Brendan Gilliam

Brendan Gilliam


Owner/Head Coach

Brendan’s CrossFit story began in 2005 at the Original CrossFit gym in his home town, Santa Cruz, CA.  He was one of the first five CrossFit Trainers EVER and worked directly with the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman until he opened his own affiliate in 2007.

Brendan was on the original Seminar Staff for many years, traveling the country to teach at the Level 1 Courses, including the very first one.  He also assisted Coach Burgener, Mark Rippetoe, Brian McKenzie and Jeff Martone at their Specialty Courses.

Aside from his experience and time working with CrossFit HQ, Brendan has taught over 15,000 hours of CrossFit Classes.  The majorty of these classes were taught at his own gyms.  Brendan owned and operated CrossFit North Santa Cruz in CA, CrossFit Obsession in Virginia Beach, CrossFit Metropolis in New York City and now CrossFit Las Vegas.

After all these years, Brendan is still as fired up about CrossFit as he was when he first started.

Brendan’s coaching skills combined with his personality, enthusiasm and “Brendan-isms” make him a serious Rockstar Coach..  You will definitely be etertained and inspired when you work with him!


  • Brendan has done all of the CrossFit Certifications and has taught at the majority of them.
  • Cataylst Athletics Level 1 & Level 2 Coach