Celtic 2.0 – The future… And how we have arrived here 

It’s Sunday evening… We’ve Just left Celtic 2.0 after another evening of planning and measurement taking! And we are Absolutely buzzing! This truly is going to be an amazing facility with countless opportunities for our athletes and the wider community of Newport to embrace health & fitness, strength & conditioning and of course Crossfit. It will also be, for us, the realisation of a Dream that we have been working towards over the last 5 years! Many of you won’t know this, but we were one of the first 6 Crossfit gyms open in Wales and one of the first 30 in the UK (There are now over 300).   
It was 2010 when we had the amazing idea of opening a business in a recession! alongside our already hectic day to day careers. Back then, there was not the opportunity to look for a loan or find a wealthy financier to throw money at the business and buy the latest equipment. We had to follow the “Crossfit business template” of growing organically from a true garage gym, expanding as our community and experience allow. We operated our first “Crossfit classes” from a secondary school gym in Newport. Open three nights a week for two hours at a time with just a few bars, bumper plates, some very old school skipping ropes, the schools climbing ropes, one or two kettle bells and a small group of dedicated members and close friends to kick us off on this amazing journey. 

Our legacy was built on an investment of £400 each and a lot of hard graft!! Our members were introduced to pull ups on a gymnastics beam (and you guys complain about some of the rigs you’ve been on!!) and our classes had the privilege of lugging this equipment from the gym to a storage cupboard in the school before and after every session!! 

 Despite our meagre beginnings our community started to grow, after much deliberation and worry, we took the plunge and moved into our first “Box” this was a tiny 1200 square foot industrial unit. Our small group of members helped us paint, lay flooring, move equipment and clean the place up! We could not have been prouder! 
 Not long after moving in to the Box we held out first Crossfit competition, again this was in a time where competitions were very few and far between. We hosted the competition in conjunction with one of our then members and Ex Welsh international rugby player Richard Parks, who had embarked upon his amazing 737 challenge! And all funds raised went to this cause. Most of the Crossfit boxes from Wales at the time were present and represented at our little facility! With current Crossfit seminar staff members and European Regional competitors Danny Watson (currently Crossfit 3D) and Andy Edwards (Owner of Dragon Crossfit) coming first and second respectively with Pete Rankin (Owner of The boatshed Crossfit facility and also European regional competitor) in third place! It was also an introduction to Crossfit competitions to the now extremely established Heavy Rep Gear boys, that sold T shirts and a younger, slightly less ripped Mike Catris owner of Kratos nutrition (& another European Regional competitor) that was also representing in his first ever Crossfit competition. 

Our athletes have had much success representing in many prestigious Crossfit competitions over the years. But the pinnacle must be, just missing out on team qualification to the European Regionals in Copenhagen by just one place in 2012. This was the start of our love affair with the Open, that has seen us introduce the Celtic Crossfit Affiliate Cup. A free “In house” team competition, that runs alongside the Open each year. This is always a massive buzz for our athletes and community and has encouraged many to enter into crossfit in a competitive capacity. 

As time progressed we understood that despite our extensive experience in teaching and coaching, to ensure the successful progression of our athletes we would need more than just a Crossfit Level 1 qualification. So we invested in and continued to build upon this and our Honours Degree’s in Sports science and post graduate teaching qualifications in Physical Education, by undertaking more Career Professional Development in an abundance of areas. These include Crossfit Olympic lifting, BWL Olympic lifting, Crossfit Powerlifting and Westside a Barbell powerlifting methods, Karl Paoli’s Freestyle connection movement and Crossfit Gymnastics, Crossfit Football (power and sport specific), Kelly Starrett (Mobility WOD and supple Leopard) Mobility seminar and Crossfit Kids are just some of the areas we have implemented into our ever expanding and evolving programming and experience.  

