April 2016 Community Updates

Cinco De Beast Mode This Sunday, 5/1 @ 1PM

There’s still time to register for the Cinco De Beast Mode charity WOD. Team Marvelous CrossFit is performing the WOD this Sunday, 5/1 @ 1PM during Open Gym. Sign up to support a good cause and get a really cool shirt! Register with coupon code “GOLD” for $10 off, here’s the link:


Expanding Coaches WOD To 90 Minutes

We’ve received feedback that athletes like the Coaches WOD offering. Since Coaches WOD offers a bit more intensity than Level 1 programming, we learned that 60 minutes is a pretty narrow timeframe to allocate to the class. 

So, starting in May we’re going to pilot a 90 minute Coaches WOD that runs from 5:00-6:30PM on Fridays. This means Level 1 will be shifted back 30 minutes and will now be held from 6:30-7:30PM. 

We’re hopeful that more of you will join us for Coaches WOD as it’s truly enriching for us to work out with you.

Remember, you don’t have to be the most hard core CrossFitter to come take the class. You simply need to have a solid knowledge of all CrossFit movements and understand that since we’re doing the WOD with you, there will be less coaching and more doing.

Adding 7AM Level 1 Classes

Starting Monday, 5/2, we are piloting 7AM Level 1 classes and are going to offer it on Mondays and Wednesdays. While this class is open to everyone, we’re hopeful that some of you 6PM folks will shift your workout schedule to the morning in order to relieve some of the congestion at that 6PM Level 1 slot. ;)

Evaluating The 8PM Level 1 Classes

We’ve offered the 8PM Level 1 class on Mondays and Wednesdays for several months now and attendance has generally been low the entire time we’ve offered it. We’re hopeful to keep the class going but need at least 5 athletes to attend it regularly in order to continue offering the class at that time. #SaveThe8 by attending the class and getting it in with your peeps who are hopeful to keep the class going. 

New Rule For Handstand Push-ups

We believe strongly in transparency, and during the month of March we experienced a higher injury rate than normal. After reviewing the programming, our hunch is that it could be attributed to Handstand Push-ups. Moving forward, we are implementing a new rule that you are only allowed to perform HSPU (in any form) during a WOD if you can safely and effectively demonstrate 3 STRICT Handstand Push-ups. We know this will require some of you accustomed to doing HSPU to now do non-HSPU variants during the WODs and we hope you understand that safety and injury prevention is our number one priority. If you have any qualms with this new guideline, please reach out to us as we’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Hunting For A New Home

It has been nearly a year and a half since we started looking for a new home and unfortunately, the search continues. Turnover is low in Burlingame, but we’re hoping something awesome will come available by the summertime. Until then, we’re going to continue expanding the schedule and testing new strategies to serve you in the best manner possible in the space we have. :)

Marvelous Coaching Accelerator Program

Of all the CrossFit gyms in the Bay Area, we have the second largest coaching staff (the only staff bigger than ours is NorCal, which has 4 B2C locations in the area). While we are always on the hunt for new talent, we also recognize the importance of developing the talent we are already blessed with.
So, instead of opening the up the annual Marvelous Coaching Accelerator Program to the general public, we’ve invited a few specific individuals to apply for the program. These individuals represent specific attributes that we are in need of on the team. The program officially kicks off next month and we'll announce the program participants at that time.

Fearless Communication

We encourage you to share any thoughts or feedback you have on what we’re doing well, and how we can improve. Your feedback is vital to helping us increase our value to you. Please email your thoughts to team@marvelosucrossfit.com - we’re standing by! 

The 50/50 Fundamentals Special For November

Through the end of the October, get $50 off for every family member or friend you recommend for November Fundamentals. As an added bonus, the person you recommend will receive $50 off the Fundamentals Course, reducing the price down to only $99 (normally $149).

Next month is the last time we're running Fundamentals in 2015 (and potentially the last time until we find a new space) so we want to make sure it's filled to the brim!

This is how it works:

  1. Have your family member or friend sign up for November Small Group Fundamentals through this link: http://www.marvelouscrossfit.com/fundamentals/
  2. Instruct him or her to mention your name when filling out the submission form.
  3. Once that person pays the $99 tuition fee, you will receive $50 off your December membership tuition.

It's that easy. :)

Remember, we cap each Fundamentals Session at 22 athletes so once all the slots are filled, we won't accept any new sign-ups.

