Lee Howe – CrossFit Teesside owner
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. I ended up qualifying for the regional’s and finished with a rank of 19th in Europe. My aim now is to make CrossFit Teesside a success by helping the community of Teesside achieve their own personal fitness and health goals aswell as continuing my own training in order to improve on a 19th place finish in next year’s European regionals. CrossFit has put me in the best shape of my life; I have never felt better either physically or mentally.
CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
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
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. 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
Level 3 Personal Trainer
National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science
British Weightlifting Association Level 1 Assistant Club Coach
My journey in to health and fitness started at the age of 12 when I ditched football for rugby. I began playing for Middlebrough RUFC moving up the age grades collecting reprasentive honours along the way, until my first game for the Senoir 1st XV at the age of 17. After a couple of games at this level I realised I needed to get stronger, this is when my passion for training began. Over the off season I began to read everything and anything I could find on Strength and Conditioning for sport, I worked hard using the knowledge I had gained and noticed the difference in my performance over the following seasons. After a while I decided this wasn’t enough and I wanted to take my game to the next level, the research began again. After looking for instructional videos on Olympic Weight Lifting I came across a guy called ‘Mikko Salo’ and somthing called ‘CrossFit’. I did the usual search for CrossFit in my local area, but unlike you lucky lot now there was nothing. I forgot about CrossFit at this point and went back to following S&C programs geared towards my rugby, then one day I was driving home from work when I noticed some crazy guy doing overhead squats on the basket ball court at the Harold Wilson Field. No sooner was I through the door I was googling CrossFit again, this is when I found Lee’s blog Primeval PT and found out he was opening CrossFit Teesside. As they say the rest is history!!
CrossFit Level 1 Coach