Coaches

Coaches

Bubba (Simon Jones) – Owner and Coach

Qualifications:
CrossFit Certified Trainer
Level 1 & 2 Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Lows (Sarah Lowman) – Owner and Coach

Qualifications:
CrossFit Certified Trainer
CrossFit Kids Certified
CrossFit Certified Gymnastic Trainer 
KettleBell Instructor Level 1
Olympic Lifting Level 1 OLF
Sarah comes from a hockey background representing Wales U21 and the full International Wales Hockey Team.
‘ I have been training using the CrossFit method since 2011. I considered myself as being fit after completing 8 Marathons & qualifying for Good For Age in the London Marathon but CrossFit totally exposed the limits of my training program took me out of my comfort zone and found all my weaknesses.
CrossFit for me transformed the way I train, eat and live my life. After finishing 66th this year in the European Open I hope to qualify next year for the Regionals after narrowly missing out this year.
CrossFit has to be experienced to be believed once you’re in you are hooked.’

Mair Thomas (Mazza) – Coach

Qualifications:Level 1 Crossfit Trainer
CYQ level 2 Cert in fitness instructing
CYQ level 3 cert in advanced Fitness instructing
CYQ level 3 client lifestyle & fitness assessment
CYQ level 3 training in different environments
CYQ level 3 cert in Personal Training
Fitness Wales indoor cycling instructor cert
CYQ Level 3 nutrition & weight management award scheme coaching
Qualification for A-Z gymnastics
Level 1 Zumba instructor
Level 1 Zumbatomic Instructor
Competed in:
DWF team 2011, 2012 & 2014
Battle of London Team 2012
Raising the Bar 2012, 2013 & 2014
Manchester games 2013
Battle of London 2014
The Athlete games 2015
Masters at War 2013 2nd place podium finish
2014 Thorium Team
2014 2nd place Inferno 2013 & 2014 12th place in European masters for
the Opens
2014 Pen y Bont Welsh Masters 1st place
And one of my favourites being part of Team Cocoon for the Colosseum Games!!
3 half marathons & few 10k runs
I started CrossFit at the age of 39 no sporty background only a few 10k runs for charity! It was always hard to fit in full time work & bring up 2 children.
I could never find a sport to suit me but once discovering Crossfit I was hooked, not only by the way it changed my appearance but for the community.
It has helped me through a few tough years & given a strong mental outlook on things!
I love coaching & seeing everyone achieve their goals!

Vic Lucas (Vic) – Coach

Qualifications
Crossfit Level 1
British Weightlifting Level 1
Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist- Doctor of Medicine and Fellow of Royal College of AnaesthetistsWith a sporting background of national level swimming, a black belt in Korean kickboxing and multiple amateur Muay Thai bouts, I started crossfit with what we would call an ‘engine’ but as a total beginner in weightlifting and gymnastics.
Crossfit Caerphilly welcomed me in and kickstarted my passion for the sport. Through moving around with my job I have had the opportunity to train in a variety of boxes and have particular links with London where I furthered my knowledge base and skills.
I am very keen on the competition side of crossfit and have loved participating in a range of individual and team events, enjoying a few wins and podium finishes including the British Indoor Rowing masters 500m gold medal.
The social side of crossfit in general and the Caerphilly box itself is unrivalled. I am fitter than I’ve ever been, healthy and happy with lifelong friends made along the way. Come and join us!

Christine Jenkins (Jenks) – Coach

Qualifications:
Crossfit Level 1
MSc health, sport and exercise science
Bsc human biology
First aid in the gym
1997 British tae-kwon-do champion
Competitions:
DWF
European inferno
Dominance series
Thorium throwdown
Welsh partners throwdown
Rainhill trials
Battle of Britain
Deep impact
‘I remember turning up for my first on ramp session and thinking I’m going to die, this isn’t for me. And I actually cried doing it. But the feeling I got after finishing, the sense of achievement was unlike anything I had experienced before and I loved it! I started not being able to do an air squat, I couldn’t run for 200m, I suffer with bad asthma, so everything about crossfit was a challenge for me, but the encouragement and support I got from the coaches and other people in my class helped me to keep going and I could soon see the improvements; I could run a little further, I could do an air squat, I had started using a barbell. Almost 3 years later, I can overhead squat 80kg, do one legged squats and I’m sponsored by Icon nutrition. I started from the bottom so believe me when I say, anyone can do crossfit!’

Darren Gibbs (Gibbo) – Coach

Qualifications
Crossfit Level 1 (CF -L1)
Weightlifting Level 1
Bio
Inside the Box
I was introduced to Crossfit 5 years ago by Coach Bubba and never looked back. What attracted me to return was the variation, intensity and skills required was a challenge and not knowing the WOD’s created the excitement to return again and again
I have been coaching at Crossfit Caerphilly for just over a year after I achieved my CF-L1 in July 2016 and I must say it has been very satisfying, eventful and gives me a great sense of pride to see so many members excelling every day in improving the skills, attitude, determination and seeing joy in each class – It’s been great!!!
During this year, I have also successfully passed my Weightlifting Level 1 which is another skill, competency and beneficial to the development of our members which makes Crossfit Caerphilly so versatile to be part
This would be not possible without Crossfit Caerphilly who I owe huge gratitude and thanks for believing in me and trusting me to be a coach
Outside the Box
My sporting background has always been rugby from the age of 13 to 29………… Retired not Tire!!! I’m also a football coach for my son’s under 10 football team Machen Devils which I am not entering my third year
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If you don’t see me in Dawn Patrol then there is something seriously wrong!!!