About CrossFit Aldgate

CrossFit Aldgate brings the global CrossFit sensation into the heart of the City of London.

At CrossFit Aldgate every workout is planned and supervised from start to finish and lasts just 45 minutes to make it easier to fit into your busy day. We use technically demanding movements, not machines, mixed into a programme where routine is the enemy and progress comes fast.

Perhaps the best thing about our facility is our community. Here we encourage our members to encourage each other so you have an instant network of training partners, competitors and friends. You’ll soon feel your body changing and your energy levels soar while we not only help you reach your goals, but also enjoy the journey there.

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Our Facilities

Our box at 117 Houndsditch London is just a few minutes walk from Bank, Liverpool street, Aldgate and Fenchurch street stations. A bespoke space designed for real training, where you can learn Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics, use kettlebells, rings and barbells and become fitter, stronger and more mobile than you ever thought possible!

Sessions are reservation only and we limit our class sizes so you always have enough space, equipment and attention from the coach. We also have full changing facilities with showers and an on site physiotherapist. Entrance via our reception on Houndsditch and private access on Clothier street.

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Meet Our Coaches

Kamil Choleva

Kamil Choleva – Head Coach

BSc in sport science, NASM-CPT, CrossFit Level 1 Coach, UK BWL assistant coach, Poliquin strength coach Level 1, Biosignature modulation. Ex-professional free style wrestler.

Formerly a professional wrestler and Slovakian National champion Kamil is now a full time Strength & Conditioning coach, working in London for the last 8 years.

In 2010 he discovered Crossfit and instantly loved the competitiveness, variety and the idea of becoming an ‘all-round athlete’. Before long he was competing again, this time in local and international CrossFit competitions along with Olympic weightlifting meets.

Kamil is fascinated with the effects of smart training and quality nutrition on the physical system and will motivate you to become the best version of yourself!

Adam Bailey

Adam Bailey – Coach

Bsc Sport and Exercise Science, MSc Physical activity and health, CYQ PT, Exercise for referred populations, CrossFit Level 1 Coach

With a two degrees from Loughborough university and 7 years as a successful personal trainer, Adam is a highly qualified and experienced coach, now applying his knowledge of training and nutrition at CrossFit Aldgate.

With a background in athletics, Adam swapped chasing elite marathon times for the more balanced approach of CrossFit and after rapid gains in fitness and strength he started applying the programme to clients and friends.

Having previously worked on a government scheme where people were referred to him from physiotherapists, doctors and surgeons, Adam also specialises in rehabilitative training and exercise and diet considerations for those with medical conditions.

Ben Wynn-Owen – Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Ben has always had a keen interest in competitive sports, with achievements in athletics, rugby and football.

His involvement in CrossFit started early in 2011 shortly after undergoing shoulder surgery. During his recovery Ben employed Crossfit’s techniques into his training. Soon after his recovery he discovered a local CrossFit box and started going regularly to build back his strength and conditioning.

He soon found that CrossFit fulfilled his need for competition and his desire to get fitter, faster, bigger and stronger.

Ben qualified as a CrossFit trainer in order to share his knowledge, expertise and passion for CrossFit with others, and to help them achieve their personal goals.

Carl Elliston – Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

BSc Fitness and Health, Fitness Assessment Course, Kettle Bell Course, Post and Pre Natal Exercise Certificate, Level 3 Y.M.C.A Fitness Training, Level 1 CrossFit trainer

Carl has over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry. Finding martial arts as his predominant sport as a youth, he trained with top level boxers and kickboxers before moving into competition as an adult, and achieving an amateur kickboxing title.

Working in many gyms he has trained people from all walks of life, from youths to the elderly, including amateur and professional athletes, as well as running his own kickboxing club.

Known for his creativity and dynamic flexibility, you can be sure that this will be thrown into the mix of his workouts.

Let’s get Physical!

Yannick Gracia Crossfit Coach

Yannick Gracia – Coach

Level 2 & level 3 personal trainer

Level 1 & 2 KBT strength and conditioning

Crossfit level 1

Crossfit Gymnastics level 1

From the sunny island of Mallorca where Yannick grew up he always had a huge interest in sport and performance. Having competed in Gymnastics at a young age that has always been his forte, but when he moved to London and discovered CrossFit he never looked back! Now, as an athlete, he strives to become well rounded and set some PRs on the platform too. As a coach he is here to help, educate and learn in every possible way.

Sara du Plessis Crossfit Coach

Sara du Plessis – Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)

British Weightlifting Level 1 Coach

Advanced Level 3 Personal Trainer

 

With over 10 years’ experience in the fitness industry, Sara discovered CrossFit after having her son and became hooked! She strongly believes in CrossFit as an adaptable training method, as well as loving the sport that has been created from it. She has been exposed to sports she would never have considered before, and gone so far as to join a weightlifting squad for whom she competes. She also enjoys rock climbing and OCR, and CrossFit looks after her training for both!

