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.
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.
CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit level 2, CrossFit Endurance, Eleiko Level 1, MovNat level 1.
Currently completing my Life Coach course at the UCT Business school.
Fitness for me is about being the best version of yourself – mentally, physically and emotionally.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“Be careful what you think as thoughts turn into actions, actions create habits, habits set your destiny and your destiny becomes your legacy.”
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!
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.
CrossFit Level 1, CA(SA)
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”.
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.
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.
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!
Double-unders & TTB
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
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.
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.
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Kids Certification
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.
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.
Helping people to get better, backing and believing in them. Watching someone achieve a new PR.
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.
Snatch. My favorite and most frustrating movement. You just know when it is good.
“To get going sometimes you just have to go.”
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
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.
Currently hold a degree in sport science.
To me Fitness is about being able to apply yourself to everyday activities without the threat of experiencing damaging effects long and short term.
In my brief time being exposed to CrossFit It would have to be the Thruster.
“Life’s all about taking the minimum opportunity and overcoming the odds.”
Started my “fitness” journey with Judo as a teen. I competed at the provincial level for 2 years after which rugby took my focus for my high school and varsity years.
I started CrossFit to supplement my rugby career but that soon changed to CrossFit as my sporting code of choice. I started CrossFit after joining the BRC family for a rowathon. After that event, I was hooked.
Future Goals: Open 2018 – Top 30 in the African Region.
BSc CS and CF level 1
Why do I love CrossFit? I’m constantly humbled by the sport, whether that’s through a tough metcon or a heavy lift. It somehow brings the best out of me, mentally and physically. I’m always the student when it comes to CrossFit because the sport is always evolving, I love that about it.I enjoy the variation of CrossFit. You’ll need to master everything just to be above average in the sport, that’s the way I’d like to think about it. Plus, you’re always learning new things. Lastly the community, most of my best mates I’ve met through CrossFit, for that I’m extremely thankful.
I decided to start coaching because I’d just completed my Level 1, more to improve my general understanding of the movements than to become a coach. After taking a few morning classes, informally, I enjoyed it – the rest is history. The early hours aren’t the best but watching athletes grow through coaching makes it well worth the effort.
Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection – Kim Collins
Played basketball & rugby at school. Towards the end of school and at varsity I started gyming. Started Crossfit. Right now I do CrossFit, run, surf, swim and play some golf. Really like getting outdoors to do exercise.
Improve all-round fitness qualities.
BSc(Med)(Hons) Biokinetics (UCT)
BSc Sport Science
Competent in all fitness qualities, where you are constantly challenging your bodies default homeostasis to get better in each quality by training smart and efficiently, eating right and respecting the recovery process of the mind body and soul.
It’s super challenging, humbling, fun and you see results.
This is cliche but I want to make a difference and so by helping people get better and seeing their results I hope I have achieved that. There is no greater profession than the health & fitness industry – it’s super rewarding. People have made a conscious decision at CrossFit to invest in their well being which makes my job so much easier as I am just helping them along on their fitness journey.
In nature whether, it is swimming, surfing, supping, running, hiking.
Ring Muscle Up & Clean
We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act but a habit – Aristotle
If it’s important to you, you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Basketball, Soccer, Hockey in school and some competitive Basketball and Soccer afterwards.
With my son Emmett, the goal is to attend CrossFit classes 3 times a week!
CrossFit Online Courses completed:
– Lesson Planning
– Spot the Flaw
– Judges course.
Virtuosity in movement has always stuck with me. Being able to move well and with quality and to get the most benefit out of a movement and workout is what is crucial to me.
The variety of movement and skills, the constant learning and improvement, the community.
I love the different levels of fitness and skills and being able to help members get to their goals, whether it be a muscle up or just to get upside down with confidence. The little triumphs are what satisfy me!
I have a toddler!
It used to be pistols, but your knees start getting achy when you reach 40…so now it’s bar muscle ups.
“Happiness is a way of travelling, not a destination” – The Minimalists
- Provincial colours for hockey and athletics in high school (netball in primary school)
- NCAA Champion in Rowing 1998,2001
- Bronze and silver medal at Commonwealth Games 1999 (Rowing)
- Named as spare rower to 2000 Olympics games
- University of Washington Captain, Rower of the year 2001, Sportswomen of the Year 2001, Most inspirational Team member 2000, 2001
- Named to Pac-12 Rowing Team of the Century 2016
- Bronze and silver medal at Rowing World Cups 2002
- World Rowing Championship 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005
- World Cup 1999, 2000, 2002-2008
- South African National Rowing Champion 2002-2008
- Winner of Men’s B Single Sculls at Bu?alo Regatta 2004
- CRASH-B World Indoor Champion 2006
- All African Games Champion 2007
- Henley Royal Regatta Champion 2000 Women’s 8
- 13th Place at Beijing Olympic Games 2008 Women’s Single Scull
- Crossfit African Region Champion 2012
- Crossfit Games Appearances 2011, 2012,
- Rowing Coach for Power Monkey Fitness Camps from 2015
- World Ocean Rowing Championships 2018 (10th place)
My fitness goals are to constantly be mindful of how well my body fits the context and environment it finds itself in. I set myself the goal of daily appraising my environment and evaluating how i can best fit in the needs of a body designed to move in ways that are natural and that enhance its scope and range.
