Newsletter - April 2018

Welcome to the April Newsletter, congratulations to our latest member of the month, well done to those who completed competitions and we welcome some significant changes to CSC.

This month we are proud to announce Tony Dean as our Member of the Month.

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Tony first came to CSC to learn to rope climb for an obstacle course race. He loved the facility and decided to give the conditioning classes a go.

With Tony’s interest in Crossfit growing, he decided to do the foundations course.  Since the foundation course, Tony has given everything a go and hasn’t shied away from anything.  He attends open gym sessions to work on his weaknesses and technique which is vitally important to improve his all-around ability. Entering the Crossfit Open was great for Tony to push him outside of his comfort zone, and did amazingly well in it choosing and being sensible on the ones he RX’d and the ones he scaled.

Tony well done on achieving member of the month.

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Our next CrossFit foundations course kicks off on Tuesday 22nd May, and we want to ensure everyone is aware and sharing this information with any friends or family who have expressed an interest in CrossFit.

The course runs for 4 weeks, consists of 8 instructor lead classes on a Tuesday and Thursday where we will cover all the fundamental movements and give you a work out too.

CrossFit is accessible to anyone, and for those with limited mobility or physical issues we can scale appropriately. 
If you are interested but need some more real world convincing take a look at our testimonials.


This month sees CSC dedicate our Hero Wod to 

Marine Gary Wright


Gary Wright, from Glasgow, was born on 30 September 1984. He joined the Royal Marines on 21 October 2002, and after completing his basic training at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, he passed out in July 2003 as a member of 843 Troop.

Gary tragically died when a terrorist stepped between two Army Land Rovers and detonated explosives strapped to his body as a convoy passed through Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province.

To book your free Hero WOD with CSC use the button below.


We have some shout outs to some of our members this month who participated in some competitions during April.

Firstly a huge shout out to Gav Heath and Carlie Johns who took part in the Rainhill Trials in Manchester. Gav managed to get a respectable 20th position in his first solo competition in the "Wood" category. Carlie absolutely smashed it and won her Rocket Category. Well done guys you did us proud.

Ryan Helsby, Amir Khan and Samantha Heath battled it out at the Battle of Britain competition in Birmingham on the 21st April. Ryan came home with a 23rd position in the scaled category. Amir came in 14th in his RX category, and Sam romped home with a very respectable 46th place. Absolute brilliant guys, keep up the good work.

We also have a number of Members who completed the Stafford Half Marathon. Sarah Horsenail, Andy Stone, Tracy Birchall, Rebecca Hemmings, and Kelly Mills. Fantastic acheivement by all. Well done and we assume you've signed up for your next one? 


And finally, we wanted to mention Gem Frisby who ran the London Marathon and did it in 5hrs and 37seconds. Such an incredible display of personal determination and dedication. Well done Gem


There is a fair bit to cover this month but lets kick off with why we have removed some whiteboards!


You may have seen the monitors on the wall within the box, and we will be launching this amazing platform shortly (if not already as its fantastic), but to give you some background on this new tracking app here is a small introduction to BoxMate.

BoxMate is a small, UK based team and their ultimate goal is to enhance peoples’ training experience and also make training fun and social. They have a strong focus on customer support and are really proud of the feedback they have received from the gyms they work with.

Here is a quote from BoxMate on their Members APP

"The members’ app is built to be fast, reliable and innovative but most importantly easy to use so that everyone can utilise all its features. Unlike other systems, we don’t overload your members with unnecessary features that in a lot of cases just don't get used. BoxMate provides simple performance tracking, a platform to manage personal goals and a social hub to engage and grow your gym’s community.

Once your account is configured, your members can access BoxMate from their phones by downloading our apps available for iOS and Android from the app store. As complete lovers of fitness, our ethos is to be always innovating and thinking up new ideas to make training better. Our platform is constantly being improved with new features which come from the feedback we receive. Making BoxMate current and useful for all of our members is EXTREMELY important to us and we are working to build the perfect platform crafted by people who use it daily."

To get access to the app, you need to request this via your coaches through the IOS or Android App. This is a paid app, but you get this as part of your CSC member package. However, if the app is not accessed within a three week period, CSC will remove your access.

We want everyone to embrace this new system and use it to enhance their training and make it easier to track your efforts. Use the features, suggest improvements and let us see those PB's


In other news, you may have seen the Instagram and Facebook posts about our change to the timetable on a Monday and Wednesday. From 1st May we will be replacing the 18:00 conditioning classes with CrossFit sessions and will be running the same WOD in both rooms accommodating up to 20 people. We want to raise the roof during these sessions so make the most of it and use the power of the group to inspire you. Make sure if you are booing on with friends that you both select the same box, we won't be able to move you once the session has been booked. 

More than ever we need to make sure that we respect the equipment in the box. Avoid dropping empty bars, clean up after yourself and help other members pack away if needed. We have a fantastic community, and we are growing so it is essential that we do what we can as a community to keep the equipment in good order and the box tidy.


And Finally, we would like to Introduce Russell Skitt. Russell will be helping out at the box and introducing his style of training to CSC. We hope to see more of Russell around the gym, so if you haven't already one so, reach out to him and say hello. Heres a few words from the man himself.

"Hey hey hey I’m Russ, I’m an inspirational Motivator always willing to help people reach and achieve their desired goals. I’ve been into Fitness and looking after my body since a very young age. Keeping your body flexible and mobile is key to keeping it at its best. I’m into body flow & balance which I’ve trained in and also moving over into more advanced Strength and conditioning to help and create building a better engine. If ever want any extra support or just a chat don’t hesitate to ask." 


Don't forget we have a new service within CSC offering performance therapy and rehabilitation consultations. Currently, the sessions are on Thursday and Fridays from 17:00 - 20:00. your first consultation is free with 50% off standard prices until June 2018. To learn more or book a session please click the button below.

These sessions are filling up fast so if you have any issues that you feel need attention, then book up as soon as possible. Use the button below to book.


We need your feedback. we want to hear from you!

CSC has been striving to make the gym bigger and better, and the introduction of Box Mate is part of the journey. how do you rate CSC, what can we do better, where do we excel? all feedback is good feedback and everything we do is for you, the members. Please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts below.


Martyn Jennings

Amature Photographer, Father, Part Time Crossfit,