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Why not kick start your journey now

Why not kick start your journey now

How can our Personal Training and Nutrition help you? 

Whether you want just nutrition, training or nutrition and training.  All our coaches are here to help.  

Why not kick start your journey now.


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How To feedback and not complain

A quick one on how to bring us feedback and keep the atmosphere positive and happy.

The Facebook group is not a platform for opinions and subjective views and any comments will be instantly removed

Other positive changes in helping our lines of communication

  • We removed the suggestion box- encourages face to face only

  • No using spokes persons to complain- please bring us some individual feedback- encourages face to face only

  • We stopped doing anonymous surveys, face to face only

    Here's how to bring us helpful feedback

    Book a free intro slot with Myself and we can address any concerns you have, its as simple as that.

    Core values

    Some of our values are that help craft our decisions are how we apply them-

    integrity ( doing the right thing, even when others cannot see the reason)

    Fairness ( benefiting as many members as we can)

    Communicate- Our communication is only done in a face to face, no keyboard warriors please.


Team Ulysses

CrossFit Ulysses, forging elite friendships since 2016.

CrossFit Ulysses, forging elite friendships since 2016.

It's not just a gym.  It's a family.   It's not just a box. It's a community. 

Friendships forged through Ulysses goes beyond gym buddies.  

Theses awesome guys walked the peaks together as a team. There have been many times these men have worked together as a team, inside and outside of the box  

Team work makes the dream work. 

They became friends over sweaty WODS and high fives, but their friendship goes beyond that now. 

There is so much more I could write about these wonderful men, but I won't.   Why not come along and see them for yourself and get to know them, along with all our other awesome members.  See what friendships you can form and where it will take you.  

CrossFit Ulysses, forging elite friendships since 2016.

1st July week programming

1st July week programming

Hey tribe

As always were excited to share the weeks programming going ahead

Our weeks overview video from the Level method team for 1st July 2019


Below is the month overview for July

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This week we have  Snatches on Monday, Front Squats on Wednesday and Push Press on Friday. 

Monday is Snatches & then a Full Body BurnWarmup is an 8 min prep for snatching with a focus on shoulders, scap & pec mobility.  Snatches start with progressions (plenty of time here) --  then 12 minutes to build high quality reps.   Workout is a 3 round Full Body Burn,  of Thrusters & Burpee over Bar.   Extra Credit is flushing  on the airbike,  coupled with lower body flexibility.               

Goal is <6:00

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Tuesday is  a Heavy Breathing workout -  Warmup is line drills to increase  overall mobility & to warmup the lower body for running & doubleunders.   Prep is Double-under practice & drills  for 10 minutes. Workout is four 5-minute intervals,  separated by 1 minute rests.   Each set is either a Row/Bike  or a Run buy in,  followed in the remaining time by reps of Doubleunders & Box Jumps respectively.   Core Finisher is 3 rounds for quality of Tuckups & weighted planksExtra Credit is bodybuilding accessory work.

Goal is 350

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Wednesday  is  Front Squats and then a Deep Muscle Burn workout -   Warmup is designed to open up squatting mobility and to activate the core & prime the midline for Front Squats.  Front Squats start with front rack specific prep, then we move to 4 sets of 5-8,  depending on Level.  Plenty of time here to prioritize quality.   Workout is a 15 minute AMRAP  of higher-rep push ups, Db Snatches & Air Squats. Extra Credit is ascending minute-stations  between Row and Run/Jog that will work as a flush (breathing through nose only).

Goal is 3 + 20

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Thursday  is a Breathe & Burn workout followed by a Core Finisher -  Warmup is a quick run followed by a quick game.  Prep is Deadlift focused. Review technique and build to workout weight.  Workout is a 20 minute Breathe & Burn AMRAP of Deadlifts, Burpee Pullups, Russian Kbs & Running.  

 Core Finisher is accumulating Plank on elbows with a partner. Extra Credit is SMR focused on regions worked. 

