What we do

We use an adapted CrossFit programme of high intensity exercise combined with education, mentoring and peer support to achieve total wellness – physically, emotionally and socially.

 
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Why crossfit?

CrossFit is a way of life

CrossFit is unlike anything else for people wanting to overcome addiction issues, those with negative patterns of behaviour and those that want to change their lifestyle. It's gaining momentum in the US and we've brought it to the UK — to keep people off drugs, off alcohol, out of prison, for good... and to prevent people from entering this vicious cycle.

 
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Purpose

CrossFit provides a new positive focus. It sets measurable goals and people can visibly see their progress. Especially for those in rehab, in prison, in transition, or those at risk.

 
 
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Community

CrossFit creates a new community that is safe encouraging and accepting. It's not like going to a gym where you don't have to talk or even look at anyone, CrossFit training is a team effort.

 
 
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Health

Rebuilding health and creating respect for your body and what it needs is critical to a good recovery. Balance of mind, body, and spirit leads to success in recovery and behaviour change.

 
 
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Dedication

Much like any behaviour change process, CrossFit requires dedication and perseverance. Week after week, people find that they can handle more than they ever thought they could.

 
 
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Opportunity

The sense of achievement through CrossFit is phenomenal and allows people to see their own potential. This opens up new opportunities: new friendships, new hobbies, new jobs.

 
 
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Identity

It is so easy to attach a label to someone, limiting their self-belief and potential. Addict. Offender. Hopeless. CrossFit helps produce a new identity away from these labels. Strong. Fit. Healthy. Determined. Committed. Athlete.

 
 
 
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High on life

High intensity exercise triggers positive chemicals like serotonin. Releasing those chemicals through exercise makes people less likely to seek the chemical highs through drug use or other forms of risk taking behaviour.

 
 
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The 180 Project puts the CrossFit philosophy at its core.

We combine CrossFit with education, mentoring and peer support to achieve total wellness – physically, emotionally and socially.

 
 
 
The 180 Project has given me an interest and taught me how to live healthily. I would have really struggled to stay clean and out of trouble without them.
— Joe · 180 Athlete
 
 
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What we offer

Today’s addicts. Tomorrow’s athletes.

We have a range of options available dependent upon your individual needs.

 
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Prisons / Residential rehabilitation centres

180 comes to you!

We design and deliver an in-house 180 programme, tailored specifically for you so that we can contribute to your intended service outcomes.

 

What we offer

  • CrossFit programmes weekly/daily, depending on what you need

  • A CrossFit community within your residential setting

  • Strength and conditioning training

  • Healthy eating and nutrition advice

  • Motivational talks and workshops to inspire and give hope to residents

  • A pathway to support people when transitioning back into the community

 

Cost

We continue to apply for funding so that we can subsidise this offer. Free programmes are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

If we need to charge, this will be costed based on your requirements.

 
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Second, third stage residential rehab

Supported housing

Community services

You come to the 180 gym!

Send a group of your residents to the 180 gym. The programme will be tailored specifically for you so we reflect your service delivery model and your intended service outcomes. The CrossFit sessions will be closed so your residents can progress through the programme together and safely.

 

What we offer

  • Six week CrossFit programmes on a rolling basis

  • Training and support around healthy eating and nutrition

  • Celebration / graduation event

  • Motivational talks and workshops to inspire and give hope

  • Access to community recovery groups

  • Links to local jobs and volunteering

 

Cost

We continue to apply for funding so that we can subsidise this offer. Free programmes are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

If we need to charge, this will be costed based on your requirements.

 
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Individuals living independently in the community

Become a regular member of the 180 community!

 

We can offer

  • Access to daily and weekly CrossFit sessions

  • Training and support around healthy eating and nutrition

  • Team competitions

  • Peer support and mentoring

  • Motivational talks and workshops to inspire and give hope

  • Access to community recovery groups

  • Links to local jobs and volunteering

 

Cost

Completely free!

 
 
 
The bottom line is that The 180 Project has kept people from slipping back into a life of drugs and crime.
— Robin · Prison worker
 
 
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Why choose us?

Combining our professional and personal experiences

The idea for The 180 Project came from a few individuals who attended CrossFit and who worked in the fields of substance misuse, the national health service, the criminal justice system and people in recovery from substance misuse issues.

We identified that an adapted CrossFit programme had the ability to give focus and hope to offenders in the system and those recovering from addiction. We formed The 180 Project volunteer team combining our professional and personal experiences, including a Head Coach who is a leader in the field of CrossFit training.

 

How do we know it works?

We've already run pilots for ex-offenders in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. We have evidence that this works.

We take a whole person approach and aim to positively impact an individual – physically, emotionally and socially.

Athletes are asked to complete a series of questionnaires to measure psychological impact (self-confidence, levels of optimism, coping capabilities) and social impact through the five ways to well-being:

  1. Be active. I am interested in keeping physically well and active.

  2. Connection. I feel comfortable and confident to talk to people, and feel part of a community that cares about me.

  3. Take notice. I have a thirst to know more and learn new things to 'Be the best me' and to apply these for the future.

  4. Keep learning. I am interested how I can eat well and maintain a healthy diet.

  5. Give. I am interested in supporting others to do well.