Newsletter - February

Welcome to the February update from CSC. The open is upon us and we are so pleased so many of you are giving it your all and taking part. March is set to be a cold month so make sure you wrap up, mobilise and keep active in the box during this cold spell. So let us kick off with our member of the month.

This month we are please to announce Matt Best as our Member of the Month

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Matt has been a member with us since May 2014.  Matt has been hitting open gym and all the WODs recently and working on his weaknesses, asking questions and looking on ways to improve his performance.  He has taken all of the advice and worked hard to achieve the deserved success he his having.  Really well done Matt you have smashed it.

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Firstly we want to let you know that due to the Stafford half Marathon we will be closed on the 18th March. The 2018 Stafford Half Marathon will start in Stafford Street (town centre) at 10am. The route will head off from the town centre on traffic-controlled roads, incorporating two steady climbs before returning to the Market Square via the iconic Victoria Park.

The box will also be closed on the bank holidays at the end of March and begining of april

Good Friday: Friday 30 March.
Easter Monday: Monday 2 April.


CSC Performance Workshop

In the near future, Tim Fearnett and Paul Shelley will be hosting a workshop to get people more in tune with Sports performance and training for health and fitness overall. The workshop date has yet to be set but we wanted to let you all know that we will be hosting this at some point in the future. The workshop will cover

General Public  / Epigenetics & Sporting History
Body Composition / Nutritional Basics
Training Patterns / Periodization Basics
Training for Health & Fitness / Event / Lifestyles
Social Media and FAD Issues
Injury Prevention

Keep your eyes open for this workshop as we know it will be important for a lot of you


We are pleased to be able to host an amazing afternoon with the one and only Bobby Maximus. Bobby will be at CSC on the 22nd of April. Spaces are limited so don't delay and book now. Click the image above of the button below to book your space now.


With the Crossfit open upon us and the competition season gets underway, we are asking for your contributions. as there are lots going on throughout the year we like to celebrate the achievements of our members and friends of CSC. If you are attending any competition, taking art r watching other members of CSC throwdown against others in the wider Crossfit Community, let us know. Either send us a message or drop us an email so we can celebrate your achievements here within the newsletter. It doesn't have to be all about CrossFit, it can be a 5k, 10k, half marathon, a three peaks challenge etc. we just want to know what makes you tick and keeps you reaching for greatness. 

So what is the CrossFit open? The Games season is broken up into three stages. The first stage is the Open. This five-week, five-workout competition is held in the winter in CrossFit affiliates and garage gyms around the world. Workouts are released online each Thursday, and athletes have until the following Monday to submit their scores.

Workout 18.1- Friday 23rd February
Workout 18.2- Friday 2nd March
Workout 18.3- Friday 9th March
Workout 18.4- Friday 16th March
Workout 18.5- Friday 23rd March

The Open is not only an event for athletes but spectators too, if you haven't signed up for a place in the open, please come down to CSC on a Friday night or Saturday morning and cheer on our members who are taking part. The event is all-inclusive and is a great way to test your metal.

Just a little reminder that we have a fantastic number of people going CSC on the tough mudder event Belvoir Castle on 20th May 2018

To sign for the event on the 2oth May 2018, simply head to the link below, purchase your ticket to the full Tough Mudder on the 2oth May 2018 and register. To join our team 'Chafing the Dream' head to your purchased ticket and click 'join the team'...then search for the team name and use password 'teamcsc' - if you do it right our organiser (Nick Fearnett) will get an email, so give him a shout and he can check.
We have gone for an early start again as it gives us more time on the course, but heading to a pub after to wash down the mud is a sure fact! 
Go for it folks - we want a monster team again from CSC and friends!


We also wanted to give a shout out to James Shilvock who took part in the Rainhill Winter Trials in February. James was tied for 26th place before he, unfortunately, had to pull out just before the last WOD. James achieved an overall placement of 38th overall. Great effort james, we hope to se yu flying the CSC colours at another competiotion soon.


The last Friday of every month CSC dedicates a WOD to fallen heroes.
This month our WOD is a week early due to the bank holiday.  to book your free place click the button below. Our Heorwod is 



This British Tribute WOD is dedicated to all the RLC EOD operators who expended their 9 lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. Among them they defused 100’s of explosive devices, saving countless lives. Gaz O’Donnel G.M., Dan Shepherd G.C., Oz Schmid G.C., Dan Read Q.G.M., Brett Linley G.M., Lisa Head. The RLC EOD left Afghanistan on the 26 October 2014.

