Jesse Bifano AND Heather Bell OPENED THE DOORS TO THE ORIGINAL CROSSFIT SQUAMISH IN OCTOBER 2009
Jesse started following CrossFit.com in 2007 and Heather started in early 2008. Both had trained in gyms before and have spent dedicated time in mountain sports.
Heather and Jesse quickly developed a deep passion for CrossFit and coaching. Their infatuation with learning new training methods combined with Heather’s training as a Registered Massage Therapist and their observed results of CrossFit in themselves (and friends) sparked a curiosity about creating a facility that would bridge the gap between fitness and health care.
They opened the doors to the original CrossFit Squamish in 2009. Now 13 years later they have settled into their 3rd location, a custom-built 5000 sq.ft dream space with a beautiful soundproofed clinic.
The coaching and clinic teams have grown, and the programming options have evolved and now include powerlifting, personal training and kids programs.
The integrated onsite RMT, chiropractic and counselling team supports members by understanding, encouraging and respecting the importance of physical exercise in a healthy life. Our practitioners and coaches understand that Squamish is made up of people who have lived and played hard and their bodies tell the story!
Team communication ensures that the gym’s programming is evolving in the safest and most effective way possible.
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A General Physical Preparedness (GPP) program. GPP is used to build fitness that can be applied to any specific sport or life demand. The focus is broad movement patterns and varied time domains. For the majority of people CrossFit is about having a fitness routine that improves GPP. CrossFit has also developed a branch as a competitive sport worldwide. The majority of people at CrossFit Squamish train for GPP, though a select few add extra volume and skill work to prepare for competitions.
The sport of attempting maximal combined weight of the back squat, bench press and deadlift. At Squamish Barbell we have a group of athletes who specialize in powerlifting for the purpose of either focused strength gain, rehabilitation or competing. They train 4-6 days a week for 1-2 hours a day during regular CrossFit class hours as per the online schedule. This is not a set class but is programmed daily with a coach available for help. The programming is based on the Westside Barbell Conjugate System.
Personal training is an opportunity to work privately or semi-privately with a coach, in person or via Zoom. These sessions can be utilized to complete the CrossFit Foundations classes, as a regular schedule for maintaining fitness, as part of a larger plan to meet a specific fitness-related goal, or as a one-off skills focused session.
Working 1-on-1 with a coach gives the athlete undivided attention while the coach gains a better understanding of the athlete’s movement patterns, goals and areas that are in need of further development.