Lee Howe – CrossFit Teesside Owner/Coach


I have always been passionate about health and fitness. After leaving school at the age of 16 I chose to join the Royal Marine Commando’s in September 1998. During my time as a Marine I saw action in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. When I wasn’t away in a hazardous environment I was always attempting some sort of challenge, one in particular was an 80km race across the Falkland Islands to be completed with 50lbs of equipment. I was captain of the winning team finishing with a time of 10 hours 55 minutes. This is one of my biggest achievements to date. After serving 8 years and 4 months and reaching the rank of Corporal I decided it was time for a fresh challenge and in January 2007 I left the Royal Marines.

It wasn’t long before the new challenge came along and in the following month February 2007 I accepted a job to become a private bodyguard to the British Embassy working out of Erbil, North Iraq. I spent one year in Erbil before moving on to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad swapping the British Embassy for the U.S government. It was during my fourth year in Iraq that I discovered CrossFit. After being used to the usual 3 sets of 10 back n biceps/ chest n triceps mundane gym routine, CrossFit was a breath of fresh air to me and I have never looked back.

I was based in Tikrit for what was to be my final year in Iraq. Here I was introduced to Michael Monroe who owns the military affiliate, Poseidon CrossFit. It was under Mike’s guidance that I started to learn more and more about CrossFit and decided I wanted to become a level 1 instructor, in the summer of 2010 I headed to California and qualified. During my last 6 months in Iraq I continued to study online, finished my Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology and decided I was going to come home and establish CrossFit Teesside. I left Iraq in December 2010 and in January 2011 I studied at the Europen Institute of Fitness and became a Master Personal Trainer in order to boost my credentials. My next aim before setting up CrossFit Teesside was to qualify for the CrossFit European regional games. I purchased my own equipment and trained in parks throughout Teesside as I didn’t have my own box to train at, once a week I would visit Crossfit Leeds and was helped hugely by the owner Mike Rawlinson. CrossFit has put me in the best shape of my life; I have never felt better either physically or mentally. Ive competed at the European CrossFit Regionals in 2011 (19th) 2013 (16th) 2014 (38th).


 CrossFit Level 1 Coach

CrossFit Lever 2 Coach

CrossFit Weightlifting Coach

CrossFit  Movement and Mobility Coach

Europen Institute of  Fitness Master Personal Trainer

European Institute of Fitness Motivation Coach

European Institute of Fitness Corrective Exercise Coach

European Institute of Fitness Weight Management Coach

DIPLOMA in Anatomy and Physiology

DIPLOMA in Personal Training

REPs registered


 David Butterfield – Head Coach


I decided to become involved in the “Health & Fitness” industry from the age of 19, my background and experience of fitness up to this point was 9 years of playing cricket, a few seasons of Sunday league football and the odd run on the treadmill.

From here I worked for 2 years as a Fitness Instructor at Middleton Hall Spa in Darlington which mainly involved working with Age Concern. Many parts of this role were very rewarding and here my colleague Alistar Douglas first told me about the website, crossfit.com. From here I decided to pursue a career in Personal Training. From December 2010 – April 2011 I worked as a Personal Trainer, this included working a Globo Gym in Stockton-on-Tees and a very short stint onboard a Cruise Ship.

After 5 Months of questioning if the “Health & Fitness” lifestyle was really for me, I re-visited a website I had glanced at once before and found something called a “WOD” which was named “Cindy”? Instantly I was hooked and began training in my garden. In August 2011 Lee Howe opened CrossFit Teesside which is where I finally realized the true meaning of the two words “Health & Fitness”. The guidance and fantastic support of Lee has pushed me into the best shape I have ever been in and also in the direction of the CrossFit Level 1 Coach’s Certification. I assumed the role of Head Coach at CrossFit Teesside in March 2013. Im also a member of CrossFit’s European Olympic Lifting Certification Team. My goal for the future is to carry on training hard, to be the healthiest and fittest I can possibly be, and to develop and offer my coaching skills to the amazing CrossFit Teesside Community!



