The Boss – Arend Wissing

Arend has been working in the fitness industry for over 15 years, finding CrossFit in 2009 and has never been able to shake the bug since. In January 2016 he opened CrossFit Dawn in the heart of Forest Gate, East London, with the aim to create a positive impact within the local community. Arend’s main focus has been to create a box for anyone and everyone, across all ages and abilities. When he isn’t seen coaching at the box, he can be found chasing around his twin boys, or lighting up one of his world famous BBQs.



  •  CrossFit trainer Level 2
  •  British Weight lifting Level 1 Coach
  •  Level 3 Personal Trainer
  •  Primal Food Coach & Qualified Trainer
  •  Olympic Lifting Level 1
  •  Crossfit Strongman qualification

Head Coach Dan Showkum

Dan Showkum started CrossFit in 2014. He found it by accident when a friend asked him to do a thruster and Burpee workout with him in a random carpark as there were no CrossFit Boxes in his town. It hurt a lot, but it started a fire within him and he knew this was something special. He did his L1 in Melbourne Australia 6 months later whilst travelling. He came home and started his journey.
He has CFL3 and works on CrossFit Level 1 Seminar team. His passion is to help everyone to reach their potential. He truly believes CrossFit is for everyone.



  • CrossFit Seminar Staff Trainer
  • Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3)
  • Kids Trainer
  • Adaptive Certificate
  • Gymnastics Certificate
  • Mobility Certificate
  • Nutrition I Certificate
  • Running Certificate
  • Strongman Certificate
  • Roc Doc L1&2

Coach Ian French

Ian French started his CrossFit journey in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the process, learning new skills, and meeting like-minded people. Through CrossFit, he found his love for weightlifting and during the lockdown Ian decided to change his life and turn his passion into a career, completing his BWL Level 1 and 2 and CrossFit Level 1 and 2. He started coaching in early 2021 and has really enjoyed watching members progress through their journey as well as his own coaching journey.



  • Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3)
  • British Weight lifting Level 2
  • Strength & Conditioning Level 4

Coach Klaudia Bobynko (Gym Manager)

Originally from Poland, Klaudia grew up trying all the sports she could get into, falling in love mostly with snowboarding and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After moving to London and being tired of just a regular gym she joined CrossFit Dawn in 2018 and never left. Making CrossFit her main passion she decided to become a coach 4 years later and she is now enjoying even more time at the box. You will know it’s her coaching by hearing all kinds of rock and metal music in her classes. 

Apart from Coaching she does all kinds of Admin duties, fulfilling her Gym Manager role.



  • CrossFit Trainer Level 1
  • Sports Massage Therapy Level 3

Coach Laura Bray

Laura joined CrossFit Dawn in 2018 after moving to London. Feeling like something was missing from her training, she decided to try something different. Her love for CrossFit was instant and she took the plunge to explore this passion further and joined the CrossFit Dawn Internship programme. Under Head Coach James and Arend’s guidance, she has developed her knowledge and coaching experience and became a CrossFit Level 1 trainer in September 2022.

The beauty of CrossFit is in the journey – there’s always something new to learn and improve on and Laura is excited to help support our members along the way.



  •  CrossFit Trainer Level 1
  •  Level 4 Personal Trainer
  •  FETAC Level 5 Nutrition

Coach Andrew Stemler

Andrew has over 25 years of training experience in the fitness industry. He has been around the block so many times that he knows what works and what is nonsense. To become genuinely fit you need to build a skill set.

For over 20 years Andrew taught and coached “basic fitness”, boxing, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics and postural/therapeutic training.

Teaching is his passion. Whilst he has all the normal fitness “instructor” qualifications, he also has proper adult teaching qualifications, including Level 5 qualification in English as a foreign language and he teaches regular public classes and events.



  •  CrossFit Level 1 ( Since 2005 )
  •  CrossFit Certificaiton in Gymnastics, Rowing, Running, Enduracne, and Olympic Wieightlifting
  • BWL Olympic Instructor.
  • Level 5 Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist (With Rock Doc and Medical Acupuncture Status)
  • Handfuls Of Martial Arts, Boxing and Fitness Instructor Qualifications Including GP Referral.
  •  ASA Swimming Instructor
  • First Aider at work, Advanced First Aider and Ambulance Care Assistant Qualifications

Chartered Physiotherapist Mihai Albata

Mihai graduated from BSC Physiotherapy in 2010 and MSC Motor and Somato Functional Recovery- Rehabilitation in 2014. He also completed his foundation training with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine in London.

He has gained an extensive variety of work experience related to sports therapy, orthopaedics rotational physiotherapy in the National Health Trust and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in the private sector which has given him a variety of skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people. These skills help him to deliver expert assessment and treatment and help to design individualised health programs.

Mihai led a very active lifestyle since a very young age and enjoys playing professional Handball in Romania (gold and silver medals). He became interested in Physiotherapy after his knee injury and wanted to help others who need rehabilitation to return to their sports activities and give them relief from pain.