A Different Kind of Programming

As an Ultra Athlete, no stone is left unturned when it comes to your training, recovery and lifestyle. You can choose from a range of programs including general strength and conditioning as well as sports-specific streams such as Olympic Lifting, Triathlon, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Gymnastics and more.  These programs have options designed for you to perform at your gym or at home.

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From a young age, James was extremely competitive. Starting as young as 5, James’ first endeavour into the sporting field was little athletics. From there, he found a love for Rugby Union, travelling interstate at 16 to compete in a high level and to ultimately work towards his goal of playing for Australia. To assist him with this, James found CrossFit.

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Over time, his accessory work in CrossFit took over and he found himself in the gym working new skills and trying to improve his benchmark scores more than he was on the rugby field. In 2012, James tried his luck at the CrossFit Open, placing 47th and earning himself a spot at the Australian CrossFit Regional Competition. Going in with no expectations and coming out with a 9th place, the hunger for CrossFit success began.

In 2013, James set up his affiliate, CrossFit Mode to help support his dreams of making the CrossFit Games. After placing 11th in 2013, 4th in 2014, 13th in 2015 – James finally made the CrossFit Games placing 2nd at regionals in 2016. in 2017, 2018 and 2019 he has placed 1st at the Regional/Sanctional events, earning him 4 consecutive years at the CrossFit Games. He has placed 26th, 27th and 17th respectively, and this season took out his best placing yet of 5th at the World CrossFit Games, earning himself the title of the 5th Fittest Man on Earth. 

Karl is a Certified Level 3 CrossFit Trainer and Owner of CrossFit CBD. Karl has an extensive competitive sporting background in Rugby Union. Playing as part of a team was all that he ever knew as was building a life around fitness. Karl discovered CrossFit midway through 2011 fully capturing his imagination and opening his eyes to a whole new realm of possibilities that could be achieved through the program.

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From here, Karl has made it his number one priority to become the best possible coach and programmer through his affiliate which is about to celebrate it’s 10th birthday and through countless academic achievements. To Karl, CrossFit is so much more than just a workout, it’s something far far bigger than that, it’s the camaraderie, the community, it’s the bonds & friendships you make with those in your community that make it all worthwhile. Karl is a firm believer that functional fitness is something that you can continue forever and takes pride in helping anyone and everyone (from all walks of life) include functional fitness in their lives to be the healthiest and most independent they can be. Karl is so excited to bring his programming expertise and knowledge to Ultra to continue to push the boundaries and build on its current foundations.

Karl’s Qualifications Include:

  • CrossFit Level 3 (CF-L3) Trainer
  • Cert III & IV in Fitness & Personal Training
  • AWF Level 1 & 2 club coach (Olympic Weightlifting)
  • CrossFit Specialty Courses: Weightlifting, Levels 1 & 2
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Masters Population
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Competitors Training
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Aerobic Capacity
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Endurance
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Conjugate (Powerlifting)
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Sports Specific Application (CF Football)
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Kids
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Strongman
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Movement & Mobility
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Programming
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Dumbbells
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Anatomy
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Running
  • Power Monkey Camp
  • Gymnastics movement course (NAKA Freestyle)

Ellie Salthouse is a professional triathlete from Brisbane, Australia. She shares her time living between Brisbane and her USA training base in Boulder, Colorado.

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Ellie has been racing professionally for 10 years and has multiple titles to her name, including; 2 x Youth Olympic Games silver medals, multiple Australian titles, 3 x Challenge half distance titles, 8 x Ironman 70.3 titles and two top 10 finishes at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Ellie’s ultimate dream is to become Ironman 70.3 World Champion. 

Ellie’s partnership with Ultra Athlete gives her a platform to share her extensive knowledge in triathlon and triathlon programming with others, in order to help them achieve their goals, regardless of their size.

Steph is a Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer and Head Coach at CrossFit CBD. After an extensive background and upbringing in Dance, Steph understands the value and importance of creating and investing in a community. 

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After starting CrossFit in 2013, it was clear that this was where she was going to find her new path in life. After completing her Level 1 certificate late in 2013, Steph made a commitment to further study to become the best possible coach for her athletes, ensuring that whomever crossed her path would be better off for it.

From here it became clear to her that there was a greater need within the community for functional fitness programming and coaching to be more readily/easily available, which is where her passion and commitment to providing the best possible standard of online programming begun. She believes firmly that it isn’t just about great coaching and programming, but that the need for a rock solid virtual community with access to engagement and advice is what can really set online fitness programs apart.

Steph’s Qualifications Include:

  • CrossFit Level 3 (CF-L3) Trainer
  • Nutrition Coach – The Method Now
  • Cert III & IV in Fitness & Personal Training
  • Level 1 Australian Weightlifting Federation Club Coach
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Kids
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Scaling
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Lesson Planning
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Anatomy
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Spot the Flaw
  • Gymnastics movement course (NAKA Freestyle)


What makes us unique in our field, is our heavy focus on structured ‘working in’ practises, also known as good-old-fashioned recovery. We believe the addition of this is what makes a more balanced athlete who remains less injured, has increased longevity in their chosen sport, and builds a better mental game.

