The Best Places to Train in the Peak District
The Peak District is a pretty spectacular place to visit and an even more beautiful place to get out and do a bit of exercise. I grew up here climbing trees with my sister, hill walking with my mum and golden retriever, and rock climbing with my dad (who is some kind of adventure superhero - more on him later). I moved back nearly two years ago and since then I've been getting back into the swing of training in the great outdoors of my youth, and hunting down the best places to train. Here are my findings...
In short, I love this place. Nestled in the hills surrounding Buxton, this is the only CrossFit box in the High Peak. Adam and Shaun have worked relentlessly to build this place from the ground up, pulling in some of the most fun and inspiring people I have had the pleasure of training with. The programming is brilliant and the classes are high-octane, loud, and gritty: no one complains here, they just get on and do the work to the best of their ability. CF Buxton welcomes visitors from other CrossFit boxes, and run regular Foundation courses to introduce you to the CrossFit skillset. I always feel better and more motivated when I've trained here. They are incredibly friendly so give them a shout if you want to drop in - you can contact them via Facebook or their website.
A list of this kind would never be complete without Fit Missions, because one half of it is the most fun, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated personal trainer in the area: Tom Oldfield. (Just so you're aware, it's Lucy writing this, not Tom!)
Fit Missions (that's us!) - well, we pride ourselves on the way we work: always ethically, honestly and with each client's goals at the forefront of everything we do. Our sessions are usually sweaty, often hard work and always rewarding. We never ask you to do anything we're not fully prepared to do ourselves, and we are constantly learning new skills, techniques and pieces of useful knowledge to pass onto you all. Our clients' vary from men and women looking to lose weight or gain muscle tone, right up to world-class athletes. We think our clients are the best and if you know anyone looking for a personal trainer, I can guarantee they'll be glad they came to Fit Missions! We also run (literally) a Run Club on a Saturday morning - contact Lucy via our Facebook page for more info on that, or on firstname.lastname@example.org for any details about our training!
With a background training with the Marines, local personal trainer Will North knows a thing or two about 1) strength and 2) discipline. He's a lot of fun to train with and has a great setup in picturesque Froggatt in the Peak District. Will really sets himself apart from other trainers in the area when you throw him a challenge: "some of my clients are training for pure strength, a competitive sport or for combat. I also have clients who are dealing with Parkinson's or degenerative illnesses, who are amongst the most inspiring people I get to work with. Everyone's goals are different and I really love helping people achieve them." If you catch them together, Will and Tom (from Fit Missions) will even teach you how to do a muscle up, or a bit of shuffling...!
Fitism, previously known as born2move, used to be home to both me and Tom before we left to do our own thing. If you're looking for a healthy snack, smoothie or lunch, there's no better place around here than Fitism. Developed by culinary genius Becci Sampson, the menu is innovative, tasty and packed full of healthy flavours. While you're there why not try out a HIT session or their new boxing class? It'll give you a good excuse (as if you need one!) to grab a smoothie afterwards!