Coaches

Andrew Clark – Head Coach and Owner

Certified CrossFit Trainer – Level 3 (Aug 2014), CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (2012), CrossFit Level 1 (2010),
  CrossFit Mobility and CrossFit Kids
British Weightlifting Level 2 Club Coach
REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer
Boxercise Coach 

I’ve been training since being a teenager and have loved anything physical since then, whether playing Rugby for local teams, boxing, martial arts, dancing (Salsa, Hip-Hop, African etc.), climbing, swimming, cycling… you name it, and if it involves learning movement or challenging myself physically, I’m there.

I later realised I also got massive rewards from helping others to reach towards their goals, so the obvious conclusion was that fitness coaching was the career for me. Once I’d qualified, I spent a year working at a health club in London getting experience in the industry, before I returned to Bristol and set up my own mobile Personal Training business. Since then I have helped many clients achieve their personal goals.  I love what I do and feel extremely privileged to make positive changes in peoples lives.

I found CrossFit in 2009 and started using it myself and then with my clients and was sold on it’s effectiveness. I opened the gym on Merton Rd in March 2010 and moved my growing business to there, which we then later affiliated to CrossFit.

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Profile2Jon Squire

CrossFit Level 1

I have had a love of competitive sport my entire life. As a young child I played tennis, squash, gymnastics, rugby, table tennis, and cricket among others. However, my main passion was racket sports and I played squash for Devon and tennis at a high level throughout my junior years. At the age of 16 I was offered the opportunity to play tennis full time whilst I studied for my A-Levels at Millfield School. It was here that I first started to train seriously for the sport I loved and develop a sense of how important fitness is to high skill sports.

Whilst studying at the University of Bath I played squash and went to the gym regularly but also took up rugby again. Having played for the university I have since played national league rugby for a number of years. However, I was often finding that my main interest lay in the fitness aspect of the training and I spent a great deal of time researching training techniques and regimes. This was when I came across CrossFit. I found CrossFit Avon online and have never looked back. I love the way that CrossFit tests and improves every aspect of your fitness in a team like environment with constant variety; there is so much to learn and always things to work on. The close knit community is one of the best aspects of CrossFit and I am constantly amazed and inspired at the help, support and motivation it provides.

I gained my CrossFit Level 1 qualification in late 2014 and started coaching at Avon. I really value the opportunity to share my knowledge and to work with athletes at all levels to achieve their health and fitness goals as well as being part of a great community of people.

If you’ve never tried CrossFit before come along and give it a go, you won’t regret it!

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Caroline Mundy

CrossFit Level 1
British Weightlifting Level 1 Assistant Coach
Concept 2 Rowing Instructor 

Coming from Devon I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors and gently exercising between cream teas!!. Having previously liked being active in my teens with competitive swimming I found college, and later work-life led me to make decisions of inactivity and insulation in the form of fat!

Following a fantastic time trekking in Nepal, a severe asthma attack led me to take stock of life. Part of this reflection was the realization of the need to take responsibility once more for my health and make some positive choices. Within a few weeks CrossFit had re-ignited a passion for physical fitness and a huge enjoyment of functional exercise.

Having personally known the benefits of CrossFit, I completed my Level 1 trainers certificate in May 2011.
There is a huge privilege in coaching, not only imparting knowledge but also helping people achieve their goals, encouraging them to push their limits beyond what they thought possible. CrossFit is unique as ‘the sport of fitness’ but so is its community. Come along and you’ll experience why

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tom skipTom Heath

CrossFit Level 1
British Weightlifting Level 1 Assistant Coach

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved being physically active. Over the years I must have tried every sport that I’ve come across, from rugby, hockey, cricket and tennis during my school days, to skateboarding, surfing, climbing, capoeira, squash, snowboarding, kickboxing…the list is endless. Taking up competitive rowing during a postgraduate year at university in 2010, however, introduced me for the first time to structured strength and conditioning training. I began to develop a keen interest in the thinking behind different training methodologies and, through my own investigation into the subject, discovered Crossfit. On moving to Bristol in 2011 I wasted no time in tracking down my nearest box. One taster session at Crossfit Avon (and a lot of sweat) later and I knew I had found the type of training I had been looking for.

