From a young age Ali was set on working in sport having spent her childhood playing just about anything with a ball. A combination of hockey and horses proved a fast-track to injury which began a lifelong passion to understand the relationship between performance, physical fitness and mental health.
This time on the sidelines also kickstarted her coaching career, a journey which led Ali to study Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University where she later returned to train as a PE teacher.
In 2014 she discovered CrossFit and has experienced first-hand the huge increase in body confidence this provided alongside improved athletic performance. While she loves a team comp, Ali primarily trains for health and enjoyment and includes a wide range of modalities in her schedule including hockey, pilates, netball, running (and of course a healthy dose of CrossFit!)
“Gyms can be intimidating places and I love that CrossFit is an environment that welcomes all ages, abilities, body shapes and backgrounds and everyone celebrates the small wins of one another. It doesn’t matter whether you come first or last, all that matters that you’ve shown up, worked hard and had a laugh along the way.”
Her background has given her a wealth of knowledge in the power of activity to improve physical, social and mental health which she has bolstered with qualifications as a PT, Pilates Teacher and pre and post-natal specialist. Alongside working with adult populations, Ali puts her years teaching in Suffolk and London to good use by leading on our CrossFit Kids and Teens programmes, helping all ages to develop a lifelong love of activity.
“As a Coach, the biggest buzz is helping someone to achieve something they never thought they could – be it a pull up, a squat PB, fitting in a pair of jeans or simply standing up pain free.”
PGCE in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status (Loughborough University)
Sports Science with Management BSc (Loughborough University)
L1 CrossFit Trainer
L3 Personal Trainer
L3 Mat Pilates Teacher
Pre & Post Natal Specialism
L2 Fitness Instructor
L2 Awareness of Mental Health Conditions