Help a friend in need of fitness and take advantage of the Marvelous give $50, get $50 deal today!

New Classes, Labor Day Schedule, & More!

Launching 8PM Level 1 Classes Next Week

Starting Wednesday, 9/9, we are opening up 8PM Level 1 classes. We will continue to add more classes as the community grows and if there's specific class times you'd like to see on the schedule, reach out to Coach Ranier (ranier@marvelouscrossfit.com).

Special Labor Day Schedule

On Monday, 9/7, we are canceling all regularly scheduled classes and are offering Level 1 classes at 8AM, 9AM, and 10AM. In addition, Open Gym will be held from 11AM-12PM that day. Come join us for a special WOD that will be announced when you come to class. ;)

Introducing Coach Sean Fender

As many of you know, Coach Sean Fender has recently joined the coaching staff through the Marvelous Coaching Accelerator Program. Although he joined us as an intern, he actually has two years of coaching experience under his belt and we feel it's time for him to lead his own classes. Sean will be coaching the M/W 8PM Level 1's - please be sure to congratulate him when you see him around the box.

Here's a little more about Sean:

Sean comes to Crossfit Marvelous by way of Long Beach, CA. He found Crossfit back in 2011 as a way to stay in shape during his rugby off season, which he played for 2 years during his time at UC Santa Cruz. Sidelined by injuries, Sean eventually made the transition into the sport of fitness and hasn't looked back.

Sean has been coaching for 2 years at boxes around Southern California; he has a special interest in gymnastics skills, the Olympic lifts and competition.

"To me the beauty in Crossfit is how it leverages intensity to promote growth. As a coach I try to prepare my athletes, through good body mechanics and repetition, for that moment when they feel the intensity and start growing towards their potential."

Education: B.S. Earth Science - University Of Santa Cruz

Important Update For The Marvelous Community

More And More Marvelous Members

OMG! Our community is growing faster than a chia pet and while things are going great overall, there’s also some growing pains we need to address. We’re always working to ensure your experience continues to be marvelous and I’ll detail the updates as they pertain to each one of our three core principles: 


Passion is everything. It’s what drives us to jump out of bed in the morning and get cracking on the day. We absolutely love what we do and are pushing every day to grow better at it. 

Raising The Coaching Standard

If you’ve ever been to another box, you know we do things differently. The normal standard to operate a CrossFit facility is very low - all it takes is an application, a Level 1 Certification, and $3000. Our goal is to continuously set the bar for how a thriving CrossFit gym should operate. We’re nerdy and leverage software like Slack, Wodify, Trello, Mailchimp, Zendesk, and Coach’s Eye to ensure we’re operating as efficiently as possible. We continuously develop and practice critical skills like public speaking, reading body language, and understanding empathy in order to connect with you deeply and fully. Programming, the heart and soul of any box, is crafted 3 months in advance and we test and challenge the WODs and logic behind it to produce the best product. Starting 2016, the programming will be completed a year in advance.

Attracting The Best Talent

Our team has grown from 9 to 21 in the year and a half that we’ve been in existence. Much of this growth is attributed to the extremely robust internship program (the Marvelous Coaching Accelerator Program) we designed that enables us to groom the best talent into the best coaches. The MCAP is like a college level course that includes: textbook based exams, dozens of hours of hands on coaching, and lengthy weekend seminars. In the past 6 months alone, we’ve added several great coaches to the CrossFit staff:

  • Andrew Pacumio
  • Brandon Chien
  • Brandon Montaner
  • Aaron Bautista
  • Don Savella
  • Sean Fender

We’re only interested in working with the best because that’s exactly what you deserve.


Passion fuels our pursuit for excellence. While we will never be perfect, our goal is to constantly strive for it. Amazingness is infectious and we know if we are excellent then it is only natural for you to become excellent as well. Adamantium sharpens Adamantium. 

Servicing Your Exact Needs

We are your servants and in order to serve effectively we need to meet your exact needs. Everyone’s needs are different. Some athletes are newer and need fundamental feedback while others are seasoned and require more nuanced coaching. Where some enjoy working mostly with the barbell, others may primarily like to focus on conditioning. The challenge is to craft a broad, yet cohesive program that is all encompassing. That’s why we added new offerings like Triple S, Beginner Barbell Basics, and Nerd WOD; and we’ll continue to do so as we grow and expand.

