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CrossFit Newbury

Our Team

Coaching is about creating change. Great coaches produce great outcomes.

Teaching, Seeing, Correcting, Group Management, Presence & Attitude, and Demonstration

Tim

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2 Trainer)

I spent almost 30 years in the Canadian Army serving in the Royal Canadian Regiment and in Special Forces. I learned from and was inspired by some of the most incredible human beings imaginable. There was also real heart break and some harsh lessons from the very worst of humanity.

When I retired in 2020, I started what seemed to be an exciting senior role in the corporate world. It paid well, promised a bright future and was meaningless, soul sucking, and demeaning.

Fortunately, I lost that corporate job early in the pandemic and after months of fruitless job-hunting Cara and I decided (like any sane people would do during a pandemic), to open our own CrossFit Affiliate. At one of the lowest points in my army career, CrossFit saved my life. (read more about it here) We knew we could do real good, especially during a pandemic. Co-owning and operating CrossFit Freesol, with my lovely wife, Cara is NOT meaningless, soul sucking, or demeaning.

Cara and I have created something that is much more than a gym. It’s a community, a tribe. At the core of what we do, we coach CrossFit, functional fitness for life, longevity, independence, brain health, and stress management. But CrossFit Freesol is much more. It’s a social club, mentoring, life skills, a place for kids of all ages to laugh, play, overcome obstacles, face their fears, and become better versions of themselves. This is, hands down, the most meaningful, rewarding, life affirming job I’ve ever had. Our CrossFit Freesol Tribe inspires me on a daily basis. Normal, ordinary people of all ages, working to improve themselves and support each other, doing incredible things. It’s a privilege to play a role in helping them.

Cara

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2 Trainer)

I have always loved to play sport. As a kid, I could not sit still, always into something and confident in my own skin. But the thought of standing up in front of a crowd and leading them at anything was a daunting one. After having my kids and needing something to keep me sane (I love my kids BTW), I decided to face that fear.

In 2010 I took the plunge and became a Bodypump Instructor. It turned out I loved teaching fitness. I taught many other styles of fitness over the years, from spinning, bootcamp, core classes and coaching nutrition to personal training. Then I finally found CrossFit. I started out in 2015, eventually took my coaching qualification in 2017, and have been coaching ever since.

I love helping and seeing people grow in confidence and strength and supporting them on their health and fitness journey. CrossFit is not just a gym or a workout, it’s a community and a lifestyle which I feel is so important in this modern world. We create a safe space, people make friends, support each other, AND get fit (and have fun) – that’s why I love it and why my husband, Tim and I decided to open up CrossFit Freesol…trying to make a difference, one person at a time 😊.

Sacha

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1 Trainer)

I’m really excited to start my CrossFit coaching journey with the fantastic athletes and coaches at CrossFit Freesol. I’ve been doing CrossFit for a little over 3 years and took the CF Online L1 in 2021 to further my understanding of the movements. 

An engineer in my day job, I like helping people to do their best and be a little better every day. I have been a badminton coach for 25 years and the one thing I will be taking between the two disciplines is that no question is silly – if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find it!

Nat

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1 Trainer)

I first began my adventure with fitness six years ago, fairly underweight and with very little muscle mass. My career goal was to join the military and my personal goal was to feel happier in my own skin. I started the journey by keeping a consistent routine, adjusting nutrition, and using small and achievable goals set at regular intervals to keep myself accountable.

I began at a local gym with HIIT and spin classes before finally seeking help from others on weightlifting. I started with CrossFit to further learn and develop lifting technique in a fun, like-minded and supportive environment. I look forward to helping people progress with their own fitness journeys.  If it wasn’t for the coaching, the time, and the guidance CrossFit Freesol coaches gave me, I wouldn’t have got nearly this far.

Rosie

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1 Trainer)

In 2017 I was invited to a friend’s hen do – the weekend was starting off with something called team WOD at my friends CrossFit gym. I thought it a little bit weird but as someone who was already into the gym I agreed and went along. Having only ever done classes in my local 24-hour gym, I was amazed at what I was seeing. These girls were lifting weights I had never dreamed of picking up, and carrying each other down the road while racing, I was in awe of how strong they were! 

I decided that I wanted to be as strong as them and looked up my local CrossFit gym….5 years later and I have been addicted to CrossFit ever since. 

I had never been part of a gym who looked after each other, helped and inspired each other and dedicated themselves to helping people make progress inside (and outside) of the gym until starting CrossFit. I have been lucky enough to meet and train with people who have turned their lives around, come back from depression and physical health battles to improve every aspect of their life, and now I get to be a part of people’s journeys as a coach.  I am a firm believer that CrossFit is for everybody, no matter your current fitness level or knowledge of the sport, I love teaching people new skills and watching them grow and develop as an athlete, celebrating the small wins and big achievements while doing so.

