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CrossFit DHM

Health. Fitness. Happiness.

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movement, at high intensity.

In plain English:

Constantly varied - workouts are different every day and scalable to an appropriate level for all, regardless of age or fitness level.

Functional movement - safe, effective and efficient movements that mimic those used throughout life.

High intensity - improve fitness in a safe, but challenging, way.

At CrossFit DHM our aim is to give you the best hour of your day in a supportive community setting. Our qualified coaches focus on quality of movement and helping you achieve your goals, whatever they are.

We train hard, always doing something different, and have fun while we’re doing it.

What is CrossFit?
About us

About us

The Box

At CrossFit DHM everything revolves around our community, made up of people from all walks of life. Started in 2012 by Dave and Joyce Ranson, the gym has grown in size and strength over the years. In 2020 the box was taken on by a small group of existing members, all of whom have careers in the 'real' world but share a passion for fitness.

Rosi Jelfs

Role: Head Coach

Occupation: Research Systems Manager

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, RP Nutrition Coach Level 1

Member since: 2015

Favourite CrossFit workout: Playdate with Grace and Karen

Best thing about being a coach: The lightbulb moment - when you see something click for someone!

Hollie McLean

Role: Coach, Affiliate Owner and Programming

Occupation: Civil Servant

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Programming Certificate, Nutrition I.

Member since: 2017

Favourite CrossFit workout: The Chief

Best thing about being a coach: Seeing people achieve something that they thought they couldn’t. My best CrossFit memories are of other people hitting a PB or getting a new movement for the first time. Work hard and the results will come!

Pete Corker

Role: Coach

Occupation: British Army

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Member since: 2015

Favourite CrossFit workout: Murph

Best thing about being a coach: When you are able to give a few bits of tiny advice that means somebody could do something they couldn't do before.

Aaron Prested

Role: Coach

Occupation: Financial Consultant

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Member since: 2014

Favourite CrossFit workout: Triple 3

Best thing about being a coach: Helping to build a community of people that will socialise inside and outside the gym. The gym members become an extension of your own family.

Kelley Shearsmith

Role: Calisthenics Coach

Occupation: Business Manager, SDA Limited

Qualifications: Level 2 OCR in Coaching Exercise and Fitness, Level 2 OCR Gym Instruction, CYQ Level 3 in Personal Training, Les Mills Body Balance & Indoor Group Cycling

Member since: 2013 if not before

Favourite CrossFit workout: Has got to be the benchmark girls Angie and Barbara

Best thing about being a coach: Showing others the fun you can have whilst learning new skills.



CrossFit is for everyone

At CrossFit DHM we believe CrossFit is for all, regardless of race, age, gender, disability, religion or sexual orientation; regardless of ability or fitness level. We would like everyone to feel included and welcome whether they are a member, prospective member, or visitor. We recognise that joining a new gym or starting a fitness journey can feel intimidating, particularly for people who identify as part of a minority group. We will do all we can to support and welcome all into our community.


We don’t believe, however, that CrossFit is ‘one size fits all’ - everything can be adapted to suit the individual. We think this is especially relevant in the case of disabilities, learning difficulties, injuries and other health conditions. We work with individuals, blending our movement knowledge with their experience of their body and mind, to find suitable adaptations where necessary. 


You aren’t obliged to disclose your medical history, disability, health condition or injury to us when you come for a free trial or become a member, but if you choose to do so it might mean we are better able to adapt our coaching to your needs and/or make reasonable adjustments, especially if there is an impact on how you move or learn. We won’t treat you differently, but we will tailor our coaching.

If you would like to discuss your needs as an individual with us, feel free to email, message, or speak to us in person to request a private conversation. This conversation often works best in person, but if you would prefer another method please ask and we’ll do our best to accommodate it. We will take a non-judgmental approach; we will listen, ask relevant questions, and use this knowledge to inform how we coach you. The details will be treated confidentially, but may be shared with other coaches if relevant. We will not disclose confidential information to other members unless you ask us to.

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