The Team

 

Alex Clarke: (Owner)

Alex during the final event of the 2012 CF Games European Regional.

   Qualifications:
   CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
   Dip. Adv. Personal Training
   British Weight Lifting Level 1
   CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
   Kettle Bell Instructor
   Nutritional Advisor

I am a self confessed CrossFit addict who enjoys taking on challenges of all kinds. For 3 years running I competed at the CrossFit Games European Regionals and in 2012 I was the highest placing UK based athlete  placing 11th in Europe. I have also had other successes with top 10 placings in Central Europe Throwdown, the European Inferno (pairs comp with Dellus West), Dirty Dozen Races Sept 2014 race + 2013 Back yard Jam and  as part of a team in the 2013 UK’s Toughest Gym, with 2 of these being podium finishes.

Not only have I had successes in my own competitions, many of my members/athletes have also had great success. I trained a 15 year old novice to a 6 time U18 world record holder in Power Lifting, programmed for internatioanl level CrossFitter competing in competitions such as The Athlete games, a South East record holder in Powerlifting and a England’s/Britain’s Strongest Man finalist, BWL English Championship qualifiers, CFT’s weightlifiting team won our League in our first season and many of my CFT athletes have achieve podium place finishes in local competitions and races.


Joshua Al-Chamaa: (Coach)

Josh coaching at CFT

Josh coaching at CFT

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Joshua Al-chamaa is a man who prides himself on helping and inspiring others through CrossFit. Not only is Joshua a coach, but also a competitive athlete who is dedicated to his training and competing in competitions across the country and worldwide.

He came from a professional dance background which then transitioned into weightlifting. It soon became apparent that with his mobility from dancing and strength from weightlifting that CrossFit was a natural and successful progression. Joshua has trained and competed in multiple sports since the age of 8.


Gary Harding: (Coach)

Gary competing at Monsters VS Masters

Gary competing at Monsters VS Masters

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Gary had a very strong sporting background as a youth, in both Football as part of Crystal Palace’s acadamy and in Judo. Though this did not lead him to where he was destined and Gary ended up battling a drug addiction.

After overcoming his addiction, Gary found himself back in the right frame of mind, in fact a stronger more determined frame of mind that could now do anything. This lead him to completing marathons across Nambia, Ironmans and eventually into CrossFit when he joined CFT with his wife Jacqui in 2013. Since then they have both been avid members with Gary progressing to become a coach after passing his CrossFit Level 1 and also going on to compete in many CrossFit competitions.


Pat Towers: (Coach)

Pat competing at Monsters vs Masters.

Pat competing at Monsters vs Masters.

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
British Weightlifting Level 1

I’ve been taking part in sport and fitness for over 25 years including football, various martial arts, globo gyms and bootcamp style training, eventually finding Crossfit in 2011. I knew I’d enjoy it but didn’t realise quite how much and am now completely hooked. For me it has everything I’d want from a training system – fitness, sport and competition (even if it’s just beating your own PRs). I’ve particularly enjoyed taking part in the inaugural Raising the Bar European Masters competition in April 2012,2013 & 2014 and the Masters section of the London Throwdown in 2013.

Taking the CF Level 1 trainers course was a natural progression, I’d like to think making me a better Crossfitter and giving me the opportunity to put something back into my box.


Debbie Waite: (Coach)

Debbie competing in our strongman competition.

Debbie competing in our strongman competition.

 Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
British Weightlifting Level 1

Once I started Crossfit – I was effectively taught how to lift weights properly, how to complete gymnastic moves like pull ups and handstands (I hadn’t done those since I was at school!) and how to be faster and more agile than ever before. I became hooked with the feeling of become stronger, fitter and healthier (but not bigger, bulkier and butch!)

I have competed in few Crossfit and strongman (I would love to change the ‘strongman’ name but that’s a whole different story!!!) competitions as an individual and in teams and loved every minute.

I wanted to help other people do the same, so I decided to mix my corporate career of management training and Executive coaching with my passion for health and fitness…… So my Crossfit coaching and weightlifting journey began. I’m passionate about helping people gain the confidence in themselves, to understand their body and use it as efficiently as possible to get the best results they can…. Whilst having loads of fun in the process. I’m also on my 2nd pregnancy since starting Crossfit and with great coaching I am still able to train and stay fit and healthy.


Christopher Dear: (Coach)

Chris preparing for the BWL English Championships.

Chris preparing for the BWL English Championships.

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
CrossFit Coaches Prep Certified
CrossFit Mobility Instructor
REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer
REPS level 2 Gym Instructor
British Weight Lifting Level 1
Extreme Russian Kettlebell Instructor
Sports Massage Therapy
Nutrition for Physical Performance
I have been interested in the science of strength and conditioning from an early age and have coached a wide variety of clientèle to improve their performance as an athlete. As a coach, my aim is to see all my clients achieve, and I make sure this is the case by ensuring their nutrition and training is tailored to their needs and goals.

I currently compete nationally at Crossfit and Olympic Weightlifting, and know the importance of achieving fitness at any level for not only athletic performance, but also quality of life. I currently coach competitive crossfit athletes, competitive weightlifters, tennis players, body builders and individuals wanting to improve their posture and functionality I love to coach and train, and I love seeing people achieve their goals. Whether your goal is to compete at your sport, improve your posture, transform your body, rehabilitate from an injury or improve your health, using scientifically proven methods I will work closely with so you achieve your goals.