CrossFit 580 is astonishing!!! If there was 100 Stars out of 5 I would most definitely give them 100.
Coaches are so delightful,very knowledgeable, respectful and extremely patient and helpful.
From CrossFit to Yoga I am impressed.
All their members are super chill and you feel so comfortable working out at any time of the day.
Deadlifts and Back squats
Least Favorite Movement:
Overhead squats and snatches
Tell us about your fitness/lifestyle background:
While I was never much of an athlete growing up, I started working out in my late teens. I quickly discovered how much I enjoyed how good exercise made me feel, both physically and mentally and I maintained a gym membership at various clubs throughout my twenties. In my thirties, married and with two young children, I transitioned to using exercise DVDs (TaeBo was my go-to workout at that time). Between 2003-2007, I also ran – training for and completing a few local races. I loved the “runner’s high” and was hooked, training for my first full marathon when knee injuries made it too painful to continue. So, in 2007 I reluctantly returned to DVD workouts (primarily P90X) and home exercise equipment which remained my primary exercise source for several years. I was disappointed with the lack of any real results and bored with the mundane routine, but I refused to give up because I didn’t know what else to do. Even though the kids were getting older and going to a gym was again an option, I didn’t see how paying for a membership to hop on a bike or elliptical machine when I could do that at home made any sense. So bored and complacent, I continued with my uninspired routine.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit580?
It was early 2014 and I had been hearing little bits about “CrossFit” but had no idea what it was. It wasn’t until a mom from my son’s school told me more about it. I was intrigued and really wanted to give it a try, so I did a web search and found the closest location to my house which was CrossFit 580. I was a little nervous, but I called and asked lots of questions about CrossFit in general, types of workouts, fitness requirements, family membership options, etc. I was particularly intrigued by the option to have our kids join us. At that stage, I was hoping to find an effective fitness program to push me out of this rut that I could do not only with my husband but with our son and daughter as well. At ages 11 and 14, we thought it would be a good experience for both kids, instilling a habit of regular exercise early on. And since my husband and I both worked full time, finding something to help us stay healthy and that we could all do together as a family was a great option. So, in July of 2014, we joined after a trial class, went through the OnRamp process in order to learn proper lifting techniques and started going to boot camp classes as a family. Feeling a little intimidated by the weightlifting, thinking we weren’t ready or strong enough, we didn’t venture into regular CrossFit classes until about a year later. Looking back, it was completely unnecessary for us to wait. Had we known we could modify movements based on our abilities and individual fitness levels, we would have jumped right into the CrossFit classes from the beginning.
What have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit580 (before/after)?
For most of my adult life, I’ve been in okay shape as I’ve tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle but that’s all it was – maintenance. I’d been lulled into a comfort zone, doing only what I felt like doing and shying away from anything that pushed me too much. CrossFit 580 has been such a life-changing experience for me and my entire family. Every day that we walk through those doors, we are encouraged to do more and try harder than we would ever do or try on our own. As self-motivated as I am, I would never push myself like I do when I’ve got an engaging and inspiring coach and a group of supportive friends/co-members, sweating right next to me and encouraging me to never stop going, trying and pushing. The varied workouts keep me challenged and even though I may not like a particular movement some days, I know it’s only exposing my weak areas and making me stronger. And as my reward, I’ve got more muscle tone, have better cardio endurance and am stronger than I’ve ever been which benefits all areas of my life. Being in such an encouraging and supportive community has not only impacted my fitness but my overall lifestyle as well as we’ve adopted much more healthy eating habits as a family. This level of accountability can only be found in community and this CrossFit 580 community is one we’ve come to know and love as our extended family over the last four years.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit 580 moments:
I’ve got so many fond memories from CrossFit 580, some my own, some of my children and some outside the box as this close-knit group of awesome people hangs out and celebrates both big and small moments of life together. We work hard and play hard too.
Some of my favorite moments here have been witnessing the fitness milestones and successes achieved by my family. Watching my 15-year-old daughter discover how strong she really is as she reaches a new PR in her deadlift or the surprise on my (then) 16-year-old son’s face as he hit a new personal record for back squats. This experience has so enriched all of our lives, but it’s been especially exciting to see the transformation in both kids as we’ve watched them grow not only in strength but in their confidence. This inner strength they’ve developed because they’ve discovered the athlete inside has been such an invaluable, hard-earned gift that none of us would trade for anything and it’s carried both of them through some very challenging times.
I can also look fondly back on the PRs I’ve achieved over the last few years. Discovering how strong I am and being surprised when the weight on the bar is actually more than what I’d planned to lift is so gratifying. Learning how to silence the inner critic who always wants to doubt I can continue to do it is probably one of the most challenging issues I deal with, but it’s so rewarding when I can prove that inner critic wrong.
Having fun at and outside the box offers several other great memories whether it’s celebrating a birthday (coach Steve sporting his onesie) or getting together for a holiday pub crawl or a summer barbecue at a local winery or participating in a local bike ride with a couple fellow CrossFit pals and finishing so strongly (we surprised ourselves at how well we’d done thanks to our CrossFit training). All such gratifying and enjoyable memories, made with some very special people.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of Crossfit580?
One of my favorite interests is cycling throughout the beautiful trails of Livermore with my husband. Right before we joined CrossFit 580, we started riding our bikes as another healthy way to spend time together. It’s become a hobby we enjoy sharing and doing CrossFit has helped us increase our mileage and speed as our cardio has improved over the years. I also love to travel, especially internationally. I’ve been lucky enough to visit a number of countries around the world, some on vacation but a number of them through work-related trips. I love being able to travel to new and exciting places and share those experiences with my husband and kids.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Go for it! Don’t be intimidated and just bring your best because the only person you’re competing against is yourself. You’d be hard pressed to find a more humble and welcoming group of athletes with the widest range of abilities you can imagine so don’t be afraid to jump right in. They’re all here to support and cheer you on to bring and be your very best and you’ll probably even make a friend or two. I know some of my closest friends are right here.
