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Couch potatoes are completely welcomed! You do not have to be “in shape,” in fact our specialty is working with people who have never considered themselves athletes and helping them tap into their potential with our diverse programs, careful coaching, and the most welcoming community you’ve ever met. You won’t feel self-conscious with us; at Jefe everyone is a boss!
Classes are offered every day of the week from as early as 5:30am to as late as 8:00pm. Open Gym is offered every single day. Programs include stand-alone CrossFit, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Strongman, Endurance, Student Athlete, and Kids programs. No matter your interest you can throw yourself into the sport you are most passionate about or dabble in all of them – it’s totally up to you! Also, just to sweeten the deal, we offer supervised childcare AND have a shower for our members.
Why join a gym that offers a one-size-fits-all approach? You have goals and you want to spend your time and money achieving them, not be forced into programming that doesn’t move you forward. Our high-touch approach sets us apart from other gyms. Goal Setting meetings facilitated by our coaches help you make a plan to make your dreams a reality. Accountability is at the top of mind for our community, if you don’t show up for a workout be prepared to be called out! We take your goals seriously and can’t wait to see you achieve them.
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CrossFit & Building Jefes
The technical definition of CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. In other words, in CrossFit classes at El Jefe we are going to teach you to move well, functionally, and once you can do that we are going to ask you to do those functional movements under increasing levels of intensity.
Every day the Workout of the Day or WOD will be different. Working with our coaches we can adapt and scale workouts and movements to suit your fitness and ability level. Have an old nagging injury that holds you back? Let our team know so we can modify and scale the workout to keep you safe while continually challenged. Think you’re too old or not strong enough? Let us show you that even YOU can be successful with us!Learn More
El Jefe Weightlifting
El Jefe Weightlifting is the North West Valley’s longest running USAW club. Our Weightlifting classes are held three days per week and El Jefe offers the most flexible Open Gym policy in AZ providing over 20 hours a week of time to get your training in. Our facility features 12 platforms, Pendlay and Rogue barbells and weight, jerk and pulling blocks, and basically anything else you need to effectively train.
For those brand new to the sport, we offer Building Jefes Strength classes to learn the movements in a beginner setting to build confidence and general strength. The best part of our program is our coaches. With USAW coaches and advanced coaches on staff, accomplished competitors leading classes and programming, and a love for the sport of Weightlifting engrained in our community, El Jefe is a great place to develop as a Weightlifter.Learn More
El Jefe Powerlifting
El Jefe Powerlifting is one of our flagship programs, established in 2014. Our Powerlifting program is designed to either supplement our athletes’ CrossFit or Strongman training or serve as the primary sport for those athletes interested in competing in Powerlifting. Led by elite Powerlifting competitor Coach Blaine Daniels, the Powerlifters meet three days a week and train the squat, bench, and deadlift and all related accessory lifts.
Our facility features deadlift and squat bars, iron weight, leg press, glute ham machines, power racks, benches, and everything else you need to train effectively. For those brand new to the sport, we offer Building Jefes Strength classes to learn the movements in a beginner setting to build confidence and general strength before jumping in with the all levels class. We offer programming for competitors as well as basic training programs for those looking to simply make training gains.Learn More
El Jefe Strongman
The sport of Strongman has exploded at El Jefe. In no other facility in the North West Valley will you find a wider range of implements, a bigger more passionate community, and a coach and program of El Jefe’s caliber.
The Strongman program runs three days a week and our generous Open Gym makes it easy to add in your own supplemental training to become the best Strongman athlete you can be. The program includes competition prep as well as general training. Equipment on hand includes tires and stones, logs, a frame, farmer and duck walk handles, kegs, and soon a stone table.
For beginners the Building Jefes Strength class is available to review the Strongman movements and build general strength and confidence. People of all shapes, sizes, and abilities use our Strongman program as a supplement to their CrossFit training or as their primary training. Either way, El Jefe Strongman is for everyone.Learn More
Vamonos & Row Hoes
Although CrossFit is known for its short intense workouts, we all know that endurance is key to killing it in WOD’s. That’s why we offer two specialty course, Vamonos and Row Hoes. Vamonos is offered twice a week and is designed to bring out the endurance athlete in all of us.