​This is the system that James Newbury swears by, and has helped him become the athlete he is today.

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Choose Your Program

Choose the combination that works best for you.

There is no right or wrong way to use our programs. Some of our athletes subscribe to a single program, while others subscribe to a handful to give them variety on a daily basis. For more info on each of the programs including total duration, recommended ability levels and more, please see our FAQ

Functional Fit


Functional Fit is a gateway to improving your functional fitness. This program paves the way for you to learn and refine technical skills and movements such as muscle-ups, handstand walks and Olympic lifts, while improving overall fitness and helping you achieve better results at local competitions. You can expect to be pushed... but not to your breaking point. If you’re looking for a new challenge and aspire to climb the ranks at your local box, this program is for you.

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Functional Fit Pro


Functional Fit Pro is designed for the experienced athlete who can commit 3-4 hours to daily training, plus recovery 5-6 days a week and is competent with highly technical movements, including gymnastics and Olympic lifts. Pro Athletes will follow James Newbury’s training stratagem, with the aim of getting you to the podium.

On this program, you’ll learn to tap into your elite performance mindset. You can expect to enhance your range of skills, fine tune your existing skill set and hone in on your capacity across the ten modalities of fitness.

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OFFSITE Fit is your general physical preparedness program providing complete flexibility to get you fit within 1 hour a day no matter where you are or what equipment you have. This program allows you to choose a track that makes the most sense for your unique situation.
Following the same base workout of the day, you can decide to follow the BARE version (equipment free), the ESSENTIALS version (Dumbbells, Box and Rope), the COMPLETE version (full gym), the SANDBAG version or the SEED version (3 times a week for beginners).  The program will improve your overall fitness and strength in the comfort of your own home or home gym, while fitting in your busy schedule. If you’re wanting to get fit and stay healthy on your own terms, this program is for you.
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Written by professional Triathlete, Ellie Salthouse, our program will give you unwavering confidence in the water, boost your speed on the bike, and find rhythm in your running.


This is your ongoing prep program to get your fitness foundation sorted. This will ensure that whether you’re ready to take on a specialised program or whether you’re between races, you have a solid fitness and endurance base.

USD $10/week


This is an 8 week virtual coach in your pocket! Tried and tested programming that is *guaranteed* to get you ready to compete in your very first sprint distance triathlon with absolute confidence (and, if we’re being honest) it is only going to leave you wanting more.

USD $79


Your expert 12 week guide to smashing your next Olympic distance race. Ellie Salthouse will guide you day by day to ensure that you have all the skills, endurance and self-awareness to know exactly how to make the most of the distances in front of you. Whether you’re looking to enter a race seriously or you’re looking for ways to increase you’re overall endurance, stamina and confidence, this program is for you.

USD $119


This is your ultimate 20 week triathlon training program to ensure that you are 100% ready to tackle a half Ironman. This is definitely not a task you want to go into unprepared, so Ellie has done all the hard work to ensure that you know exactly what to do to come out the other side with absolute success!

USD $159



Follow Ultra Physique for the ultimate in aesthetics and bodybuilding. Our Physique programming is much more than daily dumbbells; expand your exercise knowledge base as you learn how to optimally train your body through progressive overload, killer supersets, drop sets, pyramids, eccentric-focused movement and more.

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Ultra Gymnastics is designed to develop all levels of gymnastics capabilities and capacity. From building blocks to final tweaks, whether you struggle to link pull-ups, get your toes to the bar or walk on your hands, this program is dedicated to refining some of the most technical movements. Ultra Gymnastics programs for three sessions per week varying from 20-30 minutes.

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A strong core is fundamental to carrying out many other movements well. Ultra’s targeted Core training program will strengthen your centre and set you up to perform at your best in any one of our other training streams. Ultra Core is designed to give you the best of both worlds; functional ability and enviable aesthetics! Learn fun and challenging new exercises, build your strength and get those washboard abs you’ve always wanted.

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Working In


Humans have an “optimal stress zone”. Too little stress won’t illicit any results; and too much can lead to chronic inflammation, and then to chronic fatigue and, subsequently, adrenal fatigue. In addition to this, we need to account for the day-to-day stress caused by things like training, work, study and food… Ultra Athletes manage this by “working in”; it’s the conscious practise of energy giving to counterbalance the taking. Activities to support this practice include breath work, sauna, passive stretching, yoga, massage, cold therapy, meditation and floatation therapy.

Ultra’s programming offers a finely tuned approach that works to balance training stress through working in, and in a way that can be practised on a daily basis. This promotes better sleep, increased energy, greater arousal towards training, faster recovery and lower risk of injury. Working in also supports immune function, an important consideration in the lead up to competitions, when the likelihood of illness can increase.

Ultra’s Working In program is completely free for anyone to access.

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