 As we grew as coaches, our community followed suit and we once again needed to expand! So with the help of our athletes, we knocked through the wall of our little Unit to next door and doubled the size of our facility yet again! Since being there much has changed, not just our experience as coaches, our programming, our opening hours, and our equipment all evolving. But we have helped create some fabulous athletes, including some Welsh and British Record holders. As proud as we are of this feat. We are just as proud of the fact that we can categorically confirm that we have made hundreds of people in and around the Newport area fitter and healthier in the process! It’s not just people’s physique and health we have impacted! Since opening we are proud that 4 of our ex members have gained the confidence and experience from us to fuel their own ambition, following in our footsteps to open their own Crossfit or Health and fitness facilities. 
We now embark upon our latest expansion, into a huge 6000 square ft facility that will cater for Celtic Crossfit Classes, Celtic Crossfit teens, Celtic Crossfit kids, Specific Olympic lifting (Celtic Barbell) and Celtic Power lifting programmes. Fully equipped with brand new equipment, an in Box nutrition and Apparel Shop and on site sports massage available. Once again we ask for the support of our community, to help us move in and make this facility the premier Crossfit and strength and conditioning facility in the Newport area. Thank you to those that have already given up time to come and visit the new box, there will be another opportunity more opportunities in the near future for anyone else interested in having a tour of YOUR new gym. There will also be a sign up board at the box, for anyone that has a skill or trade or contacts that can help us with the move or anyone willing to get involved? whether that be with some painting or even moving of equipment, any help will be much appreciated! 

 It has been a monumental struggle at times, but building this amazing community and seeing you flourish as athletes makes it all worthwhile! Many of you have been on this amazing journey since the start especially Members #1 & #2 Bridie and Geeves and we thank you for your continued support and friendship, It will be so rewarding to see you all evolving with us, as we move onto our next phase! Celtic Crossfit 2.0 
*Coming Soon* 


Interested in joining us ? Email Celticcrossfit@hotmail.co.uk 





A) Back Squat

B) Run 400m

3 Rounds

20 KB Swing

8 pull-up

Run 400m

20 Goblet Lunges

8 Pullups

Run 400m


Celtic Crossfit DWF Qualifying WOD 2

10 min time cap to complete…
500m row
HSPU & Deadlift (100kg/70kg)
500m row

Another very busy night at the box! With, once again superb effort, passion and community shown throughout this horrible workout! Great to see so many of you conquering one of our main weaknesses HSPU not long ago very few would have even contemplated taking this on RX’d. Once again this is testament to your hard work and progress of late!! Keep it up guys! Your doing amazing! And making “YOUR” box “The place to be” at the moment!

One of our most improved members with huge potential Bridie, smashing her HSPU

The very impressive Coxy, easing his way through the Deadlifts!

Amazing community, cheering heat 1 through the WOD

Great night again Celtic Warriors!! Post scores to comments…


Tonight saw us hit some weaknesses… and re-visit an old favourite from The Crossfit Games Open qualifiers…

It was amazing to see so many smashing their previous scores and fab to see some of our newer members posting some impressive results to boot!

Strength/ Skills
A) 4 Overhead Squats OTMEM (7 mins)
B) 7 mins to achieve 3 rounds max reps Toes to bar


A great job working technique and mechanics on two of our biggest weaknesses!
A) 7min AMRAP – Burpees
5 minute rest…
B) 3 min Double Unders

Just as disgusting as last time!! But amazing guts and determination shown by you all to get through and smash your previous bests!

Congratulations to our latest graduating On Ramp Class
Tonight saw the final session for our latest On Ramp members. In line with every other session, they were amazing!! We have seen such progress in only two weeks! Just imagine what results you could achieve with regular sessions! Well done to you all! Hope to see you smashing some workouts in class soon!!

Smashing a very spicy power clean & burpee couplet

Our first Crazy American member Spencer, absolutely wrecked after smashing tonight’s WOD!!

August On Ramp continued…

Another top session from our August On Ramp class! You guys are really starting to become a mini community in your own right! And after the grit, determination and effort you have shown in your work outs! We can already see your going to make some very impressive Celtic Warriors! Keep up the top work guys!



