Established in 2010, CrossFit Novato is a strength and conditioning facility that develops individuals, athletes and teams to reach high levels of fitness through constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity. We are located at 7427 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94947. Our training methods produce tangible results for all levels of fitness: from children to elite athletes and everything in between.
Our rich history is closely connected to the Dark Horse.
1. a competitor about whom little is known but who unexpectedly wins or succeeds.
We support and celebrate athletes of all ages and physical abilities. We believe there is a little Dark Horse in all of us. Our mission is to build the Champion that lies within.
CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.
CrossFit is many things. Primarily, it’s a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. He was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way (increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains). CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.
CVFM @ HI + Communal Environment = Health
A regimen of constantly varied (CV), functional movements (FM) performed at high intensity (@HI) in a communal environment leads to health and fitness.
Gilly McGraw Boyd
Lead Instructor – Athletic Performance + CrossFit Kids Specialist
Gillian began her life-long love of athletics and fitness at an early age, playing soccer and volleyball and coaching sports summer camps. She played NCAA DIII volleyball at UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2007 with a B.A. in Biology.
Emily has always been an active person. She started out riding horses when she was a small child, before finding her love for team sports. She played a variety of different sports as she grew up, but ultimately softball and basketball won her heart.
After College, Gillian began taking CrossFit classes at CrossFit Santa Cruz, the original CrossFit Affiliate. In 2010, she obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Certification and began coaching at CFSC. In 2011, she moved to Marin and began coaching at CrossFit Novato. She has obtained additional Certifications in CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Football, CrossFit Kids and CrossFit Weightlifting. Her passion lies in programming (both for the gym and for individuals), powerlifting, and olympic weightlifting. In 2015 Gillian went back to school for Massage Therapy to further her career. Gillian now specializes in a unique combination of manual therapy and movement therapy to help clients with their mobility, stability, and performance goals.
Emily went on to play softball in college at Southern Connecticut State, where she was a nationally ranked hitter. Emily still loves to be on the field to this day. After college, she became a high school physical education teacher, athletic director, as well as coaches softball and basketball. In 2011, Emily joined the CrossFit Novato family. She is now an avid CrossFitter, as well as an olympic weightlifter. Emily holds her Level 1 and CrossFit kids certification. Her favorite CrossFit workout is Grace and she would much rather be lifting heavy than doing cardio.
Cory is a high school Health teacher in addition to his duties at CrossFit Novato. He also coaches Varsity football and runs an after-school weightlifting club at San Marin High School. He lives in Novato with his wife Gillian, their son Hopper, and their dog, Rookie.
Vince joined CrossFit Novato in 2012. His athletic background includes high school wrestling, and a lifetime of mountain biking and hiking and eating cookies. He was drawn to CrossFit by the community, support and pure enjoyment.
Evan "BG" Massey
Evan grew up in Solano County. He played baseball competitively through college and even had a stint on a semi-pro team. After discovering CrossFit as a means to satisfy both his desire for exercise and his need for a competitive outlet, he was hooked.
Instructor and Equip Sports Performance Coach
In 2010 Julie joined CrossFit Novato as a member and fell in love with the community. A year later she obtained her CrossFit Level One Certificate and started her career as a coach. Julie works with adult and teen clients in both group and one-on-one classes.
Radz grew up in the SF North Bay Area, playing ice hockey through high-school and while at The College William & Mary in Virginia. After finishing college in 2007, Radz returned to Novato dragging his future wife, Kelly with him.
Kelly was a Division I collegiate swimmer competing twice in the US Open. In her senior year, Kelly took home gold in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the CAA Conference Championship. After hanging up her goggles…
Michael found CrossFit in 2014. Prior, he had practiced powerlifting and machine based weight-training. CrossFit offered him some of the most challenging and rewarding routines he had ever practiced.