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Dylan Foster – Coach

Level 1 and 2 Crossfit Coach

 

Growing up in the sunny state down under Dylan had been exposed to every sport you can think of. After spending hours in a commercial gym getting nowhere he decided to tackle Crossfit and never looked back. Taking a special interest in Olympic Weightlifting.

After completing his Level 1 Crossfit coaching certificate in Brisbane, Australia he went on a quest to London to locate a coaches position. Crossfit Aldgate gave him a shot for an internship and had been hooked on coaching ever since.

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James Tait – Coach

BSc Sport and Exercise Science

UKSCA Accredited

British Weightlifting Level 1

NASM Corrective Exercise

CrossFit Level 1

Precision Nutrition Level 1

 

With 5 years experience in the fitness Industry and with a number of personal qualifications obtained along the way James is suitably positioned to train a variety of individuals with their own personal goals.

James came from a Rugby League background but upon discovering CrossFit in 2011 he found the perfect replacement to competitive sport and a training programme which was effective, adaptable and suitable for all. James appreciates what CrossFit has done for the fitness industry recognising that CrossFit gives people access to the training environment, the appropriate equipment and Intensity in training necessary to make Improvements in physical health.

James enjoys both Group training and one to one personal training as well as Nutrition consultation and Individual programme writing.

james przybek crossfit coach

James Przybek – Coach

Personal trainer lv 2 and lv 3

CrossFit lv 1

Crossfit gymnastic lv 1

Crossfit Mobility Trainer

KBT strength and conditioning lv 1

Sports Nutrition lv 3

 

Having served 9 years as a Royal Marines Commando, James felt it was time for a change and left to become a full-time Strength and Conditioning coach 3 years ago. He enjoys both coaching CrossFit as well as competing at many high level competitions. Alongside this, he has started his own events management company responsible for organising the Battle of Britain Throwdown CrossFit competition. With his military background James is certain to find a way to motivate you to achieve your goals.

Anna Gudny Crossfit Coach

Anna Gudny – Coach

Crossfit Level 1 Coach

Level 2 Personal Trainer

Qualified gymnastic coach

CYQ Pre/Post natal exercise

 

Anna comes from Iceland, the land of fire and ice. She has been in the industry for good 5 years. Anna is a keen sports woman. As a kid she used to participate in every sport there is before she found her love for gymnastics. She trained and competed successfully for 12 years and won gold with her teammates at the Teamgym European Championships in In 2010.

She first got involved in Crossfit in 2013 and immediately enjoyed it. Crossfit was just what she was looking for. The variety of workouts, competitive Wod´s and the social community.

Anna loves outdoor activities. Whether it´s climbing volcanos in Iceland, glacier hiking or cycling in London. Her aim is to make exercise fun and enjoyable, exercising should be the best part of the day!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CrossFit?

Cick here to read our ‘What is Crossfit” page

CrossFit looks really hard, is it too tough for me?

Everything in CrossFit is scaled from the complexity of the exercises to the intensity that you work at, so everyone from your grandma to your athletic hero can, participate in CrossFit. We set different levels for each workout so you will be working with others who have a similar ability to you. Even before this, we take you through a one month induction called a ‘Foundations course’ so you can learn the basics and build a strong fitness base.

I’m trying to lose weight, how do you do cardio with no machines?

Ask again after your first workout with us if you still want more cardio – chances are you will be too out of breath! The workouts are arranged so you will get a big cardiovascular challenge while also improving your posture, mobility and strength. Training using our method has been proven to be around 9 times more effective at burning fat than the traditional steady state cardio that arises from traditional gym training and reliance on CV machines. And it’s more fun!

How are you different from other gyms?

In short our facility, our programme, our coaches and our community are completely different to any other that you have experienced before. Here you will not only reach your goals faster but you will have a great experience getting there.

Do you have changing and showering facilities?

Yes and we provide you with a towel.

The memberships are more than my current gym

– why is this?

‘Globo-gyms’ set their prices banking on you not showing up. We, on the other hand, expect you to show up and so base the membership price on how many times you attend per week and cap how many people can attend each session.

We also offer a far superior service

  • You will be coached by experienced trainers through every workout rather than being left on your own,
  • We plan every session as part of a wider, tailored programme,
  • Our facility can accommodate far more effective training methods than one being clogged up with boring machines,
  • You will be part of a close community that will support you on your journey

All sounds good, how do I start?

For more information see our getting started page.

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