Our Coaches

Duncan Aldous

Head Coach and Owner Crossfit Solent

  • 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


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.

Duncan Aldous Crossfit Solent

Dave Cosens


  • Crossfit L1 Trainer
  • Crossfit Weightlifting
  • Strength Matters L1 +L2
  • Gym Instructor L2
  • Gym Instructor L3/4 Currently studying
  • Precision Nutrition Currently studying


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!!

Dave Cosens Crossfit Solent

Simone Holley


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • The Gymnastics Course (Preferred Crossfit Course)
  • CrossFit Spot the Flaw
  • COACH o Gym Instructor L2 (REPS


Simone started CrossFit at the age of 41, with no real sporting background other than some regular running and standard gym experience. After a very bad break to her ankle she had to give up running, which turned out to be a good thing as this is how she ended up at CrossFit! She very quickly became hooked and has enjoyed competing in the last few years.

Simone’s other job is as a Research Psychologist and has worked with adults, teenagers, and children with mental health difficulties, asthma, and other health problems. Coaching seemed the obvious next step to combine her desire to help others and her enjoyment of CrossFit. She joined the coaching team in April 2019 and hopes to inspire more women to get strong!

Simone Holley Crossfit Solent

Olly Drew


  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
  • Pose Method Running Technique Specialist
  • Strength Matters Level 1
  • Strength Matters Kettlebell Instructor
  • British Olympic Weightlifting
  • Ido Portal Movement Ex
  • REPs Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • UKCC/ASA Level 2 Swimming Coach
  • First Aid at Work and AED Qualified


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.

Olly Drew Crossfit Solent

Przemek Borak


  • British Weightlifting Coaching L1 + L2
  • British Weightlifting Licensed Coach
  • Level 3 First Aid
  • COACH o DBS Certified


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.

Przemek Borak Crossfit Solent

Ethan Hammond


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


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.