About Us

Crossfit Solent is one of the leading strength and conditioning fitness facilities in Hampshire established in 2012 and the only CrossFit affiliated facility in Southampton. We have a 6000 sq/ft heated fitness facility, fully equipped with a bespoke rig, olympic lifting platforms, sandbags, high ropes, concept 2 rowers, ski ergs, assault bikes, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells and much more. We have free parking and changing rooms with showers.

WE ARE A FRIENDLY GYM FOR ALL. A place where coaching and community is at the heart of everything we do. Our goal is longevity, to help and maintain high levels of mobility and functionality at all stages of life, and never has health and fitness been so important as it is now.

We pride ourselves on our diverse, experienced, and highly qualified coaching team who hold an abundance of CrossFit certifications between them. They include a former American Football player, an Olympic Bronze medalist, a sports therapist, a psychologist, and most of them are parents! They understand the demands and stresses of everyday life and are here to help you embrace a healthier, fitter and more functional life. Whether you need to lose weight, improve strength, or prepare for a competition, we can help you.

Meet the team

Duncan Aldous Crossfit Solent

Duncan Aldous

Founder and Head Coach

As a former American Football player, with experience in Collegiate D1AA in the US, LondonBlitz, NFL Europe and representing Great Britain, Duncan has been a fitness enthusiast his whole life. Following his degree in Sports Science Biomechanics and Physiology, Duncan turned to Personal Training, where he successfully built a great business. He was head hunted to set up a new gym adventure for the Soho House group, Shoreditch House.

  • BSc Sport Science, MBA Bowie State University, MD (USA).
  • Sport Scientist in Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Crossfit Level 2
  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Advanced Crossfit Gymnastics
  • Crossfit Football
  • Crossfit Competitors Course
  • Eleiko Weightlifting for Sport
  • British Olympic Weight Lifting
  • British PowerLifting Coaching L1
  • Integrated Stretching Specialist
  • Power Monkey
  • Strength Matters L1 + L2
Simone Holley Crossfit Solent

Simone Holley

General Manager

Simone joined the coaching team in March 2019 after completing her internship. She discovered CrossFit at the age of 41, having paid little attention to her health and fitness until her 30s and quickly became hooked. Simone loves the constant variety and challenges that CrossFit offers – there is always something new to learn or improve upon. Now In her late 40s, CrossFit has made her stronger and fitter than she has ever been. Simone is passionate about looking after and valuing both your mental and physical health, having watched her mum lose these to severe mental illness. As a mum of two daughters, Simone has first hand experience of the factors that affect womens fitness and health, such as monthly hormonal cycles, pregnancy, and the menopause. Simone also has a PhD and research expertise in child and adolescent health psychology, which she continues through external academic work.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Crossfit Gymnastics Certificate
  • Crossfit Advanced Gymnastics Certificate
  • Crossfit Masters Certificate
  • CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certificate
  • Crossfit Programming Certificate
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor (REPs accredited)
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer (REPs accredited)
James Foad Crossfit Solent

James Foad


James rose from a local rower in Southampton, 200m from CrossFit Solent, to Olympic Bronze Medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Having been heavily involved in rowing since the age of 12, James reached the pinnacle of his sport, as well as being a 4x World Silver Medallist, European Champion and British Record Holder in the Mens’ Coxless Pair (stealing the title from Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell).

After suffering a significant mental breakdown due to a career ending injury 6 months before the Rio Olympics, James is a huge advocate of Mental Health and the importance of using exercise to take care of ourselves and our minds.

One of the ways James overcome his mental health struggles was discovering his purpose. To pass on the wealth of knowledge gained from international sport and exercise to the wider world, through Personal Training. Having only been introduced to the world of CrossFit and its methodology in 2020, James has become hooked and like other coaches wants to get as many people as possible involved in the community.

