Being a CrossFit coach is the greatest job in the world. Day in, day out, we’re charged with the responsibility of changing lives. Every day our members entrust us with their fitness, health, and future, we never take this trust lightly and we always remember that being a coach is a position of responsibility and service, not of privilege and power. Every coach at CrossFit Fareham adheres to the CrossFit Coaches Creed principles, as all our members should expect.
Head CrossFit Coach
Matt’s passion for fitness has been a lifelong one. Having always enjoyed physical endeavour and pursued most sports at school, college and throughout University, he started his career on the gym floor at the age of 18. By his own admission, using a gym had historically always been something he did for aesthetic reasons rather than performance related goals. It was only once he was introduced to the concept of CrossFit® in 2009 did he realise that by training to be fitter and stronger, he could ultimately achieve both.
Having trained and become certified in Olympic lifting, Power lifting, Gymnastics, Strongman and Kettlebells, he now truly understands the concept of effective training, and utilises this knowledge when coaching classes and individuals, to maximise potential and results.
As the resident CrossFit® guru and advocate, he is inspired and challenged daily by his peers to strive for success in both his own athleticism and coaching skills.
- BSc Sports & Exercise Science
- CrossFit® Level 2
- CrossFit® Level 1 Gymnastics
- CrossFit® Kids Instructor
- British Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
- KBT Level 2
- CrossFit® Judges Course
Rebecca joined the team in 2016, ahead of the big move to CrossFit Fareham 2.0. With a 10 year career in senior Business and Operational Management roles, Rebecca brings a wealth of experience in Business growth strategy, leadership, HR, marketing, Health and Safety and customer care.
Fitness has always been a prominent part of Rebecca’s life; she was a competitive synchronised swimmer for most of her teenage years, loved sports at school and has always been an active gym goer. Having trained up to 37 weeks pregnant, CrossFit helped her prepare her body for the birth of her two children and helped her get back into shape post birth.
Rebecca supports Matt by handling many of the strategic, HR and social functions of the business, working part-time around her own HR consultancy and training company.
- LLb Law (Bachelor with hons) 2.1
- LLM Leadership and Management L5
- CIPD L3
- IOSH Managing Safely
Ryan Gribby, has been training and coaching CrossFit since he discovered the sport in 2012.
An avid learner, or ‘geek’ by his own admission, Ryan has a huge thirst for ongoing professional and personal development. Through books and podcasts he has gained a fascination for mindset and ‘conscious coaching’; ultimately intrigued by how the body can be scientifically trained to do anything the mind sets it. With this in mind, he has spent time living in Poland with ‘Iceman’ Wim Hof; pushing his mind, body and soul beyond what he thought it was capable of. He has also run a 64-mile Ultra Marathon, whilst achieved his goal of snatching 100Kg in the same year, and has competed in the most difficult paddleboard races the UK has to offer.
His love of coaching CrossFit derives from the rewards of changing other people’s lives. CrossFit for him is not just about teaching someone to lift well or better movement mechanics; it’s the impact of those achievements on that person’s life; their overall confidence, their perspectives and their belief system. In his words ‘CrossFit is more than a sport, its education for the body and soul. I love the community and CrossFit Fareham is my tribe and my home’.
- L2 CrossFit coach
- Level 3 QCF Certificate in Personal Training
Kern Toussaint ‘Touss’
Coach and NLP Therapist
Growing up in a Caribbean environment in close surroundings with dozens of extended family members, Kern’s childhood years were very physically active in nature.
Early on, he began to notice that passion, not talent, was the key indicator of personal success; that finding joy in the things we do is a universal experience. With this foundation, personal development and the movement of the human body became his biggest addiction.
Touss went on to compete at high levels in Football, represented his country in Martial Arts, the Royal Navy in Track & Field and recently aiming for the Olympic stage in Rowing. All whilst building his academic and practical knowledge in a variety of key coaching disciplines and therapies.
