Our Coaches

Duncan Aldous

Head Coach and Owner Crossfit Solent

  • BSc Sport Science, MBA (Public Admin) 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
  • Integrated Stretching Specialist
  • Power Monkey
  • Strength Matters L1



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.

Duncan was introduced to Crossfit back in 2010 while he was playing American Football in the US. He couldn’t believe the competitive nature and mental and physical challenge that each workout produced. After about 3 weeks he was hooked and decided that he wanted to expose it to as many people as possible. After finishing his Football contract and crossfit coaching out in the states, he moved back to the UK.

It was time to create his dream, his own BOX…….. welcome to Crossfit Solent.

His focus on fitness being FUN at all levels has produced a great gym and a great community at Crossfit Solent.


Kelly Lees


  • Crossfit Level 1
  • CrossFit Advanced Weightlifting
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • First Aider 2015



Kelly came into fitness later in life, only qualifying as a PT at 36. After qualifying Kelly entered the world of Body Building, competing in 2 shows. She placed 5th in Fitness and 7th Overall in Miss Galaxy in 2013.

Kelly first came across Crossfit through the CF HQ WODs that are released daily. She performed these at work (a gym luckily enough!!) with the guys she worked with.  It was really good fun and challenging.

When her son wanted to get into weight training at the age of 13, she knew that machines were not an option and went down to CF Solent and as they say the rest is history.

Since joining Solent as a member, she has competed in various team comps, with the best finisher being with the #crossfitbabes Laura & Chloe in the Premier Fitness League where they finished in 3rd.

Things took a little turn after having to have a minor op. Training had to be scaled right back and new goals made. That is where she decided, creeping closer to 40, to train in Olympic Lifting with the hope to compete as a Master. During that training, Kelly realised she had found her passion, Olympic weightlifting. She quickly took the opportunity to come on board at Solent as our Olympic Weightlifting coach, running our very popular Solent Barbell Club. As well as this, Kelly is now competing at both national and international level as a masters weightlifter.

Olly Drew


  • Crossfit Endurance
  • Crossfit L2
  • Pose Method Technique Specialist
  • Strength Matters Kettlebell Instructor
  • British Olympic Weight Lifting
  • Ido Portal Movement Ex
  • Reps Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • UKCC/ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher and Coach
  • First Aid at work and AED Qualified

Olly’s fitness journey started at the age of 7 with competitive swimming. He continued to swim at regional and national events through to finishing university. He also coached and taught swimming at all levels. He developed as an endurance specialist in both the pool and open water  Pupils inculded beginners, children and adults through to national champions. He has dabbled in distance trail running and triathlon.

He was introduced to crossfit In 2011 whilst at university. His friends recommended him to the main crossfit site. He followed the main site for a year, practicing workouts that could be done in the University gym. Then he heard about Crossfit Solent and went along to the open day. Olly joined from the first day, actually even doing a pre-opening WOD with Duncan, also helped to construct the GHD (its not his fault if it breaks!) He has not looked back since.

He hopes to contribute to the awesome Crossfit Solent community, helping members to progress with their training to become better crossfitters and happier, healthier people.


Dave Cosens


  • Crossfit L1 Trainer
  • Crossfit Weightlifting
  • Strength Matters L1
  • Gym Instructor L2
  • Crossfit Gymnastics – booked for Oct 2018
  • Gym Instructor L3/4 currently studying for

After his internship, Dave joined the coaching team here at Crossfit Solent in April of 2018. Coming from the local competitive rowing scene he brings with him an in-depth knowledge of rowing technique, along with a constant strive for perfection. Prior to transitioning to coaching, Dave realised that he has a great desire to make other people better and, with a lot of study, is currently undertaking a career change from the corporate world to becoming a health and fitness professional.

Dave is a great believer of constant character improvement, and outside of the gym environment can usually be found in a book or scratching his head over a sudoku!!

Sam Griffiths


  • StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor
  • StrongFirst Level 2
  • StrongFirst Barbell
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach
  • Precision Nutrition Level 2
  • First Aid At Work
  • Powerlifting 101 With Andy Bolton
  • Body Maintenance 101 Workshop
  • ‘Plan Strong’ With Pavel Tsatsouline
  • Dan John’s ‘Art Of Coaching’



In recent years I have been on my own journey in strength, health and nutrition. Back in 2011 I found myself heavily overweight, in poor general health and deeply depressed with my current situation. I decided to make a change – for the better. I discovered the teachings of Pavel Tsatsouline, chairman of StrongFirst, and Dr John Berardi, co-founder of Precision Nutrition. Over the course of that year, through consistent training, positive eating habits and commitment I had lost in excess of twenty kilos in body fat. I was no longer feeling depressed. I had significantly change my body composition. I was the strongest I had ever felt – physically, mentally and emotionally.

In April 2013 I travelled to Boston to take my StrongFirst level one certification under the personal instruction of Pavel Tsatsouline. Entering into the StrongFirst family is one of the most memorable experiences of my life. As an organisation, StrongFirst are bringing back integrity to the fitness industry, which is something I connect with at a deeper level. I consider myself a constant self improver and continue to increase my knowledge at every chance I can get, participating in regular educational workshops. I have also been chosen to assist as an instructor at the UK StrongFirst level one certifications in May and November 2015. I believe one of the most important aspects of being a good coach is the ability to connect with the people you wish to help. I believe I have that ability, the empathy to understand how hard changing your lifestyle can be and the patience to guide them through that process, however long it takes.


Alex Thomas


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Power Monkey



Alex’s passion for fitness started in the pool at the age of 7 through competitive swimming and continued on the rugby pitch throughout his teenage years. Having competed at regional level in both swimming and rugby, Alex was keen to continue the competitive drive that sport gave him.

Alex started CrossFit in 2016 after coaching strength and conditioning style workouts for his local rugby team across multiple age groups.