Head Coach & Program Designer

Mike comes from a strong sporting background; along with boxing and athletics, Mike also played representative rugby from the age of 11, ending his rugby career in the Welsh Premiership.

During his time at university Mike became a personal trainer and studied sports nutrition alongside his degree. With the knowledge and experience he acquired in the industry Mike set up KRATOS Nutrition Ltd. in 2011 which has developed into one of the leading nutrition brands in the UK CrossFit market.

Having always enjoyed the strength and conditioning element to the sports that he played, he discovered CrossFit as a way to help improve performance on the field. In 2012 Mike retired from rugby following an eye socket fracture, and took up CrossFit as his sport of choice. Since then Mike has won numerous competitions across the UK and Europe including Battle of the Beasts (European Championships), Rep it Out, Canarias Gone Bad and the Super Human Games. Mike also competed as part of a team in The CrossFit Games Meridian Regionals in 2015, and the European Regional in 2018.

Mike started coaching CrossFit in 2012 and has also coached strength and conditioning for several rugby clubs, notably Glamorgan Wanderers and the Newport/Gwent Dragons Women’s XV. In this time Mike has worked with a huge range of individuals, from middle aged mums to elite athletes and has a wealth of experience in coaching individuals and groups alike.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Football
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • Joel Jamieson Conditioning Coach
  • Attitude Nation Olympic Lifting Coach
  • PT Level 3 REPs
  • Level 4 Sports Nutrition

What made you become a coach?     
“I’ve always loved training and programming, I’ve learnt a lot from a number of great coaches and love to pass that knowledge on and make people better. There’s no better feeling than helping someone achieve something they didn’t think was possible.”

What is your favourite quote or mantra to live by?
“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Does being a good person make you a better athlete and coach?
Yes! 100% good athletes and coaches are a dime a dozen, and anyone can get to a pretty high level with the right amount of time and guidance. But good people are much more rare!”

When is the last time you were out of your comfort zone?  
“Pretty much every day, I think if you want to get better you have to get past the comfort zone constantly! “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” Albert Einstein”

Tell me something far lesser known about you.
“I once won a karaoke competition on holiday and had to sing in front of 2000 people dressed up like James Brown (I feel good!) “

 

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