Robert “Bob” Cook
Bob is a native of Chicago and has lived in Novato, CA for over 25 years.
He graduated from University of Phoenix and is a level 1 CrossFit Trainer. When Bob is not working in his CrossFit business he likes to compete in triathlons, bike, hike, ski, camp and spend time with his family.
He has been married to his wife, Chris for over 25 years and has a daughter Sydney and son Michael. Bob has been an active athlete his entire life and has completed many triathlons including the Ironman Canada event in 2007. He noticed that his training was missing something and was introduced to CrossFit by a friend and fellow triathlete.
He started the program and immediately fell in love with the process and saw significant positive results in his athletic performance. He loves the CrossFit philosophy and is an example of the positive impact CrossFit has on athletes as well as for anyone willing to invest the time and effort into their own health and well being. Opening Five Points CrossFit made a lot of sense and was the logical next step in his desire to teach others more about fitness and healthy living. Owning a business means you take a more active leadership role in the community.
Having his own CrossFit affiliate will allow him to bring his passion for healthy living to more people in the community and spread the word about the benefits of CrossFit. He also enjoys a challenge and owning his own business is a great chance to mix business with pleasure. Bob also takes time to be involved with other community non-profit and professional organizations.
He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Local Chamber of Commerce and has served as the Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors at Montessori de Terra Linda.
HOMETOWN: Schiller Park, IL
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE BAY AREA: The beauty and weather
SOME FAVORITE QUICK MEMORIES: Getting married, the birth of my two children, turning 50, (and burning by AARP card when it came in the mail), epic hiking in Yosemite, the first time I drove over the Golden Gate Bridge, completing my first Ironman
CURRENT PLAYLIST: Metallica, Huey Lewis and the News, Alan Parson Project, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, (Bad to the Bone), ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles
FAMILY: Spouse; Chris Cook, (married 27 years), Daughter Sydney, (12 yrs old), Son Michael, (10 yrs old)
FAVORITE EATS: BBQ Ribs, Thai Food
FAVORITE BOOKS: Killing Lincoln, Band of Brothers, John Quincy Adams, Lincoln, Snowball, Franklin, Washington, The Founding Fathers, Anything with History. Loved reading Tom Clancy Novels
FAVORITE HOBBY: Anything outdoors
FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUT: My back yard, it doesn’t get any better than that!
LAST LOCAL PURCHASE: Fire Pit
DREAM VACATION: Anything 5 star rated and tropical
ONE THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Running and Ultra Marathon, (Western States 100)
WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU: Positive
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Negative people
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Jason’s near Bon Air
GUILTY PLEASURE: Ice Cream
Carlos Echandy – CrossFit Games Official Athlete Profile
I have been a member of CrossFit community since 2008. Like so many others, I’ve always been a bit of a gym rat but nothing ever felt quite right until I found CrossFit. Even after the very first workout, I knew I was hooked. I appreciate the physical and mental challenges of CrossFit, getting to see and experience the positive changes that overcoming those obstacles brings about in all aspects of my life. I particularly love being a part of and growing with this great community of athletes. This is particularly true of the lifelong relationships I have forged here in Marin County. I am also a bit of a geek, and spend lots of time studying human physiology, combined with my other line of work at a Surgery Center.
I have earned several Gymnastics and Olympic Weightlifting Certifications. When I’m not doing anything “CrossFit” I am thinking about ways to bring my clients an AWESOME client –experience. That and working on sticking to my Paleo diet, which is not always where it needs to be. In my free time, I like to take advantage of the many outdoor activities the Bay Area has to offer. You can often find me hiking in or around Mt. Tamalpais or speeding down a hill on my mountain bike in China Camp, or all points located around the San Pedro Bay in San Rafael.
Originally from Puerto Rico, I attended UC Berkeley and earned my BA in Business Administration and Legal Studies. My family lives on the East Coast, and I value the time I spend with friends and the important people in my life.
In a nutshell this is what I do: I see to it that you master the movements our unpredictable lives require of us all. I use squats, deadlifts, pushes, presses, and pulls in many different combinations in order to do this. I train your heart and lungs to run, jump, row, and bike very hard and fast. I train your muscles to lift large loads, over long distances, quickly. I train your mind to see challenges as opportunities for improvement and train your spirit to push through your perceived lactate thresholds. I will give you the feedback you need to make the most out of your potential here at FPC. My tools are a whiteboard and a stopwatch. Beware when I say the words….3-2-1-GO!
HOMETOWN: Burlington, Vermont and Canovanas, Puerto Rico
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE BAY AREA: To attend school at the University of California at Berkeley. Fell in love with the Berkeley Hills…the people here, and the food. Every time I fly anywhere I realize how much I love it here.
SOME FAVORITE QUICK MEMORIES: Dinner at the table growing up, family trips to the park. Impromptu visit to Grand Canyon with my good friend Jorge S. Graduating from college. My first visit to Yosemite and first ascent to Half Dome. The CrossFit Games in Aromas, California and my subsequent level 1 certification three years later. First muscle up. Most recently, 100 kilo Clean and Jerk in front of hundreds of people screaming at me and the judges at a USA Weightlifting syndicated event.
CURRENT PLAYLIST: Black Eyed Peas, Daft Punk, Workout Cardio, David Guetta, Pitbull, Dance Cardio station
FAMILY: I’m the odd ball of three brothers (Ruben and Victor), my Dad, Ruben and my wonderful mother Maria Magdalena are very close. I’m thankful for that.