Now, almost 2 years down the line I’m deeper into it than ever. Through Crossfit I’ve made some great friends, watched my level of fitness increase dramatically and, most importantly, thoroughly enjoyed myself.

It seemed a natural progression to take my CF Level 1 trainer’s course and begin coaching – something which has already greatly deepened my understanding of sound training principles and good movement. Watching our members learn new skills and push themselves (and each other) is its own reward. This inspires me to improve – both as an athlete and as a coach.

Crossfit provides me with the ideal combination of strength and metabolic conditioning to improve my performance in, and enjoyment of, any of the wide range of sports and activities that I like to take part in. The constantly varied nature of the workouts means that I never get bored, and the friendly, supportive atmosphere created by the members and other coaches makes the idea of ever wanting to return to a ‘normal’ gym unthinkable.

That’s enough talking…now let’s pick up a barbell…

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CathieCathie Smith

CrossFit Level 1

I was introduced to CrossFit and CrossFit Avon 3 years ago and received a baptism of fire with Fight Gone Bad as my first WOD! I’d spent the previous 15 years not doing anything much in terms of fitness and health, you know how it goes, working, having children, bringing them up. Taking time out for yourself isn’t important when you have so much else going on.

So there I was attending classes, going from strength to strength and as I became more involved with CrossFit, I realised that I had the possibility of helping others achieve their fitness goals too.

I attended the CrossFit Level 1 course in January 2013 and have been coaching ever since. I particularly enjoy taking those new to CrossFit through our Beginners Classes.

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VandyMatthew Van Der Velden (Vandy)

CrossFit Level 1
British Weightlifting Level 1 Assistant Coach

I have always had a very active lifestyle, participating in loads of sports over the years but spending most of my time playing pro/semi pro ice hockey. For 11 years I competed on various levels all over the world and found I enjoyed coaching and passing on the knowledge that I had acquired.

After retiring from Hockey 6 years ago, I missed the active lifestyle I was used to, so I joined a high street gym. After a while of getting pretty bored in a stale environment that this gym offered me, a friend got me into crossfit. I booked into my taster session at CrossFit Avon and knew after an hour of intense work which included “Mary” (handstand push ups, pistol squats and pull ups)  I was hooked. Everything I wanted was there; hard work, competitive spirit and encouraging coaches and  members. It was an amazing feeling and I have never looked back!
I have been at Avon for two years now, getting the opportunity to go with Avon to a few competitions and it seemed a natural progression to complete my level 1 trainer course. I now coach and love helping fellow members to work hard and achieve their goals in a safe, competitive and encouraging environment.
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Luis Bastardo

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CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
Owner, Manager and Coach at CrossFit Coimbra
Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach

I have always been a very active, sports-related person. Rugby was always a big passion and I played it for 15 years!  I have also been a huge fan of sports like surfing, snowboarding, cycling and basketball.

A few years ago I became a Personal Trainer in a very well-known gym chain in Portugal and later became a Fitness Manager. In the meantime I found CrossFit and fell in love instantly! The constantly varied movements and workouts really kept my attention and I was actually commuting about 1h each way just to attend a WOD!

Then, I had an idea; why not open my own CrossFit box? It felt like such a good investment as there was no CrossFit knowledge whatsoever in the city I was living in. CrossFit Coimbra was launched in December 2013 with two other partners and has been a massive success, with over 200 athletes and 5 coaches!

Now you must be wondering why I’m here in Bristol… love is the answer! My other half moved to the UK a year ago and I thought why not? So I joined her and the first thing I did was find a CF Gym that we could both train in. Almost accidentally I bumped into CF Avon and Andrew very kindly welcomed me and later offered the opportunity to become a coach with this amazing team!

So, I’m bringing my CrossFit experience along with me so that I can hopefully help all of you out there achieve your goals and most important of all, introduce you to the amazing world of CrossFit!

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CrossFit Avon

CrossFit Avon is an official CrossFit Affiliate. CrossFit Avon Ltd incorporated on 28.08.12; Company number 8193228. All coaches are either employed by CrossFit Avon or Self-employed contractors.

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The CrossFit Avon gym is at:
Unit 15 Merton Rd,
Horfield,
Bristol,
BS7 8TL