• Crossfit

    CrossfitAbout Our core CrossFit class - regardless of skill level, these classes will make you stronger, faster and more mobile. You'll find and push your physical and mental limits. Structure
    • 0:00-0:15 Warmup/Mobility
    • 0:15-0:30 Strength/Skill WOD
    • 0:30-0:55 WOD
    • 0:55-0:60 Cool Down/Mobility
    Class Times
    • Mon-Fri
      6AM, 7AM, 12PM, 5PM, 6PM, 7PM
    • Mon, Wed, Fri
      9AM, 4PM
    • Saturday
      10AM
    • Sunday
      2PM-3:30PM
    • Steve Adams

      Steve Adams

      Of course it's hard. It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great

      As an athlete and weight lifter from a young age, I’ve played a wide range of sports and have had a competitive spirit my entire life. Looking for something that could feed my competitive mindset and need for workouts that push me out of my comfort zone, I stumbled upon CrossFit 5 years ago.  I became hooked almost instantly.

      Since then I’ve become a certified trainer, competed in local and national competitions and coached for the last 5 years in various capacities.  Fitness is a huge passion of mine and I absolutely love seeing people who thought they’d “never lose the weight”, “never be able to lift that much weight” or ” never be able to make it through the workout” do just that.

      The challenge of CrossFit is most appealing to me not because of the physical aspect, but because of the mental one. I’ve learned that my mind can be the most limiting factor in not only my workouts but in other aspects of my life. Through CrossFit, I’ve realized not only how, but how much more I’m capable of physically, professionally, intellectually and emotionally.

      Opening CrossFit Kaiju is a culmination of my experience and passion. I hope that you come to love it as much as I do and see it as a truly life changing experience.

      Outside of CrossFit, I love to travel and spend time with friends and family. Everyday is a challenge and that’s what keeps me alive!



      Education



      • Bachelor’s of Science – Iowa State University

      • MBA – Harvard Business School




      Certifications



      • CrossFit Level 2 Certification

      • CrossFit Kettlebell Certification

      • CrossFit Mobility Certification

      • Outlaw Olympic Lifting Coach’s Course



    • Joe Fontana

      Joe Fontana

      Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated

      I grew up in Long Island, NY and later lived and went to college on Oahu, Hawaii. However, I’ve now lived here in Charlotte for the past four years… Before you ask, I left HI and moved here for my wife :).

      Unknowingly, I’ve been searching for CrossFit ever since my soccer endeavors I was a part of at a younger age ended. I had done the gym thing but that only lasted for 4 – 8 months at a time, then boredom set in. Having been a surfer my whole life, I’ve always loved the fact that I was healthy and in shape from something that didn’t even feel like hard work. Since it was pretty tough to continue surfing once I moved to Charlotte, I struggled to find something active and made me motivated to do it each day. I was searching for something that would build speed, strength, power, and endurance all at the same time, and that was actually fun. I stumbled upon CrossFit and was instantly hooked.

      It sounds cliché, but it has been life changing for me. I eat better, sleep better, have more energy, and best of all, the workouts are fun. I’m always excited for the next workout and am usually looking up the next day’s WOD before I even get home. I am a huge advocate and hope you’ll come join us for a WOD.



      Education



      • BSBA in Finance – Hawaii Pacific University

      • MBA – Hawaii Pacific University




      Certifications



      • CrossFit Level 1 Certification



    • Bryan Teague

      Bryan Teague

      No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.

      As a kid I always played sports.  Mostly team sports, especially football.  After high school, I joined the Navy.  Unlike most people, I loved basic training and found I excelled at a lot of the physical tasks and really enjoyed the comradery of working with and encouraging others.  While in the Navy, I started weight training on a regular basis

      After leaving the Navy, like most people I got a job, got married and started a family. During this time, I played some recreational sports like softball or flag football but was not at my previous activity level and started to put on a few pounds.   About 10 years ago, I committed to getting back in shape and started working out at a traditional gym. I studied every workout magazine or book about weightlifting that I could get my hands on.  I lifted a lot of weight and thought 30 minutes on the elliptical was all that I needed.  I thought I was in great shape.

