Gymnasium Community

Team

That’s why we have highly qualified, experienced and well-educated coaches. Importantly they are full time with sick-pay, pensions & holidays. There is real career progression as Gymnasium expands. They all go on regular courses across a range of fitness & nutrition specialisms and bring their knowledge back top the wider team and members.

New coaches all go through the Academy, our coach development program. We are recruiting and training coaches with a wide range of skills and backgrounds who receive a series of practical workshops, videos and our handbook to show them how we coach at Gymnasium.  They then join classes to shadow our full time Coaches before starting to lead classes themselves.

Want to join the team? Check out our Academy.

Jack is a former national league basketball player who opened IN2CROSSFIT Clapham in 2014 and IN2CROSSFIT Farnham in 2016. He was also the driving force behind renowned UK CrossFit competition; The Athlete Games. His passion is taking athletes who do not count themselves as remotely fit and showing them what they are really capable of.

Level 3 Personal Trainer

  • Ushomi Fitness
  • Kettlebell Instructor
  • Bullgarian Bag Instructor
  • Olympic Lifting

BWLA Level 1: Olympic Lifting Instructor

  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Football
  • CrossFit Coaches Prep Course
  • CrossFit Westside

PETE | ATHLETICA PROGRAMME MASTER | EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR

Pete was born in Cape Town, South Africa and has been coaching since 2007. He represented his Province in rowing and played high level rugby until 2011. As a coach he has worked with Hollywood actors, stunt crews, sports teams and specialises in building female specific conditioning & strength programs.

  • Crossfit L1
  • Crossfit L2
  • Gym Jones L1

TIM | CROSSFIT PROGRAMME MASTER | GYM LEAD CLAPHAM

Tim has played competitive Football his whole life. He represented his NZ province at under 21, and at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland in 2008. He captained his team to 3rd place in the NZ Premier League. He has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science specialising in Physical Conditioning, and has worked with and alongside top conditioning coaches and National Representative Scholarship athletes.

  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit L2
  • CrossFit L3
  • Crossfit Kids
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Science Specialising in Physical Conditioning (L7)
  • Diploma in Applied Sport and Exercise Leadership Specialising in Personal Training (L5)
Ladder Run

SAM | ASSISTANT GYM LEAD CLAPHAM

Sam joined Gymnasium as a member, starting out in Athletica and then adding CrossFit. She fell in love with Gymnasium and wanted to make it a more permanent fixture in her life and so 18 months later joined as a full-time coach.

Sam was a former swimmer, representing her county and competing at the Nationals. Although she no longer competes, she still very much enjoys the odd splash about and even started up the Gymnasium Swim Club.

  • CrossFit L1
  • Pre & Post Natal L3
  • PT L3
  • Swim coach L1

NIC | GYM LEAD BRIXTON

Nic, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He played professional rugby, as well as district level waterpolo and bouldering. Nic then moved to Cape Town where his coaching career began.

In the eight + years since, he has trained private clients with individual needs, celebrity clients with specific goals for film, and most especially, group classes with mixed level participants.

Nic is passionate about functional fitness and the combination of both strength and mobility. He takes pride in being a part of his clients’ personal health & fitness journeys and believes that it also plays a major roll in ones mental health.

  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit L2

SOSIE | ASSISTANT GYM LEAD BRIXTON

Whilst studying at Loughborough University, Sósie was a National hockey player and represented the University. After graduating with a BSc in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, she left her home in the Isle of Man for a career in sports events. During the CV19 pandemic she qualified as a Level 3 personal trainer and embarked on a new adventure as a PT. Sósie has been with Gymnasium since our Wandsworth gym opened it’s doors in April 2021.

If you haven’t come across Sós as a coach yet you’ll certainly have seen her sweating away in a class!

  • BSc Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences
  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit L2

RYAN | COACH WANDSWORTH

Ryan is a decorated International Rower as well as an experienced elite-level Powerlifter. With a degree in Psychology and Sport Psychology, Ryan not only understands the importance of physical development, but also mental development. This provides the base for his person-centered coaching style, ensuring that members are guaranteed to leave feeling encouraged about their fitness journey.

  • BSc Psychology & Sport Psychology
  • Crossfit L1
  • CrossFit Gymnastics L1
  • ISSA Exercise Therapy Specialist

TOM | COACH

Tom joined the Gymnasium coaching team in 2021 shortly after he switched careers from marketing to become a full-time fitness professional – a passion that had long been a ‘side hustle’.

Tom holds a degree in Exercise & Sports Science and played semi-professional rugby for 10+ years, so has plenty of practical experience in a strength & conditioning setting. He is also our in-house TRX Specialist and comes with an infectious, glass-half-full attitude to life, so will be sure to put a smile on your face when you step through the doors of whichever Gymnasium site you happen to find him at!

  • BSc Exercise & Sports Science (1st Class Hons)
  • REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • TRX Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1

JAMES | COACH WANDSWORTH

James has been coaching in the sport and fitness industry for over 18 years. He has a degree in Strength & Conditioning Science from St Mary’s University. He has elite level coaching experience working with some of the UK’s top student athletes with a specific focus within Rugby league, Football, Futsal, Netball, Hockey and Rugby Union.

James played Rugby and Hockey to a county  standard and to a high level of semiprofessional Football.James has a great passion for Olympic lifting and Athlete economy with a focus on running mechanics.

  • Gym Instructor level 2
  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Certificate in Studio Cycling
  • Certificate in Circuit Training
  • Certificate in Sports Nutrition
  • Certificate in Gym Based Boxing
  • CrossFit L1
  • Level 2 in Sports Coaching
  • Level 2 Kettlebell Trainer
  • Level 1 Strength & Conditioning
  • Bs Strength & Conditioning Science

RAFFI | COACH

Fitness and sports have always been a big part of Raffi’s life, playing rugby at county level as a youth and adult. Brought up in Bristol, Raffi moved to London to pursue a career in the fitness industry, working in group fitness to start and PT’ing individual clients. Raffi joined the Gymnasium team in 2021 as part of the Academy and is now a full time coach at Clapham.

  • Personal Trainer L3
  • CrossFit L1

ALEX | COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Coach Alex first joined us as a member in 2015, after a few years learning about the Gymnasium experience as a member, Alex joined our part time coaching team.

In 2018 Alex left the corporate consulting world to join our permanent team and has vowed never to wear a suit to work again! Alex oversees everything to do with our strategy, processes and finance.

Alex is a CrossFit Level 2 Coach with a sports background in swimming, water polo and rugby.

  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit L2

KAREN | MEMBER & TEAM SUPPORT

After 25 years in corporate environments providing project management, administration, and business support services Karen started working with Gymnasium in 2017 and joined the team full-time in 2020.

Karen looks after all things non-coaching related including member services, business support and HR – if you have the red bar of shame, cannot book a class, want to change your membership or pass on some feedback Karen is the one to contact!

A former Nationals level competitive swimmer and Western Counties champion she now mainly swims open water and occasionally competes.  Owner of twin teenage girls, Karen is well equipped for anything the members or the coaching team throw at her!