For those of you have been wondering who the good looking young fellow was coaching class this week....

Let me introduce you to Lewis, our newest part time coach.  He hails from the Hawkes Bay, where he coached been coaching for almost 3 years, working with a variety of people from kids to elderly, elite to not so much, and corporate groups.

Let's get to know him better.  He's around CFNZ on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons on the regular, but while we have coaches away, he'll be over here as well.

When did you start CrossFitting?


Can you remember your first workout?  Comments?

Some class workout that I found stupidly tough. I loved it! Haha.

I think it was:

20min AMRAP

200m Med Ball Run

10 Press Ups

10 Med Ball Cleans

Where in the world would you most like to travel?

Cook Islands. My dad’s family is from there and I haven’t been there yet.

If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things (not people), what would you bring?



-And some Fish Oil… Because according to Bear Grylls everything contains protein. And it’s important to get some fats in your diet as well.

Favourite and least favourite exercise?

Fav – The one where you lie down and close your eyes… That is what a burpee is right?

Least Fav – Mobility

Do you have a nickname?

I’m open to suggestions.....

How did you get into coaching?  What was it about it that interested you at first?

Started as an alternative option to my gym routine. Fell in love and now we’re happily married.  The thing that interested me was the inclusion of multiple facets of fitness.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you, and why?

Will Smith. Enough said.....

What super power would you like to have?

Time control

Do you have a big training goal for 2015?  And any other cool things

planned this year?

Not really. I’m quite boring haha

Which time period would you travel to if you had a time machine?

And why?

The future. Because I’d come back and place bets on the CrossFit Games

What mentors/coaches/influences have you had in your journey as an athlete and as a coach?  Any major lessons you'd like to share with us?

Other successful athletes and coaches like Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson. A major lesson? Have fun.

What was the last movie you watched?

300, the second one. I needed some motivation for chest and ab day haha

What was the last book you read?

Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins (I suck at referencing)

What is your favourite workout music?

New Hit Music – Any genre

What do you do for fun outside of work? Besides CrossFit of course....

Hang out with friends and family

What would we always find in your fridge??


What do you like the most about coaching?

After helping others achieve their fitness goals?  Being able to train and learn at some awesome fitness facilities.

1. 14/9 cal Row
2. 12 Box Stepups
3. 10 Medball Cleans
4. 8 Burpee Lateral Roll
6. 6 Strict Pullups
7. 4 TGU
8. 2 Wall Walks
Alternating minutes x 4 rounds (32mins)
- after 1 round, adjust load, or add/subtract reps as needed.

REAL STRENGTH - courtesy of Deuce Gym
1: 1-2 Rope Climbs
2: 3-5 Power Cleans (TnGo)
3: 50m Sled Drag
Alternating minutes x 10 rounds (30mins)

Darren Ellis