About us


HangStrong has developed gymnastics workshops and training programs based on a wealth of experience and knowledge. Our Coaches include world class gymnasts and CrossFit® trainers. Our combined knowledge and testing has resulted in a complete and proven training method to improve functional gymnastics movements. We regularly run workshops in gyms across Australia and New Zealand.

Head Coach

Sam Thackway is the Owner and Head Coach of HangStrong Gymnastics. He has been involved within Gymnastics for over 22 years, competing at National and International levels for Great Britain.

Sam has coached athletes to the Commonwealth Games and Junior Olympics. Following his retirement from the sport in late 2010, he began sharing his gymnastics knowledge with CrossFit athletes. He is a registered Gymnastics coach and brings unique training techniques and progressions to the team.

Sam believes every athlete is different and capable of all gymnastics elements. His workshops and classes incorporate training for both adults and children of all abilities and goals, whether it be for recreational style fitness, competition or maintenance of elite level athletes.

Sam competed in the first season of Australia Ninja Warrior in 2017 and has plans for an epic comeback in season 2. He loves encouraging people to try new things and push boundaries to achieve personal breakthroughs.


  • Crossfit level 1
  • Advanced silver gymnastics coach
  • Crossfit judge
  • Blue card
  • First aid

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