"Felix is the unofficial mascot of British Army counter-terrorism bomb disposal. Cats have always been associated with luck, possibly due to their ‘righting reflex’ – an innate ability to always land on their feet. Felix (Latin for ‘happy’ or ‘lucky’) was the name given to the popular cartoon cat created by Otto Messmer in early 1900s America. He was a cheerful, thoughtful character who never failed to survive mayhem unscathed. These are traits much coveted by bomb disposal personnel and many bomb squads worldwide adopted Messmer’s ‘Felix the Cat’ as their symbol. There have even been some conventional munitions named after him."


The shortest month of the year has now flown by and we are moving into 2018 fast, with the Open workouts testing our abilities every week, we need to remember to take even more care of our bodies and make sure we implement our rest days in effectively!

There are many exciting things to look forward to at CSC this year so keep your eyes on the Blog and the posters around the box!#

Our main points this month;

  1. Be humble to your fellow members - You share a love for training, fitness and lifting but along side that you share a facility and space that requires humility and care for both.
  2. Pay respect to the Coaches - These guys care more about you than you do yourself, they spend more time on your programming than you do and they also analyse your movements far more than you do. So when they offer you advice please listen in the long term you will be grateful.
  3. Hold nothing back when you are moving well & always enjoy yourself! 

Newsletter - December 2017

With the year coming to a close we wanted to close out the year by announcing our member of the year, remind you of our upcoming in-house competition and see the year out with a quick thank you.

After some tough deliberation, as you have all worked so hard this year, we are please to announce or CSC Member of the Year is non-other than... 


Greg has been a member for just over a year at CSC, and his progress has been phenomenal.
Greg would be the first to admit that fitness wasn’t something that he was interested in, but he has really taken to it.
Since becoming a member, he has been consistent and hardworking, he has stuck to the programming and achieved so much.  He struggled with pull-ups but now has multiples and also kipping.
He attends the speciality classes gymnastics and weightlifting every week and is always learning new skills.  
For the coaches, the main reason Greg has been a great addition to the box is his positive attitude. Every time he comes to train he has a smile on his face and makes the other members feel welcome. He appreciates all the work the coaches do for him and advice they have given to him, but as coaches, we can only show you the path, it’s the extra work that Greg does that has seen him progress so much.


13th January 2017

A little reminder for our in-house comp on the 13th January 2018. We will be holding an in-house competition for all of our members (oh and we are throwing in some Pizza too). We want to see as many of you take part in this fun event as possible. It will be an accessible competition so it will be open to everyone. This is something we try to do every year to get people together and have a bit of fun. So don't delay, speak to one of the coaches and get your name down for the event. It is going to be a good day and we want as many of you there as possible. any questions please just ask.


The last Friday of every month is our Hero WOD, to book your FREE place go to our teamup page by clicking the button below and get involved.

This Month we dedicate our Hero WOD to
Christopher Davies "DAVO"

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Guardsman Davies was killed while taking part in a security patrol in Nahr-e Saraj (North), Helmand province. As he was conducting a partnered operation with the Afghan National Army to the east of Patrol Base Hazrat, Guardsman Davies was hit by small arms fire. Guardsman Davies, aged 22, was born and raised in St Helens, Merseyside. On completion of recruit training, he joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Aldershot in January 2009


As another year draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, members and friends. You have all made CSC your chosen place to train, achieve, make friends and memories. We have seen members overcome things they didn’t think possible and smash your personal goals. We are sure you can all think of something you’ve achieved at the Box this year that you couldn’t do in 2016 - we are super proud of you all!  

We hope you are as eager and ready to keep on achieving in 2018. You guys make the box, and for that, we wanted to say a huge thank you. We would not be the box we are without you, so here is to 2017 and may 2018 be just as successful 

CSC Team

Newsletter - October 2017

The clocks have gone back and the dark nights are here. Even more of an excuse to get down to CSC and warm up with a spicy WOD or two. This month we celebrate our newest member of the month, congratulate some qualifications, shout out to some competitors and sort out festivities with the CSC Xmas event. Remeber all the up to the minute news can be found on the team Facebook page, but here's a recap of October ...

