FITNESS @ PG

Planet Granite facilities have over 10,000 square feet of combined fitness areas with plenty of strength, cardio, and core fitness equipment to meet your needs. Before participating in fitness activities at lanet Granite, please review our safety precautions and rules.

 

Fitness Classses

Abs & Core

This is a workout focusing on the core muscle groups of the body, utilizing medicine balls, pilates balls and resistance exercises. Class is 45 minutes!

Cycling

In just one hour, work up a sweat in this great cardiovascular workout! Pedal your way through hills, springs and other challenging drills. This class is open to all levels, as you dictate the intensity of your workout in a fun group environment! Bring a towel and water!

Total Body Fitness

This class focuses on toning and strengthening your muscles using plyometrics and various equipment (kettlebells, balls, dumbbells, and more!). A class designed to teach you proper form and execution of different exercises while putting emphasis on tone, strength and cardiovascular fitness. Ideal for cross training, muscle strength and heart-pumping fun! All levels welcome; modifications to exercises are always offered.

F10 Fitness

F10 Fitness not only adapts and develops exercises to improve participants’ overall fitness, but physically and mentally challenges participants above and beyond their initial capabilities.
This is an all inclusive fitness program designed for individuals to challenge themselves and push each other. It enhances physical strength, reduces weaknesses, builds community through team cohesion and also supports and encourages new participants with limited experience and confidence. F10 Fitness classes include skills in gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting and cardio or metabolic conditioning sports. The workouts are conducted in varied methods and times to keep the participant enhancing their general physical preparedness (GPP) and overall fitness.

F10 Fitness

What is F10 Fitness?
F10 fitness is a program created for the climber as well as the fitness enthusiast. It is programmed as a supplement to your current training routine whether it be climbing, running, backpacking, or whatever your choice activity. F10 focuses on strength training, core strength and control, power, speed, agility, endurance, mobility/flexibility, joint stability and functional movement with the use of periodized weightlifting, body weight movements, running, rowing and odd object resistance training. F10 fitness classes are programmed and led by a qualified instructor with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) lasting 10-25 minutes as well as strength and mobility work at the beginning of each class.

F10 Basics

This class if for anyone who would like to give F10 a try without needing to take the prerequisite F10 fundamentals course. It will consist of mostly body weight movements with some weight training. Any body weight or weightlifting movements will be scaled to the basic movement for those unfamiliar with specific exercises while still making it a challenging workout no matter the experience of the participant. The class will consist of more detailed instruction and breakdown of each movement.

F10 20-20-20

This class is focused specifically for the climber as well as the fitness enthusiast who would like to gain more mobility and body weight strength and control. The class is broken down into 20 minutes of mobility, flexibility, and balance training. The next 20 minutes is body weight strengthening, targeted to gymnastics type movements such as ring exercises, handstand progressions, palette movements, and midline accessory strength and stability. The last 20 minutes will focus on aerobic training using running, rowing, box jumps, and various other movements to train the cardiovascular system. If you are looking for a class that will help to improve your climbing and overall fitness, this is it! No fitness background required. Anyone is welcome to attend.

F10 Alpine

This class will focus on helping climbers and alpinists build muscular endurance for their next big adventure. The programming incorporates long, grinding intervals as opposed to the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) typically seen in F10 Fitness and Basics classes. Workouts will be 30 to 40 minutes in length with light loads to help build both cardiovascular and muscular endurance. F10 Alpine will help you climb longer, build strength, and stay light. No fitness background is required, and anyone is welcome to attend!

F10 Fundamentals (One-time course)

Our Fundamentals course is for the beginner weight lifter who has little to no experience in weight training, body weight movements and/or Olympic lifts. Fundamentals is required to attend the F10: Fitness and Strength classes unless otherwise evaluated by our fitness manager, Hillary. Planet Granite members and guests are welcome to take F10: 20/20/20, F10: Basics, or F10: Alpine classes without attending a Fundamentals course.