CrossFit Level 1 Coach

CrossFit Weightlifting Coach

Level 3 Personal Trainer

National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science

British Weightlifting Association Level 1 Assistant Club Coach





Ben Hunt – Coach



From an early age I have always had a keen interest in health and fitness.  Football was my sport of choice and I enjoyed playing for multiple local teams from the age of 7 to 24 when a devastating ankle injury meant my footballing days were over.  I moved into coaching and coached the team I had played for, for the next few years.

During this time I had been a “3 sets of 8, Back and Bi’s” person for a number of years before a work colleague mentioned that he had joined CrossFit Teesside and that I had to go and try it out!  I went along to watch a workout that night and signed up the next day! 

I began to run a gym at my place of work and coach CrossFit out of my own garage 4 nights a week before completing my CrossFit Level 1 trainer course in December 2013. I have been coaching at CrossFit Teesside ever since, I’m in the best shape of my life and I’ve never felt better!

I have a real passion for CrossFit and strength and conditioning and I’m constantly looking to further boost my knowledge however I can.  I have a particular passion for Olympic lifting and maximising athletic performance through CrossFit.  My goals for the future are to compete within CrossFit at a national level, boost my coaching credentials wherever possible and keep training hard!


CrossFit Level 1 Coach


Chris Porter – Coach


My sporting career started as soon as was humanly possible – when I left school. Accepting a place on the much sought after Youth Training Scheme at Sunderland Football Club was the beginning of 10 years playing as a professional goal keeper, moving around the country – and to Iceland – before finally hanging up my pro gloves at York FC.
The life and vocation of Firefighting beckoned. The training and daily demands of firefighting really channelled everything I knew about strength, power and exercise and I started to focus on functional movement which would translate to my role as a firefighter.
Whilst working towards gaining a UKSA Strength and Conditioning Accreditation I was introduced to Crossfit. I’ve never looked back – a sport that constantly challenges and pushes limitations.
After completing my CF L1 It fuelled my desire to improve not only my own training, but those I coach too and constantly increase my knowledge in this wide and varied field of sport. On my journey so far I have been introduced to some incredible people and learnt from the best coaches.


CrossFit Level 1 Coach

CrossFit Olympic Lifting Coach

CrossFit Power Lifting Coach

CrossFit Movement and Mobility Coach

CrossFit Kids Coach 





Evie Hollis – Coach


My journey into CrossFit started as just something to keep me fit for my upcoming football trials. At the time it was my 8th year playing for Middlesbrough girls centre of excellence. I started getting more and more interested in CrossFit and I was hooked! I just loved everything about it. Everyone is so friendly and I loved the competition side of it. In November 2012 I gave up football and started to compete in CrossFit. The summer of 2013 I qualified for ‘the CrossFit Teens Gauntlet’ and was invited to compete in California. I placed 5th in the world for my age category (16-18 year olds, I was 16) This was such an amazing experience and motivated me even more to compete. Since then other competitions I have been involved in are: ‘divided we fall’, Battle Of London, Manchester Games and European Inferno’. My ultimate goal is to compete at the European regionals within the next 3 years. Through CrossFit I have really found a passion for Olympic Weightlifting and was recently invited down to Loughborough University for a testing day with British Weightlifting. It was part of the golden chance campaign. Out of over 100 girls there was only limited spaces for the next phase and I have been selected! I will be going back to Loughborough for a 2 day Athlete Camp with British Weightlifting. Over the last year I have worked really hard to develop as a coach and gain as much knowledge as I can. This is the Career path I want to take and my passion is CrossFit. In the future I would like to become a CrossFit head coach and also become part of the level 1 seminar staff. I can’t wait to continue this journey with CrossFit!


CrossFit level 1 Coach
Level 2 Instructing exercise & fitness
Level 2: Circuit training
Indoor cycling
Working with children
Anatomy & physiology
Btec Sport diploma
Level 1 Sports Leader

I am currently in the process of gaining my ‘Personal Training Level 3′ at Middlesbrough College.



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