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

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
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness (Australian Institute of Personal Trainers)
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Otago)

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

GRACE

INTERN COACH

DAY JOB: Early years teacher.
FAV WOD: Filthy Fifty.
LEAST FAV WOD: Kel-Sue.
FAV EXERCISE: Back squats.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Burpees.
FAV FOOD: Sushi.
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Maldives.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: Seeing people improve or master something during a class!
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: I have a huge bird phobia… even of the little sparrows.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Try out new restaurants and explore new places.

CELINA

INTERN COACH

DAY JOB: Senior Analyst for a trustee company.
FAV WOD: Filthy Fifty.
LEAST FAV WOD: Nancy.
FAV EXERCISE: Squat Clean and all the gymnastics even though I am not a natural talent.
LEAST FAV EXERCISE: Overhead Squat.
FAV FOOD: Pasta – I am a full on foodie.
FAV/DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Can’t wait to finally travel around New Zealand.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COACHING AT CFB: Get people moving and see their progress and have a positive impact on their lives.
ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU: I am from Germany but have never been to the Oktoberfest.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT & WORK: Lots of walking through nature with my dog.

“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