Meet The Team
Joe Walker Coach
Hi, I’m Joe.
My passion for sport and fitness really started when I joined the Army at the age of 18. Over the last 25 years I’ve competed at Regimental and Army level in running, swimming (including a relay Channel crossing), Ironman and double Ironman distance triathlon and more recently Army Functional Fitness. I’ve also been lucky enough to coach swimming at Regimental level and deliver a structured Functional Fitness programme to soldiers from various units around the South East.
My Functional Fitness career was forged more recently as a result of a repetitive achilles injury caused by too much running. I started as most of us do, dabbling in different fads of training and it wasn’t until a mate of mine asked to jump in on a “Wod” I instantly got the bug. It was soon after that when I realised I could train a fraction of the time each day that I spent on swim, bike, run and still stay fit and more importantly see fast results. In 2013, I completed my CF L1 at CrossFit Barcelona and since then I’ve coached in number of Boxes around the country as I have moved around with my primary job.
In 2015 I was diagnosed with Operation complex PTSD. I found that the community Functional Fitness gave me, as well as the opportunity to help others on their physical journey, helped me to deal with the difficult situation I found myself in. As a result of this journey I feel that as a coach it’s important to not only develop an athlete’s physical robustness but also their mental robustness too. And, ultimately ensure that their time in the gym is the best hour of their day and not just another chore – because as we all know, in day to day life we have more than enough of those!
Now out of the Armed Forces I’m fortunate enough to do the things I love. As well as coach I’m a director of a Mountaineering company, and also deliver leadership training to companies helping them improve the culture within their organisations.
CrossFit Level 1 – CrossFit Barcelona
CrossFit Level 2 – CrossFit Central Manchester
British Olympic Weightlifting level 1 – CrossFit Ivy
British Olympic Weightlifting level 1 – CrossFit Bromley
ASA Level 2
STA (Full) Swimming Teaching and Coaching
Summer Mountain Leader
Remote first aid
Medicines in Remote areas