Become a stronger runner, learn to pace your workouts, and build a bigger engine with the help our of USA Track & Field coach. People who HATE RUNNING always end of LOVING Vamonos. Row Hoes is a rowing technique class focused on learning how to properly row, pace, and to help athletes know their split times so they can better use the Concept 2 in WOD’s.
Row Hoes is offered once a week and coupled with Vamonos will serve to increase any athlete’s endurance and ability to manage longer, higher volume workouts.view timetable
Mimosas & Mobility Yoga
Life always requires balance! We work hard and need to be sure we are taking care of ALL our bodies’ needs. Mimosas & Mobility, our extremely fun and challenging twice-weekly yoga practice satisfies just that. Certified yoga coach, Crystal Scott, leads our athletes through a practice that frees the mind and loosens the body. Oh and sometimes there are mimosas!Learn More
Boss Nutrition offers our athletes the ability to eat the foods they love while obtaining the strength and aesthetic goals they’ve been working towards. With experienced flexible dieting coaches and a registered dietician on our staff, people with various nutrition needs can be helped through our programs. Boss Nutrition includes macro coaching, meal planning, body fat testing, and varying program options to suit your needs and budget.Learn More
Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy & Square1
We athletes train hard and taking care of our bodies is imperative to our ability to reach our potential. Sometimes those old injuries flare up, sometimes new one arise taking us away from our training. If something is holding you back, it’s time to visit El Jefe. El Jefe is home to two Doctors of Physical Therapy, a Licensed Athletic Trainer/Massage Therapist, and a certified Square1 Therapist. Get their expert opinion and get better while maintaining your workouts!
Personal & Group Training
Sometimes working out in classes just isn’t your thing. That’s why El Jefe offers a host of personal training and group training services. Whether you want to get stronger, leaner, faster, or train for a specific event, our trainers can help you and our prices are affordable. Check out our pricing here.
El Jefe offers supervised care for your kiddos 6 days per week. The Hooligan House is clean, air conditioned, full of safe toys and Netflix. Enjoy your workouts in piece while your kids have fun in the Hooligan House! Rate are extremely affordable, contact us for more info.Learn More
SOMONE WILDERHead CrossFit Coach, Owner
Classes I Coach: CrossFit, Weightlifting, Kids & Kilos and I also run all administrative functions and marketing for El Jefe.
Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Advanced Weightlifting Coach, ACE certified personal trainer for five years
Education: Master’s Degree in Public Administration, emphasis in Urban Management, Bachelors in Communications emphasis in prelaw and public relations
Sport of Choice: Weightlifting 53kg weight class
Tidbits and Thoughts: We opened El Jefe CrossFit to be the place for those who are passionate about becoming better strength athletes and CrossFitters. We are intensely focused on technique, thoughtful programming and uplifting coaching for all levels of athlete. We recognize the value in creating a supportive and tight knit community of individuals who strive for excellence and celebrate all successes, no matter how small. Every day, El Jefe works towards creating a fun, effective, and safe environment for our athletes to thrive.
JOVAN WILDEROwner, Jefe De Los Jefes, Head Weightlifting Coach
Classes I Coach: Weightlifting and Powerlifting -------------------- Qualifications: USA Weightlifting Advanced Weightlifting Coach, Iron Athlete Certified Weightlifting Coach
Qualifications: 20 years coaching experience, CF-L2, USA Weightlifting, CF Strongman, CF Endurance, Precision Nutrition L-1 (in progress) Competitive Experience: 7 years Professional Strongman, 5 years CrossFit, High School Basketball, Swimming Background: Married with 3 children, Phoenix Firefighter, Former CrossFit Gym owner, B.S. Business Management Passion: I live & breathe fitness. There is nothing I love more than being a part of helping someone change their life through CrossFit.
