Leeds police inspector Tom Harrison’s unofficial fitness classes proved such a hit with his colleagues, he decided to turn his hobby into a business.
The 40-year-old teamed up with former police officer and Royal Marine Matt Robinson and together they set up CrossFit Regain in Alwoodley.
The pair now deliver high-intensity workouts there in which members push themselves to the limit with activities ranging from press-ups to weight-lifting, headstands, climbing ropes and jumping on and off boxes.
Tom, a former pupil at Allerton Grange High, said: “You’re teaching people to be good at everything, rather than specialists in one particular area of fitness.”
CrossFit, a fitness company founded in the US in 2000, is the latest fitness craze to sweep the UK.
The brand’s affiliates hold classes in a space they call a “box” and in contrast to a traditional gym, packed with equipment like treadmills and cross-trainers, it contains very little machinery.
The duo have transformed disused squash courts at Far Moss Sports Ground into a CrossFit box, containing rowing machines, Olympic bars, ropes, boxes and pull-up rigs.
The regime also boasts a much more hands-on approach to health, with the coaches giving lectures on how to maximise results, as well as nutrition guidance and workshops.
Tom, a dad-of-two, said: “The whole thing is about community, about everyone knowing everyone’s names. Community is as big a part of it as coming and working out.
“The aim is to introduce the idea of being fit for life – with the full package of nutrition, lifestyle and a healthy approach to fitness.”
Tom remains an inspector with West Yorkshire Police by day and coaches fitness sessions in the evening.