Meet the Coaches

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COACHES

James Grogan

James Grogan

Head Coach

James Grogan qualified as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist in 2002 and after 9 years deskbound working in recruitment decided to change careers. He qualified as a Crossfit Level 1 trainer 2.5 years ago and then moved into his passion which is health and fitness, in particular Crossfit, working for Crossfit Avon, the first Crossfit Gym in Bristol.

Laid-back, relaxed and easy to get on with, one of James’s strongest attributes is his ability to communicate with everyone. He does, however, have high expectations and expects clients to put in 100% effort and in return he guarantees them his complete commitment and focus. James has had 8 years playing National League Hockey for Team Bath and competed in various National CrossFit competitions, including Divided We Fall and Strength in Depth. He has also coached athletes competing at one of the Uk/Europes biggest Crossfit Comps-The Athlete Games- Battle of London.

The best part of his role as a coach is when James sees the shock on people’s faces when they achieve something which they didn’t expect, from someone’s first pull up to someone being able to do a handstand, he gets great pleasure from seeing how happy people get when they achieve something they didn’t thing possible. For James the most important thing is creating a community where people feel comfortable and empowered to push themselves. “I want to create an environment where people feel safe to challenge themselves and try new things. Movement is key; I want people to focus on understanding movement patterns, why they are doing certain exercises and become accountable for their fitness.”

James is also constantly pushing himself to understand and learn more and improve what he can offer to his clients and is always looking for the next personal challenge. Alongside his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, he is also a CrossFit Mobility trainer. Weightlifting is a passion for James and he is a level one BWLA assistant club coach. Currently he studying towards the OPEX CCP Level 1 Coach qualification and thus becoming one of only 1000 of these Coaches worldwide, proof of his energy, passion and commitment to Fitness.

James St Leger

James St Leger

Senior Coach

James St Leger qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2011 and as a CrossFit Coach in 2013. He has recently gone part time to peruse his passion in the fitness industry, where since 2007 he has served as a Firearms Officer and acted as Health and Fitness advisor for his unit.

James‘ accolades within the fitness industry are spread over multiple sports. In his youth he was a Regional Champion + National level Swimmer whilst also playing Rugby for Bristol. He is an undefeated MMA cage fighter, a weightlifting World Record Holder and a National Endurance Lifting Champion - the latter landing him sponsorship with one of the country’s leading Sports Supplement brands, Grenade.

James has also had a lot of experience and success in CrossFit, having competed in various National CrossFit Competitions, including Divided We Fall and Strength In Depth. He has placed 5th in the Rhino CrossFit Championships in America, and 10th in one of the biggest UK/European competitions, The Athlete Games/Battle of London.

When it comes to coaching, one of James‘ biggest attributes is his patience and attention to detail when training clients. One of which, a female powerlifter new to the sport, qualified for the Nationals in a little less than a year. This didn’t happen by chance, but as the result of application of his knowledge that he has gained over the years. Throughout his years as a swimming teacher, James thrives off the development and progress he sees on an almost weekly basis, and this is no different in his exposure to CrossFit. He is a firm believer of mobility and form, and says "once you can move correctly, the rate at which you will gain strength and stay injury free is 2nd to none. Look after your body now, and it will look after you later in life".

James lives with his wife Rhiannon and their two children who keep him busy when he’s not at the gym.

Maddie Fry

Maddie Fry

Senior Coach