Adding More Class Times

If you attend any evening classes, you probably noticed that many of them are near or at capacity. One way to mitigate this issue is to attend an earlier class - the average size of weekday classes before 5PM is less than 10. With that said, we obviously want you to receive a wonderful experience irrespective of the class time. So, here are some updates we’re making to the Level 1 class schedule starting 9/1:

  • Adding 7:00AM Saturday
  • Adding 11:00AM Sunday
  • Shifting all the evening classes to start on the hour and adding an extra Level 1 class on Tuesdays & Thursdays. The Level 1 Tue/Thu evening schedule will now be 5PM, 6PM, and 7PM. Once Monday and Wednesday warrant a third evening Level 1 class we will add an 8PM on those days.

While shifting the class times is a bit of an adjustment, it enables us to fit more classes into the schedule and balance the attendance across the board.

Increased Coaching Presence

In addition to expanding the schedule, we’re also more diligent about having additional coaches on hand for larger classes. Starting next month you can expect two coaches on hand for any class that is consistently larger than 15. You’ll also notice that there are often coaches enrolled in the classes alongside you - we’re always here to help even if we’re not officially on the clock. Any coach you find to be unhelpful shall be tarred and feathered. ;)


Passion is the fuel. Excellence is the vehicle. You are the destination. Without you, we’re just a bunch of bros and babes rocking Lululemon sitting in a warehouse full of stuff. Our entire existence is to provide you with the best fitness experience possible and one way to do so is to build a supportive community filled with like-minded individuals.

Building The Bonds

We’re working on more ways to build the bonds between the athletes. More social events, challenges, and outreach is coming in the near future. I’m working with some of the coaches to determine how we can assimilate the new faces into the community as quickly as possible. The initial changes will be primarily felt by Fundamentals graduates, and will eventually permeate through to the community at all levels.

Searching For A New Home

While our facility has served us well up to now, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need a bigger home to train in. We’ve been on the hunt since the start of this year and will continue the search until we find a perfect place to meet our needs. It will be in Burlingame and we aim to secure a space that is approximately 10,000 square feet - double the amount of space we have now. When the move transpires, our new home will be the largest CrossFit facility on the Peninsula.

We’re Nothing Without You

We cannot thank you enough for being such an awesome member of our community. Please trust we’re doing our best to serve you and anytime you have feedback on how we can improve your experience, please let me know. I’m so serious about hearing from you that I’ll give you my cell number: 650-515-0707. I probably won’t pick up but if you leave a voicemail I will definitely call back lol.

I’ll leave you with a story that a handful of you probably already know:

My CrossFit journey started in 2010 when I was 25 years old. I just finished my annual physical and learned I was clinically obese, at risk for Type II diabetes, suffered from hypertension, and had early onset of cardiac disease. I hit rock bottom.

One of my best friends - Anthony Santa-Iglesia - picked me up out of my misery and showed me the CrossFit way. While I couldn’t do a single pull-up to save my life and had a comical squat depth, he pushed me to stick with it. Within 6 months, I shed all the fat, built foundational strength, and grew into (at the time) the best shape of my life. 

Anthony continued to push me and planted a seed in my mind that I could help other people achieve the same kind of success he helped me obtain. That seed quickly took root and 5 years later the idea he incepted has grown into reality. 

While we’re far from where we envision ourselves to be, I’m tremendously grateful for so many things about this organization: the opportunity to do what I love, my amazing Co-Founders that have stuck by me since day 1, the hungry coaches that work tirelessly to be better, and YOU - the inspiring athletes we love to serve. Thank you for being you. 

New Marvelous CrossFit Class Offerings!

More Classes To Meet Your Needs!

As the community grows, it is our goal to provide additional class offerings to meet your specific experience needs.

Here's a list of classes that have already launched or will be launching in the near future:

Barbell Basics

Barbell Basics is an educational experience that goes step-by-step through the Squat, Deadlift, Overhead and Bench Press, and Rows. This class provides a positive, relaxed, and judgment-free environment where you receive individualized feedback in order to master these complex lifts. All skill levels are welcome (beginners are especially encouraged to come). Whether you want to take your CrossFit to the next level, dial in technique for competition or sport training, or to just learn something fun this class will not disappoint! Class is taught every Sunday @ Noon by Coach Brandon Chien.

