HOLLY SKINNER

Owner, Olympic Lifting Head Coach

Compassionate and energetic CrossFit Affiliate Owner, athlete since 2008 and mother. I leverage experience with a diverse client base to meet each clients unique needs. Equipped with all the motivational skills and certified advanced technical training necessary to engage clients and achieve results.

My approach to fitness isn't only about what it can do for your body, CrossFit is a supportive community-based methodology that is inclusive and flexible. CrossFit Connect create mental and physical strength, which is further strengthened by the relationships built in the box.

BSc, Dip PT, CF-L1, BWL 2, MNU Nutritionist

MARK GOODWIN

Head Coach

My coaching journey started in 1998. My early years were spent coaching mainly Football and Athletics. As my own Football career took over in my early twenties I moved my coaching focus into Personal Training. I walked the usual route of commercial gyms, which left me feeling disheartened with the fitness industry. I wanted to do things different to the status quo so i started a Boot Camp business which ran for 3 years specialising in outdoor fitness. When I found CrossFit, I dropped everything as it resonated with the ethos i held so much, I had to be a part of it. I’d been involved in Gymnastics growing up and enjoyed practicing Capoeira so I naturally gravitated towards the Gymnastic elements of CrossFit and soon found myself attending the Gymnastic seminar in Reykjavik. My thirst for knowledge has seen me travel to Dublin, Reykjavik, California, London and Manchester in recent years studying and learning under some world class tutors. I became an affiliate holder in Eastbourne for 3 years and had the stark realisation that I would much rather concentrate on Coaching rather than running a facility. And thats exactly what I’m doing now here at Reebok CrossFit Connect and in my private studio in my home Town (Eastbourne).

Dip PT, CF-L1, L5 Sports and Remedial Massage, CF Gymnastics
 

DONNA BEALE

Operations Manager and Coach

I started Crossfit in February 2012 and quickly fell in love. It didn’t take me long to start competing and my greatest achievement to date was qualifying for The British Championships in 2015. My love for fitness and wanting to help others led me to make a career change. I gained a Level 3 Advanced diploma in Personal Training and the CF L1 in the summer of 2017. I then made the transition from member to coach at Connect in November 2017 and have been developing my coaching skills and learning from my colleagues ever since. Passion as a masters’ athlete I continue to be inspired by the older generation in the box. As you grow older your dedication increases as you must work that little bit harder. I am in awe of the capabilities of these athletes and the passion they show in each session. They are pushing their bodies to limits they never knew they could and my aim is to help them on their journey. I also love watching members develop and grow as they learn new skills. There is nothing better than supporting a new member through a new skill and then seeing the improvements they make and the difference it makes to their training.

Dip PT LV.3 , CF-L1

DIDI GODDARD

Coach

Didi started CrossFit in 2013. The variation in programming, the excellent coaching and learning new skills got her hooked instantly. It didn’t take long until Didi wanted to learn more, develop further skills and inevitably coach others. She took the CF L1 in 2015, passed her British Weightlifting L1 and qualified as a L2 gym instructor. She still works full-time but coaching is her passion; striving to learn more so she can develop as an excellent coach and CrossFitter. 

Dip PT, CF-L1

BEN McIVOR

Coach

I started doing CrossFit in 2010, following a pack with a mate to try a new regime that would ‘test my fitness’; needless to say after one WOD I was hooked! Little did I know how much this conversation would positively impact my life and the lives of many people around me. After getting CrossFit Level 1 Certified I knew I wanted to help work at a CrossFit affiliate and share my knowledge and experiences. Now my passion in life is to share my enthusiasm for a healthy and fulfilling life with as many people as possible! 

Dip PT, CF-L1

VAL BOYER

Coach

I started Crossfit back in May 2013, with no fitness or athletic background. I got caught into the challenge, the diversity of the workouts and the fact that there is always something to work on.

But after my first ever competition (9 months into it), in Taunton, my partner and I placed first in the RX category and that's when everything started off seriously for me. Learning about how to train smart, I started to do my research about oly lifting, strongman, gymnastics, bodybuilding,... new methods, different techniques to incorporate to my training

 

Then progressively, the next step for me was to pass on those knowledge, guiding other members on how to achieve their goals. I also like to develop mindset wether it's for training or competing.

Fitness instructor L2, CF L-1, Activity leadership L3, Swim Coach L2

JORDAN BURNS

Coach

I started CrossFit in 2016, after years of weightlifting and HIIT training at regular gyms. However, it wasn’t until I joined Connect that I realised where my passion really lied - as a personal trainer and coach. Since then I have added a number of skills to my arsenal, from developing my squats and cardiovascular endurance to learning olympic lifting and gymnastics movements. Connect is the place to be if you want to become a well-rounded athlete.

 

I have been coaching at Connect since 2017 and strive to offer members the best experience possible. I want to help them grow the same way the coaches did with me when I joined.

Dip PT, CF-L1

ELLIOT GEORGE MEETEN

Coach

As a keen sportsman throughout my childhood, I had always considered myself ‘fit’. However it wasn’t until 2015 that I discovered CrossFit, and I quickly realised that I wasn’t as fit as I thought. I was immediately drawn in by the fact that CrossFit addresses both physical and mental weaknesses, and I think that my character has developed considerably as a result. I believe entirely in CrossFit’s methodology, and I want to express my passion for the sport by coaching and improving other people’s functional abilities in order to improve their long term quality of life.

CF-L1

MADISON FARLEY

Coach

I took up CrossFit just over 4 years ago after most of the family joined and talked me into doing the teens classes. I took part in those teen classes and built up the fundamentals and learnt the technique of all the skills. I was then moved into the adult classes and started to take part in the WOD classes, gymnastics and Oly Lifting classes to build up the strength and overall performance in CrossFit. I now compete regularly throughout the year and train as much as I can around college, this has allowed me to develop as an athlete as well as a coach. 

I started to shadow at the start of 2017 which helped me gain knowledge from the different coaches; I was able to pick different characteristics of each coach so that I could combine their knowledge to help develop my own. 

CF-L1

AXEL SANCHEZ

Coach

It all started with push ups and sit ups in my garage 10 years ago, then as a regular gym goer things got boring and it wasn’t until 2015 that I discovered Crossfit and properly started my fitness journey. Falling in love with the sport on my first session, I believe Crossfit has a unique way of promoting a healthier lifestyle, a hard but fun way of training and magic to bring together a community that enjoys hard work and discipline.

CF-L1

SARAH FARLEY

Administration

I've been a member of Connect for almost 4 years. My husband Neil aka Ruskie, daughter Madison aka Mad Dog & son Leo are also members so it's a family affair!

My part at Connect is Admin and Memberships, I am the face at the end of your emails and deal with any queries regarding memberships or hopeful new members. I train regularly down at Connect and am constantly thriving for better performance within Connect. I love the community we have developed over the years down at Connect and it is what makes this box so special. Connect is a huge of our lives and will continue to be and has become a second home to my family.

ANTHEA BEASANT

Kids Coach

Anthea has an MSc in Physiotherapy and specialises in paediatrics. She has been crossfitting since she 'retired' from playing competitive rugby with Saracens and moved to the south coast in 2012.

Anthea coaches the kids class at Connect and you'll find her giggling and dancing as much as throwing down at the gym.

You have to be a big kid to work with them after all!

MSc Physiotherapy

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