WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A JOB?
I am a Project Coordinator and Regulator Administrator for The Aurum Institute – NPO that conducts Clinical Trials.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINING AT CFJ?
Aside from my inconsistency, since 2013 – just before CFJ was moved to the current premises.
HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT CrossFit?
Well, firstly Calvin and I were flicking through the DSTV channels one day and found ESPN and the CrossFit Games. We love all kinds of odd stuff and were completely drawn in by this crazy competition we had never heard about. From then, Calvin started training at CrossFit Durbs and whenever I called him, he would usually be there. So I decided that I should look for a box here in Joburg so we could train together when he moved back, went online and found CFJ!
ARE THERE ANY MEMORIES FROM YOUR FIRST DAYS THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
Ha! Ok, as I did my Jump Up at the old box, I was rather intimidated by these awesome crazy people as well as all the movements we needed to do – I had ‘trained’ previously for a couple of years but never really committed. On one of my Jump Up days, I thought I may have contracted measles and wasn’t able to train but I still went along and watched while Andre showed us how to do a tripod for a handstand push up amongst other things! 🙂
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING THAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED AT CFJ?
Well, when I first started I was basically skin and bones – zero muscle. So being stronger, fitter and more determined has definitely been one of the best things I have achieved. I think I have become more committed to follow through on things and this has a lot to do with CFJ 😀 Also, bodyweight deadlift, bodyweight back squat, 3-4 double unders in a row, competing in as many competitions as I can amongst many others!
WHAT CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH HAVE YOU NOTICED SINCE STARTING CrossFit?
I have become fitter and stronger; also have become less likely to back out of something that I know will make me uncomfortable and I am now more confident in my own strength and that I can actually look after myself and don’t need someone to carry a box for me 😀 Also, CF definitely helps me with my fibromyalgia too.
Anything with a barbell and skipping.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN CrossFit?
Running, rowing, wall balls!
LIST SOME OF YOUR CURRENT GOALS.
To become more gymnasty! So, to get a pull up and to be able to stand in a handstand position for longer than 10 seconds as well as to run and row without feeling like I’m dying every time
WHAT IS YOUR NUTRITION FIT? (Paleo, Zone, anything and everything, etc.)
I try to eat as healthy as I can; I don’t follow anything specific. I am trying to stay away from gluten, sugar and dairy – these affect my fibromyalgia terribly. I do love me some Bubble Tea though! 😀
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING FOR EXERCISE OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?
I enjoy doing the ParkRun and I also do yoga in my spare time.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT OUT IN JOZI?
I love food; it’s why I have no money at the end of the month! I would say Jungles Sushi in Bedfordview and Burgerack in Glenvista!
IF YOU COULD INVITE 3 FAMOUS PEOPLE TO DINNER, WHO WOULD THEY BE?
Tom Hiddleston – because he is dreamy 😉
Christmas Abbott – because she is just so inspirational and kicks ass!
The Rock – he is just such an awesome guy and he is hilarious!
WHO INSPIRES YOU AT CFJ?
Everyone. Especially the ladies in the 6am class; always going harder, encouraging you to load more on the bar and pushing through the stereotypes – ladies can lift!
If I had to mention anyone specific, I would say Rachel Clark – she is an incredible inspiration and she has one of the strongest minds in the box and obviously, Calvin 😀 because he is relentless in the pursuit of his dream to go to the Games; he inspires me daily to be a better person.
TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU.
I am a gigantic nerd – I love everything comic bookie! And I also love rap music 😉