Rob participated in competitive sport from a young age. He also started his first coaching role/s at the age of 16 (girls football and badminton), and has been expanding his knowledge/experience, coaching and mentoring ever since.
Rob’s first competitive sport was swimming, in which he competed a county level regularly. Not specialising in any particular sport, Rob built an early foundation in CrossFit without knowing it at the time. This is included being team captain for several Football and Rugby teams, and making the National Badminton squad.
Strength and Conditioning training commenced from the age of 15, and quickly became his primary love. Rob briefly competed in BodyBuilding, coming 5th in Mr UK in 1998, but did not enjoy the ‘sport’ and continued to train for health.
Rob worked part time as a trainer in a gym to help fund university study, and has been coaching and programming S&C ever since alongside his day job.
In his late thirties, Rob sought a new competitive challenge. After trying his hand at a local PowerLifting meet, he knew that he wanted more… Somehow, he fell upon CrossFit in 2013 and has never looked back. Since then, Rob has won numerous national and international Masters CrossFit competitions, including The European Arnold Classic. He also has an excellent CrossFit open record in the 40+ category:
2016 – 48th worldwide – 1st UK
2017 – 43rd worldwide – 1st UK
2018 – 19th worldwide – 2nd UK
2019 – 26th worldwide – 3rd UK
2020 – 77th worldwide – 3rd UK
He has also competed in two European Masters Weightlifting competitions, and holds two British Masters titles in the 85kg category.
Rob, and his wife, opened CrossFit Oswestry in 2014, where he continues to coach and train a small community. He has Coached several athletes to compete in multiple National level Weightlifting championships, winning 4 gold and 2 silver medals.