Ben Cole



CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Brand-X Professional Youth Coach

I first came across CrossFit through a documentary about the CrossFit Games where I was fascinated by the broad test of fitness that favoured those who were all rounded and how it relied little on your natural ability but more the hard work and effort that you put in.

The day after watching the documentary I went into my garden and started doing CrossFit having no idea what I was getting myself into and how CrossFit would help me mature and grow mentally and physically.

When I joined the teen classes at CrossFit Great Stour in 2019, I continued to progress under the eyes of the awesome coaches there. After always being competitive growing up, I naturally wanted to compete in CrossFit which I started doing in 2021.

In 2022 I became the fittest teen in the UK, holding the title throughout the CrossFit Open, Quarterfinals and Semifinals, where I placed 23rd in the world, missing out on a top 10 spot to the CrossFit Games. I also placed 2nd at the European Championships and 1st at the British Teen Championships.

I am now in the adult age group and I’m still looking to make it to the CrossFit Games. What I’ve enjoyed the most about coaching is seeing our members progress and achieving new movements or increasing the weights on lifts. Not only is it exciting to get a personal best but it signifies the hard work that they have put in and its amazing to be a part of their journey.

I also enjoy teaching and seeing good quality of movement for our members, setting them up for not only a great performance within the box but a healthy and enjoyable active life.

Whilst I’m a huge fan of the sport of CrossFit as a competitor and spectator, I also truly believe that the CrossFit methodology is the best way to improve your mental and physical wellbeing, and I’m passionate about bringing that to reality for the members at CrossFit Great Stour.

My passion for coaching extends to young people as well. I have been coaching our Kids, Minis and Teens since 2021 and it is really one of the best parts of my week.

Our teaching being grounded in the Brand X Method means we understand the complexities of youth and kids and we are able to meet them where they are at and set them up for a future in which they can move confidently and safely in any endeavour they want to undertake.



Are you ready to start your CrossFit journey? We'd love to answer any questions you have and to welcome you at our gym.