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Claude Abrams

SPORT, physical activity and general well-being has always been a passion of Claude’s. In childhood, football was his driving force, but this soon extended to athletics, tennis, swimming, cricket and track and field. Practically whatever sport was ‘in season’, Claude wanted to try it.

It was around the age of 14 that London-born Claude took up boxing, which was to dominate most of his life. Although he later became a boxing journalist, writing for and then editing the weekly Bible Boxing News for 22 years and thus observing some of the world’s finest athletes at close hand, he always remained physically active and focused on wellness. For instance, he competed at powerlifting and also dabbled in martial arts, yoga, fencing, cycling, half-marathons – almost anything that required movement and exploring the human physical (and mental) potential.

A vegan for almost a decade, Claude has studied nutrition and is a strong believer in how food, especially whole foods, can heal and empower us, though is of the opinion that there isn’t a one-way-that-fits-all solution.

It was in 2010, having left journalism to explore the world on a global tour with his family – selling up all his possessions in the UK and going travelling – that Claude, while sitting under a coconut tree in an eco village in Brazil, discovered CrossFit.

He had read about it in Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Body. Once he tried it, Claude was hooked. His interest escalated and, with two young children (boy and girl) and a wife, he continued to navigate the world, literally bouncing from one CrossFit box to another, meeting many amazing people along the way.

He passed his Level 1 coaching exam and learned most while at CrossFit Vancouver’s School of Fitness in Canada as an apprentice coach. Claude’s drive is for helping people to help themselves achieve their goals through improved physical well-being. He has found CrossFit to be an amazing tool for that.

Qualifications & Benchmarks

Diploma Sports & Recreation, Uxbridge College, Middlesex, UK, 1986

Editor Boxing News, London, UK 1987-2009

Editor Fighting Fit, London, UK 2009

Hippocrates Health Institute Life-change program, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, August 2008

Living On Light, Serra Grande, Brazil, October 2011

CrossFit Level 1 Certification, Singapore, June 2012

CrossFit Endurance Certification, Frankston, Melbourne, Australia, September 2012

Anatomy, CrossFit Vancouver MadLab School of Fitness, Vancouver, Canada, March 2013

Madlab Business Group Executive Business Diploma, Vancouver, Canada, March 2013

Sports Science, CrossFit Vancouver MadLab School of Fitness, Vancouver, Canada, April 2013

CrossFit Technique, CrossFit Vancouver MadLab School of Fitness, Vancouver, Canada, May 2013

Kettlebell Fever/StrongFirst Strength Summit, London, England, December 2013

  • Height: 6ft
  • Weight: 75kg
  • Age: 46
  • Clean & Jerk: 59kg
  • Snatch: 52kg
  • Front Squat: 90kg
  • Deadlift: 161kg
  • Isabel: 6:18
  • Cindy: 15rds
  • GI Jane: 16:06
  • 2km Row: 7:40
  • 1 Mile run: 6:22
  • Helen: 12:17
  • Fight Gone Bad: 279

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Archie Cunningham

Archie oozes enthusiasm and loves all things CrossFit. It was a natural marriage, as Archie had already been immersed in CrossFit-style workouts before discovering the sport in 2011.

A desire and knack for coaching pushed him to where he is today, though it all started at the University of Exeter, where, while furthering his fascination for surfing by being close to Britain’s coastline, he graduated with a degree in Renewable Energy even though he knew that his intention one day was to open his own strength and conditioning fitness facility.

At uni Archie coached the women’s and men’s rowing squads and was a decent rower himself. At 6ft 5in, his long arms and legs were put to effective use.

He discovered that by applying his drive and enthusiasm – as well as annoying attention to detail – he could often quite quickly transform someone’s technique and athletic capacity. Coaching is something he did inherently.

His focus is on movement efficacy and virtuosity rather than raw effort. His priority is mechanics and consistency over intensity. Proper form is everything to him, especially as he has experienced injury.

Archie’s first CrossFit workout was Fight Gone Bad and it left him sore for four days, but certainly not discouraged. CrossFit has been at the heart of his training ever since (he qualified as a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer in December 2012 at Reebok CrossFit Parma, Italy).

Archie’s own athletic prowess was in rugby (same school as Jonny Wilkinson), where he played as a lock and at school and club level, and Tang Soo Do, a Korean form of karate. He went from practising martial arts in school and later kung fu, to competing in the world Tang Soo Do championships in Rotterdam as a heavyweight.

CrossFit Level 1 Certification, Parma, Italy, December 2012

Attitude Nation Level 1 Olympic lifting trainer, Reading, UK, December 2013

Stats:

  • Weight: 90kg
  • Age: 25
  • 2k row: 6:47
  • Clean+jerk: 100kg
  • Snatch: 75kg
  • Backsquat: 110kg
  • Max unbroken wall-balls (10kg): 67
  • Helen: 10:02

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