The Team

The GAIN Fitness team hosts an array of talents including 8 British Olympic Lifting & CrossFit coaches. Their combined qualifications also include Level 1 & 2 CrossFit, CrossFit Gymnastics, Adaptive CrossFit.

The team is lead by head coach and owner Tom Mahood.

Tom Mahood

Head Coach / Owner

Tom grew up playing all sports at a high level including cricket, rugby, football, tennis and basketball. He soon discovered his real talent and passion was for basketball. After playing for several teams, and earning a college scholarship in America, he turned professional in 1998. Tom is also an extremely experienced…

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Ashley Whitehair

General Manager

After completing his first Crossfit workout back in 2012 Ashley has been hooked on Crossfit and it’s methodologies ever since. With a background in martial arts and after running a successful web design company for over a decade, Ashley decided he needed more of a challenge from life and Crossfit has perfectly…

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Jess Bacon

Coaching Operations Manager

Jess started CrossFit in Essex, in 2011. She began by following the CrossFit main site in a conventional gym, however after watching her first competition was completely hooked and joined a box in 2012. At the time she was working in Music television events, training whenever and wherever she could around show…

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Tom Jermy

Coach / Gymnastics Coach

Tom has always been a competitive athlete having played youth rugby at county standard and been a…

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Rachel Wilkinson

Coach / Adaptive Coach

Rachel grew up playing sport; participating in every sporting opportunity she could competitively…

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Chiropractor / Coach

Rob is originally from Chicago, IL, USA. While growing up he was always involved in sport and fitness. He played football, baseball, and American football. In his teens he discovered weight training and began competing in bodybuilding. Ultimately competing at the national level. He put himself through university…

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Alex Howarth

Coach / GAIN Mobility

Alex has been a Personal Trainer for nearly 6 years, training and advising a huge array of people of varying shapes…

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Sam Macintosh

Weightlifting Coach / GAIN Nutrition

Sam MacIntosh is a writer, editor, and a British Weightlifting and Precision Nutrition certified coach.

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Russell Board


Russ started his journey in the fitness industry back in 2004 when he qualified…

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