Crossfit Solent Przemek Borak

Przemek Borak


I took part in hundreds of competitions and championships. In mid 90’s for 3 years I was a member of Polish Olympic Weightlifting Juniors Representation. In 1996, when I was 15 years old, I won my first silver medal in Youth Polish Championships. In 2016, after 16 years break in training, I decided to try Crossfit to get fitter and stronger. I realised that I still can achieve something in sport; weightlifting particularly.

In 2016 I took part in Southern Master Championships and won another trophy to my medals collection of 3 silver medals; another (but first British) silver medal. Then I decided to share my knowledge and experience with other weightlifters to help them to achieve their goals and I completed Level 1and then Level 2 British Weightlifting Coach course.

In 2017 in British Master Championships, I won another medal; this time it was a bronze. At the end of 2017 I have established Fareham Barbell Club and concentrated on training others. This brings me a lot of satisfaction especially when club members achieve great results at national and international championships.

  • British Weightlifting Coaching L1 + L2
  • British Weightlifting Licensed Coach
  • Level 3 First Aid
  • COACH o DBS Certified)
Crossfit Solent Ethan Hammond

Ethan Hammond


Ethan has been doing CrossFit since 2014 and has been involved with coaching fitness since 2015 after becoming a Level 1 Crossfit Trainer. Prior to Crossfit, Ethan was a long-distance runner who lived with chronic injuries for years. Failing to accept that pain and injures are “just part of being a runner/athlete”, Ethan decided to pursue an education in physiology and biomechanics, which led him to have a strong focus on working with athletes to live pain-free lives. At the end of 2015, Ethan became a Yoga Tune Up® teacher and began work as a professional Performance Therapist, providing quality and premium care to people who have chronic pain and athletic injuries. He opened his own small business, E.H. Mobility, in 2016 and has since worked to rehab athletes after all sorts of problems, including spinal surgery, ACL tears, and muscle strains. So be sure to get in touch with him if you have any musculo-skeletal concerns!

Ethan is American (NOT Canadian) and lives in Southampton with his British wife, Debbi. Outside of the gym, Ethan is a coffee enthusiast, loves long walks on the beach with his wife, and enjoys listening to audiobooks in his free time.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Coach
  • CrossFit Mobility Coach
  • Yoga Tune Up® Teacher

Olly Drew


Olly’s fitness journey started age 7 with competitive swimming. He continued to swim at regional and national events through to finishing university. He still competes in swimming, focusing on open water events. He also coaches and teaches swimming at all levels, working with all abilities, from beginners to national champions and international level triathletes. He has dabbled in distance trail running and triathlon.

He was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 whilst at university. His friends recommended he checked out CrossFit.com, which he followed for a year. He heard about CrossFit Solent early on, joined as a member and hasn’t looked back since. He started helping out coaching in 2013 after getting his L1 and hopes to continue contributing to the awesome Solent community, helping the members however he can.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Coach
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
  • Pose Method Running Technique Specialist
  • Strength Matters Level 1
  • Strength Matters Kettlebell Instructor
  • British Olympic Weightlifting


Provided by E.H. Mobility

Sports therapy services at CrossFit Solent are provided by Ethan Hammond of E.H.Mobility. If pain and injuries are preventing you from exercising, playing your sports, being active with your family, or otherwise keeping you from doing what you love, contact Ethan to find out how he can help. Ethan offers tailored therapy for chronic pain and athletic injuries throughout Hampshire and beyond. If you would like to get out of pain and return to what you are passionate about without fearing future pain and injury, get in touch with Ethan today to get on the road to recovery.

Step 1

Simply send an email to E.H. Mobility at info@ehmobility.com, or contact him at 07305 231339. From there, you can have a chat with Ethan to determine how he can best help you.

Step 2

Schedule your first appointment and assessment. During your initial evaluation, you will be given a series of tests so that a fully customized plan can be created just for you.

Step 3

Execute the plan and get out of pain and back to what you love.

Sessions will take place at Crossfit Solent. If you are a member of Crossfit Solent, you will receive a discount for these services.