Athlete Profile – Shelly ‘Storm’ Charlton

Time to meet another Athletic Evolution athlete.


I met Shelly at Gatwick Airport when travelling to Copenhagen for the European Regionals of the 2012 CrossFit Games…she’s quite a character…and a bloody good athlete. In fact, she recently finished on the podium at The London Throwdown 2013 at Brunel University. She trains, and competes out of the legit CrossFit Plymouth

Q. Why do you train?

A. I train because I like to be fit. It assists me in my job as a police officer and makes me feel great.

Q. Goals for 2013?

A. My ambitions for 2013 are to place higher than my 9th place qualification In the forthcoming London Throwdown. To qualify in the top 20 for the CrossFit Games 2013 Masters Cat 40-44. I want to continue to improve as an athlete by obtaining knowledge and experience through competing and completing my Level 1 course. Oh and of course get a MU!!!!

*Note – since asking Shelly this question she finished 3rd at LTD 13 and she recently nailed 3 muscle ups! I’d better book my ticket to LA!

Q. Favourite WOD?

A. My favourite WOD is the Lumberjack 20. 

Q. Least favourite WOD?

A. My least favourite WOD is Fran.

Q. Favourite movement?

A. My favourite lift now believe it or not is The Snatch. Prior to becoming an AE Athlete I dreaded it!!!!

Q. Sporting hero, CrossFit or otherwise?

A. My sporting hero is David Weir. CrossFit I love Spealler!!!

Q. Favourite meal?

A. My favourite meal is chicken fajitas with nachos the full works.

Q. Why Athletic Evolution?

A. Coach Satts would regularly comment on videos I would post of my lifts on FB before I was programmed by him and I found implementing his advice would improve my technique. I met him at the 2012 CrossFit Regionals where I saw him compete and I was truly inspired by his finishing performance in a particularly grueling squat/pull up/STOH event! 


I needed to address my poor technical lifting ability and was looking for a way to do this. I only ever heard good things from my friends who were already utilising his skills and decided it was time to progress.


I’m mega proud of Shelly’s achievements already. 2013 is going to be a BIG year for her!


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Programming is Nothing Without Application!

The London Throwdown took place at Brunel University over the weekend. 5 Athletic Evolution athletes worked their way through the online qualification process to get to the event. The event itself included elite male and female divisions and a male and female masters division. The field of athletes were from all over Europe with many of them having competed at Regional level individually and performed very well. What I’m saying, in a nutshell, is that the competition was legit and my guys performed exceptionally well! For some it was part of their pathway to Regionals and, for others, it was their first experience of top level competition.

I’m immensely proud of all my athletes but special mention has to go to Steve Fawcett (Elite) and Shelly ‘Storm’ Charlton (Masters) who both got on to the podium and finished in 3rd place.

Thanks for letting me be a part of the journey, guys. NOW ON TO THE OPEN…AND REGIONALS!!


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Athlete Profile – Sam Henderson

Sam has been with us since the start of December. He competed for CrossFit Leeds at the European Regionals in Copenhagen last year. He is currently on the Barbell Package.

Q1. Why do you train?

A1. I train mostly because I enjoy it and I like the competition. It also gives me a much needed break from uni work!

Q2. 2013 ambitions

A2. Qualify and compete at regionals as an individual. 100kg snatch, to be able to clean as much as I can jerk!

Q3. Favourite WOD

A3. Helen or anything long and gassy!

Q4. Least favourite WOD

A4. Grace

Q5. Favourite lift

A5. Snatches

Q6. Sporting Hero (CrossFit or otherwise)

A6. Hero would have to be Kevin Sinfield but I love watching Jon North lift.

Q7. Favourite meal – choose wisely; this will tell us a lot about who you are!

Q7. Spaghetti bolognese or a proper Yorkshire roast dinner!

Q8. Why did you choose Athletic Evolution?

A8. I followed the blog and Facebook page for a while and saw the results you were getting which were pretty impressive so i decided you must know what you are doing! I also wanted something more personal than some of the generic online programming and combined with the chance to get feedback on technique for the cost of the packge…it’s a great deal!

Q9. How is the programming going?

A9. I’m enjoying the programme and making regular PBs again after getting stuck in a bit of a rut doing the same thing a lot in the past. I’m enjoying doing new exercises and working off percentages, which I’ve never done before. Plus it’s nice to not have to plan your own training and have it all done for you!

Sam is progressing really well and has recently PB’d his back squat (162.5), jerk (130) and muscle snatch (77.5).

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