Burpees for the Kids!

Got thirty seconds to spare? Want to help out a great cause? Looking to test your burpee fitness? The Westside Athletes Association invites you to take the 2016 United for Youth Burpee Challenge!

Here's how it works:

  1. Complete as many burpees as you can in 30 seconds
  2. Invite a friend to take the challenge
  3. Pledge an amount per burpee completed
  4. Donate on their behalf at westsideathletes.com/unitedforyouth

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Wait, what's the Westside Athletes Association again?

WAA is 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. 

We're dedicated to transforming the lives of teenagers by making functional fitness programs available in local schools, and supporting healthy lifestyle habits.

Why this matters:

Your donations directly benefit San Francisco Unified School District functional fitness programs like Athletic Director Lavinia Lindsay Meeker's After-School Fitness Club.

What are you waiting for? Take the challenge today! Don't forget to tag @westside_athletes and WAA on Facebook with the hashtag #unitedforyouth so we can repost you in action.

The 2016 United For Youth Burpee Challenge will run the entire month of April through Saturday, April 30th.

FGB 2015 Recap

Our yearly Fight Gone Bad fundraiser is in the books - and despite a short fundraising period, we raised $1415! We'll leave the donate link up another day in case you would like to get in a last minute donation for Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance.

Thanks to all our amazing athletes who participated in Fight Gone Bad, and a special thank you to those who judged, cheered, and helped clean up!

2015 Winners

Our two highest scoring athletes for the day managed to tie, something that is actually not that uncommon with these two athletes who regularly train together in the 6:30am class.

Jackie Spencer - 346

Steve Love - 346

All 2015 FGB Participants

  • Amar 241
  • Kevin L.  224
  • Dan L. 272
  • Sass 213
  • Michelle L. 213
  • Molly L. 221
  • Chloe 223
  • Amy B. 227
  • Marshall 324
  • Tim 289
  • Jeff H. 238
  • Ariel 276
  • Ryan M. 244
  • K-Tjen 282
  • Matt T. 296
  • Matt C. 224
  • Chris C. 234
  • Loryn 337
  • Yuliana 207
  • Sally 265
  • Molly 254
  • Anastasia 308
  • Alex 290
  • Sacha 204
  • Anita 261
  • Vince 321
  • Max C. 274
  • Sunli 233
  • Jason 320
  • Dock 260
  • Arash 237

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 Ultimate Lift-Off and WOD for a Cause


Nikki S, Ashley S, and Lindsay D (Team Fancy Pants) are competing this Saturday in San Jose at Crossfit Diligence in WOD for a Cause, benefiting children & adults with disabilities.

They will be competing in 3 scheduled events (beginning at 9:51am), a floater WOD and the final. They'll need a cheering section. Are you enticed to get your feet wet in competition but want to make sure the water is warm first? This is a great way to see how it all works and support your fellow athletes at the same time! See you there! (Post to comments if you are coming!)


The ULTIMATE LIFT OFF is less than 2 weeks away! There are still some spots left. Click here, then go to "Events" to register! Check back on Friday for heat times.

Here's how its gonna work:

  • You will have 20 minutes to find your maximum per lift
  • You will have 3 attempts at your heaviest weight for each lift.
  • You will perform all the lifts in order: snatch, clean and jerk, back squat, bench press, and deadlift. To participate in the competition, you must attempt every lift.
  • Heats will start in groups of 4 every 20 minutes. If you are late, you cannot lift.
  • Your score will be calculated by Sinclair for your Oly lifts and Wilks formula (each lift by pounds lifted to body weight) for your power lifts. You will be weighed in 20 minutes before your heat.
  • A complete list of rules (including the requirements for each lift) will be posted Friday in the gym along with the start list.
  • To secure your spot, make sure to sign up online Select link, click events, and select Ultimate Lift Off.

This competition is for UB members only (next year we intend on inviting outsiders), so if you are new to competing this is a great opportunity to get a taste in a supportive environment surrounded by your fellow athletes.

Space is limited to 48 competitors, so make sure to sign up online.

So very angry!

United For Youth - Fight Gone Bad!

Thank you to all of you who came on Friday night to help us celebrate UB's 4th!  It was a great turnout and we hope you had a great time in our "gym bistro."  

I would also like to give a shout out to our two teams of athletes who rocked a solid weekend of competition - recap to come!  Lessons were learned, PRs were made, and most importantly, lots of fun was had.  Great work guys!

It's that time for our awesome fall schedule of events.  With that comes our announcement of this year's Fight Gone Bad!  We are very excited to announce that on Saturday, November 8th we are will be hosting the fundraiser "United for Youth"  benefiting the Westside Athletes Association - a new non-profit organization born from the awesome creative minds of United Barbell members.  This event will be both open to UBers and non UBers as well as be hosted at other gyms across the Bay Area!

The workout, you may have guessed, will be Fight Gone Bad!  Here is what you need to know to participate in the day:

The Cause

Westside Athletes Association is a new non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of at-risk teenagers by providing CrossFit scholarships and support in cultivating healthy lifestyle habits.


For those of you who have not yet had the joy of experiencing a Fight Gone Bad workout.  Here is what you will be conquering:

Fight Gone Bad

3 rounds of AMRepsAP in 1 minute:

  • Wall-balls (20# | 14#)
  • Sumo deadlift high-pulls (75# | 55#)
  • Box Jumps (20")
  • Push-press (75# | 55#)
  • Row (Cals)
  • 1 minute rest between rounds

Your score is the collective total of reps from all three rounds.

The Day

This will be United Barbell's first event open to the public!  That said, this day will run a little different than it has in the past.  There will be no regular classes.

Athletes will check in at 8am, be briefed at 8:30am, and the first heat beginning at 9am and the last heat at 1pm.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female competitors at the end of the day.

We are requesting all participants raise at least $50 dollars (and will receive a shirt as a thank you).  Another prize (TBA) will be given to individuals raising at least $500.  There will also be a prize for the top fundraising individual, as well as the top fundraising gym, so let's show UB's pride and get after it!

To start your fundraising efforts, check out the Fundly page, select "join this team", and then click "become a fundraiser."

Westside Athletes and UB are looking for volunteers to help judge the event and keep our first public event as smooth as possible - please give me a shout out or post to the comments if you would like to volunteer.