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Donna

Owner and Coach

I have been a Crossfitter for over 10 years now 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 huge career change back in 2017. After being a banking analyst for 18 years I went back to school and gained my PT L3 Advanced diploma and my CF L1 and started coaching here at CrossFit Connect. 

The methodology behind CrossFit is what intrigued me to start this sport and the community, inclusivity and diversity is why I have embraced it for so long. Since becoming the owner of CrossFit Connect my mission is to create a space for everyone to train side by side, to make everyone feel welcome, with no discrimination. We are a family, and when you train here you become a massive part of that. My team and I have one goal, and that's to keep you safe and make your time with us the best part of your day.

PT L3, CF-L1

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Mark

Head coach

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 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.

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 CrossFit Connect and in my private studio at home.

PT L3, CF-L1, L5 Sports and Remedial Massage, CF Gymnastics

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Jordan

Coach

I joined CrossFit Connect in 2016 when I was looking for a gym to fit around my busy work schedule as a Digital Marketing Executive. Needless to say, I found the community I always wanted to be apart of - everyone was kind, welcoming and encouraging. Five years later and I am now a full time CrossFit coach who specialises in fitness for older adults. It’s funny where life takes you!

My goal is to give our members the same positive experience that I received when I first joined. I want to help them on their fitness journey and ensure that their hour in class is the best hour of their day.

PT L3, CF-L1

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Madi

Coach

I started CrossFit back in 2014 after some of my family had joined CrossFit Connect. I instantly loved it and have not stopped training there since whilst competing all throughout the year too.

I started shadowing the other coaches at the start of 2017 and it allowed me to learn the ways before I completed my CF-L1 in the summer of 2019. I have grown in confidence and experience over the 4 years of coaching and love seeing members improve in the classes that we offer.

 

I continue to coach CrossFit to share my passion for the sport and Connect and help others with the knowledge that I have learnt.

PT L3, CF-L1, BWL L2

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Benjamin

Coach

I began my CrossFit journey 2010 at CrossFit Bath following a pack with a friend to try a new regime that would "test my fitness", needless to say after one workout I was hooked for life! Little did I know how much this conversation would positively impact my life and the lives of many people around me. My passion in the gym is to share my enthusiasm for a healthy and fulfilling life with as many people as possible.

 

As well as CrossFit I am also a swimming coach. Within my coaching roles I have delivered on developing high performance training systems and produced many county, regional and national swimmers throughout the years. As well as personally competing internationally for Great Britain - Highest sporting achievement: 3rd in the world.

PT L3, CF-L1, BWL L1

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Lina

Coach

I discovered CrossFit in 2011 and this is when real fitness started for me. CrossFit led me to discover Olympic Weightlifting which become my main focus for 5 years, the sport has taken me to regional and national competitions. The biggest achievement was getting bronze in British Weightlifting Championship.

I love team competitions and have done quite a few, but my favourite is Tribal Clash which I have competed in 9 times (UK, Portugal and Australia). I have been guided and coached by some great people along my fitness journey. Serious injury made me seek for help and this is when I bumped into some very clever people and learnt a lot about how human body works and how important it is to maintain balance in the body. I was inspired and knew I wanted to help people to get strong and fit, so everyday challenges can be defeated with confidence. In 2019 I had Cardiac Ablation and this is where I decided time is now to peruse a coaching career. I want to share my experience and knowledge with those who desire to better themselves each day.

PT L3, CF-L1, BWL L2

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Danny

Coach

I found CrossFit in 2017 and have never looked back since, having played in competitive sports from a young age, attending the gym since I was a teenager and became a personal trainer in 2008. I believe CrossFit perfectly combines the two.

Implementing the CrossFit methodology in my training I have learnt new skills and knowledge I never imagined possible and my passion is to share that with the community at CFC and help members achieve things they never thought they would. I want people to take part and leave the WODs with a new found confidence they can take into everyday life.

PT L3, CF-L1

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Louisa

Coach

I started CrossFit in 2013 after giving up rugby and looking for a new challenge with something that still offered a competitive side but more importantly the team camaraderie aspect.

I walked into Mark Godwin’s old gym in Eastbourne and the rest you can say is history! I quickly fell in love with the methodology and the community feel that the gym created amongst it’s members, something I have found widely replicated across the international CrossFit community when travelling and competing.

Coming from a teaching and coaching background I wanted to be able to share it with as many people as possible and have been coaching and programming since 2015 around my full time job as a firefighter. I love chatting all things programming and competing and can generally be found faffing somewhere in the gym with my doggo Ted.

PT L3, CF-L2, CF weightlifting L1, CF Gymnastics L1

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Sarah

Membership Consultant

I joined CrossFit Connect 7 years ago as a member and have never looked back!

My day to day job is a Nail Technician, but in between clients I am dealing with general enquiries, new member enrolment, member support and all other admin duties to help CrossFit Connect operate. I am the one at the end of the phone and your contact via email, I manage the memberships and tasters sessions for the box. 

Connect is my second home and the place I go to escape.