Cop leads arresting fitness regime

CrossFit Regain founders Tom Harrison and Matt Robinson
CrossFit Regain founders Tom Harrison and Matt Robinson
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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.

Fitness fans at a Crossfit Regain workout marking the  350th anniversary of the Royal Marines

Fitness fans at a Crossfit Regain workout marking the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines

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.

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