 

James

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1 Trainer)

When a new local gym opened, I decided to pop along for a trial class. 

I had no idea what the gym was about, and I didn’t understand what the word CrossFit meant, or how it would send me on a personal learning and fitness journey. 

As I walked into that class, expecting star jumps and running on the spot, I was instead shocked to be told to pick up a barbell (for the first time in my life) and join in a workout doing previously what I’d only seen done by strong looking people in the Olympics. 

Since then, I’ve learnt that CrossFit is a lifestyle characterised by safe, effective exercise and sound nutrition. CrossFit can be used to accomplish any goal, from improved health to weight loss to better performance. The program works for everyone — people who are just starting out and people who have trained for years. 

We are all at different stages on our own fitness and learning journey, but you and I are alike, in that we may not be the fastest (yet), or the strongest (yet), or whatever your measure is, but we are eager to learn, progress, and empower ourselves. 

Pat

Coach in training

Having completed 31 years as a Regular Soldier in the British Army, serving all over the world, my current role is now as a Full Time Reservist serving with a military unit in Hermitage.

At the age of 54 years young, a lot of my fitness experience has been from the Military and the various tests we have to complete in order to remain ‘fighting fit’ for any deployment and any situation.  In my full career, I have been fortunate enough to compete at many sports at many levels ranging from unit representation to the Army level.  This has also included adventure training opportunities such as mountain biking, mountaineering, hill walking and skiing and I am accomplished and competitive sportswoman at swimming, netball, volleyball, water polo and hockey

Formally, I am a qualified swimming teacher and lane coach and hold a hockey coaching qualification.

CrossFit has been my lifeline, enjoyment, and helped me achieve my fitness goals.  To work as part of the Coaching at CrossFit Freesol team is a great opportunity and I hope I can encourage and coach/mentor others to believe in themselves, achieve their goals and get fitter and stronger along the way.  You are never too unfit or too big or too old to start CrossFit and I feel sure you will enjoy the journey once you have made the first step to come along to the Box!  I look forward to meeting you.

Carmen

Yoga Teacher

I encountered yoga several times over the years, but I thought it wasn’t for me: too slow, too boring. It wasn’t until 2012 when I moved to Shanghai that my true love for yoga began. Trying to get fit again after four pregnancies, I had taken up running, but this led to a persistent knee injury. I was also feeling anxious a lot of the time. For both reasons and after reading about the benefits of yoga, I decided to give it another try.

To my surprise, the classes were physically demanding, but somehow, I felt very peaceful at the end, every single time. When I first saw my teacher perform a headstand I was inspired. Despite being the inflexible yogi in the room, I persisted with my practice, later completing four teacher training courses. I am fortunate to have trained both with an American teacher with a Western perspective and with an Indian master with a very traditional and hard-core approach.

Yoga benefits all aspects of my life: the physical practice fills me with energy, while the breathing and philosophy make me more mindful, peaceful, and joyful.  I love the changing pace and movement, the sense of play as you flow into positions that you didn’t think possible, the grounded feeling as you use the anchoring power of the breath, the experience of the body becoming lighter and softer as your strength, flexibility and mobility improve, and the mental toughness and awareness that the practice as a whole brings.

 

Diwas

Powerlifting Coach

I have been coaching since 2017. I started going to the gym when I was 15 years old, to build muscle after having been seriously ill. I have always been interested in the science behind the gym ever since I started training. This is how I ended up at Chichester University studying Sports and Exercise Science and then going on to do a Masters in Strength and Conditioning. At first my training was focused on getting strong for the sports I played (American football and rugby). But, as I progressed in my Masters, I fell in love with training which led me to find powerlifting. I love the science around it and I am still as excited to read new literature as I was when I first started.

During my time coaching in powerlifting, I have taken on a number of athletes, both males and females, ranging from complete beginners to elite (1 x first place Worlds (AWPC), 1 x first place European (AWPC), 1 x first place British (ABPU), 3 x 2nd place British (GBPF). I have also worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach for many teams in sports such as rugby (University of Chichester Rugby Team, First team), football (University of Southampton first-team footballer), sailing (students under the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme at University of Southampton), netball (Surrey Storm Academy) and athletics (Optimising performance for sports).

My coaching style is simple, I help you understand why we do things – I find this is the best way of properly reinforcing good lifting behaviours.

Coaching is about creating change. Great coaches produce great outcomes.

