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…