Joe Pearson

Head Coach

Joe is our Head Coach at Wandsworth and brings a wealth of experience to the Team having worked in the CrossFit world for over a decade.

Joe joined us in December 2019 after moving back from Dubai where he had been coaching for years. Joe is also a member of the CrossFit Seminar Staff and has travelled the world teaching CrossFit Level 1 seminars to people.

On top of this, Joe has his CF L3, CF Gymnastics, CF Olympic Weightlifting and CF Kids qualifications. Joe talks extremely passionately about health, fitness and nutrition and the role it plays in positively impacting people's lives.

Simon Walter


Simon is a Coach at Wandsworth and has been coaching CrossFit in both the UK and USA since 2011. He has a background in gymnastics and competed in rowing and swimming through school and college. He is a CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Gymnastics and Concept 2 certified trainer. Simon says CrossFit has allowed him to improve and maintain his fitness and health holistically and allows for further longevity.

In his own time, he loves to tackle ‘Cindy’, ‘The Chief’ and ‘Fight Gone Bad’ – just don’t ask him to do any thrusters! Simon takes huge pride in his coaching journey, and how it can help and benefit others. His personal achievements revolve mostly around the positive journeys of others and helping them become active, mobile and gain confidence in themselves. Michael Jordan, Gary Lineker, and Steve Redgrave make up his list of idols and he calls himself lucky to be a part of such a diverse, accepting and supportive cities in the world – London.


CF-L2, CF Gymnastics, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, BSc Sport Science, MSc, NASM Certified Nutrition Coach

James Vernau

Coach & Head of Programming

Coach James is also our Head of Programming and is known by some as ‘The Professor’ – for his meticulous planning and never-ending list of qualifications! James has an extensive background in sports, he used to compete on the track before getting into CrossFit whilst working in Australia. He competed and started coaching at this time, and with a Masters in Strength and Conditioning he has a lot of knowledge to share - his achievements in education are definitely worth talking to him about!

James loves a gassy, long chipper WOD that he can get stuck into – usually without breaking a sweat – and he dedicates his commitment to the industry to his parents, for teaching him about work, life and determination. James loves London, despite the questionable weather, and will tell anyone who listens how huge the benefits a CrossFit community can have on people are!


MSc Strength and Conditioning, BSc Sports Science & Performance, CF-L1, BWL, EXOS XPS, Sports Massage L3