COACH & Masters PROGRAM DESIGNER
Rob participated in competitive sport from a young age. He also started his first coaching role/s at the age of 16 (girls football and badminton), and has been expanding his knowledge/experience, coaching and mentoring ever since.
Rob’s first competitive sport was swimming, in which he competed a county level regularly. Not specialising in any particular sport, Rob built an early foundation in CrossFit without knowing it at the time. This is included being team captain for several Football and Rugby teams, and making the National Badminton squad.
Strength and Conditioning training commenced from the age of 15, and quickly became his primary love. Rob briefly competed in BodyBuilding, coming 5th in Mr UK in 1998, but did not enjoy the ‘sport’ and continued to train for health.
Rob worked part time as a trainer in a gym to help fund university study, and has been coaching and programming S&C ever since alongside his day job.
In his late thirties, Rob sought a new competitive challenge. After trying his hand at a local PowerLifting meet, he knew that he wanted more… Somehow, he fell upon CrossFit in 2013 and has never looked back. Since then, Rob has won numerous national and international Masters CrossFit competitions and has a good CrossFit open record in the 40+ category:
- 2016 – 48th worldwide – 1st UK
- 2017 – 43rd worldwide – 1st UK
- 2018 – 19th worldwide – 2nd UK
- 2019 – 26th worldwide – 3rd UK
He has also competed in two European Masters Weightlifting competitions and holds two British Masters titles in the 85kg category.
Rob, and his wife, opened CrossFit Oswestry in 2014, where he continues to coach and train a small community. Several CrossFit Oswestry athletes have been coached to compete in several National level Weightlifting championships winning 4 gold and 2 silver medals.
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Level 2
- CrossFit Kids
- HND Sports Science
- BSc Sports Science
- BWL L1 Coach
- UKSCA Foundations
What made you become a coach?
“I love progression. Especially when it comes to human performance. Helping someone become ‘better’ is amazing.”
What is your favourite quote or mantra to live by?
“There are so many… More is not always better. Unless it’s food. Never refuse food! There’s two, but if you want another… Have a streamlined strategy for everything.”
When is the last time you were out of your comfort zone?
“I love the comfort of structure and repetition. However, to become better at something, I we often have to push the limits or try something new. I’d therefore say that I am often uncomfortable in the attempt to improve something!”
Tell me something far lesser known about you.
“Underneath the beard is a permanent smile. I may look serious. Especially during competition. However, I really do love and enjoy CrossFit! I also say something similar to my twin girls when they ask why I am grumpy.“