Goal is 6-7 rounds

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Friday  is Push Press and then a Breathe & Burn Girl Benchmark workout “Karen”.   Warmup is with a partner and medball.  Push Press starts with movement review & progressions, then a 12 minute build,  depending on Level.   Workout is 150 Wallballs for time.  Extra Credit is bodybuilding accessory work for   Arms

Goal is <8:00

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Sunday  is  a Partner workout followed by a Shoulder & Core Finisher -   Warmup will activate & prime scaps with isometric exercises.  Prep is arch-hollow swing & movement review.  Workout is a 24 minute Partner workout with Box Jumps, American Kbs &  ascending pullupsShoulder & Core Finisher is 8 minutes of high-quality movement through Kb Windmills, Single-arm Kb Z-Press & Banded Pull Aparts.  Extra Credit is Flushing with the row coupled with mobility 



The usual weekend sweaty madness for boot-camp and team wod

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24th June programming

24th June programming

Hey tribe

As always were excited to share the weeks programming going ahead

Our weeks overview video from the Level method team for 24th June 2019


Below is the month overview for June

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This week we have Power Cleans on Tuesday, Strict Press/SHSPU on Thursday, and Pullup on Sunday

Monday is Heavy Breathing & Core.   Warmup: 8 minutes alternating between 15 sec ascending difficulty row/bike/run, and 45  sec elbow planks.   Prep for workout with running drills.   Workout is 18-15-12-9, consisting of Burpee Box Jumps & running.  Core Finisher is a tabatta mash of Hollow Rock and Arch Body Holds.  Extra Credit is lower body SMR & Mobility.

Goal is <15:00

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Tuesday is Powercleans and then a Breathe & Burn workout. Warmup is Kettlebell focused (for hip drive activation) & ascending height box jumps.  Powercleans start with Clean progressions and then accumulate 6-8 sets of Powerclean Variation.  Workout is a 16 min AMRAP -- Cindy rounds & Power Cleans.   Extra Credit is accessory core work w/ stability elements .                   

              Goal is 3-4 rounds

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Wednesday is a two station interval workout of 1) Breathe and 2) Breathe & Burn.  Warmup is in partners:  1200m run easy relay … partner A runs while partner B does swings & squats.   Prep is Rowing technique.  Workout is alternating stations of Rowing, and Situps & KB on  the 4 minute mark.  Extra Credit is upper body push  therapy/mobility/preparation for Thursday’s work.                   

Goal is N/A

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Thursday is a Strict Press and then a Muscular Burn workout.  Warmup is in partners focused on shoulder mobility & activation.  Strict Press starts with review, press specific preparation, and then accumulate 4-6 sets in 10 minutes.  Prep workout with  doubleunder technique & drills.   Workout is 5 rounds of HSPU & Doubleunders.  Extra Credit is Flush & upper body mobility.        

Goal is <8:00

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Friday is a Breathe & Burn workout.  Warmup is full body and Medball focused.  Prep is deadlift review and then 2-4 sets of ascending warmup sets.  Workout is a pyramid scheme of running, Deadlifts, Wallballs & Stepups.  Extra Credit is SMR for glutes, quad & t-spine.                  

Goal is <30:00

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Sunday  is a Partner workout.  Warmup is 400m indian run followed by  a group full body mobility & activation.  Pullups start with Lat Activation and moves to 10 minutes to build to heavy 5.  Prep workout  with review of each movement, emphasize shoulder stability.  Workout is a 20 minute Partner AMRAP of Toes To Bar,  Db Snatches &  Single-arm Db OH Squats.  Extra Credit is lower body accessory work.                   

Goal is N/A

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The usual weekend sweaty madness for boot-camp and team wod

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17th June programming

17th June programming

Hey tribe

As always were excited to share the weeks programming going ahead

Our weeks overview video from the Level method team for 17th June 2019


Below is the month overview for June

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This week we have Weighted Pullups on Tuesday,  Heavy Backsquats on Thursday and Snatch work on Sunday

This week we have Push Jerks on Monday,  DB/KB Row on Wednesday & Front Squats on Friday

Monday starts with 10 minutes for a partner warmup -- rowing, while the other does shoulder stability work.  Spend about 20 minutes on Push Jerks -- a 5-8 min technique review,  then 12 min to build. Then the workout, “Rushmore” -- a two-part  15 min AMRAP: first,  a 1K row, “Lungs & Burn”, and second, a “Muscular Burn” workout consisting of Push Press, Pullups & Air squats.  Extra credit is upper body mobility.   Goal is into round 25

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Tuesday starts with a quick 3 min bike or row, then a dynamic prep with Junkyard Dog. Next, 12 minutes of weightlifting technique review,  and a 10 min build of a complex -- consisting of movements in the workout.  The workout is “Vesuvius” -- “Breathing & Bracing” in three couplets: Doubleunders plus some weightlifting movement to get the lungs pumping -- switching on the 7 min mark.  Finally, extra credit is lower body mobility.   Goal is <12:00 total work time