There are two options for Fundamentals training:

1) Attend a one time course (generally offered on the first Sunday of each month). In the Fundamentals course you will learn lifts such as back squat, front squat, clean & jerk, snatch, kettlebell swings as well as body weight movements such as handstands and pull-ups. This is a 5 hour course offered once per month. Pre-registration is required and you must attend the entire course in order to start the F10: Fitness and Strength classes.*

2) Attend F10 Basics classes three times per week for two weeks, and then do a one on one training session (1.5 hours or less) to learn the Olympic lifts.*

For more information about either of these options, or to register for Fundamentals please contact our fitness manager Hillary (hillary@planetgranite.com).

*There is a one time cost associated with both training options.

Our Fundamentals courses take place on Sundays from 10am to 3pm on:

10/15
11/19
12/10

F10 Fitness (Pre-req: F10 Fundamentals)

This class focuses on foundational strength, body weight movements and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Conditioning movements to include rowing, running, barbell lifts, kettlebell exercises, dumbbell power movements, plyometric boxes and targeted core strengthening. Classes will be structured with a warm up, mobility exercises, targeted strength or skill movement and HIIT (12-25 minutes).

F10 Strength (Pre-req: F10 Fundamentals)

This class will focus specifically on strength training. Targeted movements will be squats, deadlifts, presses and Olympic movements. This class will be for those who are wanting to focus on strength and power as well as improving mobility and technique. F10 Strength will be specifically programmed using periodization working muscular strength and endurance. Other movements/modalities will also include farmers carry, sled pulls/pushes, kettlebells and plyometric boxes. Class structure will be 10 minute warm up, 10 minute mobility, 25-45 minutes of strength/technique, and specific odd object strength work.

To participate in F10, you must be a Planet Granite member or purchase a day pass.

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FITNESS INSTRUCTORS

Hillary Samuelson

Fitness Manager | Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

Hillary Samuelson

Fitness Manager | Personal Trainer | Instructor

about me

Growing up on a dairy farm, Hillary has never been a stranger to hard work or physical activity. She has participated in sports her entire life, running, basketball, and martial arts being her favorites. While in college, she joined the judo team, and began to discover her passion for human movement.

After graduating, Hillary and her husband moved from the Midwest to California. Shortly after this move she broke her collarbone in a judo practice and started to focus more on weightlifting. Once her collarbone healed she went to her first CrossFit class with her sister. It was love at first sight. Six months later she got her CFL1 and began coaching F10 classes at Planet Granite shortly thereafter.
In the years since, she has continued to grow as a coach and as a teacher. Her main loves are teaching basic gymnastic skills and Olympic lifts to beginners.

Hillary instructs her classes and individual sessions with a strong emphasis on quality of movement. A lift done perfectly at a light weight is far more impressive than a record setting lift done sloppily. While she prefers Olympic lifting and HIIT style workouts, she firmly believes that the best type of exercise is the one you’ll do on a regular basis.

When not in the gym, Hillary enjoys trail running, stand up paddle boarding, reading, and learning new things.

certifications/degrees

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Iowa State University, 2011
Bachelor of Science, Dairy Science, Iowa State University, 2011
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR, AED certified

specialties

Knee and hip rehab
Strength and Endurance training
Olympic lifting

SUZIE WILLIAMS

Instructor

about me

Suzie has been teaching and coaching athletes for over 10 years and has worked with professional, collegiate, and high school athletes to help them build strength, speed, and agility, and perform better at their give sport. For the past 3 years Suzie has focused specifically on strength training and fitness for the general population. She has found a passion for helping individuals improve their health and lifestyle through nutrition and physical fitness.

With a background in Sports Medicine Suzie enjoys working with individuals with physical limitations and targeting muscle weakness causing back pain, knee pain, etc. Her passion is teaching in a group setting, educating people on how to move better to improve their daily lives. Being a parent of two young children, over the past year she has worked to educate parents and kids on health, fitness, and nutrition.