Joe Darago Classes I coach: CrossFit, Building Jefes
Qualifications: USAW Sports Performance Coach Education: Bachelor of Science in Humanities, Grace University Sport of choice: CrossFit & Distance Running In 1986 a friends dad asked if I wanted to tag along on a run. I grabbed my imitation Air Jordans and we ran 4 miles that evening. I was hooked! Becoming addicted to training hard and the rush of adeline, that one run propelled me through my school years into Division 1 athletics. Fast forward to 2016 when another friend invited me to try CrossFit at El Jefe at age 43. I was out of shape, at one of the heaviest weights of my life, and feeling older than my age. Reluctantly I gave it a try and this sport and these people have changed my life. I am the fittest and strongest I have ever been in my life and my only regret is not trying it sooner.
Brittany Kohnke Personal Trainer (1 on 1 and small group)/Powerlifting coach.
Motor Control Restoration Specialist Square1 System. Physical Education Teacher for 9 years with a Masters of Science in Physical Education. 63kg National level powerlifter and former collegiate softball player Passions: empowering women through strength training, helping others see their potential, educating athletes on efficient and effective movement patterns
Physical Education Teacher Pre-K, K-5 Weightlifting Coach at El Jefe Crossfit 🖤Aspiring to be the BEST fucking badass! 💪 Qualifications::::: Certified in Strongwoman Badassery Bachelor's Degree in Kicking Major Ass Minor in Fucking Shit Up Emphasis in Don't Give 2 Shits Also USAW Certified Coach Sport of Choice:::::: Strong-woman: Thick Bitches Only Flipping more than tires. Words of wisdom: Think cottage cheese. No skinny champions. Lift all the weights. Drink all the kegs.
Blaine DanielsHead Powerlifting Coach
My goals with El Jefe are to grow the program and expand the brand. Elite Level USPA Powerlifter Multiple State Record Holder USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach Personal-Played NCAA Collegiate football at the University of La Verne BPI Nationally Accredited Home Performance Auditor Former Owner of US Air Home Energy, LLC/Infinity Air Conditioning & Heating Current Owner of US Solar Professionals, LLC Proud father of Jaxson & Adylai
Lucianne (Luci) GonzalezJunior Jefettes Coach
Qualifications: USAW certification and 10 years of state certified training in behavior health related to kids and families Sport of choice: CrossFit, powerlifting and cleaning (lol) One of my deepest passions is working with kids. My hope is to provide a program in the Junior Jefettes that empowers the young ladies of El Jefe to grow into bold, confident, and strong people. I am in love with the impact I get to make on their lives.
Vinny ValdezClasses I Coach: Strongman & Building Strength & Crossfit.
Qualifications: USAW Level 1 Certification Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. Sport of choice: Strongman My goal as a coach is to create that FIGHT inside every athlete & always be available to offer coaching techniques, encouragement & above all, a fun but challenging class.
Stephanie JohnsonGeneral Manager
Qualifications: USAW Certified Coach I’m Stephanie and I love training in Crossfit & Strongman. I found El Jefe at a time in my life where I was struggling with my health and body image. The positive environment here allowed me to overcome those challenges and achieve goals I never thought I was capable of. In making that change; I found my passion for coaching and empowering others. My goal as a coach is to create that same environment and support others as they embark on the journey to reaching their full potential.
Joshua HerreraClasses I Coach: CrossFit, Building Jefes, Spartan Mud Run Training, Photography
Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Sport of Choice: Crossfit I started Crossfit 4 years ago as a way to get better at my overall fitness. It was such an amazing and eye opening journey. Very quickly I felt like I was part of something much bigger than myself. I saw all these amazing people around me accomplishing so many things that they never thought they could. I decided that I wanted to be an even more positive influence in these athletes journey so I became a trainer.
Julia SmayHead Strongman Coach
Qualifications: Competitive StrongWoman (USS & Strongman Corp.) USAW Certified Coach Day Job: IT Project Manager / Change Manager, Global Communications Sport of Choice: Strongman (of course), Powerlifting and CrossFit. Nervous about strongman? That's ok - I still get nervous, but don’t let that fear stop you from trying something new and exciting. AND NO….. you don’t have to get strong before you come to class! That’s all part of the process.