Teaching, Seeing, Correcting, Group Management, Presence & Attitude, and Demonstration

Tim

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2 Trainer)

I spent almost 30 years in the Canadian Army serving in the Royal Canadian Regiment and in Special Forces. I learned from and was inspired by some of the most incredible human beings imaginable. There was also real heart break and some harsh lessons from the very worst of humanity.

When I retired in 2020, I started what seemed to be an exciting senior role in the corporate world. It paid well, promised a bright future and was meaningless, soul sucking, and demeaning.

Fortunately, I lost that corporate job early in the pandemic and after months of fruitless job-hunting Cara and I decided (like any sane people would do during a pandemic), to open our own CrossFit Affiliate. At one of the lowest points in my army career, CrossFit saved my life. (read more about it here) We knew we could do real good, especially during a pandemic. Co-owning and operating CrossFit Freesol, with my lovely wife, Cara is NOT meaningless, soul sucking, or demeaning.

Cara and I have created something that is much more than a gym. It’s a community, a tribe. At the core of what we do, we coach CrossFit, functional fitness for life, longevity, independence, brain health, and stress management. But CrossFit Freesol is much more. It’s a social club, mentoring, life skills, a place for kids of all ages to laugh, play, overcome obstacles, face their fears, and become better versions of themselves. This is, hands down, the most meaningful, rewarding, life affirming job I’ve ever had. Our CrossFit Freesol Tribe inspires me on a daily basis. Normal, ordinary people of all ages, working to improve themselves and support each other, doing incredible things. It’s a privilege to play a role in helping them.

Cara

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2 Trainer)

I have always loved to play sport.  As a kid, I could not sit still, always into something and confident in my own skin.  But the thought of standing up in front of a crowd and leading them at anything was a daunting one.  After having my kids and needing something to keep me sane (I love my kids BTW), I decided to face that fear.  

In 2010 I took the plunge and became a Bodypump Instructor.  It turned out I loved teaching fitness.  I taught many other styles of fitness over the years, from spinning, bootcamp, core classes and coaching nutrition to personal training.  Then I finally found CrossFit.  I started out in 2015, eventually took my coaching qualification in 2017, and have been coaching ever since.  

I love helping and seeing people grow in confidence and strength and supporting them on their health and fitness journey.  CrossFit is not just a gym or a workout, it’s a community and a lifestyle which I feel is so important in this modern world.  We create a safe space, people make friends, support each other, AND get fit (and have fun) – that’s why I love it and why my husband, Tim and I decided to open up CrossFit Freesol…trying to make a difference, one person at a time 😊.

Sacha

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1 Trainer)

I’m really excited to start my CrossFit coaching journey with the fantastic athletes and coaches at CrossFit Freesol. I’ve been doing CrossFit for a little over 3 years and took the CF Online L1 in 2021 to further my understanding of the movements. An engineer in my day job, I like helping people to do their best and be a little better every day. I have been a badminton coach for 25 years and the one thing I will be taking between the two disciplines is that no question is silly – if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find it!

Nat

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1 Trainer)

I first began my adventure with fitness six years ago, fairly underweight and with very little muscle mass. My career goal was to join the military and my personal goal was to feel happier in my own skin. I started the journey by keeping a consistent routine, adjusting nutrition, and using small and achievable goals set at regular intervals to keep myself accountable.

I began at a local gym with HIIT and spin classes before finally seeking help from others on weightlifting. I started with CrossFit to further learn and develop lifting technique in a fun, like-minded and supportive environment. I look forward to helping people progress with their own fitness journeys.  If it wasn’t for the coaching, the time, and the guidance CrossFit Freesol coaches gave me, I wouldn’t have got nearly this far.

Rosie

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1 Trainer)

In 2017 I was invited to a friend’s hen do – the weekend was starting off with something called team WOD at my friends CrossFit gym. I thought it a little bit weird but as someone who was already into the gym I agreed and went along. Having only ever done classes in my local 24-hour gym, I was amazed at what I was seeing. These girls were lifting weights I had never dreamed of picking up, and carrying each other down the road while racing, I was in awe of how strong they were! 

I decided that I wanted to be as strong as them and looked up my local CrossFit gym….5 years later and I have been addicted to CrossFit ever since. 

I had never been part of a gym who looked after each other, helped and inspired each other and dedicated themselves to helping people make progress inside (and outside) of the gym until starting CrossFit. I have been lucky enough to meet and train with people who have turned their lives around, come back from depression and physical health battles to improve every aspect of their life, and now I get to be a part of people’s journeys as a coach.  I am a firm believer that CrossFit is for everybody, no matter your current fitness level or knowledge of the sport, I love teaching people new skills and watching them grow and develop as an athlete, celebrating the small wins and big achievements while doing so.

