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 functional 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 central London locations are just a few minutes walk from Bank, Liverpool street, Aldgate, Aldgate East and Fenchurch street stations. Bespoke spaces 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 on site physiotherapists at both sites.

CrossFit Aldgate – 117 Houndsditch, EC3A 7BT
CrossFit Aldgate East – 78 Alie street – E1 8PZ


Meet Our Coaches

Kamil Choleva

Kamil Choleva – FOUNDER and OWNER

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

Formerly a professional free-style wrestler and Slovakian National champion Kamil has been a full time Strength & Conditioning coach and personal trainer, working in London for the last 13 years.

In 2010 he discovered Crossfit and instantly loved the concept! He enjoyed 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.

Adam Bailey – FOUNDER and OWNER

Bsc Sport and Exercise Science, MSc Physical activity and health, CrossFit Level 2 Coach, StrongFit, F.R.C.

With a two degrees from Loughborough university and 12 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 seeing gains in fitness and strength he started applying the programme to clients and friends.

Adam also specialises in rehabilitative training and diet considerations for those with medical conditions.

Sara du Plessis – Coach

CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Trainer, 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!


Joe Martin – COACH

CrossFit L1&2, PT L3, CrossFit Gymnastics and CrossFit Strongman.

I started CrossFit in 2012 after moving to London for a new job and putting on a huge amount of weight. By 2013 I was hooked, had taken my Level 1 and started coaching. By 2014 I was coaching full time and had left the office life behind.

My training philosophy is simple: ‘If it’s not fun, don’t do it.’ We all know our areas of weakness and things we need to work on. The important thing is that you find a way to make them fun. And for me, CrossFit is fun. Don’t like jogging? Go swimming. Don’t like handstands? Stay on your feet. Don’t like the gym? Try CrossFit. Keep it fun, or you won’t stick with it.

Craig Fyffe – COACH

CrossFit L1&2, PT L3, CrossFit Gymnastics and CrossFit Strongman.

Having found CrossFit 9 years ago I realised there and then I would always have a challenge in the gym for a long time. Having been a rugby captain for many years has allowed me to use my motivational and leadership skills in our classes. Also known to keep the energy high with hard techno or trance. Music is the answer…

Yannick Gracia Crossfit Coach

Yannick Gracia – Coach

Currently studying masters of Osteopathy
Level 2 and 3 Advanced personal trainer
FRC and FR practitioner
Level 1 and 2 KBT Strength and conditioning coach Crossfit level 1
Crossfit gymnastics level 1
Crossfit Strongman

From the sunny island of Mallorca where Yannick grew up he always had an interest in movement and how to improve 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.

As an aspiring Osteopath his focus is on different structures of the body and how they come together to create the desired/wanted movement specifically towards the skill members want to develop.
Yannick wants to keep striving to improve at Crossfit and Gymnastics, as well as BJJ which he recently started practicing.
I am here to help, educate and learn in every possible way. Hope you enjoy your Crossfit experience.

Simon Edwards – Coach

Simon is physiotherapist with 6 years experience working in health, sport and exercise. He loves the gym environment and if not coaching you will likely finding him squatting or deadlifting.

Simon is currently studying for a Masters in Strength and Conditioning at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, he is also a Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist. Both of these can be seen in his approach to coaching, eye for technique and understanding of how the human body moves and adapts to training.

Away from the box Simon also works in the Richmond and Wandsworth area and is Head Physio for the Richmond Women’s rugby club, who play in the top level of women’s rugby in the country.

Rare sightings can also be found of Simon actually playing rugby, but only on a full moon and if you have put your weights away in the gym.

Chris Howard – Coach

Chris has been a strength coach for over ten years, running his own strength and conditioning personal training business and as a trainer at CrossFit boxes in both Sydney and London including managing and running an affiliate.

He is a CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 trainer, has completed certifications for CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Powerlifting, Catalyst Athletics, and UK Strength & Conditioning Powerlifting & Olympic Lifting.


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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