Owner / Head Coach
Meet the Brit! Transplanted from the UK to the USA, Sham has been a strength & conditioning coach and trainer for over a decade. Aside from years dedicated to Crossfit, he has more qualifications than we have time to list here. He has coached individual competitors for disciplines as varied as marathon runners to javelin throwers. He has helped develop winning teams and has worked with the British military.
He’s afraid of crocodiles and doesn’t like oysters or clown shoes.
Brandon has been Doing Crossfit for 3 years now and got his Level 1 certification 2 years ago. He’s been a part of the Brit crew ever since! Gymnastic movements got him hooked on Crossfit, but it’s the Challenge of the Olympic lifts that keeps him humbled. He loves being part of this great community of people from all walks of life. Being a witness to the power of Crossfit and how it transforms people’s lives for him is a true blessing. From watching athletes fight through every WOD, all the way to seeing them get hit new PRs, it is so rewarding as a coach. “Constantly varied” is the name of the game and at Crossfit Brit, and keeping the athletes healthy and focused on their goals is his top priority.
In Brandon’s own words, “I can truly say that Crossfit is more than a workout system. For me as a coach and athlete it has become a way of life. It has transformed my lifestyle, in terms of how I look at food and fitness and what it truly means to be healthy. A good reminder to myself when I may not hit my PR is that I’m in it for the long haul. I’m “training for life”!”
Travis just wanted to be able to carry groceries up his 13 stairs and not have his day ruined. He saw a rerun of 2011 crossfit games, thought those guys can probably carry groceries. Six months later he was enrolled in a class (using med balls to get his depth on squats). Six months after that he was following Sham around with his level 1 certificate (he had progressed from using the med ball depth gauge). Travis has been a coach at Brit for 2 years. He is goofy. He is silly. He is patient. He makes jokes while teaching, coaching… even keeping score, all to keep us laughing while learning. Once you stop laughing and follow his guidance, all of a sudden your shoulders are back and you’ve landed that squat clean or popped up the bar in that split jerk easier than you have all day.
Travis has mild trepidation about card games and an irrational fear of WODs that start with a Muscle-Up.
Nick Jeffers has experience as an Infantry Soldier in the United States Army where he has trained in hand to hand combat and extreme workouts in sub zero weather. He was deployed to Iraq from February 2004 through February 2005. He is a former baseball player who coached high school baseball to a top 5 team in the nation.
Nick’s passion is coaching. He says “I would rather see the members succeed and grow rather than myself.” Nick has been training at Crossfit Brit for the last year and, as a true member of the Brit crew, he is always willing to help anyone at anytime.
Brian is an Irvine native and started CrossFit in 2012. He was naturally drawn to CrossFit due to the constant challenges that it offers as an exercise methodology and the camaraderie among those in the community.
Brian has a strong competitive spirit, which drives him to continually work on his weaknesses (almost to an obsessive level). Under Coach Sham’s tutelage, Brian has participated in two Next Level Invitational (NLI) Division 2 competitions in which he placed 9th and 11th.
His enthusiasm for the Olympic lifts motivated him to attend the CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer Course. It should be no surprise then that Brian’s favorite lift is the snatch. A foodie at heart, what Brian doesn’t want you to know is that he does CrossFit so that he can eat In N’ Out and donuts on weekends.