Earsfield man wins second place in global fitness competition

An Earlsfield gym owner came second in the world in CrossFit games.

George Simonds-Gooding, the owner of Parkside Gym on Knaresborough Drive, traveled to Wisconsin, United States, last week to compete in the international fitness championships.

After three days of fierce competition, the 45-year-old placed second at the 2021 CrossFit games in the neuromuscular division.

Mr Simonds-Gooding on the CrossFit Games podium

Mr. Simonds-Gooding has Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT), a rare and progressive disease that damages peripheral nerves.

Still, he completed six sets of extreme physical activity, which included running, rope climbs, and weights.

Mr Simonds-Gooding said victory “was life changing”

“To be second was absolutely amazing – very empowering.

“It’s not about the condition, but about pushing as hard as possible within your limits,” he said.

The 45-year-old opened his Earsfield gymnasium in 2019, a “difficult” time to develop a new business during the pandemic.

Wandsworth Times: Mr. Simonds-Gooding in his gym in Earlsfield Mr. Simonds-Gooding in his gymnasium in Earlsfield

The space specializes in CrossFit – a branded fitness program that involves strength conditioning.

Mr. Simonds-Gooding trained in his gym on just four weeks notice that he would be competing in the 2021 Crossfit games from July 27 to August 1.

However, he said the challenge gave him a “good understanding” of what was possible to get ahead in life.

Parkside Gym – 36 Knaresborough Dr, London SW18 4GU


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