Alexander, Sasha for short, is our Head Trainer and a Russian power house. Sasha’s first passion was Judo, where he was both an excellent coach and Scottish Champion, representing both Scotland & the UK at International level. He then moved into MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), becoming a British Medalist in MMA and a Semi Professional Fighter. However, on a visit to Canada in 1999, Sasha discovered CrossFit. He describes himself as ‘bambi on ice’ after trying FRAN which broke him! He was shocked to discover that CrossFit was tougher than any training regime he had tried before but also far more rewarding. He was an overnight convert and has been working hard to open CrossFit Skirmish ever since. In addition to CrossFit Certifications, Sasha is a qualified Judo and British Weight Lifting Coach. He has his own successful Fitness & Supplement Shop Battlebox.co.uk, CrossFit Skirmish’s online shop and has also worked with Dimitri Klokov, the CrossFit and lifting legend, completing Dimitri’s ‘Winner’ Seminar course.
Jesse has the perfect balance of Fitness ‘know-how’ and hands on knowledge. Jesse is a Kiwi, so was brought up on Rugby, playing at semi-pro level in New Zealand. He started CrossFit in New Zealand, inspired by the All Blacks, Ben and Owen Franks, who have one of the world’s largest CrossFit operations and describe CrossFit as their competitive advantage. Jesse originally came to Scotland to play at semi-pro level but immediately jumped at the chance to become a coach at CrossFit Skirmish. He rapidly completed his personal trainer and CrossFit qualifications. Jesse’s rugby skills combined with his strength and conditioning experience will be used to full effect as we develop our CrossFit Youth Academy to improve Boroughmuir’s Youth Rugby Teams. Jesse is an impressive trainer – book a WOD or 121 coaching session to see what we mean.
Angela tried pretty much every form of exercise, starting out with dance as youngster and dabbling in kick boxing and ice hockey but nothing ever stuck until she found Crossfit back in 2012. Since then Crossfit has changed her life and she has travelled the UK and Europe, making a name for herself judging high profile competitions. Angela has several qualifications under her belt including Crossfit Level 1, Weightlifting, Crossfit Kids and Judging certifications, as well as completing Dmitry Klokov’s weightlifting seminar. She is currently dedicating her free time towards obtaining the OPEX Coaching Certification which is a year-long programme focusing on the five fundamental principles of coaching: Assessment, Programming, Lifestyle Coaching, Nutrition and Business Systems.