Leon Gazet


Head Coach

Fitness history

I have always enjoyed being active and life to date has been filled with numerous sports and hobbies. From team sports at school – Cricket, hockey, squash and running to getting into traditional gym training during my varsity years and then falling in love with endurance sports which ranged from running (road and trail), riding (road and trail) and triathlons. In 2010 I went to my first CrossFit class and my view on fitness changed.

Your fitness goals

I want to be competent and capable in all facets of CrossFit – I love slowly ticking off the list of things that I initially couldn’t do. Things definitely take me longer to master but I love the process and constant challenge. I want CrossFit to form part of a well-balanced lifestyle (nutrition, stress, sleep, community, sports and being outdoors) with the mix of the two resulting in me being the best version of myself.

I plan to strive towards improving my fitness throughout my life and will continue to CrossFit for the rest of my life.

Qualifications (Fitness and other)

CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit level 2, CrossFit Endurance, Eleiko Level 1, MovNat level 1.
(CA) SA
Currently completing my Life Coach course at the UCT Business school.

Your definition of fitness

Fitness for me is about being the best version of yourself – mentally, physically and emotionally.

What do you love about CrossFit?

I love the constant challenge, the fact that it teaches you patience and perseverance in a world where “quick” fixes have become the norm. I love the variation, the community and the fact that it can literally change lives.

What do you enjoy about coaching?

I enjoy sharing my knowledge with people and watching them change as a person over time as CrossFit impacts there confidence and sense of self.

I love that it teaches me patience, gives me the opportunity to helps others and impact positively on the life of someone else.

Where do you apply your fitness outside of the gym?

CrossFit makes me a better person – so its benefits are felt in my everyday life as a husband, friend, work colleague and son.

I run once or twice a week in the forest, try get in the ocean as and when I can, plan active holidays and hikes all the time! Movement is life for me – so I strive to move as much as possible on a daily basis.
It helps me relax and slows my mind down – in the moment of completing a tough workout the mind is still and focused on the moment.

Favorite CrossFit movement

Mmmmmm – this is a tough one! I love the movements that took me the longest to master – Handstands and handstand walks, snatches, muscle-ups.

I love the pain the assault bike inflicts – I have never felt anything like it before!

Cool quote

“Be careful what you think as thoughts turn into actions, actions create habits, habits set your destiny and your destiny becomes your legacy.”

Raun Billett


CrossFit Coach

Fitness history

I played rugby and inline hockey throughout Varsity and then started CrossFit in 2013. I still enjoy a game of touch on a Sunday afternoon and am always keen to try something new!

Your fitness goals

I want to be generally proficient in all four CrossFit disciplines (weightlifting, gymnastics, cardiovascular endurance and skills) and apply what I learn at the box to everyday life, whether it be on the sports field or around the house. The CrossFit mantra of “general physical preparedness” resonates with me.

Qualifications (Fitness and other)

CrossFit Level 1, CA(SA)

Your definition of fitness

Fitness, or health, is a measure of the effectiveness/efficiency of our physical and mental functionality. To be effective, things like nutrition and rest need to align with your long-term fitness goals and ideally, this lifestyle needs to make you happier!

Personally, I have found CrossFit to be invaluable in that, over time, it has enabled me to develop a better awareness of my body and its capability under different stresses. This awareness has enabled me to take small intentional steps towards being “fitter”.

What do you love about CrossFit?

I enjoy the variety of movements/skills, the community and the camaraderie. I have met a lot of inspiring and interesting people through CrossFit who continue to challenge me to be better.

What do you enjoy about coaching?

I find that being part of a process of the personal development of others is very fulfilling and I love the relational aspect of the job.

Where do you apply your fitness outside of the gym?

I enjoy getting out of the box for a game of touch rugby, a stand-up paddle or a hike but the truth is that this doesn’t happen as often as I would like. CrossFit training is meant to enhance these other experiences, not replace them and I need to embrace that more!

Favorite CrossFit movement

Double-unders & TTB

Cool quote

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
-Fred DeVitto

Andrea Gazet


CrossFit Coach

Fitness history

Truth: I did not do any exercise until I met my now husband Leon in 2006. My first activity running…400m that was all I could manage. I mostly did road running with the odd gym session (which I now realise was a complete waste of time) until I started CrossFit in 2013. At first I battled to give up my aerobics class sessions at traditional gyms but quickly fell in love with CrossFit and realised it is far more beneficial for my overall health than anything else around. Hands down. I do still love the odd trail run. The forest is my yoga.

