The Team 2017-10-23T12:33:26+00:00

Meet the Team

Alex Clarke (Coach & Owner)

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 international level CrossFitter’s competing in competitions such as The Athlete games and qualifying to the second stages of the CrossFit Games. I’ve also trained an England’s/Britain’s Strongest Man finalist and South East record holder in powerlifting. On top of this 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.

Gary Harding (Coach)

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.

Mike Phillips (Coach)

Qualifications:
   CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Mike keeps promising some text, but nothing as yet.

Debbie Waite (Coach)

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.

Pat Towers (Coach)

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.

Nick Lang (Coach)

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Instructor

Nick is our body weight ninja. Anything gymnastics orientated, running, jumping and OCR based then Nick is the man.

Ashley Clarke (Admin)

Ashley does all the real work! Behind every successful man is a woman, and Ash is that woman. Not only does she keep Alex on the straight and narrow, but she organises everything behind the scenes for Crossfit Tonbridge!