Lee is an athlete, box owner and coach who has competed in 3 Regionals as an individual. As a new Master (35-39) he won the Rocket category at the Rainhill Masters. He loves a classic CrossFit workout and recommends intensity over volume.

How old are you, Lee?

35 Years old

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and where do you train?

I’ve been CrossFitting for 8 years, I train at CrossFit Teesside.

What are the other commitments in your life?

I own CrossFit Teesside, I get involved with the coaching but not on a full time basis.

Most of my time is taken up with running the business, taking care of my dog and spending time with my fiancée Toni.

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What keeps you coming back for more?

The opportunity to get better and do things that I’ve have not done before. I love training with my mates and pushing each other.

What achievements are you most proud of?

Opening CrossFit Teesside, competing in 3 Regionals as an individual (2011,2013,2014) winning WOD 5 in the 2013 regional and finishing 16th overall.

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How was the Open for you this year?

I was pleased with my first OPEN as a master, but I was disappointed not to finish in the top 200 worldwide and make it to the next stage, the Heavy snatches proved a stumbling block for me.

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What are your strengths?

Pull ups, bar Muscle ups, most body weight movements and long workouts.

What are your weaknesses?

Ring Muscle ups, OH Squats and Snatch

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What are your current goals?

To stay injury free, keep enjoying my training

Who does your programming?

CrossFit Teesside main class programming and competitor training.

Can we find you on social media? Who do you follow on social media that you’d recommend to others?

Facebook: Lee Howe. Instagram leehowitzer

I like to follow most of the Games athletes, Pat Sherwood and CrossFit Linchpin post some great workouts. Anything CrossFit HQ posts is always a great read.


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What supplements do you swear by?

Coffee / Nocco / icon BCAA’s, other Aminos, omega 3’s.

What’s always in your kitbag?

Tape, belt, jump rope, Haribo

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What advice would you give to a Master just starting out in CrossFit?

Intensity always over volume.

What’s the key to effective recovery for you?

Don’t take too many rest days, keep your body moving, good clean food & water.

Favourite quote?

Defy Your Limitations

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What would you advise CrossFitters to stop doing? What should they start (if they aren’t already!)?

Don’t train alone, join in with the classes if you can. keep your workouts classic CrossFit, couplets, triplets. Train hard and stay humble. Get exposed to plenty of intensity, go long, go Short. Follow the theoretical heirachy pyramid. Make metcons your main focus, then gymnastics, then strength/weightlifting.

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Thanks for a great interview, Lee!


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