Certifications:

Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Kids
Kinesio Taping
Professional Rescuer CPR (child & adult)
Certified Nutrition Coach (PN1)

Seminars:

Diane Fu Olympic Lifting (Fu barbell)
Shoulder and Hip Mobility
Shoulder Rotator Cuff Rehab
Baseline testing for Fitness
Sports Nutrition

Personal Accomplishments:

CrossFit Games Regional Athlete (2014)
Brickyard Brawl 2nd place
Tri the Parks triathlon 2nd place
Chattanooga Battlefield Marathon (2008)
Completed 4 Half Marathons

MELISSA DAPONTE

Instructor

about me

Melissa Da Ponte is a certified personal trainer (NASM) and well as a fitness nutrition specialist (NASM). She has also obtained an Attitude Nation Level 1 certification for Olympic Lifting. Recently, Melissa has obtained her Master’s Degree in Psychology from JFK University and is a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Los Gatos.

Melissa specializes in weight loss and hypertrophy. She does one-on-one personal training and teaches Crossfit classes. Her hobbies include rock climbing, trail running, swimming, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

certifications

NASM CPT (certified personal trainer)
NASM FNS (fitness nutrition specialist)
Level 1 Olympic Lifting cert- Attitude Nation

Aaron

Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

Aaron

Personal Trainer | Instructor

about me

From a young age, Aaron had lots of energy and spent his childhood outside moving around and exploring that still persists to this very day. Over the years, health and fitness became of great value to him with the mantra ‘health is wealth’ and wanted to help others achieve better health and wellness as well. Naturally, he pursued his B.S. in Kinesiology at San Jose State with an emphasis in exercise and fitness. Prior to his degree, he has had varied experience within the field as an athletic training intern, a physical therapy aid, and went to a six month National Personal Training Institute program to become a certified NASM trainer to begin his career. He strives to learn and continues to do so attending workshops and seminars yearly to stay updated on current information and methodologies to be of better value and service to those he serves. He has a knack for teaching and explaining movements with the goal of educating his clients towards their goals. Interests: Aaron loves the outdoors and has a passion for rock climbing, hiking, cycling, and camping. He seeks to be outside any chance he gets as it is what makes him most happy. When not outside he spends his time training, weight lifting, and spending time with friends and family. In his down time he likes to read or watch videos on psychology, fitness/training, and diet as that is what he is most passionate about.

education/certifications

NPTI (graduated Feb. 2014)
NASM (CPT)
Crossfit level 1
B.S. Kinesiology (SJSU Dec. 2016)

Specializations

HIIT
Strength Training
Power Lifting
Prehab/Rehab
Individual programming

MARTIN BRITT

Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

MARTIN BRITT

Personal Trainer | Instructor

about me

With a background in competitive swimming, water polo, and bicycle racing, Martin (martinbrittfitness@gmail.com) is also an experienced climber and avid bodysurfer. He first became involved in fitness training in 2008. Having always enjoyed being physically active, he wanted to help others achieve their fitness goals and avoid the pitfalls of injury. His teaching methods include using practical exercises that are directly related to improving one’s function in their daily life activities. Martin’s basic philosophy is that maintaining a high level of physical fitness should not only elevate sports performance, but also enhance your life outside of the gym.

skills/certifications:

B.S. Physical Education CSU Sacramento
NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer
Strength Matters certified kettlebell instructor level 1
Starting Strength Certified with Mark Rippetoe
Olympic Lifting Workshop with Mike Burgener

ZEUS FLO

Instructor
BIO

ZEUS FLO

Instructor

about me

My lifelong passion for fitness started at a young age when I revolved my life around break-dancing and gymnastics. Growing up I was constantly getting into trouble, then after graduating high school, I found a positive outlet for my energy by working out at the gym. Through my in-gym circuit training, I discovered CrossFit and became highly interested in the sport because it favored my training style and included a focus in speed, strength, and muscle endurance. I found myself spending more time at the gym than I was at home so it was natural for me to find work within the fitness industry.

To further develop my skills as a personal trainer, I’ve worked at notable gyms including Club One, Smash Gyms, and Planet Granite. I also provide private training and group lessons for Planet Granite and local corporate businesses.
You can find me in the fitness area of Planet Granite lifting heavy to break new PR and helping our members meet their fitness goals. My friendly, energetic, and enthusiastic personality as a personal trainer keeps me open to help those willing with their physical training. I will gladly share my extensive knowledge in strength and conditioning, body re-composition, and nutrition.

skills/certifications

National College of Exercise Professionals

JAMES CEBEDO

Instructor
BIO

JAMES CEBEDO

Instructor

about me

After graduating high school weighing 185 pounds, with a 36” waist, James decided to make a change. It took him a year to get to the low 140s, and then he incorporated weight training to his regime. He saw some great results and got hooked. He became a personal trainer around 2005 to help other people to do what he did. He got into powerlifting in the early 2000s, then road biking, then rock climbing and CrossFit. He competed in the 2008 CrossFit Games, 2010 CrossFit sectionals, and 2011-2013 CrossFit Open.

