Newsletter - November 2018

Welcome to the November newsletter! The clocks have gone back, the nights are closing in, the temperature has dropped but we are still pushing on with our programming and taking on new enthusiastic members. So ensure you book your sessions in advance. If you have any information you want to share drop us an email on

As always we start off the months roundup by introducing our Member of the Month. This month we are delighted to award our MOM to no other than

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Chris Pickering has been a member at Central Staffs since April 2016. Chris joined doing 2-3 sessions a week initially improving on his already established base of fitness.

He took cues from the coaches and worked on the specific movements to Crossfit, gymnastics and Olympic lifting. He his always a pleasure to coach and been on a session with he’s encouraging to other members and always offers a supportive shout or high five.

He also mixes up the classes he does, from conditioning to the speciality classes.

Chris well done and keep up the good work.


We will start this month by letting you know about our Christmas activities and closures.

We are permanently moving our free Hero WOD’s to 17:00hrs on the last Friday of every month. After moving this a few weeks ago, we have seen a much bigger turn out, which is always fantastic to see. So from now on the Hero WOD will be held at 17:00 on the last Friday of every month. To book onto Novembers Hero WOD see the link below.


As our long serving members will know, every year we like have a bit of fun and bring the community together to see out the year. This year is no different and we will be holding a “FANCY DRESS” Christmas WOD. As always we would like you to make an effort, but so not as to exclude anyone, it is optional. The WOD will be fun and all inclusive so sign up and come and train with members of the community who you may never have seen before.

In addition to the WOD, we will be announcing our Member of the Year. More importantly we will be presenting our coveted “Spirit of the Box” award. This is an award selected by members for members. We want you to nominate the person in the box who has been an inspiration, embodies the community spirit, made you laugh, helped you in a WOD and puts a smile on your face when you know they are in the box. Like last year we will be placing a ballot box in reception for you to cast your votes. we will tally them up and present the award on the 15th December. Drinks after in a bar in Stafford

The WOD is being held on
Saturday 15th December


On the 28th December we will be holding a 24hr charity WOD in aid of BloodBike and #PennysArmy. Rich Bell, has taken upon himself to give something back and has volunteered to start a workout on the hour every hour from 9am -9am.

Now, we won’t lie, we are out to raise as much money as we can for Penny, and Blood Bikes so here is where we need your help.

We want as much support as we can, this can be getting sponsored to accompany Rich in his epic task, making food for the event, Supporting, sharing our just giving page, inviting as many cross fitters as you can to take part and donations.

We are a huge community, a family, and one of our own needs our help.
We have set a £2000 target which will be split equally between Blood Bikes and #Pennys Army. Lets see if we can smash that target.


As mush as we don’t like closing, we also advocate spending time with family, resetting and relaxing during the Christmas period. Its one time of the when our coaches can take some time and members can take some forced rest ready to face the new year with passion and new goals. We will be closed on the following dates so please add these to your diary.

Tuesday 24th December
Wednesday 25th December
Thursday 26th December
Monday 31st December
Tuesday 1st January

Training In Cold Weather

We wanted to remind you about the necessity of warming up prior to training in the winter months. We often see people attending the workouts and jumping straight into the Class in the hope the accessories or skill work will be enough. Accessories and skill work is NOT your warm up. Our programming incorporates accessories and skill work for you to get the benefit out of the movements and instruction, for this to be effective we need your heart rate elevated, muscles and ligaments to be prepared and blood flowing around your body.

When you get to the box, if you are cold, don’t stand around waiting, grab a buddy, or the nearest person to you and jump on an Airdyne, SkiErg do 10-15 calories. Follow the warm up whiteboard and get moving. This will significantly increase your performance in the WOD and help you get warm. In the darker weather keep onto of your vitamin D it helps with mood and motivation.

Community Achievements

We just wanted to make you all aware of some tremendous efforts made by a couple of our members.

Firstly, Tracey Birchall took on the Birmingham marathon and finished it in an impressive time. Trace has worked hard to accomplish this, and did it with a smile on her face too. Well done Trace.

Tracey Birchall Birmingham
Danny Gratton Iraq

Next we wanted to recognise Danny Gratton who took part in the 12k run in Erbil Northern Iraq. Danny did the run to support local people in tourism after ISIS and war. The run also supported women freedom to run. Its always good to see people doing something in aid of others, and if it involves fitness on any level it makes us proud. Great Work Danny.


Every month we dedicate a workout to a fallen hero. This is a free workout for anyone who has the time spare in order to show our respects. in order to join us on this workout, please use the button below. this workout is open to anyone and is absolutely free.

This month we dedicate our monthly Hero WOD to

Army First Lieutenant Daren M. Hidalgo
Died 20th February 2011

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U.S. Army First Lieutenant Daren M. Hidalgo, 24, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany, died on February 20, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Two weeks prior to his death, he was hit by an earlier improvised explosive device. Despite his injuries, he stayed in country and on patrols rather than return home.

He is survived by his father Jorge, mother Andrea, brothers Miles and Jared, and sister Carmen.


Martyn Jennings

Amature Photographer, Father, Part Time Crossfit,