Swapping the classroom for a traditional gym

Brighouse High School teacher, Jared O'Farrell - pictured front right - in his new Crossfit Defiance gym, Branxholme Industrial Estate, Bailiff Bridge.
Brighouse High School teacher, Jared O'Farrell - pictured front right - in his new Crossfit Defiance gym, Branxholme Industrial Estate, Bailiff Bridge.

A biology teacher is leaving his work in the classroom to help create a traditional fitness gym in Bailiff Bridge.

Jared O’Farrell, a teacher at Brighouse High School, has recently opened Cross Fit Defiance which aims to cater to all types of people from elite athletes to emergency services workers to middle aged office workers.

Mr O’Farrell said he first came across the specific training regime whilst living in Winchester and watched the Cross Fit games.

“I wanted to create a club and community where I could share the benefits of this type of training with people from all walks of life.

“We have no mirrors, machines or spas, just barbells, sandbags, kettle bells, ropes to climb and gymnast rings.

“This is not some fad, but a return to old ways of training where hard work pays dividends.

“Community is a big part of who we are. This is not an anonymous gym where no one speaks like at some of the larger gym chains.

“Everyone knows each other and will cheer each other on to finish a workout, even though they are themselves exhausted.

“Whether members are 60 or 20-years-old and at different levels of fitness, people should be able to do all the exercises in the same way.”

Mr O’Farrell has been a teacher at the Finkil Street school for two years since moving to Lightcliffe.

The gym based at Branxholme Industrial Estate has been open since February and is the first Cross Fit Defiance affiliated gym in the area.

To find out more about the gym go to www.crossfitdefiance.co.uk or visit their Facebook page.