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 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 3 Coach
  • 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

Head Coach and Gym 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)
  • RowingWod Certificate
  • CrossFit Nutrition

Laura Sams


Laura joined Crossfit Solent back in 2014 as a novice member who soon became a familiar face and progressed into a competitive athlete. After spending most of her Crossfit yearscompeting both abroad and in the UK, Laura has gained knowledge and experience not only as an athlete but also within different coaching environments.

Laura’s day job as a Project Manager sees her travelling around the UK and dropping into many Crossfit Affiliates and participating in their classes. Coaching was always the next part of her fitness journey and being able to fulfil that within the Solent community where it all started and encourage others to reach their goals is something Laura is proud to be a part of.

  • Crossfit Level 2 Trainer
  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • Rowing Wod Course
  • Crossfit Spot the Flaw
  • Crossfit Scaling

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
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F)

Will Ringe


Will began CrossFit whilst travelling in Australia and was instantly hooked. Since he returned home in 2019 he has coached and PT’d at a number of boxes in London before making the move to the South coast and joining CrossFit Solent in early 2023. Alongside coaching Will enjoys competing in both team and individual competitions and is always looking for a challenge. He loves to coach the super technical Olympic lifts as well as getting people their first muscle up! Will has seen the great things CrossFit can do for everyone from novice to masters athletes and continues to enjoy coaching members past what they thought they were capable of!
  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • Active IQ Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • BSc Sports and Exercise Science Degree

Rebecca Withers


Rebecca joined the coaching team in August 2022 after completing the CrossFit Solent internship. She discovered CrossFit in 2018 and has been a member of Solent ever since. The challenge that is CrossFit has kept her motivated and the camaraderie of the community is what has kept her hooked. Rebecca is passionate about helping everyone to truly believe in their potential and become the healthiest version of themselves.
As a Senior Sister in medicine Rebecca understands how CrossFit can empower everybody to take control of their health through fitness!
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate
  • CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certificate
  • Crossfit Programming Certificate
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)