cfb_website_about_301x221px4CrossFit Birkenhead was started in 2009 by head coach and affiliate owner, Paul Davies, and has been going strong ever since! We were the fourth CrossFit gym to open in NZ (there are now 120+) so we really know our stuff.

We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, non-intimidating and safe environment for our members to work out in. We’re lucky enough to have an awesome bunch of members so our gym has a real community feeling… we all have a lot of fun too! Our coaches are all qualified and experienced and will help you achieve your fitness goals. Find out more about our coaches below…

OUR COACHES

PAUL

AFFILIATE OWNER & HEAD COACH

Paul started his fitness career in 2003 so has years of experience in the industry. He gained his CrossFit affiliation and completed his CrossFit Level 1 training in 2009. Previous to that he worked as a Personal Trainer at various gyms around Birkenhead and also ran his own Boot Camp classes (some of his old clients are still members with CrossFit Birkenhead to this day). Paul is well known for his strong focus on correct technique for all the movements we do at CrossFit Birkenhead so you know you’ll be in good hands.

Qualifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Kids Cert, CrossFit Gymnastics Cert, CrossFit Endurance Cert, CrossFit Strongman Cert, POSE Running Certified Practitioner, Level 1 & 2 Momentum Life Coach

HAMISH

COACH

DAY JOB: Student, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
FAV WOD: Helen.
LEAST FAV WOD: DT.
FAV EXERCISE: Muscle up.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Rowing.
FAV FOOD: Steak, eggs & kumara chips.
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: New York.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: Awesome atmosphere, great group of people who are enjoyable to coach and train with.
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: Grew up on a farm in Taihape, I’m the middle child of three brothers.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Massive rugby fan, so often watching or talking about footy. Try to play guitar as well.

Qualifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

AMELIA

COACH

DAY JOB: Pharmacist.
FAV WOD: Death by Thrusters.
LEAST FAV WOD: 7 Minute Burpees!
FAV EXERCISE: Handstands.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Wallballs.
FAV FOOD: Seafood.
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Camping.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: Helping people achieve goals.
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: l love fishing.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Get outdoors with my kids.

Qualifications
Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness (Australian Institute of Personal Trainers)
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Otago)

HUGO

COACH

DAY JOB: CrossFit Coach and Personal Trainer.
FAV WOD: Bear Complex.
LEAST FAV WOD: Murph.
FAV EXERCISE: Pull ups.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Burpees.
FAV FOOD: Chorizo pizza.
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: South East Asia.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: The community and family-like atmosphere.
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m a die hard reader. I like to read at least one book per week.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Enjoy time with my family, moving and discovering new places!

Qualifications
Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
BPJEPS AF (personal training speciality)
BPJEPS AF (fitness classes speciality)
FRC Mobility Specialist
Stick Mobility Level 1 Trainer
AnimalFlow Level 1 Trainer

MATT

COACH

DAY JOB: Self employed in E-com.
FAV WOD: Grace.
LEAST FAV WOD: Murph or anything with lots of running.
FAV EXERCISE: Front squats for weight and O/H squats in WODs.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Running.
FAV FOOD: Broccoli and roast lamb.
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Loved Malaysia, love to go to Croatia.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: Like minded people who want to get better and want to be coached.
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: I didnt have a tattoo until I was 35.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Spend time with my family.

COADY

COACH

DAY JOB: I work in the Navy.
FAV WOD: Helen.
LEAST FAV WOD: FGB (Fight Gone Bad).
FAV EXERCISE: A run over 800m 🙂
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Wall Balls/Thrusters.
FAV FOOD: My home made vege nachos, kumara chips and guacamole.
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Real keen to go back to Verbier, Switzerland.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: Good quality banter mixed in with a world of pain 🙂
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: Born and bred in the Naki.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: I like working on my veggie garden (thanks Heather for all the tips).

Qualifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Workplace First Aid Level 1, Level 2 & Advanced First Aid

SONYA

COACH

DAY JOB: I work for a financial broker.
FAV WOD: Anything with skipping.
LEAST FAV WOD: Angie.
FAV EXERCISE: Double Unders/Clean and Jerk.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Thrusters.
FAV FOOD: Roast Pork and any meal cooked by someone else.
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Portugal for the Port.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: Seeing everyone ‘enjoying’ the struggle to improve their CrossFit skills.
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: Been to the CrossFit Games twice.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Spend time with family and friends, go on holiday and read books.

Qualifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

ALEX

 COACH

DAY JOB: All things fitness. I am a qualified Personal Trainer so spend time with one on one clients while simultaneously running my own online PT business. I am also a Sports Massage Therapist and spend a lot of time rehabbing clients from injury or taking them through some specific measures to keep them healthy in their chosen sport.
FAV WOD: 19.5 (33-27-21-15-9 Thrusters & Chest to Bar) or Diane.
LEAST FAV WOD: Anything with running.
FAV EXERCISE: Snatch and back squat.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Pistols and running.
FAV FOOD: Sunday roast (meat, potatoes, veg and gravy).
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Hawaii, Fiji and New Zealand!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: Seeing the psychological changes with athletes through discovering their physical potential. Simply by coaching movement we are able to boost someones confidence and put a smile on their face. There is no better feeling then that!
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: After rupturing my L5-S1 vertebrae and not being able to walk when i was 19, I was told I would never be able to lift weights again.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Anything active. I love exploring new places, playing sport and being outside. I am very competitive so anything with a competition I’m all over! I also enjoy trying out new coffee shops and different beers.

Qualifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Sports Massage Therapist
Youth Strength & Conditioning Coach
Personal Trainer Level 3
BLS
RFU Headcase (Concussion Course)

YANN

 COACH

DAY JOB: CrossFit Coach.
FAV WOD: The Seven.
LEAST FAV WOD: Nicole.
FAV EXERCISE: Snatch.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Muscle up.
FAV FOOD: Fondue, Raclette, Tartiflette… all those French specialties with a lot of cheese 🙂
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: NZ was a great decision, can’t wait to see more!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: For me, community is paramount in CrossFit and CrossFit Birkenhead represent this quality the best way!!!
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: After five years working in the marketing industry I decided to give a true meaning to my life, caring and helping people.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Discovering everything that NZ (and Oceania) has to offer. I am also a big sports fan, watching, playing or coaching 🙂

Qualifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Kettle Specialty Course
Anatomy Course
Scaling Course

“Crossfit is one of the most rewarding challenges you’ll get to achieve, and the best bit is you can do it every week – with a new challenge and a new personal best.”
LIAM MCILVEEN • CROSSFIT BIRKENHEAD MEMBER
“I have been a member at CrossFit Birkenhead since it opened in 2009 and prior to that, CrossFit Birkenhead coach Paul Davies had been training me using CrossFit methods in one-on-one sessions. CrossFit workouts are unparallel to any other workouts in the New Zealand fitness industry today and it is not a new fad that is going to disappear anytime soon. In a CrossFit class members are always educated on best practise and technique is always taught and monitored. As a physician, I have been impressed by Paul’s ability to scale workouts to appropriately suit individual needs. Each CrossFit workout is always different and your body and mind is continually challenged. I have referred my own family and friends to Paul and many of them are now also members of CrossFit Birkenhead.”
JOHN MAYHEW • WARRIORS DOCTOR + EX ALL BLACKS DOCTOR + CROSSFIT BIRKENHEAD MEMBER
“The sessions are short and effective, alongside friendly and like-minded people and great instructors! Before I did CrossFit I could not do press ups, push ups or run. I can do all of these and have since completed two half marathons… CrossFit has been life changing for me.”
JANET MARSHALL • CROSSFIT BIRKENHEAD MEMBER
“It’s not a muscle head gym but a really friendly motivating environment with really positive people. I am now early 40s and can beat my kids at handstands. At our gym egos are left at the door, if they actually exist.You don’t have to be fit, I struggled with body weight squats when I started. Have no regrets, give it a go!”
MATT PIGGIN • CROSSFIT BIRKENHEAD MEMBER + INTERN COACH
“No one notices when you screw something up; but somehow everyone notices when you achieve something you haven’t managed before. Plus it’s full of amazing friends that could all save themselves (and then me!) should we all happen to find ourselves hanging from a cliff by our fingertips.”
TESSA GALVIN • CROSSFIT BIRKENHEAD MEMBER
“CFB (CrossFit Birkenhead) is the spice of life! Our days are based on routines, coming to our gym adds variety and as a team we encourage each other to new challenges!”
NINA PETTERSSON-FOX • CROSSFIT BIRKENHEAD MEMBER
“I injured my knee fairly seriously mid-2015 (not during CrossFit) resulting in significant muscle loss in my injured leg. Paul supported me to keep training (one legged) while my knee was out of action. I was able to stay fit and strong in the rest of my body by adapting any workout to the movements I could still do. Following knee surgery, scaled/adapted Crossfit was my primary rehabilitation. Nine or so months later the muscle is almost completely regained and I am back to squatting the same weights as before my injury.”
MERRYN TAWHAI • CROSSFIT BIRKENHEAD MEMBER