Meet our Team of Coaches

We each have a story – and our coaches are part of the Hive Athletics story for a reason.
They each bring their own unique style to the floor to help our members on their own journeys.
One thing they do have in common though, is they care deeply about health, fitness and wellbeing and the relentless pursuit to provide you the best coaching experience possible.

Beth Hoggarth

People… It’s why I coach. I love to help people.
I'd like to think that it all began when I was born. I have always been involved in sport and teams, including being on the British squad for Judo for many years, and representing GB at the Youth Olympics in Spain. My degree at university was in coaching and sports performance, and then in 2014 I started coaching at Hive Athletics.
To begin with I was a member, just wanting to get my fitness back and have fun, but being the competitive person I am I quickly found myself traveling to throwdowns and meeting people all over the UK. This included two appearances at Regionals.

I soon learned that I had a passion for passing on my knowledge and experience on to others though. And now my priority is you guys!
I have always had a drive to further develop myself in order to help those around me more. This journey will never end, and as Head Coach at Hive Athletics I will always strive to bring you the best coaching possible.

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Piyush Pandey

Hey team! Im Piyush and Im new to CrossFit Central Lancaster. My specialism lies in Olympic Weightlifting and this is where I will be focusing my training with you guys.

I started olympic Weightlifting during my strength and conditioning degree at university of Central Lancashire. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to pursue it even further by getting my level 2 British WeightLifting coaching qualification. Since then I have been coaching myself and several other lifters and competed nationally as well.

I am a highly motivated professional with good insight and experience of working with athletes from different sports such as cycling, sprinting, Olympic Weightlifting, and football. 

I understand the requirements of sports and how to overcome obstacles to make sure that athletes are always progressing in their sessions. 

I am extremely keen on absorbing new information which is why I can say I have learnt a lot from my existing positions and qualifications, and I look forward to learning more in the future and passing it on to Hive Athletic’s members

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Dan Appleby

I would say I first got into CrossFit back when I was in the army around 2012 or 2013, at the time I was a physical training instructor in the army and on the army boxing team so I had been into training for a long period already and coaching people. 

Then I stumbled across CrossFit and it all changed for me! I started bringing it into my training for myself and then my training session for lads in camp. 

When leaving the army I got my level 3 Personal Trainer and CrossFit certification and started the journey of getting into the world of CrossFit boxes meeting new people and falling in love with coaching and the community. 

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Joe Grimwade

Joe Grimwade

I’m an average “CrossFit Athlete” - but hopefully my illustrious athletic career isn’t what your interested in - you shouldn’t be as mine is not impressive or interesting...

People ask me what I coach/teach/instruct and most of the time there expecting an activity as the answer - CrossFit or Adventure Activities.

But I don’t coach activities; I coach people and it’s what I love.

I’ve always worked with people in some respect - most shapes, sizes, ages, abilities, life experiences etc and it’s this base of working with people that I hope you'll see as YOUR biggest asset.

“Fear holds you prisoner, hope sets you free” -Shawshank Redemption

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Adele Stephenson

Hi guys, I'm Adele. I have been a member at CrossFit Central Lancaster for several years but recently made the jump to coaching you guys - mainly on the Strength & Power program in the mornings.
I have 20+ years experience working in the fitness industry with a big focus on working with groups. I have taught Les Mills and was Group exercise manager at DW for 6 years.
For the last 16 years I have been self employed and worked with many individuals on a 1-2-1 basis to help them succeed at their goals.
As well as helping you guys on the floor I love to get competitive myself and even held the title of ‘fittest in the box’ in 2019!
I'm super passionate about the provision of quality instruction with good technique and understanding of the feel of movement.

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Jill Neil

I'm what I would describe as a "normal" person, I have the physique and ability of a 51 year old female,  C-Section mum and full time worker.  
I qualified in the 2020 lockdown as I was due to retire from a stressful  career and wanted to start another chapter in my life. 
I have strived to stay fit and active in my life and this can be difficult with life going on but I love the feeling of achievement after exercising for a period of time knowing that I have given it my best. 
I want to start this next chapter in a community where I can grow and learn, becoming the best I can be and cascading that learning to others so they can feel that sense of achievement I do. Let's also have fun along the way. 
I love talking to people and want to help them on their journey to being the best they can be or pushing themselves to achieve more.

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Lydia Fleming

Hey I'm Lydia, or Lyds, which ever you prefer. I often get referred to as "the Irish one".

From a young age I've was involved in playing and competing in many team sports, which then developed into coaching positions as I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with others to help them love sport and exercise as much as I do.

My first experience of CrossFit was back in Northern Ireland when a friend dragged me along when I was at home for a break at uni. I've never looked back since. I became heavily involved with Hive Athletics in my final year of training to be a teacher. 2 years later I've completed the CF Level 1 Training course and am raring to go. 

Outside the gym I can be found in and about the Lake District making coffee, swimming, exploring and trying to find cool spots to go for a dip.

Can't wait to see you all on the gym floor.

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Gaz Blackburn

I joined Hive Athletics in September 2019 as my Personal Trainer at the time retired and I wanted to try something different.  I absolutely loved the CrossFit style of working out and the diverse range of movements involved.  The box quickly became my second home and I developed a deeper interest in what we were doing on the gym floor.  This led me to undertake, amongst other certifications, a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.  I hope to continue in the footsteps of the other Hive coaches to deliver a friendly, safe, knowledgeable and challenging environment in which our clients can enjoy themselves whilst pushing the boundaries of their fitness.

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Amy Kenny

I am a CrossFit Level 1 Coach and a British Weightlifting Level 1 Coach.

I have been at CrossFit Central Lancaster for since 2017 and began coaching in 2019.

I coach because I love working with people, I love watching them work towards their full potential. I also love that the skills and strengths they practice in the gym they get to take out into the outside world with them.

My personal love involves moving anything heavy! Especially an awkward object or an Olympic lift!

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Amy Kenny

I am a CrossFit Level 1 Coach and a British Weightlifting Level 1 Coach.

I have been at CrossFit Central Lancaster for since 2017 and began coaching in 2019.

I coach because I love working with people, I love watching them work towards their full potential. I also love that the skills and strengths they practice in the gym they get to take out into the outside world with them.

My personal love involves moving anything heavy! Especially an awkward object or an Olympic lift!

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Sam Wisniewski

With 16 years experience in the fitness industry, Sam is always keen to explore all avenues of health, fitness and sports performance. Competing at a high level in multiple disciplines.

His passion for fitness however, is something he enjoys the most when Coaching Individuals and  groups, helping others on their own personal journeys to self Improvement, fitness and health.

 

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