- FISA Level 1 2009 (International Rowing Federation)
- Crossfit Level 1 2012
- Crossfit Mobility(2014)(Kelly Starret),
- Crossfit Weightlifting(2012)(Mike Burgener),
- Crossfit Defence(2013)(Tony Spear),
- Crossfit Gymnastics (2014)(Dave Durante)
- RMAX Circular Strength Training Coach (2012)
- Tacfit Level 1 2012
- Tacfit Level 1/Level 2 2012
- MovNat 2 Day Natural Movement Workshop (2012)
- RMAX Circular Strength Training Head Coach (2013)
- IKFF Level1 + Level 2 (2013)
- Tacfit Level 2 Team Leader (2013) – First woman in South Africa
- RMAX Clubbell Yoga (2015)
- RMAX Diploma in Tacfit (2015) – Only woman in the world currently to hold this qualification
- Kahuna Massage Level 1 + Level 2 (2015)
- Muscle Activation Level 1 (2010)
- ABC Chiropractic Technician (2016)
- Regular presenter at Peak Chiropractic on Natural Movement
- Restorative Exercise Specialist (Nutritious Movement) 2018
- MovNat Level 1 (2018)
- Family Constellations Facilitator (2018)
- Various online courses dealing with programming, rehab, mobility, anatomy, injury prevention
- Self-directed wilding practices that includes walking and hiking barefoot, floor sleeping, tree climbing, dancing and singing
The question I ask myself first and foremost is: “Fit for what?” I used to be very fit – but only rowing fit and fit for a very specific distance and time-domain with a very specific skill set. That specific fitness was not necessarily transferable to other sports. Nowadays I am more interested in a broader experience of fitness and at the most expansive end of the fitness continuum, the question I now add is: “Am I fit for life and what does that life look like?” Am I able to crawl on the floor with my toddlers? Can I carry my grocery bags up the 3 flights of steps to my home? How agile am I when I trip and need to recover my balance? These are my fitness guidelines now.
I fell in love with Crossfit because it promised a way of bringing many movement protocols under one roof. As with any long term love, what started out as a passionate involvement, has transformed into a more mature and enduring love for movement that is natural and has evolutionary integrity. I have come to love something more intrinsic and hidden, something that Crossfit provided access to. This something for me is now called Nutritious Movement and it is the work of restoring our God-given movement abilities and enjoying the body’s capacity for intelligent self-healing and self-correction and preservation.
I love sharing my particular brand of knowing and understanding about how the body works with people. Some clients have referred to me as a “body whisperer” because I have a way of seeing and understanding movement and the way the body shows up, that I have had since the earliest days of my life as a young athlete. I love sharing and showing clients how to come into a more intimate, intelligent relationship with their bodies and then to observe them figure out things in their own bodies. Often this kind of ” seeing ” is then transferred to other areas of their lives and results in many subtle and positive transformations.
“Harmony, balance, rhythm, there you have it. That’s what life is all about.” George Pocock
I started my fitness journey as a runner in 2009. I moved through the various running distances and completed the big races. Injuries lead me on the search for ways to be an all round athlete. I read about Crossfit in 2011, and added some of the concepts to my own training. Over the years I added new sports to my list and new training protocols focused on endurance sport, to eventually feel like I have an understanding of myself. Being self coached from research created by coaches who I respect and through trial and error in my own training I have developed a better understanding of human endurance and what it means to me and why it is important.
I want to remain a fit human, capable of hiking up a mountain, or running a half marathon on any given day. Endurance is the core skill that I want to maintain above all else in order to do the sports I like. All round strength and conditioning are important to me to support my training.
I completed CFL1 in 2018.
A state of being that makes life more enjoyable because of the ability one has to participate in physical activities involving movement and skill.
The energy which Crossfit carries with it is infectious. I see it play out in every class: the internal battles we have with ourselves when it gets tough and the great sense of success when we come out the other side. The feeling of overcoming difficulty is addictive and it makes us better people. That’s for free. All we do is show up.
I love getting the basics right and seeing when that aha moment happens. After saying the same things in three different ways the fourth time it sticks. That’s better than a PB. It’s also an reminder to me to never stop trying.
I enjoy the outdoors, across the mountain by foot or on my bike, riding the busy main streets on my fixed gear. I run occasionally and fit in a wild swim from time to time, for enjoyment. Serious running has taken a back seat to some more important duties at hand but in time running will resume.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. Stop thinking and start doing!
My background is mainly an endurance one of running and cycling. I enjoy looking for area’s to apply Pareto’s principle, in a sense, to fitness. More specifically: what small changes one can make that result in exponential improvements in your fitness. Three big ones for me were stopping having sugar in my tea, doing a few push-ups every morning and starting CrossFit.
To beat the People’s Champ in an Open WOD. Any Open WOD. It may have to be one I make up myself.
CrossFit Level One… Otherwise mainly a finance background with minor cowboy influences. Difficult to explain.
To be in your optimum physical condition.
Primarily the camaraderie and sense of community. The more technologically advanced the world becomes, the more our real communities (and I mean human to human interaction) breaks down. So more than anything, for me CrossFit is one of those cults… I mean, communities… that helps bring people together and better people’s lives. Secondly, the multifaceted nature of CrossFit means there is always one area you can find measurable improvement, and that is highly motivating, as well as rewarding… and therefore another thing that keeps bringing people back.
Every morning a crew of awesome people arrive at the gym enthusiastically and bravely looking to improve their lives. And I get to be a part of that.
Chasing my son around the house.
Front Squat and Toes to Bar. I cant handle the conflicting emotions required to choose between them. Double unders are a close last.
“Some people stand in the darkness, afraid to step into the light”