Meet the Coaches: Paddy
Meet the Coaches by Jack Calvert
Height: 5’ 6”
Greatest strength: Mental toughness
Biggest weakness: “Anger when I can’t nail something”
From: Born and raised in Belfast
Biggest coaching bugbear: Lateness
Squat: 120kg Deadlift: 180kg Bench: 110kg Strict Press: 82kg
Elizabeth: 7:50 Fran: 4:35 Eva: 37:00
With decades spent in the physical training industry and a CV of fitness qualifications as long as your arm, Paddy Esler brings a wealth of experience to his role as a coach at CrossFit 57 North. Pad is always on hand with wise advice and barked encouragement in the box classes, and he also leads the box’s CrossFit Kids sessions to great acclaim. For the second instalment in the Meet the Coaches series, Paddy gave us an update on how his projects are progressing.
What brought you to CrossFit?
“I missed working out with like minded people since leaving the forces and finishing rugby and had been following some CrossFit stuff online. I heard about Kenny and Al opening up, found myself banging on the door and looking through the letter box about four weeks before they opened… I was their first stalker.”
“My representative sports are rugby and field gun. I’ve been a Royal Navy physical trainer (eight months of hell to get it, but a good type of hell). I’m a personal trainer, boot camp instructor, rugby coach, mountain leader, swim teacher, trail mountain bike leader and some other stuff I can’t remember.”
What are your main goals in CrossFit?
“My main training goal is to be better than yesterday, to improve on weaknesses, learn from others and keep working out until I go out! As a coach, it’s just an honour to be working with people, helping them and watching them get better at what they’re doing.”
Tell us about your career in the navy and what brought you to Scotland…
“The navy brought me kicking and screaming to Scotland in late ’93, but I loved it. I’ve been sent away a few times, but like that bad penny, I kept coming back. I joined the navy in 1986 as a radio operator and was on my first ship the following year, HMS Boxer. And what a great ship she was!
“I did my Royal Navy physical trainer course in 1990 – it’s the 25th reunion this year in Portsmouth, ouch! After that it was lots of trips to the Middle East and Northern Ireland, among other places. Major highlights included three rugby tours to the Dubai 7s, 16 seasons of field gun, and meeting my rock Lileen at Faslane.”
So, what is CrossFit Kids about? Are there any upcoming changes in the programme?
“It’s all about life really. It teaches the youngsters things like focus (some of the boys struggle with this) discipline, work ethic, movement, nutrition and most of all FUN. I want kids to be the best they can be, that’s not just about sport and fitness but anything and I believe the stuff we do at CrossFit kids will ingrain this .
“Last year was all about getting the basics right, now we are bringing in the lifts and some benchmarks. We’re also doing lots of stuff on the rig and rings. We have been smashing skin the cats, dips and pull-ups. I may have a couple of guys nailing muscle-ups this year – a few of the little guys are coming after the adults!
“In fact let’s have kids versus adults throw down… Watch out big guys, my wee ones a have a strange angry mental toughness. Anyway team, thanks for listening to my ramble and most of all thanks for being my CrossFit buddies.”