Welcome to December’s Strong Comment.


Christmas Fler 2017Christmas Do!

The most important thing we need to remind you of this month is that we will be holding a Christmas Do for the Commando Temple Community at Villages Brewery this coming Friday 8th @7pm. The Commando Temple wouldn’t be what it is today without it’s Community, so we’d love to catch up with you guys and show some appreciation. Check out the poster for more details, we Ho Ho Hope to see you there!




Christmas Break

The Christmas opening times are now up on the website!

Christmas Voucher

Staying on the Christmas theme, you may have noticed from the main image that the Christmas vouchers are back by popular demand. Stuck for gift ideas?…this could be your solution. The voucher would set you back £250 for a value of up to £440(!) worth of training and expertise. If you require more information give us a call and a member of the Team will be able to help you, or if you want to go ahead and make a purchase, you can do so via the Mindbody tab on our website.


Boxing Success

A big shout out to Darren Gibbons who had been working hard with one of the Commando Temple’s Personal Trainers, Cuong Hua, on his strength and conditioning in preparation for his debut professional fight on 11th November. Darren was up against some tough competition in the form of boxer Dmitrij Kalivovskij who had stopped his last 3 opponents, but Darren won by unanimous decision – a great start to his professional boxing career, congratulations Darren!


Calisthenics Championships #2

On the 19th November we hosted the 2nd Calisthenics Championships, and what a great turnout we had. Last year was brilliant, but this year saw definite growth in numbers and the competition was fierce. Check out the attached picture for the full results from the day. There were several highlights, but the one that really shone out was Katarina Helcmanovska. A few months ago Kat decided she wanted to compete in the calisthenics competition, setting her sights on the push-ups challenge, and at the time could complete 25 unbroken push-ups (not to be sniffed at). Just 6 weeks later, after following Pavel’s Grease the Groove programme, she competed and knocked out 131 unbroken push-ups. She was just pipped to the post for the title of push-up King/Queen, but in our eyes she is always a champ! We can’t wait to see what next year’s competition has in store.


Cal Comp

Calisthenics Championship #2. Photo by David Holbrook


Stone Lifting Championships

The inaugural Stone Lifting Championships was also a great success. There were about 20 competitors in total, including some of our own Temple members. Nathan Waterfield won his class and set an unbeaten 100m carry in the first event with the 125kg Husafell stone with Nick Sauerman coming in at a close second (91m). In the open class, Lewis Paul Dick came 2nd overall after winning the Husafell carry and giving us a masterclass in stone pressing (12 reps of the 76kg natural stone). Mayyah won her class (and picked up the 85kg and 107kg Dinnie replicas for a huge cheer !), and it was Emily Benson who shone as she smashed the carry, set a PB in the press and equalled Mayyah and Lorna Paton in the Atlas stone over bar in her first ever comp. However, I think most will agree that the highlight of the day was the Temple’s own Paul Marsh picking up both the 203kg and 139.1kg Dinnie stone replicas for a tandem lift of 342.1kg! See the video below. The atmosphere was brilliant and we’re looking forward to hosting again next year.

Powerlifting British Junior Classic

The Powerlifting group continue to impress with 3 members taking part in the British Junior Classic in Motherwell. For Moya Williams (U57kg Jnr) it was her first national competition and she came 4th overall and broke the British deadlift record with 168kg. Sadly it was broken right after by the winner of that weight class. Tiarna Pearce (U52kg Jnr) took 1st place overall. For Syeda Bukhari (U72kg) this was also her first national competition and despite training for less than a year, she achieved a PB on every lift and a 332.5kg total.

Screen Shot 2017 12 04 At 20.41.14Muay Thai Grading

November saw the first Muay Thai grading at the Commando Temple with Coach Richie Griffin. Joe Howell, Sophie Francois, Anastasia Simchuck and Rasharn Griffin all took part, and 3 out of 4 were able to double-grade and get their yellow belts. Great work everyone!




Member of the Month


Kat – Photo by David Holbrook

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that December’s ‘Member of the Month’ is the one and only Katarina Helcmanovska. Kat has been a friend since 2010 and a member of the gym since 2013. She’s been an incredible Kettlebell Sport athlete (World Class Master of Sport), Strongwoman athlete (won England’s Strongest Woman on her 2nd ever appearance in the sport!), and as seen in the push-ups challenge at the recent Calisthenics Championships mentioned above, it is clear that she has the determination to do anything she sets her mind to. Kat represents everything that is the Commando Temple, and we love having her as part of the Temple Community. Well done Kat!


Next year is already set to be an eventful one, what with Rob and a small crew taking on Mount Aconcagua in January and the Commando Five taking on the MDS, not to mention a Royal wedding, and we’re not talking Harry and Meghan! We wish you all an awesome Christmas and look forward to working with you in the year ahead.


Merry Christmas Everyone!

From the Commando Temple Team.