I have one main aim for myself and our members and that is to move well. To achieve this we need to understand our bodies and what it is that they need to thrive. Sounds easy…
In stark contrast, I spent the first thirty five years of my life pushing my body to and often past it’s limits. During my time serving as a Royal Marine, playing Rugby League, triathlon, mountaineering, skiing, sport climbing, surfing and anything else extreme that I could get stuck into.
unsurprisingly in 2008 the wheels started to fall off. I was plagued with injuries and my body was in bits, I had to take a step back and realised that I needed to take a different tac.
In 2011 I began on a new path, starting by retraining as a Sports therapist. Once I started to delve into the world of physiology and training, I discovered a thirst for knowledge which has driven me to keep on learning, experimenting and seeking out what it is that we should all be doing to optimise our health and performance ever since.
In 2014 Tom and I decided to open our facility. Since then I have been on a mission to be the best Coach I can be and to help our members and clients in every way I can.
I enjoy the wide variety of running our Olympic weightlifting club, coaching our group classes, working with individuals, putting together rehab programs for athletes, movement workshops, helping clients with nutrition and lifestyle goals and lots more. Every day is different.
Besides running the gym, my biggest passion in life is sport climbing. My happy place is a day spent at Malham Cove in North Yorkshire working on my latest project.
As co-owner of the gym since we began in 2014, we had a simple goal of creating a positive, forward thinking and supportive training environment! 6 years on and we have worked hard to fine tune our delivery of programming to small group classes and ensured that we focus on delivering the best possible coaching day in and day out. I’m very excited about how we are positively influencing the way our members approach their training, both physically and mentally.
On a personal level, I can’t remember a time when I have not been involved with physical activity and whilst my goals have changed through the years, my focus hasn’t….enjoy what you do, try new things and above all, have fun!
Training should be accessible no matter what age you are, or your level of ability and our focus on looking after every individual is something I’m most proud of.
I believe we enjoy life most when we build as much movement as possible into every day, in any way that feels good!
I work with compassion for myself and our members and personally enjoy embracing a complementary combination of movement and stillness including lifting weights, yoga asana, meditation and breath work.
I have a background in swimming, ballet and pilates and came to strength training, Olympic lifting and gymnastics in my late 30s when we opened the doors to the gym.
In my coaching I love to help you focus on all the good stuff you CAN do, how movement feels in your body and making the most of any opportunity to move. Personally this usually translates to squats while I brush my teeth, standing on one leg while queueing and annoyingly doing press ups or mobility exercises while on Zoom calls!
I especially enjoy working with older adults on mobility, breath work and strength training for a longer healthy life and helping our members enjoy what they do and know why they are doing it.
Enthusiastic, supportive, generous with time, self-disciplined and meticulous about form, I’n a coach who will help you to reach your potential in every class so you leave knowing you’ve given your all.
I have a passion mostly for coaching gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting. Having started these movements later in life, I’m sure I’ve faced the struggles you might so I’m here to help you adapt and overcome them.
Being a primary school teacher by day, you’ll mostly see me in the evenings, either coaching Olympic lifting or training myself and of course on a Saturday: forming my own army of little ninjas.
I have been a coach at Eleos for the last 4 years, after completing my CrossFit Level 1 whilst at University studying Food Science and Nutrition. I am also a Girls Gone Strong Certified Pre and Post Natal coach and Level 3 Personal Trainer.
I believe that movement is a key part of living a healthy life and for me, when I began getting fit and strong I felt empowered. This is why coaching others is a passion, so that I too can help other people experience the same thing.
In the gym I have a great love for strength training, I have even competed in a strong woman competition, which I loved. I also love indoor rowing and have a few speedy times under my belt, including a marathon row. But deadlifting is my all-time favourite thing to do.
Outside of the gym, I have a family with 2 children, and really understand the importance of feeling good in order to keep up with them all. My second pregnancy inspired me to become a pre and post natal coach. I realised how important exercising safely was throughout pregnancy but how confusing the information about doing this was, even for me as a coach. After my first child there was very little support out there for returning to exercise postpartum especially without the pressure of ‘bouncing back’ or having to accept the side effects of motherhood as inevitable.
Pete came across functional fitness in 2017 whilst studying Geography at the University of Birmingham. Following a brief stint in the Royal Marines & Royal Navy, he took his CrossFit Level One Certification and commenced coaching at Eleos.
Pete enjoys seeing how a blend of functional fitness, StrongFit, mobility and breathwork can lead to results both in and out of the gym; regularly testing himself through physical challenges and ultra-marathons.
Currently, Pete is exploring the effect of breathwork on his own training and how he can apply it to his next challenge. When not training or coaching he can be found cleaning, climbing hills or eating ice-cream.
I’m one of the part time coaches and a member at Eleos.
My interests outside of the gym include getting outdoors, playing music (badly but enthusiastically), going out with friends and when I can getting to gigs.
My sporting background is that of playing and coaching team sports throughout University including Football and Rugby League, I’ve always held a passion for pushing myself and others within a sporting arena.
When an injury hit and hindered the ability to play rugby or football with any conviction, I struggled to find something that gave me that same buzz of training and performing with my team mates.
That was until I started my functional fitness journey at CrossFit Leeds in 2013. Shortly after then moving to training and some competing at Train, in Manchester.
When we moved back to Leeds in 2016 – My wife Sophie was adamant she was not joining a CrossFit gym! Thinking it was only ever tops off, solid 8 packs and handstand walks….etc.
So I tricked Sophie into a taster class at Eleos! And that cemented us joining the gym in 2017. We could see how unique and special the place was and not looked back since!
Together we were welcomed into a superb community at Eleos, that has pushed and developed us.
The next step for myself was picking up that old passion by stepping back into coaching.
I took my CrossFit Level 1 course in 2018 and began coaching a couple times a week at Eleos, alongside my full time job.
I love training with everyone in the gym and coaching a great group of people. I get such a buzz motivating people and seeing them develop.
I love the fun of it all with old and new members, but it’s also a great way to learn new training methods, keeping myself keep healthy and well, but also support others too.