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Wednesday starts with a game,  then lat & core activation -- 20 min to review & do

DB/KB rows,  4 sets of 15-20 reps.   Then the workout, “Stormbreaker” -- a short, high powered “Deep Body Burn” of DB Thrusters &  Airbike Cals.   Extra credit is high quality therapeutic movements w/ flushing.   Goal is <6:00

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Thursday starts with line drills to prep running;  then 20 minutes for Technique -- Toes to Bar,  Box Jumps & Running.  Then move to “The Railroad” -- a “Lungs” workout  with core endurance  -- the Toes, Jumps & Runs  we already prepped.   The finisher is 4 rounds of high quality shoulder activation & stability.  Extra credit targets lower body flexibility & abs.   Goal is <11:00

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Friday starts with a circle warmup --  joint mobility & general body prep.  Next, building to high-tension Front Squat reps.   Then “Night’s Watch” -- a 15 minute “Lungs & Burn” workout of moderately loaded Front Squats & Burpee Pullups.  Extra credit is flushing, quad SMR, and tricep accessory.   Goal is 8+

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Saturday starts with a game, then partner wallball drills.  Move right to “Royale with Cheese” -- a long “Muscular Burn” with a 30 min Cap.  The finisher is an accessory 8 minute AMRAP focused on core & grip.  Extra credit is muscular accessory work focused on biceps -- to balance out the earlier work.  

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The usual weekend sweaty madness for boot-camp and team wod

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10th June 2019 programming

10th June 2019 programming

Hey tribe

As always were excited to share the weeks programming going ahead

Our weeks overview video from the Level method team for 10th June 2019


Below is the month overview for June

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This week we have Weighted Pullups on Tuesday,  Heavy Backsquats on Thursday and Snatch work on Sunday

Monday -- A quick 10 minute warmup starts the session, preparing for jumping. Spend 20 minutes working on weightlifting skill & then building weight to prepare for the workout. Today it’s a high breathing interval workout with building clean and jerks within each set, and core work.  

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Tuesday the session starts with active mobility joint circles & partner mobility. There is a quick lat activation set before pullups, and movement specific work before the workout itself.   The workout starts with weighted pullups, then moves to a hard, fast, high powered (intense) shorter workout that includes pullups and front squats.  It should burn and should be very uncomfortable.    

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Wednesday -- The warmup is designed to activate core and inverted support muscles. This a higher skill day and includes inversion/core work --  L-sits and Handstand walking at the highest levels -- should be challenging -- followed by a longer muscular burning workout.

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Thursday --  The warmup is a very quick priming workout to prep for immediate transition to the strength portion.  This is a heavy backsquat day followed by a breathing & stamina work involving similar muscle groups.  It is a REPEAT from 2/4/19.

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Friday starts with a GAME and moves to doubleunder skills & drills with specific practice work. Today it’s a high breathing, fun & interesting workout with a buy-in & penalties. There are some muscular burning elements (stamina) in the 3 round portion.

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Sunday is dedicated exclusively to snatches. The warmup is designed to prep shoulders & midline, and moves right to snatch technique skills & drills followed by time to build. Then a partner snatch session with an EMOM requirement.

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The usual weekend sweaty madness for boot-camp and team wod

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 I am not yet where I want to be but I now know that I can ‘trust the process’ and CrossFit Ulysses

I am not yet where I want to be but I now know that I can ‘trust the process’ and CrossFit Ulysses

Georgina has been with us since January and her journey so far is inspiring.   She is such a wonderful, helpful caring young lady adn has a smile for everyone she meets. She is an inspiration to all young females out there. Don’t procrastinate, chase those goals and achieve great things!

Read what G has to say below..

I started my CrossFit journey in January 2019 and I can honestly say I have never ever looked back. I was part of this year’s 28 day challenge and it has honestly changed my life completely. I lost over 10lb in the first month and have now lost over 22lb.

I have always struggled with my weight and the way I look. Back in school and throughout university I have always been the ‘bigger girl’ but CrossFit Ulysses is helping me change myself while also making me happier and healthier. Whilst studying at Teesside I have always tried to make sure I go to the gym and attend football training but never actually lost weight. Going on crash diets whilst living in student accommodation just never seemed to work for me.