Today, he is trying to get as strong as humanly possible because he’s realized that the older we get, the harder it is to get stronger or even maintain. He also has a lot of knowledge in counting calories and macronutrients and has been doing it since 2013.

certifications/degrees

Health Science and Nutrition, San Jose State University
ISSA Personal Trainer
NESTA Personal Trainer

CALEB CHIU

Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

CALEB CHIU

Personal Trainer | Instructor

about me

Caleb has over a decade of coaching experience as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. From performance-based training to corrective protocols to movement-based ideologies, he has developed a diverse and broad base of education and practical experience to improve his ability to help his athletes and clients achieve their goals.

Caleb believes that in health and fitness, as in life, there are many paths to the same goal and considers dogma to be the product of ignorance. He believes that the elimination of pain can be more empowering than becoming physically powerful. He is grateful for the work and guidance of and attributes much of his current training philosophy to: Greg Everett, Eric Cressey, Erwan Le Corre, and Ron Hruska.

A long-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Caleb placed second in his division at the 2014 U.S. Open. A recreational freediver, Caleb holds a static apnea (breath hold) personal record of 4 minutes and 35 seconds.

“Training, conditioning, and rehabilitation should have purpose, precision, and progression. Our sedentary society instinctively knows we need to be more physical. We even punish our bodies with activities, exercise, and athletics as a penance for our sloth. Nevertheless, the assumption that difficulty will produce fitness is misguided at best. Exercise and rehabilitation professionals should focus on activities that accelerate practical achievement, not just on difficult activities.” – Gray Cook

education

University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA Management Science (B.S.) & Chinese Studies (B.A.) 1999 – 2004
Honors: Provost’s Honors for four terms.
De Anza College Cupertino, CA Massage Therapy (A.A.) 2014 – 2016
Honors: magna cum laude.

certifications

• National Strength & Conditioning Association- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
• Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) – Postural Respiration Trained (PRT)
• Gold Medal Bodies (GMB) – Trainer
• Functional Range Release (FR) – Certified FR Upper Limb and Spine Provider
• Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) – Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
• USA Weightlifting – Club Coach
• USA Gymnastics, School of Recreational Gymnastics – Advanced Teacher
• Concept2 – Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor
• CrossFit – Certified CrossFit Coach (CF-L4)
• StrongFirst Girya (SFG) Kettlebell Instructor – Level II
• MovNat – Level 3 Certified Trainer
• Precision Nutrition – Level 1 Certified (Pn1)
• Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Professional
• Training the Pregnant and Postpartum Client
• California Massage Therapy Council – Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
• California Emergency Medical Services Authority – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Seminars and Workshops:

• Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) – Level 2
• CrossFit – Basic Barbell with Mark Rippetoe
• CrossFit – Mobility with Kelly Starrett
• CrossFit – Rowing with Erin Cafaro
• CrossFit – Nutrition with Robb Wolf
• Z-Health Performance – Essentials of Elite Performance
• Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) – Advanced Integration
• Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) – Postural-Visual Integration
• Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) – Cervical Revolution
• Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) – Integration for Fitness & Movement
• Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) – Exercise Course Part I and II
• Gymnastic Bodies with Christopher Sommer and Ido Portal
• RootlessRoot – Fighting Monkey Intensive with Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea
• Catalyst Athletics Olympic Weightlifting Seminar – Level 1 with Greg Everett
• Freediving Instructors International – Level 1 Freediver with Martin Stepanek
• Freediving Instructors International – Waterman Survival

 

PERSONALTRAINERS

Looking for a personal trainer? We’d love to match you with one of our trainers based on your goals and needs. Reach out to our Fitness Manager, Hillary to learn more!