When he discovered Crossfit, he ultimately fell in love with the core essence of it; the training principles and the spirit of community. Holding a lifelong philosophy that we are all here to inspire and be of service to each other through an underlying connection, his fascination with the power of mindset fuels his pursuit to promote excellence in the human potential.
- Personal Trainer Level 3
- Holistic Massage
- Sports Massage
- Chinese Meridian Massage
- Strength & Conditioning Level 1
- KBT Level 1
- Gymnastic Strength Training
- NLP Cert.
- Leadership and Management
- Physical Education and Training Diploma
Alex is CrossFit Fareham’s specialist rowing coach. Since finishing a 30 year career in law enforcement, and motivated by a lifelong involvement in a range of sports both as a participant and coach, he qualified as a personal trainer and has spent the last few years coaching and mentoring other athletes.
A dedicated indoor rower himself, Alex has completed numerous specialist rowing workshops, is a member of an online rowing team and recently placed in the top 3 in two recent worldwide indoor rowing competitions.
Since Alex joined CrossFit Fareham’s coaching team in 2016, his mission has been to help all our athletes to improve their technique and efficiency on this essential piece of Crossfit equipment. He delivers monthly gym challenges, provides ongoing tips and support to members through our social media page and runs quarterly in-house rowing workshops.
- Level 3 Personal trainer
- Level 2 triathlon coach
In-House Nutritional Therapist
Having successfully completed her 3 year diploma in Nutritional Therapy nearly 10 years ago, Rachel has been working with a range of clients ever since, under her own successful nutritional therapy practice based in South Hampshire.
With a thirst for ongoing professional development, she can also add an MSc in Personalised Nutrition with the world renowned Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management to her academic credentials .
Having dedicated much of her adult life to understanding the functions of the human body and the impact of nutrition on it, Rachel will be the first to state that her learning journey with nutrition will never stop.
Having also undertaken many postgraduate modules in areas such as Functional Sports Nutrition, Nutrition for Mental Health and Balancing Female Hormones, she understands that it is a ever evolving subject, and it is her mission to keep on researching. This research enables her to deliver amazing and effective nutritional services, packages of support and advice, so that you can safely use the power of nutrition therapy in your own lives.
Realising her lifelong passion for all aspects of fitness, Mischa started her personal training career, and building her own athletic profile in the fitness industry, in 2016. She has trained in weightlifting, boxing, swimming, hiking & cycling, and competed in several local Crossfit and British Weightlifting competitions over recent years. As a fitness coach, being able to positively influence clients to understand that health and fitness goes beyond aesthetics alone makes each day a great one.
In her words ‘I try to inspire my clients to be more than the number on the scale, to focus on what they can do and want to achieve, to set themselves free from the social media body conscious rat race and really start to enjoy their health and fitness journey’
She credits joining CrossFit Fareham as a member back in 2017 as invaluable to her development as an athlete and as a coach. Realising she is still relatively early on in her career she joins the box super keen, driven and full of energy; excited to continue her professional development in a sport and career she has so much passion for.
- Level 2 Diploma in Fitness Instructing
- Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
As an original member, Sam stepped into the box a skinny and unconfident tennis-playing physics geek who collapsed the first time he attempted a handstand. 6 years on, he is now CrossFit® level 2 qualified and one of CrossFit Fareham’s elite athletes. On the opposite end of the spectrum to most, Sam has been successfully attempting to gain weight since he started doing CrossFit®, and therefore understands exactly how hard it is to put on muscle and bulk up. As an integral part of the coaching team, he coaches classes and individual members with a passion to help them achieve their own personal goals. He loves CrossFit®, he loves training, he loves competing and he loves learning how to make people move better.
- CrossFit® level 2
- CrossFit® Gymnastics level 1
- BWL level 1
- BSc (hons) Physics
- Level 1 LTA tennis coach
- CrossFit Competitors Award