Steph told me about CrossFit Ulysses back in 2016 when she first started and I never even considered it, which was a massive mistake. The atmosphere and the family feeling is something that keeps me going throughout class as well as outside of CrossFit. Ben and the team are so fantastic in what they do and each class brings me closer to reaching my end goal.

As I said, I am not yet where I want to be but I now know that I can ‘trust the process’ and CrossFit Ulysses will help me get there soon enough. I don’t want to have to wear baggy clothes and try and hide at the back of photos any more which is why I decided back in January that I was going to change my life for the better.

After completing the 28 day challenge I couldn’t not stay with the box, so ever so kindly my parents bought me a block booking for my birthday and CrossFit Ulysses is now stuck with me forever!

Being elected as President Welfare at Teesside university 2 years in a row is something that helped me gain and achieve confidence to start doing something that i enjoy. I see myself as a very happy, energetic and smiley person, but my weight does get me down more than anyone can see. I think about it all the time and when getting photos taken with my friends who are so much smaller than me it does really bother me. I often think, ‘I wish I could wear that dress’ or stand in a photo on holiday in a bikini, but I am so self- conscious I can’t. My personality makes me appear very outgoing, confident and loud but deep down my body and weight has always got me down, making me sad on many occasions.

It’s so nice now to have people who I see all of the time and people I don’t see often commenting ‘god G you’ve lost weight’ or ‘you’re looking really good G’. It’s so rewarding and that’s all thanks to CrossFit Ulysses. This is where CrossFit Ulysses is changing my perception and life day by day. I attend class at least 6 days a week and always come away smiling, the people I do classes with are now friends and I can’t thank CrossFit enough for that.

I can eat nice healthy things without starving myself and now enjoy what I eat after Ben and Damo’s nutrition advice.

If someone can take only one thing from this it would be to try CrossFit Ulysses and I can promise you, you will never ever look back.

I can’t thank you all enough, thank you for helping me start my unbelievable journey and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Lots of love

Georgina xx

Copy of Abs of steel, but couldn't do a sit up!

Copy of Abs of steel, but couldn't do a sit up!

Our Member of the Month for May was unanimously picked by all the coaches.

Andy has worked so hard during his PT sessions and in all the WODs and his progression has been amazing for us all to see.   Andy could, not and i’m being serious here, could not even do a sit up. He had abs of steel, but no strength. See looks can be deceiving!

  Andy had already wrote a bio, which we were going to post later in the month, but credit where credit’s due.

Here’s his story and just a few of the reason’s he was picked by the Ulysses coaches.

I’ve been training with Ben for about 3 months and without getting my tongue too brown I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made.

I came to CrossFit Ulysses thinking I had a pretty decent level of fitness from training at gyms for a couple years before... How naive I was 😅

After completing my foundations and having had more than one reality check along the way I decided to invest in some PT sessions with Ben.

I had a number of goals I wanted to hit and areas I wanted to improve on. After a full consultation Ben explained to me how we would work towards the goals I had set but also had his own recommendations for areas I would really benefit from improving on (For those who saw my struggle from day one it might have involved a little core work... maybe... 😂).

I’ve gone from not being able to do a single sit up to bar muscle ups (the best looking ones in Ulysses, right @damob15 💁‍♂️ 😜) and the other week I got my first ring muscle up (it wasn’t the prettiest but it still counts 💪 😂)

I really believe I wouldn’t have achieved these goals in this short time without the tips, progressions and advice from Ben. He is someone who really knows what he’s talking about and is passionate about what he does, it’s clear to see just from speaking to him and watching him coach.

Anyone reading this who has thought about coming along to see what it’s all about but hasn’t yet for whatever reason, just do it! And for people who might be interested in getting some PT I can tell you first hand it’s worth it.

I’m generally not a soppy or sentimental guy but finally I just wanted to say a big thank you @benjakeman and a massive thank you to everyone at @crossfitulysses, coaches and members, for making me feel welcome and a part of the tribe  #teamulysses ✌️

Programming week 3rd june 2019

Programming week 3rd june 2019

Our weeks overview video from the Level method team for 3rd june 2019


Below is the month overview for Uune

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This week we have Overhead Squats on Monday, Deadlifts on Tuesday, and Overhead Work on Thursday.