Nannette WeaverBoss Nutrition Macro Coach
Qualifications: Master at Macro Tetris, 2 years experience going from a size 16 to a size 6, NASM Nutrition Certification pending I started flexible dieting 2 years ago when I joined El Jefe Crossfit. I was 195lbs, a size 16 and 34% body fat. Working with a fantastic macro coach, in 18 months, I lost 65lbs, wear a size 6 and am at 17% body fat. I help people have a better relationship with food. Macros has changed my life and I love helping others on their journey to change theirs. Not to mention, I can eat ice cream!…as long as it fits my macros. Since I started my journey, I have competed in several powerlifting competitions and currently hold the Arizona state records for UPA and USPA for my age and weight class.
Stacie MorrisPhysical Therapist & Owner of The Physio Fix, PLLC
Qualifications: -Doctor of Physical Therapy -Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist -USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach -Dry Needling -Cupping -Postural Restoration Institute -Clinical Athlete Provider -FMS -3DMAPS certification (Gray Institute) Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University School of Medicine, Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Illinois State University. Sport of Choice: 63/69kg Weightlifter & occasional Powerlifter. As a former collegiate gymnast, and current Olympic Weightlifter, I’ve had my fair share of orthopedic injuries, including 11 surgeries and I understand how detrimental an injury can be for an athlete at any level. I take an active role in treatment plans and spend adequate time analyzing movement patterns, identifying deficits then working one-on-one with patients to improve body mechanics with different movements and exercises to not only FIX the current problem, but to also PREVENT further compensations and degeneration on the body.
Jimmy UriasClasses I coach: Vamanos speed and endurance
Certification: United States Track and Field: middle/long distance & sprint Education: Master Degree: Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. Bachelor Degree: Business Communication from Arizona State University Sport of Choice: Running, Crossfit Creating an atmosphere that challenges and supports athletes to reach goals that were once thought of as unattainable. "Be driven. Motivation comes and goes. When you are driven anything in front of your will get destroyed!"
Danny (DMAG) MagallonClasses I Coach: CrossFit and Weightlifting
Qualifications: USA Weightlifting Coach Sport of Choice: CrossFit I am a CrossFit, USA Olympic Weightlifting and nutrition coach that helps and inspires people from all walks of life to live a healthy lifestyle. My experiences have made me pursue and become very passionate about helping people reach their own goals and full potential. I am honored, but most of all humbled to be given the opportunity to help others transform.
Max PetersClasses I coach: Jefe Athletics, Summer athlete program, kids and kilos
Qualifications: USAW Coach Education: Pursuing a degree from ASU in public service and public policy. Sport of choice: Weightlifting 105k class Coaching the younger athletes of El Jefe is a pleasure for me. I love to challenge them and help them work toward their goals. Helping them learn their way around a barbell. Spreading my love for lifting to them, and seeing them improve is my favorite part of coaching.
Fritts MosshartFritts Mosshart
Classes I Coach: CrossFit, Row Hoes Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Studying for CF Rowing cert. Education: sophomore, East Central University, studying kinesiology Sport of choice: CrossFit My love of competing and coaching comes from being a three sport athlete in high school (football, basketball & track), a college club soccer athlete, bodybuilder, competitive combat sport athlete (kickboxing, jiu-jitsu & boxing) and a hybrid athlete (strongman & CrossFit). It also helped me develop an eye to safely coach correct body movements and out of box thinking when it comes to athlete development.
Classes I Coach: CrossFit and Building Jefes. ------------------ Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, UPA Arizona State Record Holder
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- For those focused on our CrossFit Program!
- We offer almost 40 CrossFit and Endurance classes per week and each one of these is open to you!
The Whole Enchilada
- Like every program we offer? The Whole Enchilada is for you!
- Practically live at El Jefe and dabble in all programs we offer. It's no wonder this is our most popular membership.
- For Weightlifters, Powerlifters, and Strongman athletes
- Membership includes all Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and StrongJefes classes. Also includes Open Gym access.
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8110 W Union Hills Dr #250
Glendale, AZ 85308
- Call us @ (623) 687-4212