      My wife of 16 years had been going to Crossfit and wanted me to give it a try.  I did not want to.  I was not into group fitness.  Finally, I gave in and went with her.  I was not expecting much and thought I would destroy the workout.  My first workout was Cindy for 16 minutes.  It was just pull ups, pushups and air squats. 16 minutes, that’s all.  I completed the WOD and proceeded to lie on the floor for about half an hour.  I had never got a workout like that in such a short time.  I was hooked.  I gave up my gym membership a week later and have been Crossfitting ever since.  I am now 15 lbs lighter and am stronger than I ever was.

      My wife and I have been doing Crossfit now for a little over 2 years and love it.  Crossfit has changed our lives.  For me it is the perfect combination of weightlifting, running and other exercises with the added fun of competition and comradery of good friends.  I have always enjoyed helping others and with my knowledge of exercise and body mechanics, I found myself helping out at the gym.  I love helping or pushing someone to that place they never thought they could go whether it’s an air squat or 400 lb. back squat.  I believe in Crossfit and want every person that I coach to love it as much as I do.

      Certifications



      • CrossFit Level 1 Certification

    • Brian Yeung

      Brian Yeung

      "You Miss 100% of The Shots You Don’t Take – Wayne Gretzky" -Michael Scott

      As a former All-American baseball player for Wingate University the competitive spirit never left after my career ended. Baseball, much like fitness, has always been a big part of my life, whether I was training for an upcoming season or keeping in shape throughout the season. When I joined CrossFit the first time, I immediately wanted more. The sense of community and spirit of competition is what really drove me. CrossFit was able to fill the void of activity, competition and social atmosphere that I loved in my college career.

      The best part about CrossFit is it can give any person of any age, gender or shape the ability to push and challenge themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of achieving.



      Education



      • BS – Wingate University

      • Masters in Sports Administration – Wingate University




      Certifications



      • CrossFit Level 1 Certification CrossFit Level 2 Certification



  • Foundations

    Develop The Skills
    FoundationsAbout Learn the fundamental CrossFit movements, understand how the program works and delve into your first workouts! Topics Covered
    • Basic Barbell Movements
    • Nutrition
    • Olympic Lifting
    • Progressions for Advanced Movements
    • Expectations/Success in Class
    • Baseline Body Testing
    • Steve Adams

      Steve Adams

      Of course it's hard. It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great

      As an athlete and weight lifter from a young age, I’ve played a wide range of sports and have had a competitive spirit my entire life. Looking for something that could feed my competitive mindset and need for workouts that push me out of my comfort zone, I stumbled upon CrossFit 5 years ago.  I became hooked almost instantly.

      Since then I’ve become a certified trainer, competed in local and national competitions and coached for the last 5 years in various capacities.  Fitness is a huge passion of mine and I absolutely love seeing people who thought they’d “never lose the weight”, “never be able to lift that much weight” or ” never be able to make it through the workout” do just that.

      The challenge of CrossFit is most appealing to me not because of the physical aspect, but because of the mental one. I’ve learned that my mind can be the most limiting factor in not only my workouts but in other aspects of my life. Through CrossFit, I’ve realized not only how, but how much more I’m capable of physically, professionally, intellectually and emotionally.

      Opening CrossFit Kaiju is a culmination of my experience and passion. I hope that you come to love it as much as I do and see it as a truly life changing experience.

      Outside of CrossFit, I love to travel and spend time with friends and family. Everyday is a challenge and that’s what keeps me alive!