Monday has two parts -- Overhead Squats, then a 15-minute-high-breathing AMRAP that includes Running, Overhead Squats, and Burpee Box Jumps.  Start with a 10-minute warmup -- a 200m group run and stations.   Then review Overhead Squat w/PVC pipe.  Next partner up and use a light barbell or PVC to build 1 Overhead Squat and 1 Sots’ Press -- 5 sets.    Release to build to a heavy set of 3 reps (or level appropriate option) in 10 minutes.   Focus remains on smooth movement & stability.   No matter what level always feel stable throughout the lift -- do NOT push the weight.  Treat each PVC warm up set & rep the as if it was a max -- to maximize the effectiveness of the practice. Take your time, this is more about learning than it is about lifting weight. Move to the workout “Morpheus”, and remember that Breathing & Overhead Squats will determine success in this workout.


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Considering the run and the Burpee Box jumps, this workout will be Aerobic Power on the breathing side Vp(v), with some leg & shoulder fatigue (but not enough to be a limiter.) The OHS will be affected most by the breathing so stay at a steady pace on the 400m runs, so you can start the OHS immediately.  Don’t rush the burpee box jumps -- they should be done at the same relative pace as the run.


PRO TIP: keep breathing steady regardless of the movement. Maintain a consistent pace throughout and focus on unbroken stable OHS sets -- and you’ll have great success on this one.


Tuesday has two parts -- Deadlifts and a Superset of Weighted Pullups & Ring Dips -- “The Forge”.  Rarely do we have TWO muscular contraction-based elements in a single day.  Generally, we mix breathing in.  Brief your people on the NEED for high quality muscular contraction work, and approach today with the right mindset.  

 Start with a 3-part warmup of leg swings, then cone drills, and finally workout-specific activation.  20 minutes slotted for the Deadlifts for 12 reps. That rep range is uncomfortable, so make it the right kind. If   form is compromised, especially in back stability, drop the weight down. Get a tight grip before you start your set and move smooth through all reps.   For part two, spend 5 min activating the lats & shoulders, and 5 minutes reviewing movements & variations. 

This part is a simple combination Upper Body Pull Strength (electricity) via Weighted Pull-ups or variation and Upper Body Push Stamina (plumbing) via Ring Dips or variation.  Each set make the Pull portion a little harder -- pushing the muscular tension -- and focus on squeezing the bar or rings and maintaining tight body position.  Immediately move to a pushing variation where the goal is to hit at least 10 solid, controlled reps. Adjust the weight/difficulty to allow for QUALITY movement, and don’t work past the 1:15 mark (which may be possible for some on the early set). You don’t want to BURN OUT on the early sets by working the entire 2 minutes. You’ll need some rest to keep the Pullup Quality high. The lower levels will be on the Strength Endurance side for BOTH movements, which is good and expected and will build the capacity to hit heavier single reps when the time comes.  BLUE+ should add weight on the Pull-ups in each round … ending at something tough. Chase the burn on the AMRAP sets, but only with good technique -- do NOT push through bad technique to slop out a few extra reps.  


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Wednesday -- “Mother of Dragons” is a 20-minute-high breathing AMRAP.  The session starts with a warmup game (Huddle) and then a partner wall ball thruster portion.  Then review/ practice double-unders, with specific drills. Then review/rehearse movements. Although this is a “Chipper” workout, it falls into the Aerobic Power (Ventilation) category Vp(v). With this type, stick to a steady pace, and do NOT waver. Shoulder fatigue will come from excessive and unnecessary tension on Doubleunders and Wallballs.  RELAX the shoulders whenever possible. The reps ascend for the Wallballs & Row Cals, so you want to feel good when you get to the larger sets. Double-unders descend -- stay smooth & close to unbroken -- no more than two sets.  So the same with Wallballs, but note how legs feel deeper into sets. If you blow them out early, the rest of the workout will be sluggish. Sticking to the planned pace will avoid the rut, and the finish will be quicker than expected. Do NOT let this workout drag on.  No long rests keep the breathing rate HIGH.


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Thursday has two parts, Overhead Work, and a 3 Round KB workout  -- “Crash Bandicoot.”  Start with a 10 minute full-body station warmup. Then a Push Press Review with progressions. Each set of the overhead work is meant to be a Dynamic Effort -- fast, high quality.  Set up tight before every rep, and drive like it’s a one rep max attempt.  Be sure to hit a solid lockout position, and take your time between reps. You’ll be building 5-7 sets (as needed) in 10 minutes. Then move to a 12 minute KB Review and Reverse TGU Flow. The goal is to get familiar with the KB before hopping into “Crash Bandicoot” which has Stamina (plumbing) elements within Aerobic Power (high breathing). It will sneak up on you if you come out too hot.   


