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Choosing a Crossfit Box is as much about finding a ‘personality’ fit as it is about the training & programming. It is about finding a bunch of great people you relate to and want to become part of.

We have used CrossFit Max Effort’s guide on Choosing a CrossFit Box – Checklist below to give you information on what you should be looking for in a great Box and demonstrate why CrossFit Skirmish is a great choice.  

Most importantly, book a class or come in to watch our coaches in action or look at their videos on YouTube or Facebook – ask yourself the following questions:  can the trainers do the advanced moves, do they compete, what kind of shape are they in?  Do you like their coaching style?  

Remember, CrossFit is a progressive fitness programme, so choose a Box that you think can develop you in the long term – not just teach you the basics.  

1. Does the gym have the attitude and environment you’re comfortable with?

We believe we offer the best CrossFit training in town because we are not elitist but inclusive. Whilst our Head Coach Sasha Voronov is a true CrossFit competitor, he firmly believes that CrossFit is for everyone. He leads his team at CrossFit Skirmish with passion, celebrating progress and personal bests. Every day, we not only post our members’ successes big and small, but provide diet, technique and motivation via our Blog, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages. The best way to judge if we work for you is to book a class, pop in or read what our members say about us in their 5* reviews on our review page or on Facebook –

How long has the gym been open and teaching CrossFit?

CrossFit Skirmish is an established Box, having opened in January 2015. We have built a reputation as Edinburgh’s leading competitive CrossFit Box with our coaches and members active competition winners. We also have the best equipped CrossFit Box in town and the best coaches. Our team are CrossFit practitioners & competitors who ‘walk the walk’. Our Head Trainer Sasha Voronov has been active in CrossFit for over 8 years honing his skills, ranking high in Europe in the CrossFit Games year after year. A former Judo Coach & International medal winner, he knows how to get the best out of everyone. Our other trainers Lenka Aknaiova, Jonny Murray and Kyle Martin who are fitness professionals who have not only studied hard but have dedicated themselves to CrossFit training and coaching. Our team get a kick out of your progress – whether it is celebrating your first handstand or first mile run, we are there with you, every step of the way.

Is it a CrossFit-only gym?

CrossFit Skirmish is a CrossFit Box within a larger gym, Energy Gym. This means you get gym membership as an added bonus of your membership. Our Head Trainer Sasha Voronov is a CrossFit and Olympic Weight Lifting specialist, his sole focus to ensure his team give you the best quality coaching and progressive programming available.

Do the coaches have multiple CrossFit certifications?

Yes, our trainers are a minimum of Level 1 CrossFit Certified. We also have trainers with British Olympic Weight Lifting and Personal Training L3 qualifications.

Do the gym’s members represent all levels of fitness?

Yes, our members are pretty amazing ranging from 22 – 56 in age and with different capabilities from beginner to Games Competitors. Our team ensure that each WOD is scalable, inclusive and challenging for all with advanced CrossFitters ‘Rxing’ it up with beginners, all encouraging each other to finish the WOD – everyone is important.

Would you want to do a push-up on that floor?

Absolutely! Our Box is cleaned daily with kit neatly stored and well maintained.

Is there enough space and equipment for everyone?

We are the best equipped Box in town. This means that we have 20 rowing machines, ski ergs, GHDs and assault bikes in addition to all other standard kit. We limit our WODs to 12 people only. This ensures that the quality of coaching stays high and that you receive the kit and support you need to work out safely.

What’s their coaching style like?

We care about technique and safety which is why we don’t scream and shout at you to push you beyond what is safe. This is why a big percentage of WODs are spent teaching technique, correcting issues, adjusting workouts so that everyone gets and awesome workout.

Our coaching is not random. We deliver a progressive programme at CrossFit Skirmish which works on different CrossFit components week-on-week so you can develop your skills. We also work with members during Open Box time to work 121 on specific challenges.

We are respectful and supportive. We love having fun, encouraging you to try new things, support you when you are unsure and help you win the big and small battles.

Do they offer nutritional coaching and support?

When you join CrossFit Skirmish you register on our BoxChamp app. This app allows you to log your starting statistics and monitor your progress. This includes logging workouts, PBs and key milestones eg. MY FIRST HSPU!

Our coaches also offer nutritional advice and support. We also post helpful articles, healthy diet plans and have our own blog to keep you motivated.

What’s their community like?

Our community is awesome – join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. You will find other ‘Skirmishers’ love to team up for competitions or simply to hit Open Box to do a WOD.

How useful is their website?

We have put a lot of thought into our website so you can make an informed decision, however, get down to CrossFit Skirmish to check us out in person. Book a class or just pop in after a WOD to talk to our trainers and have a coffee.

Crossfit Glossary

If you have ever seen a CrossFit WOD board, it often looks crazy, with pictograms and the code words which look really complicated. We have listed below the most commonly used terms to help you out, however, if you are unsure at any time, just ask the Trainer.

NB – YBF is the best one 🙂

AMRAP: As Many Reps (sometimes Rounds) as Possible
ATG: Ass to Grass
BP: Bench press
BS: Back squat
BW (or BWT): Body weight
CFT:CrossFit Total – consisting of max squat, press, and deadlift.
CFSB: CrossFit Strength Bias. A program developed by Jeff Martin and Darrell White, explained here. You’ll need a CFJ subscription.
CFWU:CrossFit Warm-up
CLN: Clean
C&J: Clean and jerk
C2: Concept II rowing machine
DL: Deadlift
FS: Front squat
GHR(D): Glute ham raise (developer). Posterior chain exercise, like a back extension. Also, the device that allows for the proper performance of a GHR.
GHR(D) Situp: Situp done on the GHR(D) bench.
GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
GTG: Grease the Groove, a protocol of doing many sub-maximal sets of an exercise throughtout the day
H2H: Hand to hand; refers to Jeff Martone’s kettlebell “juggling” techniques (or to combat).
HSPU: Hand stand push up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance, if needed) bend arms until nose touches floor and push back up.
HSQ: Hang squat (clean or snatch). Start with bar “at the hang,” about knee height. Initiate pull. As the bar rises drop into a full squat and catch the bar in the racked position. From there, rise to a standing position
IF: Intermittent Fasting
KB: Kettlebell
MEBB: Maximum Effort Black box, term coined by Mike Rutherford. Originally laid out in one of the early Performance Menu issues.
KTE: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.
MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout
MP: Military press
MU: Muscle ups. Hanging from rings you do a combination pull-up and dip so you end in an upright support.
OHS: Overhead squat. Full-depth squat performed while arms are locked out in a wide grip press position above (and usually behind) the head.
PC: Power clean
Pd: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells
PR: Personal record
PP: Push press
PSN: Power snatch
PU: Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context
Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
Rx’d; as Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.
RM: Repetition maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.
SDHP: Sumo deadlift high pull (see exercise section)
Set: A number of repetitions. e.g., 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.
SPP: Specific physical preparednesss, aka skill training.
SN: Snatch
SQ: Squat
SS: Starting Strength; Mark Rippetoe’s great book on strength training basics. Available right here.
Subbed: Substituted. The CORRECT use of “subbed,” as in “substituted,” is, “I subbed an exercise I can do for one I can’t,” For example,if you can’t do HSPU, you subbed regular pushups.
Sadly, many illiterate posters get this bass-ackward, and claim that since they can’t do HSPU, they subbed HSPU for pushups. D’oh!
TGU: Turkish get-up (See exercise section)
TTB: Toes to bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.
WO, sometimes W/O: Workout
WOD: Workout of the day
YBF: You’ll Be Fine

CrossFit Skirmish membership includes Energy Gym too!