her life, Annah is humble, friendly, coachable and funny. She is also fiercly determined. Because I know some of you are thinking it, I may as well let you know that Annah has already been swooped up, and is just 1 month away from celebrating her 1 year wedding anniversary (sorry, Guys!). 

Annah - anything but a DNB

Annah - anything but a DNB

Next time you see Awesome Coach Annah, give her a high-five or better yet, come to Moxie Madness Teams and cheer her on!

The Weekly Dose of Awesome

Mike “One N” Chan

Mike might roll into noon class right under the wire, but he always brings with him a smile and a mentality to work his ass off. Right from the introductions at the beginning to where he’s laying, heaving in a pile of exhaustion at the end, he doesn’t lose his good humor.

Mike always pushes himself hard. When the workout suggests prowler pushes with your body weight on the sled, he doesn’t shy away. I’ve seen him be willing to stay a little after the end of class to finish up a final round of just such a movement. He chose that weight, and he was going to see it through.

But what’s really great about it, from a coach’s perspective, is I don’t catch him defaulting to bad positions in an effort to speed things up. Knees aren’t rolling in, back isn’t hunching, and even 20 mins deep into a workout, I can still coach him through and he hears what’s being said. He’ll take the rest and breaks necessary to make sure the movement is quality. Sure, it might take longer, but Mike understands that practice makes permanent, and poor position won’t give the progress you want.