We have a fantastic team of coaches. Each coach is passionate about helping our athletes, as well as developing their own training.
This drives them to constantly seek out new knowledge, challenges and skills.
“I enjoy challenging myself, as only when I have a real challenge and goal, do I train to my best. My biggest challenge to date was setting a world record for the most consecutive wallballs; 452. I also attempted to swim the English Channel and swam the length of lake Windermere (12.5 miles) in 8 hours and 50 minutes in 2009. This was a fantastic challenge.”
“What I like most about CrossFit, is the constant challenges it poses. There is always more strength to build and more skills to master.”
- Crossfit gymnastics coach – Level 1
- Gymnastic freestyle connect
- British Olympic weightlifting instructor – Level 1
- Crossfit trainer -Level 1 & 2
- Premier Training International Diploma in Personal Training (2007)
- Premier IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
- Premier IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
- Premier IQ Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage
- Premier Training International Certificate in Nutrition for Health and Fitness
- Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng-hons)
Previously employed in the food industry for 5 years as a chef then a product developer, meaning alongside my degree I have a very in depth knowledge about nutrition and diet.
“I love the fitness industry & I see myself as a student of fitness. I was overweight growing up and I really have struggled with injuries and to initially put on weight and gain strength. Because of this I have learned an incredible amount over my years in the fitness industry. I would now list nutrition and strength training as my two strongest subject. I love to study but I learn best by taking on challenges and training myself. I have competed in strong man competitions, Crossfit competitions, ultra marathon, Rowing marathon, Cycling challenge, and a lot more to come. With each challenge I learn so much about coaching and programming and I really aim to inspire my clients. My ambition and aim is to impart my years of learning and experience in fitness and weight management in order to help people avoid the mistakes I made. In turn I want to set them on a quicker path to be the person they want and deserve to be.”
- Fitness Instructor Level 2
- BSc Hons degree in Food and Consumer Management
- British weightlifting Level 1
- Jordans Kettlebells instructor
- CEBA Boxing for fitness
- Crossfit Level 1 & 2 Coach
- Crossfit Gymnastics coach
I started sports early, training in gymnastics from the age of 4 to 11 reaching county level. After stopping gymnastics I fell out of love with fitness and exercise but re-discovered it in my early 20’s needing some sort of outlet and motivation to help deal with day to day life.
I quickly discovered how much physical activity and fitness were helping me with mood, self-esteem, confidence, health, anxiety and so much more, so I began to really focus on my training, eventually finding CrossFit which effected my life a lot. I made new friends, it helped with my mental health, my motivation was up and I was getting stronger and fitter. It opened new doors and opportunities for me, giving me the confidence to run a half marathon, go on hiking holidays, learn to ski, compete in competitions and enter the CrossFit Open where I managed a top 5% in the world finish.
I’m really improving myself through sport and exercise and I began to realise how great it would be to be able to help others in the same way, to achieve new goals and discover new limits to conquer, to grow in confidence and have a bit of a lifeline for difficult times. This is how I discovered my passion for coaching. Starting small with a specialty gymnastics class alongside a full-time job and then broadened my scope from there, with experience ranging from coaching children developmental gymnastics and CrossFit through to training adults in group and in 1:1 settings. Finally making the move to coaching full-time. I strongly believe that my own experience with life and training as well as the many different classes I’ve been to/ran and people I’ve worked/trained with is what makes me a Coach you can put your trust in to help you on your jour
- – Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Coach (ongoing)
- – British Weightlifting Level 1
- – Qualified][ Kettlebell Instructor
- – Developmental Gymnastics Instructor Trained
- – Olympic Weightlifting Certified
- – Competitive Gymnastics experience
- – 5+ years Coaching experience
- – NVQ L3 Hospitality Supervision and Management
With a strong background in sport, rowing to Great Britain standard, playing county tennis and rugby to a national standard, exercise is a major part of my life.
Since qualifying, I have coached weight loss classes in the Maldives as well as coaching rowing at Cambridge University.
Outside of competitive sport I am always up for a challenge, having canoed the width of Britain and completed the Three Peaks challenge. My attempt to cycle from John O’ Groats to Lands End unfortunately ended early following injury. More recently I have competed in ‘Tough Mudder’ and ‘Spartan Race’ events and I’m always looking for new adventures.
CrossFit provides the variety and strength and skills challenges to make it enjoyable every session.
- Crossfit level 1
- Premier Certificate in Advanced Personal Training
- Premier training Certificate in Powerclubs
- Pocket Fitness Kettlebell course
- Kinesis equipment trained
My passion for fitness has stemmed from a young age. As a former England gymnast, I have competed at national levels, winning British and regional titles. This experience is part of why I love to keep myself fit and healthy and I only wish to help others achieve their own fitness goals.
I also have experience in powerlifting and strength training. Since starting crossfit, I have found a new love for the sport, being able to combine all of my skills to unlock my own fitness potential feels most rewarding to me.
My ambition as a personal trainer is to help you level up your own fitness by building a happy and healthy relationship with exercise so you can perform at your strongest and fittest potential. No matter what your goal is or your fitness level, I am here to help you achieve your goals!
-Level 2 Gym Instructor
-Level 3 Personal Trainer
-Level 2 CIMSPA coaching qualifications
-British weightlifting level 1
-Studying a degree in Strength & Conditioning with -Rehabilitation
-Children’s Developmental gymnastics instructor
Olwen De Smidt
Olwen is a inspiring coach, she has an amazing positive energy which really inspires and energises the classes she takes. She is in charge of our morning and lunchtime classes.
“I have been passionate about health, fitness and nutrition for over a decade. Over this time I have
been a keen member of various gyms and I’ve always enjoyed competing I gained a lot of strength and experience in power lifting and competitions.
My first experience of Crossfit was during a trip to America in 2017. I immediately found myself in love with
the community ethos and varied and intense training. I have since taken part in numerous Crossfit
competitions and also regularly enjoy ‘Spartan’ type events.
My youngest is 8 months old, and I am a mother of three. Crossfit has been important to my post-natal recovery and I am glad to return to it. I started right back at the basics and its is an excellent way to re-strengthen my core and focus on technique, skill and strength.
The best thing about Crossfit for me is its Inclusivity. No matter how fit or strong you are there is a place for you.
Exercise is the key to a healthy state of both mind and body, Often a mental block is what is stoping a person form reaching their full athletic potential. I have studied mental health awareness for the fitness industry and I aim to really get to know each of my members so I can help them create goals and break through those barriers.
I love creating individual nutrition and training plans for clients and then seeing the impact that progress has on their self esteem.
I love to study and develop as a coach & continue to learn from all my clients .
I look forward to meeting you & I mainly coach the morning and lunchtime classes. ”
- YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer and Nutrition
- YMCA Level 2 & 3 in Gym Instructing
- Active IQ Level 2 Mental Health Awareness
- Active IQ Level 3 Pre and Post-Natal and Nutrition
- Olympic weightlifting Coach Level 1