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.