Triple S: Sleek, Strong, & Sexy

The Marvelous CrossFit, Triple S Series is a special class to keep your body on point for the summer season. This 60 minute sweat session incorporates the best functional exercises to melt fat and build strength - resulting in lean abs, sculpted shoulders, and a tighter butt! Coach Maria leads you through a scalable workout using a combination of dumbbells, kettlebells, and bodyweight exercises; ensuring amazing results in a minimal amount of time. No experience necessary and both men and women will benefit tremendously by enrolling in this class. Sessions are held every Saturday @ 11AM. 


NerdWOD is a pilot class that replaces Level 2 @ 10AM on Saturdays beginning 8/1. Coach Ranier covers advanced workout techniques like mental game, optimal breathing, and WOD strategy. This class is for those that have been doing CrossFit for at least 6 months, and are ready to take their game to the next level. Come ready to workout both your body, and your brain!

Spaces for all classes are limited so be sure to reserve your spot in Wodify!

Welcome Coach Brandon Chien!


Brandon Chien Has Joined The Marvelous Coaching Team!

It's with great pleasure that we welcome Brandon Chien to the Marvelous CrossFit coaching team in Burlingame!

Brandon has started coaching a Beginner's Barbell class every Sunday @ noon and will have an increasing presence over the coming months.

Here's more about Brandon:

Brandon Chien is a "Mindful" Strength and Conditioning coach. He uses Barbell-based Strength Training and Meditation to guide people through their health and fitness journeys. He strives to create a community that makes it safe for everybody to make mistakes and grow into capable and vibrant beings. He also enjoys dancing in his stretchy pants like nobody is watching...even though they are.

May 2015 Athlete Of The Month: Joel Bito

CrossFit San Mateo Joel Bito

Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit? How did you get into it?
A: I started back at CrossFit Burlingame in June 2012 in the same fundamentals class as Coach K! Who would have thought that a random Amazon Local email would have started my crossfit journey? I remember walking in and seeing Coach R and Coach Lo flying on the bars doing butterfly/kipping pull-ups and I said to myself, "I want to do that".

Q: Were you into sports & fitness prior to CrossFit? Tell us a little bit about it.
A: Not really. I've been playing golf on and off since I was young, so if swinging a metal stick at a ball while driving around in a go-kart counts as a sport then fine. I also played tennis, mostly doubles, where I'd avoid running around by hitting the guy at the net as hard as possible with the ball. I also did karate and taekwondo, so I'm pretty decent at breaking stationary pieces of wood.

Q: What's your favorite cheat meal/food?
A: Pizza or where ever I get talked into going to after a difficult WOD... or any WOD really. 

Q: What WOD has brought you close to the "edge"? How did you overcome it.?
A: I'm pretty good at pacing myself and tuning out everyone yelling at me to go faster or push harder, but the one thing that will make me want to throw up would be heavy sled pushes. Not only does it make you want to throw up, but you can't even sit down to rest since your glutes are on fire the whole time. The only way to overcome it is to keep walking around or do another WOD, since sitting makes it worse.

Q: Who or What motivates you in CrossFit?
A: It might sound cheesy, but it's our Marvelous community. Whenever I'm too tired from work and not motivated to come to class, I think about all the folks that will be there waiting for me. They are probably just as tired as me, so it's time to just suck it up. Oh, and making sure I beat Will in a heavy lift is a good motivator too.

Q: Describe your greatest achievement in CrossFit so far.
A: Probably making it into 400lb DL club was pretty cool, but once I did it I realized it
wasn't that bad. I was also happy to hit my BW OHS; I didn't die so that's an accomplishment.

Q: What would your advice be to someone just getting into CrossFit?
A: Check your ego at the door. No matter how awesome you think are, don't think you can out squat the small quiet guy in the corner. You probably can't beat him yet, and you'll just end up hurting yourself if you try. Take it slow, learn the technique, and then become the badass of the box.

Q: What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of the box?
A: Most of my free time is spent with my dog Mochi. She's a Yorkie/Shih-Tzu mix and pretty awesome.

Q: Finally, what makes you Marvelous??? C'mon...gloat a little! =D
A: Besides being one of the "Angels" in the class, I think what makes me stand out is my laugh. I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing, but my laugh can be heard through walls and cause others to start spontaneously laughing as well. It's kind of a superpower I guess. 

The New Marvelous Website

I'm so excited to finally launch the new website for Marvelous CrossFit in Burlingame. This new site gives us the ability to publish awesome information out to our community on a more regular basis. 

We'll also be adding more tabs and pages in the coming weeks to provide more info for those aiming to learn more about our service offerings. 

More good things to come very soon! :)