We are able to do this by ensuring all staff are well trained, supported and have a passion for coaching.
The Coaching team has over 15 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry and thousands of coaching hours working with all walks of life.
Whatever your goals are and whatever support you feel you need we will have you covered. We have lost people countless Kilos, gained massive amounts of strength and power, improved performance from grandparents to elite athletes, reduced or removed pain from joints and cleared up the often-blurry guides to a healthy and sustainable life.
Nathan (Badger) Atkins
Director, Head Coach, Cleaner
Nathan (Badger) Atkins has been passionate about fitness and exercise as far back as he can remember. He grew up a competitive middle-distance runner and played every sport he came across. Realizing that a base in strength and conditioning made a drastic improvement on his sport performance he took up the GYM at the age of 16. He went on to represent Canterbury (U21s) in Touch Rugby and compete in body building, shortly after he left New Zealand. He spent the next 10 years in South Korea and spent most of that time working/managing CrossFit GYMs. And was lucky enough to compete at the Asia Regionals. He has amassed a great knowledge by traveling Asia, America and having some of the best coaches from Europe visit Korea.
Having a Mother who battled with Diabetes and eventually losing her to Cancer in early 2018 has made Nathan even more dedicated to his cause of improving the health and lifestyle of anyone he is lucky enough to cross paths with.
Kyra grew up in rural South Canterbury and spent most of her childhood trying to keep up with her older brother. She played soccer, netball, tennis, and excelled in athletics (sprinting and triple-jump at South Island level) during school, though ultimately ended up pursuing classical ballet and contemporary dance from the age of 6 - 21. A highlight of her dancing career was having the opportunity to dance and compete at gala shows over in Prague, as well as take classes from world renown teachers from London, Germany, and America. After retiring she spent several years without exercise in a sedentary 9-5 lifestyle, however realized that this was neither sustainable or enjoyable. She walked into the CrossFit gym in early 2018 and not only found the challenge, community, and enjoyment from the wide range of movement, but loved watching other people progress and improve their capabilities. She completed the Badger Coaching Apprenticeship in 2019 and loves helping people realize their strength and push their boundaries. Favourite CrossFit movement? Olympic lifting and wall balls.
After graduating from the University of South Carolina in the summer of 2009, Taylor immediately began to pursue his career in Strength and Conditioning. Taylor moved out to the west coast to join the Strength Staff at Oregon State University as an Intern working with mainly the Football, Women's Volleyball, and Soccer teams. A year later, Taylor moved on to a Graduate Assistant Strength position on the staff at Washington State University where his responsibilities were centered around the "Olympic Sports" teams for both men and women.
In the Fall of 2011, Taylor took a trip to Seoul, South Korea . It is here where Taylor was introduced to CrossFit and began participating in "The Sport of Fitness."
Now, after more than 10 years of coaching and competing around the world, Taylor and his Family have decided to make their home in New Zealand and Badger Health and Fitness.
Taylor has developed his coaching style over nearly 10 years of experience. He has worked under some of the most respected and absolute best Strength and Conditioning experts in the U.S. as well as many renowned CrossFit Coaches from around the globe. Drawing on his knowledge and own experiences as an athlete, Taylor can create, implement and adapt programs allowing his clients and athletes to reach their fullest potential! His passion is fitness and helping those around him to attain their fitness goals and more!
The Ideal Badger Health & Fitness | CrossFit X-Force member has true desire and drive to change their life. Wants to be a part of a community of people who create a supportive, enjoyable and safe environment. Understands that failing whether it be a lift, your diet, the number of visits or even due to injury, is a part of the journey. Is open to feedback and is honest when self-evaluating. Treats our staff with respect. Understands that the coaches’ job is to correct form for your safety and efficacy this may result in frustration on both sides, don’t give up because neither will we.