COACHES 2018-12-16T10:09:20+00:00

Matt

Matt

 Head coach and director of fitness
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND has been CrossFitting for a decade and has been a sportsman his entire life, Matt was a rugby player in his Army days, as well as a competitive athlete. “I love to cook and eat well, too,” he says. “I spend a lot of time studying to stay current in fitness and improve my coaching.”
SPECIALISM – Matt is more of a generalist, but holds a special place in his heart for Olympic weightlifting. “The power and above all, the technique and timing required to get it right, make this something I love to coach,” he says. “I am passionate about performance and enabling everyone to perform to the best of their abilities. To me, this means understanding how each individual moves, their strengths and weaknesses and developing them as individuals to get them where they want to be. I am fascinated by the science behind exercise and often frustrated by the lack of it in many training programmes in the market.”
MOTIVATION – Matt truly enjoys coaching. “Not many jobs can deliver the satisfaction of literally changing people’s lives,” he says. “I love working with people. Every single day, I see people giving their entire physical being to overcome a task and then I see their elation when they’ve done it. It’s hard to put into words, but what I am part of is the stuff that makes life great: Hard work and commitment, camaraderie, friendship and the joy of success.”
QUALIFICATIONS:
-CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit Mobility
-Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
-Certified Personal Trainer
-Certified Kettlebell instructor, Certified TRX instructor
-Certified Kids Exercise instructor

Jorge

Jorge

champion gymnast and sports science graduate
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND A keen sportsman his whole life Jorge has always been a gifted gymnast and was the Spanish National Acrobatic gymnastic champion in 2009
SPECIALISM Specializing in CrossFit, gymnastics and bodyweight training, His path to coaching came during his university years. “I was excited by the prospect of a training system with functional training, Olympic lifting, conditioning and of course gymnastics all mixed together,” he says.
MOTIVATION Jorge is passionate about “helping people to change their lives and smash their goals—seeing them improve every day and achieve things they never thought possible when they started.”

His favourite quote: “Happiness is not the absence of problems, is the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Maraboli

QUALIFICATIONS:
-CrossFit Coach Level 1 and Level 2
-Sports Science Degree – Madrid 2009 – 2013
-Post-graduate Personal Trainer Certification – Madrid
-CSCS Strength and Conditioning Specialist
-ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer

John

John

Sports science graduate and experienced FA certified football coach
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND  A competitive-level football player involved in multiple championship teams at grass roots level and semi pro, John played domestically in the UK and also internationally. “I then became a football coach at Arsenal F.C. for several years,” he says. “I was heavily involved in sports throughout my younger years and at Arsenal F.C. I developed a passion for pushing the body to its limits. Having already achieved a degree in sports science I decided to pursue a career as a fitness coach and personal trainer to work with and help as many people as I could
SPECIALISM John specialises in fat loss and weight management, athletic performance, strength and conditioning, physique transformation, nutrition and diet, and rehabilitation. “I am passionate about sports and leading a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle, working with people to achieve their goals and helping people reach their potential, and building strong bonds as well as strong bodies,” he says. “I love helping them to realise their potential, reaching small milestones to accomplish a long-term goal and daily improvements.”
MOTIVATION John says “I love helping them to realise their potential, reaching small milestones to accomplish a long-term goal and daily improvements.” He once survived a near-fatal, head-on car crash and 18 days later, he was back on the training ground. “Don’t let anything stop you,” he says.
QUALIFICATIONS:
-Bachelor degree in Sports Science
-REPs Level 4 Trainer (lower back management)
-FA Level 3 Football Coach
-ACA Advanced Coaching Academy
-AfN Applied Nutrition and Supplementation Course

