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Crossfit Swindon – UK

Luke Knapp and Harry Palmer, the box-owners of Crossfit Swindon, are giving us a little insight into what happens at their BOX! Enjoy another episode of our Europewide BOX interviews.


Short Facts

Name: CrossFit Swindon
Address / Location: Unit 18 Axis Business Centre, Westmead Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN5 7YS
BOX-Owner: Luke Knapp & Harry Palmer
Open since: 23rd September 2013



How did you come to CrossFit?

It was during the NASM Personal Trainer course that I really discovered the benefits of functional training and made it my mission to find out more. It was as I actively researched ways to enhance my knowledge and skills that I discovered Crossfit.

Why did you open your own box?

We opened our own box because of two main reasons. The first, being committed to CrossFit and believing the benefits will promote a positive lifestyle and wanting to share that. The second, there was nothing like CrossFit where we live, so we wanted create a CrossFit community in our town.

Why exactly should I join YOUR box? What makes it standout from others?

The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, perfect for beginners and experienced CrossFitters alike! But the really unique thing about CrossFit Swindon is the combined coaching styles of Harry and myself. We use our individual strengths to become a dynamic and influential team, motivating our members to reach new heights.

How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old, any competitive athletes?)

Our member structure is an even mix of male and female.  Ages ranging from 17-60 years old with the majority of our members aged between 20-35. To date we have over 30 regular members and it’s growing week by week!

Do you have additional training possibilities (Yoga, Gymnastics etc.)?

Personal Training with Harry – qualified a Army PTI and Luke Knapp – qualified Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?

Yes, we offer nutritional advice and programmes.

If I start as a beginner – how does my training in the first month look like?

You will complete an Introduction Course where you will learn the fundamental movements and techniques that are essential for Crossfit. The course will cover a mixture of Gymnastics, Olympic Weightlifting and Kettlebell training. You will then be able to join in the CrossFit Classes where you will be challenged physically and mentally in a safe controlled environment.

Do you organize any internal or open competitions?

As we have been in the early stages of opening we haven’t hosted competitions as yet. We have held themed WODs and events and will expand in to competitions in the near future.

Do you have links to other boxes?

We have been welcomed to the local area by CrossFit Didcott, CrossFit Cirencester, CrossFit Civitas and CrossFit Bath.  They have offered great support and either have come to visit us or hosted a meet up (and a workout!) at their boxes.

Can I drop in if I am passing your city? Who do I have to contact?

You are more than welcome to pay us a visit. If you’re new to CrossFit come chat to our coaches and see what CrossFit is for yourself. If you’ve done CrossFit before you can join us in a workout. Get in contact before your visit via the website www.crossfit-swindon.co.uk or call 07896 228232 | 07572 876784

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