Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Angelo Flammia - Owner/Head Coach

Angelo was Physical training Instructor (PTI) in the Royal Air Force for 8 years where he was working on improving the fitness of basic trainees and preparing soldiers for deployment. A fully qualified Level 3 personal trainer with an NVQ Level 3 in Exercise and Physiology, fitness has always been a big part of his life. A very keen rugby player, he competed at a semi professional level for many years and represented the Royal Air Force and Combined Services in both rugby union and rugby league. He was also selected to represent Great Britain in the Defence Forces Rugby League World Cup in 2008 and was part of the winning team.

Angelo left the military and hung up his boots to pursue his passion of owning his own CrossFit Gym in 2011. As well as coaching he does a lot of programming work for the competitors at the gym. As a competitive Athlete himself he takes great pride in ensuring his Athletes are doing everything they can to achieve their goals. Angelo would like to get CrossFit Team GB to regionals and ensure they maintain their reputation as the Fittest Gym in Bristol.

He is very passionate about his own training and particularly enjoys Olympic Weightlifting and Strength training. He trains 6 times a week and likes to ensure he gets a good mix of CrossFit, Weightlifting, Gymnastics and Conditioning in his program. He has competed in both CrossFit and Strongman and completed numerous challenging events ranging from a Half Marathon Run to a Marathon Row. He will continue to train hard and work towards his main goal of ensuring CrossFit GB continue to grow and remain the fittest and most successful gym in Bristol.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • BWLA Level 1 Coach
  • BWLA Level 2 Coach
  • Personal Trainer Award (PTA) Level 3
  • NVQ Level 3 in Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Joel Jamieson Certified Conditioning Coach
  • Kettlebell Level 1 Trainer
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Chris Jillard - Coach

Chris has been involved in sport all his life, playing both football and rugby, with injury the reason why he first joined a gym at the age of 15.

Fast forward to 2012 where Chris joined CrossFit Bath, and he never looked back. Moving over to CrossFit GB in 2015 Chris represented the gym in numerous competitions one of which he won along side our other coach Connie back in 2017.

In more recent years his training has shifted in favour of training for longevity, with a big emphasis on quality movement, developing overall strength and progressing/regressing body weight exercises as-well as learning different methods of training to help him become a better athlete and a better coach.

Chris has a passion for fitness and helping others achieve their fitness goals, whatever they may be.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • BWLA Level 1 Trainer
  • Personal Trainer
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Connie Short - Coach

Connie's sport before joining CrossFit GB was football. After a good 15 years of playing at a number of clubs and semi professional at one stage Connie has (for now) hung up her boots after finding her love for CrossFit.

For the last 10 years she has also had another coaching career as a swimming teacher. Connie enjoys seeing the progress in the children and adults that she coaches. She is a good communicator with children and teens and is enjoying working as the head coach for our Teens programme.

One for always looking to better herself, Connie will be looking to further her knowledge in 2020 by attending a British weightlifting level 1 course.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • L2 Fitness Instructor
  • Diploma In Sports Coaching
  • Level 2 Swim Coach
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Sarah Ashby (Membership Manager)

Sarah has been a long-standing member at CrossFit GB since 2011 and has since completed her CrossFit Level 1 as well as Level 1: British Weightlifting Assistant Club Coach. Since 2010, Sarah is also a Level 3 personal trainer and spinning instructor in her "spare time" outside of her office job.

As our Memberships and Enquiries Manager, Sarah will often be the person you have first contact with. You'll find her at the end of the emails, or in the gym lifting heavy(ish) weights! Whether you've done CrossFit before or not, Sarah really enjoys helping new people try out GB for the first time and getting them signed up for sessions, so please do drop her an email to get started (

Sarah says: "CrossFit is for everyone. Whatever your fitness level, age or background, we all need to be able to move functionally and CrossFit does exactly that! It helps you to move better, get fit and be part of a great community."

Sarah has a crazy trainer obsession, as well as a passion for cycling, yoga and all things food!