Great workout and a cool community!
Coach Steve Pachan does an excellent job. Competition athletes, mom's with babies and anything in between all get individualized instruction. No one is pushed beyond their current capabilities, but everyone is encouraged to work hard. The Crossfit 580 community is amazing. Very inclusive, welcoming and supportive.
It's a workout + laughter+friendships.
I love the addition of yoga. Thanks Mark!
Best Box in Livermore!!
From the coaching staff (Steve P) to the owner, Mark all of the staff is kind, caring, trained and supportive. They have nutritional guidance and support. The coaches during class will instruct you, guide you and work on your technique. They offer other classes as well. If I could give them a 100 stars, I would!!
CrossFit580 is an awesome community filled with incredible athletes and supportive coaches who makes working out challenging and fun!
I have never felt stronger and healthier since starting CrossFit 580. My endurance is at its all time high. I can carry my boys on my shoulders with ease. As a mother, this is very important. A long day at Disneyland with kids who are a little old for strollers, calls for “super-mom!” ☺ I feel more physically and mentally able to tackle more strenuous adventures. I’ve ran half-marathons, completed Sprint, Super and Beast Spartan Races, and I look forward to finding out what else I can conquer! My advice to those of you who are just getting started: Be patient with yourself. Go in the box knowing that you, yourself, are your biggest and only competition. It always gets hard before it gets easier, and when that time comes, you challenge yourself even more.
I came to CF 580 after taking several years off from another gym. I was nervous to return, but was ready. I was warmly welcomed by the others in the class and a very knowledgeable and supportive coach. This gym is truly a community as we do things outside of the gym that don't involve fitness. I have met numerous supportive and fun people, especially other great, strong, and supportive women. There aren't any "elitist" mindset type at this gym all just very supportive and humble, which makes for a great environment. I look forward to going to class and genuinely miss the people when I'm not there. The gym is kid-friendly and my children look forward to going to the gym with me! I can't say enough about CF580 and he community.
For all the local French here is my opinion, Crossfit580 is a kind of big family! There is no judgment but always encouragement and this mentality makes her want to always surpass herself. The courses are very well explained and well followed. I highly recommend!
In one word: AMAZING!
After a long lay-off from martial arts my wife and I really needed something challenging for our different goals and fitness levels. We checked out Crossfit 580 and decided to take advantage of the beginner intro package.
From the first class we were welcome not only by coaches but also fellow members. The coaches have helped me get stronger and fitter. The focus has never been on lifting heavy or going harder, but always proper form and fitting the exercise to my ability.
When an old injury resurfaced all the coaches went out of their way to help me recover. Exercises were modified, weight and reps were scaled to get me healthy.
580 isn't just a gym, it's a community. We encourage each other, hang out, laugh and share stories. The workout is great, but I keep coming back because of the friendships I've made.
Amazing community and coaches. When I moved here 6 years ago I did not realize how big of an impact 580 would have on me. Not only did I make a physical transformation but 580 has become my second family! I did not know a single person and have met some of the most amazing people and developed amazing friendships! From the moment I stepped into 580 I was welcomed and the awesome coaches have helped me become stronger, faster, and try things I never thought I could do!
Great Crossfit gym and a great community! I have seen a lot of improvement in my overall fitness and health since I started at CF 580 almost 2 years ago. Since then, when I go on travel, I make it a priority to visit other boxes. I have to say that CF 580 is the best one by far. The training program is such that there is usually a strength component and then a conditioning component. You are working hard for nearly the entire hour. But what makes CF 580 a great place to work out is the people, the community feeling, and of course the instructors. Especially Steve - he is fantastic. He really pays attention to your form so you don't get injured and is very funny and engaging. Keep up the good work CF 580!
Great atmosphere, even better people. From the members to the coaches this is an excellent place to get your fitness level dialed in. Big range of athletes too... just off the couchers to experienced CF’ers. Stop by and check it out!!!
Not only do I see results but I look forward to every workout. Going to 580 is usually the highlight of my day. The members, the coaches, the positive environment, and the effective/challenging workouts have made such positive impact in my life.
Highly recommended excellent local box if you live in the tri-valley area, or a simply travelling through. This box supports a drop-in rate (if you don't have a membership) but the membership is well worth what you pay for. The coaches do an excellent job at challenging you and helping you achieve your best results! In addition, the community and vibe is one that makes you feel right at home
My wife and I have been coming to Crossfit 580 since August 2017. We talked about taking our fitness seriously and came to the conclusion that we would try out Crossfit. Mark is a great owner and the coaches and community here are amazing. Some boxes have a culture of making Crossfit more important than fitness/health but not this box. When we came we found couples, singles, and even parents with their kids working out together. With enough effort, dedication, and work you will be able to do things that you never thought you would be able to. Before I came... I could barely do a pullup and now I just finished my first Open. Before I came... I could barely run a mile and I just finished my first Spartan race. Before I came... I never imagined doing a handstand and now I can do handstand pushups. We are so pleased with the results and the friends that we have made. If you join, you won't be disappointed.
Been coaching here for the last 2+ years and love every moment of it! Mark is a great owner of the gym and we have a tremendous community! Don’t wait any longer to start your fitness journey!
CrossFit580 is hands down the best gym I have been to. It’s always clean and the staff is amazing. The trainers kept me motivated, the workouts keep you engaged. The CrossFit580 community holds you accountable.