Meet the Team

Meet the team who will help you achieve your fitness goals

Neil Cockfield (Head Coach)

Neil Cockfield Snatch

Neil served 13 and a half years in the army. During this time he played rugby to a good standard and started to enjoy the programming side of different sports and was lucky enough to work with some talented strength and conditioning coaches. This became a passion in Neil’s life which inspired his next steps to leaving the army and gain some qualifications in an industry he is passionate about.

He has a PT level 3 qualification and is currently working towards a British weightlifting Level 1 qualification, competed in weightlifting and high intensity events and will hopefully continue to compete alongside some of our members. He has attended seminars hosted by some of the best athletes in the world and lucky enough to be coached by some of the best coaches in the north east.

He aims to offer a service that is progressive and structured and achievable by all age and abilities as it can be tailored to suit the individuals ability and believes in having fun in the process and making exercise something to look forward to and a part of every day life.

In Neil’s down time he enjoy’s music, the outdoors and exploring with his partner and two pugs who are the fittest in the north east! Also a pint or two as life is for living!


Claire Poole (Coach)

Claire was your average gym goer throughout the majority of her twenties. She enjoyed exercise and joined various classes but never saw any results at all.

Once Claire’s daughters, Anna and Natasha, arrived, her mindset changed and she was determined to get in shape for them. She got more and more into weight training and realised this was where the results happened. When Claire discovered Functional Fitness in 2015, there was no looking back. It ticked all the boxes: fitness, strength and the challenge to constantly developing new skills. In 2017, Claire gained her CF-L1 qualification and coaches several classes a week at Blyth Barbells and Fitness.

Claire is particularly passionate about welcoming new members into the gym; teaching them new skills and watching them develop into really strong, well moving people entering competitions. Similarly, the Kids’ classes are a real enthusiasm. Watching them grow and change week on week is amazing.

When not at Blyth Barbells and Fitness, Claire can be found teaching swimming to children and infants and spending time with her own daughters, Anna and Natasha.