Crossfit Chichester Est 2013.

Crossfit Chichester was established in 2012 and opened February 1st 2013. Its inception was that of Archie Cunningham- Level 3 CrossFit Coach- a health and fitness advocate and renewable energy graduate who had a vision to bring the best of Crossfit to his home town. He and his wife Lydia have done just that. Since, he has trained thousands of clients and inspired many to go on to become coaches themselves. . Crossfit Chichester aims to be a by-word for quality and next level training.

We are a family friendly, supportive community that absolutely holds up traditional values and the sense of personal responsibilty. Our core values are those of inclusiveness and respect for others.


The goal is general physical preparedness.

Greg Glassman founded Crossfit in 2000 – his idea was to combine fitness disciplines and found how combining a variety of functional movements with high intensity had a profound result  – a “greater work capacity across broad time and modal domains.” There are 10 markers for this – cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

Woman and Crossfit.

You’re no longer in the gym training alone –  you’re supported by a coach and surrounded by fellow Crossfitters who all help and push each other – women have greater freedom now than ever to work with weights and be more aggressive in their training to create strong, shapely, healthy functional bodies that are built for ability.

Women are so predisposed to benefiting from this kind of training and it makes it an exciting part of the development of Crossfit.

Who does crossfit?

Hollywood: Crossfit was adopted by Hollywood once physical aesthetic results were seen to come quickly from this training method- including

Matt Damon, Cameron Diz, Jessica Beil, Jessica Alba, Paula Patton, Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt,  Jason Statham and Josh Holloway.

Athletes: Professional athletes are beginning to recognise the benefits of Crossfit training and use it as a base for their fitness training. Famously below are a few who are true Crossfit advocates.

Erin Cafaro: two-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing

Christie Rampone: captain of the gold-medal winning 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team.

Robert Oberst:  strongman competitor. 9th place at the 2013 World’s Strongest Man, 2nd place at the 2013 America’s Strongest Man. American record holder in the log press

Brady Aiken: started CrossFit at age 10 at CrossFit East County. At 17 he became the top pick in the MLB draft and signed to the Houston Astros as a pitcher.

Dean Karnazes: ultramarathon runner. Once ran 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes.

Tia-Clair Toomey Australian Olympic Weightlifter.


History of the Games

History of the Games

Who is the fittest? How do you know? Since 2007, the CrossFit Games have evolved to answer these questions. Each year the Games are a more comprehensive test of fitness, and the athletes raise the level of competition to unprecedented heights. The average regional athlete in 2017 will be dramatically more capable than the worlds best in 2007.

Several unique characteristics define the CrossFit Games. The Games change every year and oftentimes, the details are not announced until right before each event. Athletes train year-round for a competition that is almost completely a mystery. When they reach the Games, they put their training and mental fortitude to the test and take on a rigorous, broad-ranging test of overall physical capacity. At the close of competition, the Fittest on Earth™will have clearly distinguished themselves.

What happened in 2016?

In 2016, 324,000 athletes participated in the worldwide Open—the first stage of competition. From there, 260 athletes—40 men, 40 women and 30 teams of 6—moved on to eight Regional events where the top five in each category would earn an invitation to the Games.

The 2016 Open kicked off on Feb. 25, with the announcement of Open Workout 16.1 at NorCal CrossFit in Santa Clara, California. Canadian powerhouse Emily Abbott and fan favorite Chyna Cho were the first two athletes to take on the 25-minute AMRAP of overhead walking lunges, burpees and chest-to-bar pull-ups.

In 2016, the Open also took us to a garage gym in Candler, North Carolina, affiliates in Jacksonville, Florida and Colorado Springs, and back to the historic Ranch. In hindsight, the return to Aromas was perhaps a hint at events to come.

At the end of five weeks, Games veteran Noah Ohlsen and New Zealander Jamie Greene took the top spots in the all-inclusive competition.


In the second year of a new Regional format, eight events spread over three weekends in May would decide who would go to the Games. Athletes from multiple regions competed for the very few qualifying spots. Those who were “Proven” at the end of their Regional weekend advanced to the ultimate proving grounds: the Games.

After eight hard-fought competitions that featured a squat snatch ladder, Regional version of the Hero workout Nate, handstand walking, heavy deadlifts and more, the best of the best earned themselves a spot at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, to compete for the title Fittest on Earth.


While athletes and spectators have come to expect the Games to start in an off-site location, 2016 had a twist no one saw coming. The off-site events—which debuted in 2011 with athletes running into the ocean at the Santa Monica Pier—have become one of the most exciting aspects of the competition.

In 2016, athletes were told to pack a plane-ready bag and were hit with a very early-morning wake-up call. They were driven by bus to Los Angeles International Airport, where they boarded a flight destined for San Jose, California.

After 10 years, the fittest athletes in the world returned to the Ranch to pay homage to where it all started. They pulled up in the dust and heat of the legendary location and weren’t given much time to sight see. The Games had begun.

Reminiscent of the first event in 2009, athletes were greeted with a challenging 7-k trail run, which Castro made sure to emphasize would prove much more difficult this time around.

Event 2—Ranch Deadlift Ladder—was taken from the 2009 event list, as well, but in 2016 the bars were much heavier. In 2009 the men’s bars weighed from 315 lb. to 505 lb., and the women’s were 185 lb. to 375 lb. In 2016, the men would start at 425 lb. and end at 615 lb., while the women opened at 275 lb. and cleared the ladder at 415 lb. Brooke Wells and Sam Dancer shocked the small crowd in Aromas with their big weights, both clearing the ladder and winning the event.

Crossfit Chichester, aka Archie’s Gym, is awesome!!
I joined in October 17 thinking I was reasonably fit, little did I know. I graduated out of the induction phase and have been in classes nearly a month now and LOVIN IT!
Crossfit Chichester isn’t a bunch of meat heads pumping iron. It’s a community from all walks of life, training together to be fitter for life. Whatever your goal is, come and join the fun….

I’ve trained at this gym for two years but unfortunately I have had to end my time here. I would not hesitate to recommend this gym the classes are great and the coaches are fantastic. I have learnt so much in my time here and improved my strength and fitness by miles. I am now fitter than I have ever been aged 48. Thanks for everything Archie

Chris Adams

I joined Archies Gym in the spring this year. Right from the word go Archie demonstrated a relentless commitment to working with me as an individual. I didn’t join with any particular fitness goals but have found myself making immediate gains in my own strength, endurance but most importantly feeling healthier as a whole. I don’t really do ‘gyms’ and so was a little sceptical at first but immediately discovered this is so much more than a ‘Crossfit’ gym. The balance of being both immensely physical challenging whilst being relaxing and social demonstrates the thought and skill that goes into running this place. I have and will continue to recommend to friends and highly recommend taking a free consultation – what have you got to lose! Get involved, you won’t regret it.

Chris AdamsRNI
Beky Mepham

Archie’s gym is an excellent place to train, learn and enjoy it at the same time. The coaches are second to none – they really are brilliant, and watching them perform in workouts is constant inspiration. I only started Crossfit a few months ago and am relishing the new challenges – of which there are many!. It’s a very friendly place to train, new faces are always warmly welcomed at every fitness level.

Beky MephamSolicitor
Dean Kehagias

Excellent and can fully recommend! I have struggled to gain momentum in every other gym format I have attempted over the years. Without really thinking about it I find myself attending 2-3 times per week and feel the fittest I have for about 15 years (I am 38) and this is after only having joined 3 months ago!

Don’t hesitate and get in touch with Archie who know his stuff!

Dean KehagiasBusiness owner