Approach this workout with caution -- start out smooth & steady to test the first round.   Be aware of grip fatigue into the second & third rounds -- it can come back to punish you later.  Avoid wasted reps by resting  just before the last Kb clean --  use that to begin the lunges.  Keep the kettlebell tight to the body on the lunges -- better front rack means easier lunges.  For the suitcase carry, note core & grip fatigue. Maintain an upright position through the entire 200m, & switch hands whenever necessary, but symmetrically.  Poor posture will result in sore backs the next day … and not good-sore.  

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Friday starts with technical weightlifting work, and a 2 round Barbell workout -- “Anarchy.”   We have a 10-minute circle warm up to get everything open, then front squat prep. Then a comprehensive Technique review & group progression. Keep weight to no more than 80%-85% (relative effort) & focus on crisp reps. This is meant to be more technique work for WHITE ORANGE; build to heavier than workout weight.  Get comfortable with the movements and carry it over into the workout. Then move to “Anarchy” and briefly review Barbell cycling concepts and Toes to Bar Technique.

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“Anarchy” is aerobic power with lots of Stamina -- 2 round workouts can be highly deceptive. This workout may have some strong lactic elements, so start slower than your initial instinct.  Do NOT be tempted to go unbroken on the first set of hang power cleans. This will blow out your grip & breathing, derailing the entire workout. It might feel nice while you’re doing it, but you’ll pay the price later.  Manageable sets with quick rests is best, keeping in mind that every minute brings 5 TTB and more core & grip fatigue.  Focus on quality movement & give yourself time between the end of a set and the start of the TTB. Patience in the first round will be the key in this one.


Sunday is “Skee Ball” -- a point-based partner workout.  First, a group & partner warm up on the longer side. Then review movements and point structure. “Skee Ball” is all about playing to your strengths -- sticking to a plan will give a big score.  Unlike most workouts, this does not fit into an energy system because you choose both the movements & the order.  When discussing strategy with your partner, create a “round” that you want to repeat. Both partners work at the same time.  Keep in mind that the points are awarded each time one partner does the prescribed reps -- so theoretically one partner can run the entire time & the other can accumulate reps.  Do not be afraid to get creative here with strategy, to maximize time & put up a BIG number.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY usually mix things up a little for the boot-camps and team wod as seen below

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The day that changed my life

The day that changed my life

My Why

I started my CrossFit journey back in May 2016 shortly after my dad sadly passed. I’d separated from my estranged wife earlier in the year and moved back in with my parents, I was tipping the scales at 23 stone and I was suffering badly with depression and just felt lost in life.   It was the day I was returning my dad’s car to a dealership and was walking back home scrolling mindlessly through Facebook and a random suggestion popped up for CrossFit Ulysses. I didn’t even know what CrossFit was, but knew I needed to find out. Maybe my dad was looking down on me that day, maybe it was coincidence. But that day was the day that changed my life.

I messaged Ben and we got chatting and I decided to go in for a look around and to see if it was for me. Once through the door, I found myself loving the atmosphere and decide to join up.   

In my first three months, I’d lost over 3 stone and felt the best I had in a long time. Not just physically but mentally too. Through my grief and depression, the training helped me forget about the outside world and the more I focused on training the better I felt about myself and life in general. I was hitting amazing milestones in my training, and my personal life, I‘d stopped taking antidepressants and I had a new outlook in life. I found the more I trained alongside people on the same journey the more I wanted to be in the box with all the like-minded members.

Fast forward two years.. I wanted to find a way to pay Ben back for all the awesome support and great mentoring and also pay it forward to help others the way I had been helped. So after a lengthy talk with my soul mate Yvonne (who I met at Ulysses, but that’s a whole different story) I decided that I wanted to become a PT.  This way, I could pass on my knowledge to others about my journey and how I’ve battled with food and depression and hopefully being able to help others overcome their body issues and nutrition problems.

I still have a few stone to lose to be the weight I want to be, but know I’ve already come a very long way.  I am no stranger to the CrossFit ways of taking your top off mid WOD and I love showing off my newly found muscles, which I never dreamed I‘d ever have before starting at Ulysses.