FAVORITE EATS: Zachary’s pizza in Berkeley, and Sol Food restaurant here in town…
FAVORITE BOOKS: Playboy magazine…they have really good articles!
FAVORITE HOBBY: Besides the obvious (hah!), I enjoy pairing a good meal with a fine wine…and exploring new trails in the many tentacles of the open spaces here in Marin.
FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUT: Hopmonk in Novato, and Beltane Brewery in Bell Marin Keys.
LAST LOCAL PURCHASE: A very nice memory foam/gel pillow from Amazon.com.
DREAM VACATION: The Mediterranean Sea and the many islands Greece. Also, Thailand and Singapore. Argentina and Spain.
ONE THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: I’m getting on that plane to explore weightlessness in the stratosphere.
WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU: Particular!
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Being unorganized, or scattered. Not prepared. Drives me absolutely insane.
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: For breakfast it’s the Half Day Café, and most recently The Miracle Mile Café. Sol Food any other time. Bar none. The lil Pork House in SR is the BOMB!
GUILTY PLEASURE: FRO YO !!!! Absolutely can’t get enough of it…
Debbie Austin – Strength and Conditioning Coach
HOMETOWN: Katonah, NY
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE BAY AREA: Grad School/ Work
SOME FAVORITE QUICK MEMORIES: Driving across the country to move to CA, First college swim meet, First crossfit workout
CURRENT PLAYLIST: Drake, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Dubstep, J.Cole, Wale, System of a Down (for working out), Anything with a good beat
FAVORITE EATS: Frozen yogurt, Huge salads, Banana or Zucchini bread
FAVORITE BOOKS: Hunger Games, Harry Potter (haven’t really read too much recently)
FAVORITE HOBBY: Exercise, baking
FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUT: I haven’t gotten to see too many places in CA yet but I really liked Napa and Santa Cruz
LAST LOCAL PURCHASE: Crossfit apparel
DREAM VACATION: Eurotrip
ONE THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel around the world
WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU: Determined
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Laziness
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Pacific Catch or Sol Food or Blackwood
GUILTY PLEASURE: Any Dessert
Bridgett Alexis – Crossfit Light Coach
HOMETOWN: West Marin
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE BAY AREA: born and raised here, college in Hawaii but few places compare to Marin so I am back and lovin in!
SOME FAVORITE QUICK MEMORIES: first triathlon with my best friend in tiburon, floating the truckee river every summer with my boys, snowboarding Tahoe my home away from home! , tough Mudder so fun!!!
CURRENT PLAYLIST: bad ass bootycamp: blurred lines, scream and shout, crazy people, thrift shop, can’t hold us, get lucky, I love it.
FAMILY: 3 boys who inspire me to be more and do more every day. James 12 Riley 9 Bishop 6 Mom in Tahoe and older brother in sf
FAVORITE EATS: cave man plus cow! I eat real food, including dairy
Meats, veggies, fruit…. Bring it, I love food
FAVORITE BOOKS: the 5 people you meet in heaven
FAVORITE HOBBY: snowboarding
FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUT: Stinson Beach
LAST LOCAL PURCHASE: plants for my yard from local nursery. I also only by local milk in glass bottles. So much better!
DREAM VACATION: anything tropical and warm… I love the sun!!!
ONE THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: find true love
WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU: passionate
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: judgmental people….who are we to judge anyone!
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Rancho Nicasio
Plantane chips! So yummy
Five Points Crossfit: The Best Value of Crossfit in Marin, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Tiburon, Sausalito and San Rafael.
Challen Pressley – Olympic Weightlifting and Kettlebell Expert
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE BAY AREA: Always loved the Bay, and after leaving for 3 years in beautiful San Luis Obispo I knew I had to come back. I have yet to find a place that captures my heart like San Francisco and Marin county.
SOME FAVORITE QUICK MEMORIES: Galloping through the Indian Valley trails on my horse, Cody; meeting my beau while squatting to “teach me how to dougie” in a performance enhancement workout, Italian Christmas crab feasts lasting hours at the table with my crazy family, finding that perfect tempo on a barbell snatch for the first time.
CURRENT PLAYLIST: It’s all over the board depending on the task at hand. Workouts range from Nicki Minaj to Rage Against the Machine and chill time can be anything between Talib Kweli to Creedence Clearwater.
FAMILY: Local parents David, Soozi, stepmom Susan, step brothers Eric and Brian and surfing big bro John and (future) wife Jenn in Monterey.
FAVORITE EATS: Oh man, I am definitely someone who lives to eat. Oysters bingo at the Buckeye, bisteak sando at Sol Food, GF pizza at Tamal Pie, all meat from Prather Ranch.
FAVORITE BOOKS: Everything David Sedaris.
FAVORITE HOBBY: Yoga! Ommm
FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUT: Happy Hour at Brick and Bottle, De La Montanya Winery (for the Bocce ball of course..)
LAST LOCAL PURCHASE: Meat, veggies and flowers from the Sunday farmer’s market at the Civic Center.
DREAM VACATION: Anywhere with beaches and hiking or foreign culture.
ONE THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Swim near a whale shark!
WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU: Chipper! (It’s a riff off my initials Ch Pr that has kind of stuck…)
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Being unkind
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Just one?! Right now it’s Copita in Sausalito
GUILTY PLEASURE: No guilt, just enjoy!