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Newsletter - September 2017

Welcome to the September newsletter, the darker nights are drawing in but the electricity in the classes are keeping us all upbeat and ready for action. This month we bid a fond farewell to Jess and Wes, and celebrate some extra curricular activity with the participants of Tribal Clash and Tough Mudder. Don't forget all up to the minute updates are available on the team facebook page. 

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Newsletter - August 2017

September has arrived and as always we have news for CSC and some exciting new things coming up. As always CSC never rests on its laurels and is constantly striving to be the best box we can, not only for our members but everyone who walks through the door. So lets begin ...

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This month we would like to award our "Member of the Month" to

Jamie Conn

Jamie has been working extremely hard, not just for the last month but for some time now,  on improving the weaknesses he has. It's always easy to come and improve on the things you like but takes great determination to come in on your own and work on the things you don't. Jamie's spent a long time after WODs in open gym sessions working hard on his mobility and it's starting to show.

With that said Jamie has always been a great asset to the family at CSC and is always good for a joke or two during classes.

Thanks for the laughs Jamie and keep up the good work.

It should be noted that every day our coaches see members that are considered for this award, just because you don't get the coveted Member of the Month, it does not mean we haven't seen greatness in you.

The task of choosing someone for the award is getting harder and harder! We want everyone to aspire to be a better version of themselves and we constantly see people stepping outside of their comfort zone, people trying something new and working hard on their weaknesses. The Member of the Month looks to shine a light on those who have impressed us and taken clear steps to practice what we preach and improve their ability beyond what we teach in the sessions.

Every month we struggle to single out members who embody what we do at CSC as each one of you understands our approach and training philosophy. Keep up the good work and aim to be our next Member of the Month.



Due to the departure of Head Coach, Kaj, I am pleased to announce that this role will be taken over by our very own Paul Shelley.

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We have all supported Paul through his ambitions with CrossFit and Gym Jones, and his breadth of knowledge across these areas will provide you with a unique but effective spin on your box programming. 

As many of you have witnessed, Paul demonstrates dedication, commitment, focus and overall ambition to achieve. He is constantly working to improve his knowledge and
skills as a coach by working closely with the team and myself, alongside his own ventures. I am confident that this professional development will thrive in his role as Head Coach. 

I would also like to congratulate Paul on completing his Level 3 Gym Jones over in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are super proud! ~Tim

With Paul stepping into the role of head coach, this opens up a position for a new member of the CSC family. So with that in mind we would like to welcome Dan Heath as our newest member of the CSC team.
 Dan has a wide range of experience in both Crossfit and strongman and will be on hand to instruct and offer his advice as part of the coaching team.

Please take your time to introduce yourselves and welcome Dan to CSC. If you want to know more click the button below. 

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This month we want to remind everyone that we have added a few things in and around the box. 


We have extended the flooring in both box one and two this provides extra space for warm ups, socialising and activities. Please treat the flooring as you would in any area of the box, clean up spills, report damage and use it to warm up and get mobile.


In addition to the flooring, we have purchased some extra "Atlas" balls which I am sure you will all see appearing future workouts. For those unfamiliar with Atlas balls, Atlas balls/stones are most commonly associated with the World's Strongest Man competition but can be used in many workouts to help develop core strength. Their awkward shape and unusual centre of gravity when lifted allow's them to promote the need for strong core stabilisation and can be a great fun way to get an all body workout.


We are also installing more pigeon holes into box 2. The pigeon holes are there for you to leave personal items in a safe place while you work out. 
Please note CSC do not take responsibility for any items lost or damaged while on site. Please take care of your own items and ensure that they are safe and secure, these are your responsibility


Keep your eyes open for a new Olympic lifting warm up poster, this is designed for you to follow and be ready for your lifts. Use this to get warmed up in the right way for the prescribed movements either during open gym or in a WOD.


We are investing heavily in the bathroom areas of CSC. Both bathrooms will shortly be receiving extensive upgrades, with a shower being installed Into box 2. This means we can cater for people requiring showers in both boxes and hopefully allow people to get to work or social events after a gruelling work out after all we know your time is precious.
We will be starting with box 2 initially then moving over to box one. Obviously, while we do these refurbishments it may mean the toilet may be out of action for a short period, but we don't intend these refurbishments to inconvenience you too much. Please bear with us while we carry out the upgrades but we hope the additional shower will be a welcome addition.