      Education



      • Bachelor’s of Science – Iowa State University

      • MBA – Harvard Business School




      Certifications



      • CrossFit Level 2 Certification

      • CrossFit Kettlebell Certification

      • CrossFit Mobility Certification

      • Outlaw Olympic Lifting Coach’s Course



  • Kaiju Olympic Lifting

    Kaiju Olympic LiftingAbout Learn Snatch, Clean and Jerk technique in-depth. Develop the strength, speed and flexibility necessary to perform the lifts. Structure
    • 0:00-0:10 Warm-up
    • 0:10-0:60 Snatch/Clean/Jerk Specific Instruction
    Class Times
    • Every other Saturday
      9:00am
    • Brian Yeung

      Brian Yeung

      "You Miss 100% of The Shots You Don’t Take – Wayne Gretzky" -Michael Scott

      As a former All-American baseball player for Wingate University the competitive spirit never left after my career ended. Baseball, much like fitness, has always been a big part of my life, whether I was training for an upcoming season or keeping in shape throughout the season. When I joined CrossFit the first time, I immediately wanted more. The sense of community and spirit of competition is what really drove me. CrossFit was able to fill the void of activity, competition and social atmosphere that I loved in my college career.

      The best part about CrossFit is it can give any person of any age, gender or shape the ability to push and challenge themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of achieving.



      Education



      • BS – Wingate University

      • Masters in Sports Administration – Wingate University




      Certifications



      • CrossFit Level 1 Certification CrossFit Level 2 Certification



  • Kaiju Gymnastics

    Control Your Body
    Kaiju GymnasticsAbout Learn to control your body. Build balance, core strength and flexibility through gymnastics skills and drills. Structure
    • 0:00-0:60 Gymnastics Skills and Drills
    Class Times
    • Monday
      6PM, 7PM
    • Wednesday
      7PM
    • Thursday
      6PM
    • Jessica Doolittle

      Jessica Doolittle

      It's hard to beat a person that never gives up

      Growing up in an athletic family allowed me to get involved in sports early on in life. I started competing in gymnastics at the age of 6 and “retired” 10 years later due to injuries. I picked up competitive diving right away to fuel my athletic and competitive drive. I was a member of the Women’s Diving team at Clemson University for 4 years and recently picked up CrossFit after I graduated in May. I got lucky enough to do Murph as one of my first WODS, and I was hooked after that.

      I love that CrossFit pushes your mental strength just as much as your physical strength. Being able to push yourself past the point that you thought was your limit is an indescribable feeling. Having a community of CrossFitters behind you helping you along the way makes it that much better.

       

      Education



      • BS – Clemson University

  • Kaiju Endurance

    Build Endurance and Speed
    Kaiju EnduranceAbout Build endurance and stamina.  Focused more on running, rowing and body weight movements. Structure
    • 0:15-0:30 Warmup/Mobility
    • 0:30-0:55 WOD
    • 0:55-0:60 Cool Down/Mobility
    Class Times
    • Tuesday and Thursday
      6:15pm
    • Bryan Bayliss

      Bryan Bayliss

      "I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." Michael Jordan

      Sports and competition have always been a large part of my life. Whether it was racing from the bus stop against friends to competing in collegiate sports, I have always had a drive and passion to compete.

      After playing football and lacrosse during high school and lacrosse collegiately at Wingate University, I knew I had to fill the fire that sports left. Finding crossfit was the best thing for me. I started off training by myself for months following main site programming. I was always able to see other people post their times or weights online and I would compare myself to that. I came to a “box” one time and was immediately hooked. I knew it was something I would love and love to be a part of. The passion and family-like environment you get in a box goes without comparison. It turns working out into something you look forward to and not something you “have” to do.

      Whether you have never worked out a day in your life or have competed athletically at the highest level, crossfit allows you to push yourself to places you never thought possible before.

      Education



      • Bachelor’s of Science – Wingate University

  • CrossFit Kaiju

    who we are

    As one of the newest gyms in the CrossFit Matthews and CrossFit Charlotte communities, we proudly offer a 6,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility with all new equipment. (Our spacious new restrooms with showers and lockers aren’t too shabby either.)

    Our staff of coaches has been selected for more than just their experience and knowledge. Theirs is impressive. But just as important is their ability to work with, challenge, and motivate others.

    Our balance of stamina, strength, and mobility in our programming ensures you get into the shape you want to be in. Give us a call, send an email, or drop in to see us. We’d love to meet you!

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