My passion for CrossFit is undeniable and I love helping members feel their best and overcome their in-habitations.  Helping members with technique and my safety first approach and being a stickler for rules are undeniably some of my greatest qualities as a PT.

Myself as well as all the other coaches and PT’S have worked our way up from the bottom.  We’ve spent hours upon hours working our weaknesses and learning new things. We stay humble and know we still have a lot to learn and we’re always learning new things every day.  Christ, there are members who can do things I can’t, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to coach you safely and efficiently in doing these.

So when we say “we know”,  we really do know and when we say “ we care”, we really do care!

You trust us to give you your best hour of the day, so the least I can do is try to make that hour a memorable, fun and sweaty one.

Come along and see how Ulysses could change your life.



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  • A nutrition plan made specifically for you. Meal plans, recipes, help and advice thoroughly and throughout.

  • Bi-weekly check ins for accountability.

  • Logging and tracking your goals.

  • To start 1:1 PT LESSONS to help you get into the swing of things.

  • Workouts that will help with mobility and flexibility.

  • Every workout is constantly varied so no two workouts are alike.

  • Cardio to help rid unwanted fat.

  • Strength designed to build muscle and correct posture.

  • Access to our online groups, for motivation, help and support.

Why not book a free intro and lets see if we can help you lose weight and feel great!

Damo and his WHY.

Damo and his WHY.

My why,

So, I’ve recently been asked to do my why and it had me stumped for a wee bit. When a lot of people do their why it seems to be orientated to something personal in their life that happened and changed their perspective, I’ve been blessed in that I have always been supported and surrounded by the best people.

With that comes my why, I have always been supported by people who want to help others. The rugby club was one large family environment, everyone helped each other with any issues or problems they had, my dad has always been the type to drop what he is doing and help no matter what and my mam has always worked in community roles, helping those around her to find employment, training or even just as a friend. Having these people around me has always inspired myself to help others, within my employment I have had the chance to take on advocacy roles, helping others like my mother find employment and training. This line of work allowed me to develop friendships and see that there is a lot more importance than work and education, that there is holistic approach to life.

When I joined Ulysses this continued, from the start help was always there, from everything including movements, nutrition and any barriers with life. This instantly echoed with me from the previous environments I have been in and instantly felt comfortable and the need to give back. As the gym grew, I found myself becoming one of the senior members, having others ask me about training and nutrition. I was already a self-confessed CrossFit geek and understood a lot about the movements as well as training, which combined with my background in fitness allowed me to start helping others. At this point I was instantly hooked, hooked on the gym, CrossFit, the environment & people, this is when I was given the opportunity to start interning and help coach others.

So, to conclude my why has never been some big life changing event. It’s been the people around me, the opportunity to develop and grow as an individual, to learn from their beliefs and values. Now my why is simple, to give back to people, give them the opportunity I have had in life, provide them with a support network, not just as a coach but as a friend. Help people become the best versions of themselves in the best environment we can provide. Alongside this to provide for my family, to give them a safe, healthy and supportive home to live and grow up in, give them the best quality of life as well as be the best version of me.

And to us CrossFit Ulysses is home.

How can our Personal Training and Nutrition help you?

How can our Personal Training and Nutrition help you?

How can our Personal Training and Nutrition help you?

  • A nutrition plan made specifically for you. Meal plans, recipes, help and advice thoroughly and throughout.

  • Bi-weekly check ins for accountability.

  • Logging and tracking your goals.

  • To start 1:1 PT LESSONS to help you get into the swing of things.

  • Workouts that will help with mobility and flexibility.

  • Every workout is constantly varied so no two workouts are alike.

  • Cardio to help rid unwanted fat.

  • Strength designed to build muscle and correct posture.

  • Access to our online groups. For motivation, help and support.

Why not book a free intro and lets see if we can help you lose weight and feel!

Me, my why and what drives me?

Me, my why and what drives me?

Me, my why and what drives me?

I grew up never meeting my father, my mother being beaten by guys and life in teenage years got no better. I was bullied for 5 years in secondary school, bounced around relationships 16-21 trying to fix girlfriends until I joined the army.  All these led to lack of confidence, bouncing around broken homes and hating conflict. As much as loved the initial buzz of fitness I didn’t fit in the army due to male ego’s and didn’t agree with respect the rank and not the person.