 

James

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1 Trainer)

When a new local gym opened, I decided to pop along for a trial class. 

I had no idea what the gym was about, and I didn’t understand what the word CrossFit meant, or how it would send me on a personal learning and fitness journey. 

As I walked into that class, expecting star jumps and running on the spot, I was instead shocked to be told to pick up a barbell (for the first time in my life) and join in a workout doing previously what I’d only seen done by strong looking people in the Olympics. 

Since then, I’ve learnt that CrossFit is a lifestyle characterised by safe, effective exercise and sound nutrition. CrossFit can be used to accomplish any goal, from improved health to weight loss to better performance. The program works for everyone — people who are just starting out and people who have trained for years. 

We are all at different stages on our own fitness and learning journey, but you and I are alike, in that we may not be the fastest (yet), or the strongest (yet), or whatever your measure is, but we are eager to learn, progress, and empower ourselves. 

Pat

Coach in training

Having completed 31 years as a Regular Soldier in the British Army, serving all over the world, my current role is now as a Full Time Reservist serving with a military unit in Hermitage.

At the age of 54 years young, a lot of my fitness experience has been from the Military and the various tests we have to complete in order to remain ‘fighting fit’ for any deployment and any situation.  In my full career, I have been fortunate enough to compete at many sports at many levels ranging from unit representation to the Army level.  This has also included adventure training opportunities such as mountain biking, mountaineering, hill walking and skiing and I am accomplished and competitive sportswoman at swimming, netball, volleyball, water polo and hockey

Formally, I am a qualified swimming teacher and lane coach and hold a hockey coaching qualification.

CrossFit has been my lifeline, enjoyment, and helped me achieve my fitness goals.  To work as part of the Coaching at CrossFit Freesol team is a great opportunity and I hope I can encourage and coach/mentor others to believe in themselves, achieve their goals and get fitter and stronger along the way.  You are never too unfit or too big or too old to start CrossFit and I feel sure you will enjoy the journey once you have made the first step to come along to the Box!  I look forward to meeting you.

Carmen

Yoga Teacher

I encountered yoga several times over the years, but I thought it wasn’t for me: too slow, too boring. It wasn’t until 2012 when I moved to Shanghai that my true love for yoga began. Trying to get fit again after four pregnancies, I had taken up running, but this led to a persistent knee injury. I was also feeling anxious a lot of the time. For both reasons and after reading about the benefits of yoga, I decided to give it another try.

To my surprise, the classes were physically demanding, but somehow, I felt very peaceful at the end, every single time. When I first saw my teacher perform a headstand I was inspired. Despite being the inflexible yogi in the room, I persisted with my practice, later completing four teacher training courses. I am fortunate to have trained both with an American teacher with a Western perspective and with an Indian master with a very traditional and hard-core approach.

Yoga benefits all aspects of my life: the physical practice fills me with energy, while the breathing and philosophy make me more mindful, peaceful, and joyful.  I love the changing pace and movement, the sense of play as you flow into positions that you didn’t think possible, the grounded feeling as you use the anchoring power of the breath, the experience of the body becoming lighter and softer as your strength, flexibility and mobility improve, and the mental toughness and awareness that the practice as a whole brings.

 

Diwas

Powerlifting Coach

I have been coaching since 2017. I started going to the gym when I was 15 years old, to build muscle after having been seriously ill. I have always been interested in the science behind the gym ever since I started training. This is how I ended up at Chichester University studying Sports and Exercise Science and then going on to do a Masters in Strength and Conditioning. At first my training was focused on getting strong for the sports I played (American football and rugby). But, as I progressed in my Masters, I fell in love with training which led me to find powerlifting. I love the science around it and I am still as excited to read new literature as I was when I first started.

During my time coaching in powerlifting, I have taken on a number of athletes, both males and females, ranging from complete beginners to elite (1 x first place Worlds (AWPC), 1 x first place European (AWPC), 1 x first place British (ABPU), 3 x 2nd place British (GBPF). I have also worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach for many teams in sports such as rugby (University of Chichester Rugby Team, First team), football (University of Southampton first-team footballer), sailing (students under the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme at University of Southampton), netball (Surrey Storm Academy) and athletics (Optimising performance for sports).

My coaching style is simple, I help you understand why we do things – I find this is the best way of properly reinforcing good lifting behaviours. 

EMAIL

info@crossfitfreesol.co.uk

CALL US

07546 659894

ADDRESS

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