Korina

Korina

Mulidisciplinary trainer with a master’s degree in kinesiologoy
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND Korina’s athletic background includes representing Croatia in swimming and serving as an external associate/lecturer at the Faculty of Kinesiology, and as a group programme presenter at fitness conventions in the EU and Ireland, writing article for building-body.com
SPECIALISM Korina has been coaching others for over 12 years and is passionate about movement. “We all need to move, and we should all be able to use our bodies fully throughout our lives,” she says. “I love helping people move efficiently and without pain so that they can become maximise the use of their amazing bodies.” Korina specialises in group functional fitness, as well as strength and conditioning.
MOTIVATION “I love knowing that my influence has changed someone’s life and habits,” she says. “Sport is my passion. It is my way of life and this experience I gladly pass on to others.”
QUALIFICATIONS:
-Certifications:-Master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Zagreb
-Pilates Body Technique Instructor
-Yoga Beginner and Intermediate Teacher
-Swimming Coach
-Skiing Instructor
-Spinning & Indoor Cycling Activities Instructor
-Aqua Fitness
-Fitness Group Activities (including Zumba and Tae Bo, among others)

Iñigo

Iñigo

Professional Thai boxer and coach
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND  Inigo has always been fascinated by martial arts. At 25 years of age he was ranked number 14 in Europe and went on to win the South England kickboxing championships 3 consecutive years and was ranked number 3 in the UK. In his homeland of the Basque Country in Northern Spain he won the National Muay Thai championships in 2008 and was crowned “Best fighter” of all the disciplines
SPECIALISM Inigo is a qualified strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer but he specialises in teaching boxing and Thai kickboxing and fitness for fighters. Inigo leads the boxing fitness classes and kickboxing classes at StrongBox for adults and children as well as personal coaching sessions
MOTIVATION In his own words “I am passionate about making people fall in love with the sport. Seeing people learning and improving every day and enjoying my classes is everything to me”. Inigo loves the discipline, coordination and body control necessary to master the fighting arts
QUALIFICATIONS:
-Certified Boxing coach by the Basque Boxing federation
-Certified Kick boxing and muay thai instructor by British Martial Arts Federation
-K1 muay thai and kick boxing instructor by Wako world federation
-Certified Personal trainer
-Certified Functional Strength Coach

Kesh

Kesh

Highly experienced athlete and trainer with a bachelor’s degree in science
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND  Kesh has been fascinated by activity and how the human body ticks all his life. Always one to give anything a go Kesh can turn his hand to almost any sporting activity with some success and has won several of the Aspire fitness individual and team competitions in recent years.
SPECIALISM Kesh specialises in strength and conditioning for athletes but he also has extensive experience in correcting movement dysfunction and therapeutic exercises. Kesh is also a certified sports massage therapist.
MOTIVATION “I feel like it’s my job to inform people on how to exercise and eat properly. There is so much misinformation that is out there these days regarding health, fitness, and Nutrition and these fad diets and baseless training methodologies pose a great risk of harm to general population. We, as a fitness professionals, have an obligation to coach clients reach their individual goals through safe and effective training and sound nutritional advice.”
QUALIFICATIONS:
-ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
-NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
-ACE Group Exercise Instructor and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist
-ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
-Certified Functional Strength Coach
-Sports Massage Practitioner
-Bachelor’s Degree in Science

Tim

Tim

 Owner
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND From an early age Tim loved sport eventually focussing on rugby achieving Division 1 Rugby Player in the UK and International caps for Arabian Gulf in Dubai 7s and South Africa 7s, and as a South East UK Natural Bodybuilding Association Champion in 2009. “I have always loved team sport and fitness,” he says. “I have worked with top coaches in teams for many years, and know how important the group dynamic is to really getting the most out of my training.
SPECIALISMGroup fitness coaching, sports specific strength and conditioning and bodybuilding. As a coach, Tim enjoys being witness to our athletes’ personal achievements. “I honestly feel that the real work is always done by the individual who gets to the gym every day and pushes themselves to the limit,” he says. “The real pleasure is facilitating this and watching the development and improvement and satisfaction that follows.”
MOTIVATION Tim sees so many people “who drift through life, zombie-like, working for unknown ends, saving for an unknown distant future, and I want to shake them all and scream. I feel the most real view of life is through the lens of hardship and struggle —and that’s why I love fitness training. It’s an opportunity to experience, to get out of your routine, push your body, and genuinely live at your limit—even for just a few minutes each day.”
QUALIFICATIONS:
-BSc (Hons) Durham University UK
-ACA (ICAEW)
-CrossFit L1
-Certified suspension training coach

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