Your fitness goals

To be healthy for life. I want to do life well. I want to feel energised, peak mentally and physically and to have the ability to participate in other types of sporting activities, whether it be beach volleyball, a 10 day hike or a cycle.

Qualifications (Fitness and other)

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Kids Certification
CA (SA)

Your definition of fitness

Whenever I see a really good runner (anyone who beats me really…ha ha) my question always is but can they Snatch? So fitness to me is being strong (gymnastics and weightlifting) and having the ability to perform those movements correctly, having cardiovascular endurance, and being able to use that fitness in everyday life. I also believe that your overall wellness is a good measure of your fitness.

What do you love about CrossFit?

Everything!!! Training with incredible people, the variety, the ability to always improve on something, the never ending list of new movements and the emphasis it places on health.  Dave Castro.

What do you enjoy about coaching?

Helping people to get better, backing and believing in them. Watching someone achieve a new PR.

Where do you apply your fitness outside of the gym?

I enjoy trail running. I have managed to maintain, if not improve, my running fitness without training to run.

I have also managed a few surfs and body boards. I am not any good but it is still great fun learning.

Favorite CrossFit movement

Snatch. My favorite and most frustrating movement. You just know when it is good.

Cool quote

“To get going sometimes you just have to go.”

Nicholas Collins


CrossFit Coach

Fitness history

I generally love most sports. Played rugby, cricket and Football throughout school. Also filled my time up with a lot of surfing. Been Crossfitting since 2014.

Your fitness goals

My goal is to be a “yes” man to fitness. Whether it being running on a trail, mountain biking, surfing, swimming or throwing heavy weight around. I would like to be at a stage where I can concquer anything that is thrown at it.

Qualifications (Fitness and other)

CrossFit Level 1, Currently completing: National Certificate in Fitness.

Your definition of fitness

My definition of fitness would be the attribute of being capable of fullfulling a VARIETY of mental and physical tasks.

I think crossfit has allowed me to unlock ofther facets of fitness that I would never have imagined. Crossfit challenges me to work at things I am not always inclined to choose to work on which in-turn develops my all-round fitness rather than only being good at a few things. The idea of being good at all facets of fitness is really appealing to me.

What do you love about CrossFit?

I love the fact that it creates the fittest version of oneself. I really enjoy the constantly varied aspect of it, because this gives people a chance to be all-round athletes. The one thing that is priceless is the community and comradery surrounding CrossFit.

What do you enjoy about coaching?

I love watching people achieve their “Everest”. We all have our “Everests” in life and some are very daunting and scary to tackle. We all have different goals and all have different abilitys. I live for the moments to see people achieve these personal goals they never believed they could achieve, whether it being running 400m without stopping or throwing 100kgs above their heads. Eveyone is fighting little battles so to see people overcome these things are “golden” moments for me personally.

Where do you apply your fitness outside of the gym?

I love getting outside and expressing myself outdoors, whether it being surfing, swimming, doing a WOD. I also really love a game of footy and some touch rugby always goes down well.

Favorite CrossFit movement

Cleans & TTB

Cool quote

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
– Socrates

Mogammad Manuel


Facility manager

Fitness history

I have always been active in various sports mostly through participation from a young age whether it was belonging to a club or just plain giving it a bash in the neighbourhood street. (at one point, we played roller hockey hoping to try out for the mighty ducks someday). I have been actively involved in rugby, football, cricket and softball to name a few as far as I can remember

Your fitness goals

Currently my fitness goals revolve around getting better at running. I would like to break 40mins for 10km race and also break the 3h30 for a marathon.

Qualifications (Fitness and other)

Currently hold a degree in sport science.

Your definition of fitness

To me Fitness is about being able to apply yourself to everyday activities without the threat of experiencing damaging effects long and short term.

Favorite CrossFit movement

In my brief time being exposed to CrossFit It would have to be the Thruster.

Cool quote

“Life’s all about taking the minimum opportunity and overcoming the odds.”