I’ve seen in the last few years people close to me including the death of my own mother , friends parents die too. Its something I wouldn't wish on anyone and we look as a Family/Tribe/Community to anyway we can reduce Lifestyle diseases and chronic illnesses in ourselves, our families, friends and the Tees valley community.  I think a lot of these can be avoided or at least reduced and I want the Ulysses community to be the epicentre for change. Affecting others with knowledge of gut health, sleep, fitness, nutrition, movement, light exposure, the list goes on!

These simple beginnings have shown me where my why and core belief comes from, the belief that form our why and culture at Ulysses.

Integrity- Doing the right thing and challenging others to do so.

Fun- Fitness is just a byproduct of what we do, making the hour you spend with us each day as fun and memorable as possible.

Trust- Trust like any relationship, family or organisation must come 1st. Trust in our cause to improve the lives of us and those around us. Trust the person next to you, the people in front and behind. Trust the process.

Leaders and leadership- You don’t need to be in a position of power to be a leader, lead by good example so that others may do the same. Lead beyond Authority.

No Egos- We are all equal here, At Ulysses we have Managers, CEO’s, Teachers, police to students. Our positions mean nothing, we are not our jobs and We are all equal as we are members of the tribe.

Thinking as a team- We don’t complain, we feedback. There is a difference. We craft ideas and discuss the benefits and drawbacks to any idea. Always starting with why?

Help First- Help first and be rewarded with a bathing of oxytocin the love hormone. Oxytocin is a feel good hormone and  It plays a role in social bonding in the tribe and helping others. It's how humans survived, in a tribe working together. Helping others naturally feels good.

Support others- Be supportive of those next to you in class, the staff, family, friends and strangers. Pay it forward!

Caring- Our members don't  care what we know until they know we care.

My realisation since the loss of my mother 2 years ago has made me find my why. I now realise from trying to fix broken relationships growing up I was just trying to help people. Mostly I wanted to be loved, respected and be part of a family/Tribe. I am as you know now happily married, the happiest ever in work. . My beautiful wife supports me in what I do and I feel I’ve found the perfect team after 3 years of trying. I believe any issue I've ever had leads down to poor communication and turns out I wasn't communicating my why, something I'm striving to improve in order to help others.

We human animals seek groups of like minded people where we have the same beliefs known as culture. Our culture is of integrity where we always are expected to do the right thing, where we support each other wins and losses in relationships, marriages, births, deaths and more. We don’t complain and believe everyone is equal. Our open-door policy means we expect feedback from members and staff, not gossiping or inciting mutiny behind closed doors. We realise that every decision we make affects both mine and our staff’s family, our livelihoods and futures. Think before we speak. Knowing our  why helps shape the beliefs who want to join our cause.

With adopting the same beliefs going forward, using the Ulysses vision to make Our tribe healthier, happier, more supportive and humbler whilst affecting positively friends, family and loved ones around us.

We thrive with positive influences and challenge any negativity. . We have already started goal setting sessions to help you find your why, this will be further improved  with interviews of new and leaving members that should help strengthen and support our culture by communication.

We now realise we don’t sell fitness, we sell a limited number of memberships into a tribe of like minded, supportive professionals which is its greatest value.  An intangible that cannot be grasped or replicated elsewhere and that’s why I believe we are not rivalled.

There are plenty of gyms with shiny equipment, provide low cost training, have cool programming  and so on. There is a gym for everyone and we’ll even help you find one if our culture isn’t for you.

We share and think of others first. We are members of the tribe first, athletes second.

We want seeds to be grown,  we will farm and grow these seeds, breed them into strong trees. Trees have strong branches that can support and shade those underneath as they grow and one day bear fruit. Fruit and food for the tribe.

I started Ulysses in April 2016, almost 3 years which is scary! I did what all business owners do at the beginning, they just look for customers. We now know the type of people that will support our beliefs and vision going forward and look to find more of us like minded hard working people.

We don't just want clients , we want members that respect our beliefs and others in he tribe. In return they get our love, help, advice, attention, support and the best hour of their day.  

Weirdly enough, Ancestrally we lived in tribes of generally no more than 150 apparently, it explains why cultures are hard to manage when they grow over 100. Communication is the key, something we are humbly trying to improve on so please keep coming to us with ideas and feedback.

A limited edition members only club where we stand back to back in conflict and hand in hand in celebration.  We don't seek greed, just a place to support our families and grow strong trees.

You know our why

Will you share yours with the tribe??