Paul Karl The Coaches CrossFit Choice

The CrossFit Choice Coaches

Paul Ormston

Karl Thorpe

Paul Coach CrossFit Choice Gym

Paul Ormston

Paul has been a PT for over 14 years. Throughout Paul’s career to date, he has worked with high-performance athletes, military recruits, as well as coaching both in civilian gyms and online, working with people from a wide range of backgrounds successfully providing results to lose weight, build strength and feel more confident in and out of their clothes!

He is a Level 3 CrossFit Coach, with a passion for continuous professional development in order to offer the best possible service to his clients and members. He is passionate about people, coaching, and the development of self and others. With an athlete centred approach, he now continues his coaching journey with Karl at their gym, CrossFit Choice; where he hopes to excite, educate, and inspire the people of Portsmouth to achieve success, in whatever form success may look like to them. Their sole mission at CrossFit Choice is to coach people to move well, move often, and move with purpose; empowering them with the capacity to lead a lifestyle they desire outside of the gym.

An all-around sportsman who specialises in contact sports, Judo, Rugby & Boxing. Having been crowned UK Armed Forces Elite Boxing Champion 4 Times and a previous Senior England International Boxer.

3 things you can expect when you attend a class with Paul:

1). Banging music and a loud voice.
2). A fun and positive coaching environment.
3). A gentle push outside of your comfort zone delivered with care & compassion…. But mostly sarcasm, dry wit and humour.

Qualifications: MSc High Performance Coaching – Student, L5 Coaching & Mentoring, L4 Qualification in Strength and Conditioning , Level 3 CrossFit Coach (CCFT), L3 Boxing Coach, L3 Personal Trainer, L2 British Weight Lifting Coach, CrossFit Kids Qualification

Karl Coach CrossFit Choice Gym

Karl Thorpe

Karl has over 19 years of experience within the Royal Navy (RN), 16 of those as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has been responsible for the delivery of PT across a wide spectrum; ranging from basic recruit training, high performance athletes; both inside and outside the military through to front line operations.

He was appointed the Head Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Coach for the Royal Navy Rugby Union (RNRU) during 2013 – 2018, before assuming the role as the Performance Director between 2016 – 2018. Due to his success with the RNRU he was appointed Head S&C Coach for Malta RFU between 2014 – 2017.

He was hand-picked to become an instructor at the RN School of Physical Training (RNSPT). Where the sole purpose was to inspire, lead and teach the future generation of physical trainers. It was during this time where both Karl and Paul started out on a journey which would lead them to where they are today; delivering and prescribing exercise to the wider footprint outside the boundaries of the military. Firstly, Fortitude South Coast (FSC) was born in 2020 before CrossFit Choice took the reins in 2022.

Karl’s background was predominantly football, where he played county level for Northumberland. In 2011 he was introduced to CrossFit and was privileged to represent Team UK at two consecutive CrossFit Regional Events in 2012 and 2013. Throughout the period of 2012 – 2020, he competed in 4 x Armed Forces Competitions where he never finished lower than second, taking home 3 x first place finishes. He first undertook his CF Lv-1 in 2014, he then developed and coached in the first RN CF Affiliate (CF Trafalgar) as a coach. He has coached in multiple CF affiliates and worked with CF athletes globally helping them to lead a life they desire to lead through their ‘fitness’.

Qualifications: BSc Hons S&C, CCFT (CF-L3), CF Kids Coach, L5 Coaching & Mentoring, BWLA L2, L3 Personal Trainer