The Story Of
Two Tails CrossFit...
Two Tails CrossFit is a fresh new gym in Wickford, Essex. We offer much more than a bog-standard gym membership to those who are serious about getting in shape and live in Basildon, Rayleigh, Billericay, Thurrock, South Woodham Ferrers, Benfleet, Canvey Island or surrounding areas.
Here's the story behind the name, from our founder Dean:
In 2004, an 8-week-old Albert entered my life, and two years later, he was joined by little Jimmy.
Albert was a constant ball of energy who loved to run, jump and play endlessly, and Jimmy loved trying to keep up with him. Despite Albert lacking opposable thumbs, he was an avid weightlifter… Just kidding! But he did often pull a muscle or more as a result of over-exuberance! Jimmy, on the other hand, was the chalk to Albert's cheese, and could best be described as a nap enthusiast!
Over the years, Albert and Jimmy became my best pals and true sidekicks, until just before Albert's 15th birthday, when a routine check-up showed that - despite otherwise good health - his liver was failing him. Tragically, it was a battle he wasn’t going to win, so in June 2019, we went for our final walk in his favourite park.
The phrase 'a dog with two tails' nods to the belief that a wagging tail is a sign of pure happiness and pleasure - and that's what Albert brought to my life, and those who knew him.
I wanted his legacy to live on, and what better way to remember my best pal than by naming this gym after him and his best mate, Jimmy! So, in their honour, Two Tails CrossFit was born – here’s to you both!
Hi, I’m Dean…
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
I’ve been a keen sportsman most of my life and developed a passion for strength-training and fitness at around 17. Since discovering CrossFit in 2013, I honed my skills and began to compete in individual, masters, pairs and team competitions, including Raising The Bar, Strength In Depth, The Glasgow Classic, Turf Games and The British Rowing Indoor Championships – where I have taken Bronze and Silver medals. I've been coaching CrossFit in Essex for over 10 years and love what I do!