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Saffron Walden Gym - CrossFit Community - Group Gym Sessions for Fitness and Conditioning
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We have a selection of membership packages for you to choose from whether you’re experienced or just getting started.

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Our personal trainers can work with you to help you achieve your goals.

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Saffron Walden Gym - CrossFit Kids & CrossFit Teens
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A strength and conditioning program that is especially designed for kids and teenagers.

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[ultimate_spacer height=”60″ height_on_tabs=”90″ height_on_mob=”60″][ultimate_heading heading_type=”customizable” heading_tag=”h4″ heading_content=”BEARWALDEN CROSSFIT COACHING TEAM” main_heading_default_weight=”500″ main_heading_line_height=”50″ subheading_type=”customizable” sub_heading_default_weight=”400″ module_animation=”transition.slideRightIn” main_heading_font_size=”35″ sub_heading_margin=”margin-top:10px;”]Samuel Parke is the Director of Operations for Bearwalden CrossFit. He has been in the coaching field since 2003 and has worked with all types of individuals in that time. He holds a number of CrossFit and Coaching related certifications including participating in OPEX, Precision Nutrition Certification Program, Professional Coach Certification… just to name a few. He has also travelled the world training with Elite Units within the British Army. Sam loves to read – especially about the psychology of habits and how to make lasting change through fitness – Constantly learning and developing new skills so he can mentor and educate everyone within the gym.
Sam began coaching because he passionately believes in the life-changing benefits of functional fitness. His goal as a fitness coach is to inspire individuals to make long-term lifestyle changes. He has found that CrossFit’s scalable intensity and commitment to functional movement makes it the perfect program for individuals of all ages and abilities.
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Samuel Lee Parke
Head CrossFit Coach & Owner
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Barny Fitzer
CrossFit Coach & Personal Trainer
Love CrossFit, my PT clients & the community at Bearwalden Gym. I used to race motorbikes and fall off a lot. I also love to cook and drink the occasional beer.
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Mark Hamerston
CrossFit Coach & Personal Trainer
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Will Luther
Boot Camp Coach & Personal Trainer
Being rugby and fitness mad along with a passion to learn and teach, for me there's nothing better than coaching at Bearwalden. Pushing people, having fun and joining in with the madness.
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[ultimate_heading main_heading=”WHAT IS CROSSFIT?” heading_tag=”h4″ alignment=”left” module_animation=”transition.slideLeftIn”][/ultimate_heading]

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to help people gain a broad and general fitness. CrossFit programming concentrates on constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity to achieve overall physical fitness, preparing you for any physical challenge. CrossFit contends that a healthy, fit person requires proficiency in each of the ten general physical fitness skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.
CrossFit applies a mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting. Workouts are typically short—30 minutes or less—and intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. We combine movements such as sprinting, rowing, jumping rope, climbing rope, flipping tires, weightlifting, carrying heavy objects, and many bodyweight exercises; equipment used includes barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, medicine balls, and boxes for box jumps. These elements are mixed in numerous combinations to form prescribed “Workouts of the Day” or “WODs”. Our hour-long classes typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity WOD, and a period of individual or group stretching. Performance on each WOD is often scored and/or ranked to encourage the competition among members and to track individual progress. CrossFit affiliates also offer additional classes, such as Olympic weightlifting, mobility, endurance, yoga, etc., which are not centered around the daily WOD. The aim of CrossFit is to physically prepare individuals for whatever life might throw at them. It is not about following a particular routine, but about constantly varying workouts.
CrossFit is currently used in over 10,000 affiliated CrossFit gyms worldwide and by many fire departments, law enforcement agencies, military organizations, and world-class professional athletes!

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Stansted House
Shire Hill
Saffron Walden
Essex
07515 818894 (Samuel Lee Parke)

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There are many reasons why you might try a crossfit class. The class is a place without egos, all are welcomed whatever their ability with the loudest cheers for the person at the rear! You will learn new exercises and perfect old ones you didn’t know you had issues with (personal experience). The ‘Box’ is community based and will aim to grow a nice network of friendly approachable people who interact and gain experience and determination off each other. Cambridge and the UK already have a large CrossFit community and we will seek to expand our network through friendly competitions and events. Social media, social events and daily interaction allows member to express concerns or ask questions, swap recipes etc.

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Squats, jumps, runs, rows, bikes, climbs, press ups, pull ups, sit ups, presses, swings, snatches, cleans, deadlifts, plus many others!!! The WOD or workout of the day will change day to day in an seemingly random pattern but will allow members to train as often as possible without overtraining certain areas.
A typical 60 min class will be: 5 -10 min warm up 20 min strength / skill work 10-25 min WOD 5-10 min cool down.

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Initially any decent sportswear which will be supportive and protect modesty, whilst allowing freedom of movements in squats, jumps etc. trainers are ideal and bring a towel and some water.

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In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. That’s about as simple as we can get. Eat clean, avoid processed food, plenty of water, no sugar. That said, unless you are a robot or an Olympian there is no need to make yourself miserable about food, there are 1000’s of books and journals about food and diets, all saying this and that and providing a nutritional minefield of advice.
Nutrition is one of the most personal things in fitness and thorough effective advice cannot be given here in a few words and work for everyone. Experiment with food and find what works for you. Generally eat a clean and healthy diet avoiding processed foods that are suitable for your goals. But don’t be hung up about a piece of cake at a party, or a bbq in the sun, it is your life; be healthy but enjoy it!! 80/20% rule works for many.

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Of course! The workouts are all scaled and people differ only in load not in intensity or technique. Whatever age you are the importance of knowing how to squat, lift and move objects correctly never go away. A 60 year old lady still may need to pick up a bag of shopping up off the floor, which is fundamentally a deadlift, if she is active and mobile the shopping bag deadlift is not an issue. Exercise and resistance training when performed correctly can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis, arthritis, Diabetes, obesity, depression, back pain and many other chronic illnesses.

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If your goal is solely weight loss and aesthetics then CrossFit will help you in looking athletic, men are unlikely to look bulky in a bodybuilder style as the training is not about bulk or size, but will build muscle lose fat and look more athletic. Women produce about 1/10 the amount testosterone as men and so will not look bulky as testosterone is what give men advantage in muscle building. If you look at professional CrossFit women or decathletes they will be strong, defined and lean, not bulky and masculine.

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Men and women are likely (provided diet is clean and good) to lose body fat, not necessarily the little number on the bathroom scales though as an increase in muscle may even things out; muscle is smaller than fat pound for pound! Body fat is in the thing we can pinch around our sides (and that is stored around our organs,) losing this is what will make us smaller and more toned, dropping dress sizes for ladies, smaller belt holes for men. Many fad crazy diets will drop pounds quickly but what you will lose will likely be muscle also! And muscle is what will give the long term ability to maintain weight effectively. Only you know what you weigh on the scales, it is not hung around your neck when you are out. That is why it should not be the be all and end all figure in weight loss. If you are fitter, stronger and healthier you will:

  • Burn more calories throughout the day
  • Burn more calories during workouts
  • Feel better
  • Look better
  • Have more energy
  • Be healthier!!!!!
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