Published:
12:04 23 May 2022



A gym in Welwyn Garden City has raised over £1,000 to support Ukraine after pitting members against each other in a grueling fitness challenge.

The Swallow Lane training area saw CrossFit members come together on Saturday, May 14, spending the morning testing their fitness and raising funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s humanitarian appeal for Ukraine.

Twenty-four teams of two were subjected to three grueling fitness workouts that tested strength, cardiovascular endurance, power and calisthenics.

The top three men’s and women’s teams competed in a final workout that included assault bikes, front squats, pull-ups and thrusters.


Members raised over £1,000 to support the Disaster Emergency Committee’s humanitarian appeal for Ukraine.
– Credit: The Training Area

“Holding events like this creates such a great atmosphere for people to thrive and do things they never imagined they could do,” said Alex Clementson, co-owner of The Training Zone.

“The teams were so supportive of each other and it was amazing to see. The day brought our wonderful, growing community together, and doing everything for a great cause was something for everyone.

“Having only been open for four months, being able to host a day like this for our members has been an amazing experience, and the community we’ve created provides a great platform to give back and raise awareness for charitable causes,” added the co-owner Matt Clementson.

“We can’t wait for the next competition towards the end of the year.”

The training area is run by Hertfordshire-born brother Clementson, who opened the gymnasium near the former Shredded Wheat factory four months ago.

The gym offers a range of classes, with Matt keen to help people achieve their fitness goals.

“As experienced trainers locally and elsewhere, we are committed to training people in our community gym to achieve their fitness goals in 2022,” he told the Welwyn Hatfield Times in January.

“The Training Zone offers a range of classes using a variety of functional bodyweight equipment and movements and includes TTZ CrossFit, high-intensity interval training and bootcamps and more.

“We want to be a friendly hub for physical and mental self-improvement.”

To donate to The Training Zone fundraiser in Ukraine, Click here