Following a conversation over the weekend with a friend asking how the CrossFit Games worked, here is a summary of the 2012 event to crown the ‘Fittest on Earth’, which was for the first time ever repeat champions Rich Froning Jr. and Annie Thorisdottir.

5 x 3 Power Snatch

In teams of 3
9/7min AMRAP
Clean and Jerk


Sandbag sprint/hurdle Relay



Post loads and reps to


The ‘Unknown and Unknowable’ from the 2012 Games ‘Double Banger’


3 Rounds

12 Push Press

12 Ring Dips


3 Rounds

Run 400m

21 Pullups

12 Toes 2 bar

for time

Post loads reps and times to comments;


This is how it’s done after 12 completed WODs!!

Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir the first ever Repeat champions as the Fittest on Earth

5 x 3 Back Squat

Row 3minutes for Distance


30 thrusters
30 chin ups
30 kb swings
30 HOG Press ups

for time

Post loads distances and times to comments;

How are we all going post Paleo? let’s not let those ripped midsections get away from us by returning to previous ‘bad’ habits too often. We will have a return photo shoot at the end of the summer- you have been warned you are accountable for the fuel you put into your mouth!

New Paleo page up and running by the end of the week, with our winner announced in classes this week also. A difficult decision to be made.


Saturdays CrossFit Games continues with some amazing efforts

Teams Top 5 at time of post

1 (648) Hacks Pack UTE 141 1st 40th 1st 7th 1st 1st 5th 6T 7T 5th
2 (591) Diablo CrossFit Anejo 481 4th 9th 29T 12T 5th 22nd 2T 27T 3rd 1st
3 (550) RAW Training 431 9th 6th 14th 26T 3rd 5th 6T 20T 26T 14th
4 (518) SPC CrossFit 171 10th 27th 18th 20T 7th 21st 1st 30T 5T 4th
5 (518) TJs Gym Mill Valley 551 5th 1st 4th 18th 27th 8th 13T 26th 23T 16T

Womens top 5 at time of post

1 (732) Annie Thorisdottir 16th 14th 3rd 33T 4T 12th 1st 15T 2nd 3rd 3rd
2 (686) Julie Foucher 2nd 1st 5th 29th 12T 1st 27th 24th 9th 27T 1st
3 (667) Talayna Fortunato 14th 9th 1st 1st 31T 6th 3rd 14th 11th 23T 9th
4 (634) Kristan Clever 34th 28th 2nd 6T 9T 2nd 6th 38th 4th 20T 2nd
5 (586) Valerie Voboril 10th 5th 21st 19T 31T 3rd 10th 11T 7T 40th 10th

Mens Top 5 at time of post

1 (740) Rich Froning 011 18th 12th 3rd 16T 3rd 4th 4th 18th 5th 5th 1st
100 pts
2 (652) Matt Chan 027 3rd 17th 21st 10T 2nd 5th 24th 42T 1st 11T 3rd
90 pts
3 (609) Kyle Kasperbauer 034 5th 3rd 8th 14th 16th 19th 5th 15th 20th 16T 23rd
41 pts
4 (576) Jason Khalipa 008 22nd 31st 23rd 26th 24T 10th 10th 44th 2nd 2nd 2nd
95 pts
5 (569) Scott Panchik 058 14th 4th 32nd 20T 19T 7th 22nd 16T 9th 19T 5th
80 pts


Fridays events done and dusted and a great day’s worth of performances at the CrossFit Games 2012

Annie Winning heat 4 of he Women’s HSPU/Med bal clean Event


1) Julie Foucher – 459 points

2) Talanya Fortunato- 459 points

3) Annie Thorisdottir- 425 points

4) Christy Phillips- 406

5) Kristen Clever- 398


1) Rich Froning- 451

2) Kyle Casperbauer -434

3) Chad Makay- 403

4) Matt Chan- 392

5) Kenneth Leverich- 390

Meanwhile Back at the Box




‘Filthy Fifty’

For time:
50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders

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