Steve Antcliff, Headcoach and Owner
Steve started CFAM from a dream, it has been a great journey so far. One that has taken on a life of its own through the community. There is nothing more rewarding than people exceeding their expectations.
Steve holds as his Crossfit Level 1 certification, Crossfit Coaches Prep Certification.
Has completed specialist Mobility and gymnastics certifications. In addition has received his Personal training qualification from the EIF.
Brooke Antcliff, Coach and co-owner
Brooke has been involved with sports her whole life but 4 years ago found Crossfit was her passion. She holds a Bachelor of Education with minors in Physical Education. She has been a teacher for 8 years and is currently Primary School Principal.
She has been training and coaching with CFAM since its very beginning and has completed the Level 1 Trainers Certificate, the Crossfit Gymnastics and Crossfit Kids Certifications. She has competed in the Crossfit Reebok Championships and the London Throwdown.
Brooke also runs the Crossfit Kids at CFAM for our youngest athletes age ranging from 4 years to 15 years.
Coach and mobilization master
Jörg has completed his level 1 certification and has been training with CFAMily for over a year now. Jörg is a qualified physiotherapist and his background is in hardcore metal, road cycling and Baseball.
He specializes in mobilization and shares his knowledge through the blog "stretch it like Jörg "
Felipe Itter Torres
Coach and Gymnastics Guru
Felipe has completed his level 1 certification and is currently qualifying as a Management Assistant in Sports and Fitness. Felipe is our CFAM expert for all gymnastic movements.
Coach and mobilization master
Max has completed his Level 1 training certification and is a qualified physiotherapist. He has completed endurance training seminars with Polar.
Max has a sports background in contact sports, strength training and weightlifting. He has played ice hockey and rugby for over 10 years and is a member of the Frankfurt Rugby Team.
Coach and Muscle Up King
He has been with us since early 2012 and has embraced Crossfit since he first started, not only from the training but also he encourages others. He has a keen eye for form and is always helping others train to their limits.
Since completing his Crossfit level 1 in August 2013, I am happy to say he will be coaching with us.
It was 2009 and I had just read that a friend had completed Fran, posting his results and comparing his timve to previous attempts, all online. Within a short time people were commenting and congratulating him on his effort.
That was our (my partner’s and my) first contact with CrossFit, and it has stuck with us ever since. My wife-to-be has studied sports and has also become addicted to the CrossFit experience.
CrossFitting from Frankfurt to Munich
"…My favourite aspect of being a CrossFitter is the constantly changing dynamic atmosphere it creates."
We did our research and found out more about this training. We searched for CrossFit boxes close to us and found CrossFit Vivamus Institute in Munich was our closest box. After a single email, instructors Marco and Niki had invited us to join, and we were immediately welcomed into the CrossFit family. They invested so much time in us and shared all the knowledge they had, despite the fact that we lived four hours away in Frankfurt. After many weekends and visits, we completed our Level 1 certifications and opened our own box, giving Frankfurt what Munich was able to give us: a CrossFit family.
As we were based in Frankfurt, Germany, this made it hard to progress my CrossFit training… so my wife-to-be and I would drive four hours to the only CrossFit box we could find to complete an on-ramp course. Visiting as many boxes as I could throughout Europe made me realize that my favourite aspect of being a CrossFitter is the constantly changing dynamic atmosphere it creates.
It has not been easy; however, with the support of friends my passion continues to grow along with the German CrossFit community.
Founding CrossFit am Main
"…You have to think carefully about costs and how to get creative with making boxes for box jumps or welding a pull-up rack yourself."
CrossFit am Main began with only four people, in a 100-square-meter shared box with a kettle bell instructor outside of the city. Our growth has been 100% through word of mouth because we did not invest in any marketing. It simply happened through people training with us, loving the atmosphere and what CrossFit am Main offered, and passing this passion and enthusiasm on to their family and friends. Fast forward to present day, and we are opening a location in central Frankfurt with 600 square meters and 7-meter-high ceiling. This now allows us to offer CrossFit six days week, compared to only three days previously.
Kitting out the box has been easier than first anticipated. Just from visiting a number of boxes in Europe, you gain knowledge and ideas about where to source quality equipment at reasonable prices. You understand that while Rogue makes amazing equipment, you have to think carefully about costs and how to get creative with making boxes for box jumps or welding a pull-up rack yourself.
It takes time to find these smaller companies with great service, short lead times and people who know CrossFitters — all for prices a start-up community is able to afford. For us the strength training community www.strengthshop.de has been very supportive.
“CrossFit in Germany is growing stronger and stronger along with its athletes, who gravitate toward CrossFit for many reasons, one of which is the community it creates."
Every day we hear from people who CrossFit and drop into the box to try it. People are amazed with the experience of being cheered on by all to complete that last rep or succeeding with a new movement. It is the support and the desire to exceed new goals that keeps people returning for more, even after lying in a sweaty heap on the floor after the hardest/best workout. That’s CrossFit!
Building the German CrossFit Community
CrossFit in Germany is growing stronger and stronger along with its athletes, who gravitate toward CrossFit for many reasons, one of which is the community it creates. I am a strong believer in the community of CrossFit and its benefits for the progression of people’s fitness.
Keeping fit in general is a very important part of the German culture. For this reason the birth of Crossfit may have been later coming than its leading brother America, but its growth is strong and rapid. That is being driven by the number of people moving to Frankfurt/Germany with a CrossFitting background. It also highlights that CrossFit in Germany is still building up to the level of our European and American levels.
“Because of CrossFit’s recent growth in Germany, we are pulling athletes from varying fitness backgrounds such as running, biking, gymnastics and power lifting. Again, applying the open-source approach to coaching these already great athletes benefits us all as we take experiences from each athlete to improve our community. "
We continue to have very positive feedback from various sports clubs who are interested in learning how CrossFit can improve their training, therefore improving their results.
"Keeping fit in general is a very important part of the German culture."
This has all happened in the space of three years; we are looking forward to seeing how CrossFit keeps growing in 2013. Be sure that Crossfit am Main, Frankfurt will be in the front of the pack with our amazing athletes.