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Crossfit Minami Team Meet Our Coaches

“My plan for CrossFit Minami is to educate people of Osaka on how to achieve their best level of health and fitness. To help people live healthier, happier lives, perform better and achieve their highest goals.”

Sean McAuliffe, CEO

I’m Sean McAuliffe Head Coach and owner of CrossFit Minami, CrossFit has changed my views on overall health and fitness. After many years doing traditional weight training in gyms to build my body, I never really achieved what I was looking for – real world fitness.  I always did compound weight lifting routines but lacked the variety of gymnastics, cardio and weight lifting I have discovered through CrossFit.

I am a qualified motor mechanic and having worked in remote locations in the Australian mining industry for the last 14 years, I’ve had exposure to a wide range of changing physical and environmental demands.

I was introduced to the sport by a colleague who owns CrossFit Mandurah and immediately fell in love with the challenges, competition and camaraderie that comes with it.

Working away from home in mining meant I had to use the gym facilities available; I immediately changed my training style to follow CrossFit’s principles and derived the results I’d long been seeking.

I moved to Koto Kinabalu, Malaysia and trained at X45 CrossFit Kota Kinabalu for a few months. The CrossFit community spirit only reinforced my appreciation of this highly satisfying form of exercise.

My plan for CrossFit Minami is to educate people of Osaka on how to achieve their best level of health and fitness. To help people live healthier, happier lives, perform better and achieve their highest goals.

At the moment I feel there is much that is misunderstood about general fitness in Japan and I intend to do all I can to change it, using CrossFit to pave the way so that others can experience the life changing benefits I have.

Diego Alvarez, Coach

Having always been tantalised by watching gymnastics competitions, I never had the opportunity of trying it out as a child and later in life I felt I was “too old” and intimidated by it. In 2013 I saw a friend posting videos online of him doing CrossFit and it looked fun so I found a box near work and started going. Soon I was hooked! I suddenly enjoyed working out and the community spirit really helped. For the first time ever, I felt comfortable in a gym and looking forward to going!
Following my interest in CrossFit and learning more about it, I started interning to become a coach in 2014 and later on I took my L1 course, both in London. The more I coached, the more I enjoyed it. It’s very rewarding to connect with your members and see their progress hand in hand, so I have been coaching part-time in every country I have lived in: UK, Spain and Malaysia. And now I’m very happy to be doing my best to convey this expertise built through the years to the CrossFit Minami family!

“Before CrossFit, the most I had worked out continuously had been 3 months. Now it’s been 5 years and counting!”

“As I learned more and more about CrossFit, improved my mobility and got fitter and stronger, I started to want to help others do the same. That’s when I decided I want to become a coach.”

Matt Cartwright, Coach

I’m relatively new to CrossFit, and pretty new to coaching. I have, however, been training for and playing sports most of my life. From rugby to athletics, triathlon, rock climbing, hockey, marathon running and even cricket, I’ve played a lot of sports.
After a bad run of injuries from marathon training in 2016 I decided to give CrossFit a try instead. Needless to say I loved doing CrossFit, and have been improving ever since. One part of CrossFit that I’ve really enjoyed is the community here. As I learned more and more about CrossFit, improved my mobility and got fitter and stronger, I started to want to help others do the same. That’s when I decided I wanted to become a coach.
I did my Level 1 in January 2018 and started coaching at CrossFit Minami in May 2018. I’m enjoying the challenges of coaching, especially in a multi-language environment! I’m training not only to become a better CrossFitter, but a more knowledgeable coach as well.

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