Over the next few months, the CSC website will be getting its annual refresh and we will be moving a few things around. If there is anything you like, want to see added or have any suggestions Please ping MJ an email or a message and we will look to take on all appropriate suggestions. 

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Kaj Jackson, Amir Khan, Alex Whitlock, Paul Ramage, Sara Fenton and Tash Khan all took part in the "Battle for the Midlands" competition

Battle For The Midlands returned for its 5th year of competition at UNIT 22 CrossFit Northampton on August 19th & 20th. The format was same as the two previous years, where same-sex pairs competed in 3 workouts on day 1 of the competition to determine their category for workouts 4 -6.  

Categories for workouts 4 – 6 will be the BFTM Trophy (scaled competitors) and the BFTM Cup (Rx’d competitors), so workouts 1 – 3 will decide which category they were fighting for.

Amir and Kaj Finished 15th of 24 in the RX category
Alex and Paul finished 4th of 40 in sales category
Sara and Tash finished 11th of 40 also in scaled

Well done all a fantastic effort, thank you to everyone who attended or sent support to the teams. Lets keep the CSC flag flying high and get out and compete :)


While we are talking about competitions, don't forget that we are holding the Central Staffs Cup in October, and as we run up to the event we will be looking for volunteers. We need judges, administration staff, facilities assistance and of course lots of people cheering on the competitors.

Now this is our first 2 -day event so we need as much help as we can. CSC members can get more information from the Team Facebook page, but if you're not a CSC member why not drop us a line if you want to help.

This is looking to be one amazing weekend of events so , if you can't take part, please do come along and support the competitors as they smash the WODs and compete for the podium.

On the 1st - 4th of September Dusan Grujic, Erica Tultle, Charlie Trotter, Jess Hester, Paul Ramage, Ness James, Mike Chatfield, Tracey Birchall, Gav and Sam Heath, Wes Hester and Michelle Buckley will be going up against some of the best in Europe in Tribal Clash. The venue is in Devon, so those of you who are traveling to support the teams travel safe and please, lots of photos of the CSC teams.

We also have a number of members tackling the Tough Mudder event on Sunday 10th September. This looks to be a good event with a few laughs along the way.

Good luck to all those people competing in September and fly that CSC flag high.


The last Friday of every month is our Hero WOD, to book your free place go to teamup by clicking the button below and get involved.

This month we dedicate our Hero WOD to
Corporal Ryan C. McGhee (21)

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Corporal Ryan C. McGhee, 21, was killed in action on May 13, 2009 by small arms fire during combat in central Iraq. He served with 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment of Fort Benning, Ga. This was his fourth deployment, his first to Iraq. Ryan was engaged to Ashleigh Mitchell of Fredericksburg, VA. He is survived by his father Steven McGhee of Myrtle Beach S.C, his mother Sherrie Battle McGhee, and his brother Zachary.


With August behind us and Septembers activities already started and ready to roll, it has been one great summer for CSC and its members. Remember we have lots of new members so make sure you introduce yourself to anyone you don't know and make them feel at home. If you want any more information please do not hesitate to contact us, or speak to one of the coaches. If your not a member and are in the area, why not pop in for a brew and say hello, we always like meeting new people, you could even stay for a WOD :)

Newsletter - June 2017

We are half way through the year with so much still to come! This month we introduce our new member of staff, tell you about the pending CSC BBQ, promoting our new range of merchandise in the store. We give you a look at the new CSC Gym guide now offered to all those passing our foundations courses. Kaj and Amir will be smashing it up at "Battle for the Midlands". Tell you who's getting down and dirty at "Tough Mudder" in September. Remember all of our up to the minute news is on the team Facebook page, but here is your monthly summary...

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Newsletter - May 2017

May is almost over and in contrast to last month I am sitting here in 22 degrees rather than looking out at snow. The month has been great with lots of opportunity to get out in the sun and WOD outside, I am sure there will be more to come in the coming weeks. This month we welcome new members, new classes and as always lots of sweat. As always the members Facebook page offers all the up to the minute details but below is a snapshot of what's been happening at CSC

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Newsletter - April 2017

Welcome to the April Newsletter from CSC. As I am writing this, there is snow on my car!! It is April right?? Anyway, hopefully we will get to see some sun and give you all an opportunity to get some Vitamin D with some exterior activities in the WOD’s. Remember if you are a member you can catch all the up to the minute news on the members only Facebook team page.

So here we go …..

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