The three key principles of coaching


We have had years of experience of training and coaching a wide range of people, from beginners just starting their journey into fitness, to more experienced athletes looking for that final piece of the puzzle to give them the edge in competitions and their chosen sport. 

Throughout our experience, we have learned three key principles: First, quality of movement and coaching are imperative and should be at the core of every good CrossFit box. They should be sought after tirelessly. Second, your development as a coach and an athlete never ends and you should continue learning from as many different sources as possible. Finally, the only thing that comes close to the importance of quality movement is the importance of having fun and enjoying your training.

Our goal as coaches is to instil these principles in our athletes. 


Your Coaches


Maria Morton

Head Coach & Co-Owner

For as long as she can remember, Maria attended circuit classes at least 4 times a week, but never felt like she was making any progress. Introduced to CrossFit in 2012, she finally found the missing element: she started training to be strong and healthy, as opposed to training to ‘look good’. In 2013, Maria left her office job behind and became a full-time CrossFit Coach and Personal Trainer.

Maria is a registered CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Trainer, and has her Level 1 Award in Coaching Weightlifting from the British Weightlifting Association. She has also attended the CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Gymnastics and CrossFit Endurance Running seminars. She has had coaching experience at three boxes in London and learned a great deal from these experiences. Maria has competed in CrossFit competitions around Europe.

E-mail Maria your questions:

Phil Morton

Head Coach & Co-Owner


Phil started CrossFit in 2009, coming from a background of athletics and endurance sports, at the slight weight of 59 kg. Hard work and dedication have brought him where he is today. Phil is a Level 1 and Level 2 CrossFit Coach and co-owner of a further CrossFit box in London. Phil started coaching in 2010 and holds a Bsc Human Biology and a Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy.

Phil has also completed 3D Maps Movement Analysis & Performance System certification (Gray Institute) as well as attending a number of CrossFit seminars  (Mobility, Endurance Running, Football, CrossFit Kids, Olympic Lifting & CrossFit Competitors Course). He is also a certified Bioforce Conditioning Coach and has completed the Gym Jones Level 1 Trainer Course.

He also enjoys coaching competitive athletes, rock climbing, playing football and cheering on / shouting profanities at Manchester United.

E-mail Phil your questions:

Graeme booth

part-time coach

The most Zen coach of the CrossFit 1864 team, Graeme (known as 'Whizz' by our members) enjoys walks on the beach, climbing hills and watching the sunset as well as physical challenges like London to Paris bike rides! Always up for exploring new ideas as well as places, he seeks to build on new experiences from other boxes during his travels. 

Introduced to CrossFit in 2013, Graeme has found a keen interest in improving movement, and the body's ability to deal with a wide range of daily tasks, both in and out of the gym.

Graeme is a registered CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has also attended the CrossFit Mobility seminar.

Josh salthouse

part-time coach

Throughout school, Josh (known as 'Salt' by our members) was always involved in team sports, such as Rugby, Cricket and Rowing. However, entering the world of work left him unable to commit to team training schedules, and he could no longer face his morning meetings with black eyes from 80 minutes on the rugby pitch.

After a year of aimlessly messing about in the gym, he started CrossFit in September 2014 at Tyneside and has never looked back.

Josh started coaching because he loves the community at CrossFit 1864. In all of his classes, he strives to create an environment that fosters a positive mindset and inspires everyone to push beyond what they previously believed was the limit of their ability.

Josh is a registered CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, as well as a keen skier, who enjoys taking part in endurance challenges, from distance running events, to triathlons.