Team

  • Imtiaz Desai MSc (Hons)

    - by Imtiaz

    QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

    • Masters of Science (Hons): Exercise Rehabilitation (Biokinetics), New Zealand
    • Postgraduate Diploma of Science: Exercise Rehabilitation (Biokinetics), New Zealand
    • Bachelor of Science: Sport & Exercise Science, New Zealand
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
    • CrossFit Rowing
    • Freestyle Gymnastics Seminar (Carl Paoli, Naka Athletics)

    Imtiaz is an exercise scientist with 12 years of experience in the health, fitness and sports industries. His areas of expertise include exercise rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and Olympic weightlifting. Imtiaz was introduced to CrossFit by CFNZ in 2008 before returning home to South Africa to pursue his passion of health and fitness, and get married!

    Imtiaz heads up the coaching team, and is in charge of all training programs at CrossFit Jozi.

  • Carl Alfonso

    - by Imtiaz

    QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

    • CrossFit Level 1 
    • CrossFit Rowing

    Carl’s passion for CrossFit, coaching and the community are allowing him to share all that he’s learnt, heading up CrossFit Jozi’s newest location – CrossFit Jozi East, located on Johannesburg’s East rand.

    After discovering CrossFit in early 2011, Carl joined CrossFit Jozi, becoming a committed athlete and member of the community. Loosing a ton of weight on the way, revolutionizing his lifestyle and finding a sport that he is passionate about, are a few of the reasons why Carl decided to pursue a career in coaching in 2012.

    After becoming a CF-L1 trainer in June 2012, and working through the Coaches development program under the expertise of Head Coach Imtiaz Desai, Carl joined the CrossFit Jozi coaching team in February 2013.

    For Carl, it’s pretty simple, he wants to help deliver the extraordinary results he has achieved, and more, to those he coaches.

  • Andre Gadney

    - by Imtiaz

    QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

    • CrossFit Level 1 
    • Pilates Instructor, Pilates Unlimited

    Andre heads up CrossFit Jozi’s newest location – CrossFit Jozi East, located on Johannesburg’s East rand. He was introduced to CrossFit after doing a class with a friend late in 2011. With a background in competitive Artistic and Acrobatic Gymnastics, he began searching for something that would challenge him in new ways and found that in CrossFit. He also has a background in coaching gymnastics and teaching Pilates.

    André’s passion is to help people look and feel better, so when it came up, he grabbed the opportunity to become a part of the coaching crew at CrossFit Jozi. In his relatively short time doing CrossFit he has had the opportunity to compete in the CrossFit Games Africa Regional qualifiers. Andre is soaking up all the information there is to make one a better CrossFitter.

  • Tia McDougall

    - by Imtiaz

    QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

    • CrossFit Level 1 
    • CrossFit Kids
    • SFG Level 1 Instructor

    When Tia first tried CrossFit in 2009 she was simply looking for a fun way to get fit and lose weight. What she found didn’t just change her health and fitness, it changed her life. As her physical wellbeing improved so did her confidence and self-image, leading to a sense of strength and wellness in every other area of her life. So fast and furious were the changes wrought by CrossFit that within months she was in the USA representing Africa in the 2009 CrossFit Games.

    Tia fervently believes that there isn’t a single person who couldn’t benefit from CrossFit! Her philosophy is that when you change the way your body looks and feels then you also change the way you look at yourself and feel about yourself. Suddenly you realise that your body is capable of so much more than you ever dreamed it was. That’s empowering! And it’s a process she feels privileged to be a part of.

    She is also our CrossFit Kids coach and is especially passionate about helping children build the strong, healthy bodies they need to become the magical little people they deserve to be.

  • Marcus Swanepoel

    - by carl

    QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

    • CrossFit Level 1

    Marcus’ love affair with CrossFit started back in 2011 after watching the CrossFit Games on ESPN. While watching those athletes doing some cool workouts his thoughts were “This stuff looks crazy… Where do I sign up?”. Marcus has always been a sportsman throughout his years and played competitive club cricket until CrossFit stole his heart in 2012.

    Marcus enjoys the challenges that CrossFit holds as you need to be well rounded to succeed. He joined the Coaches development programme in 2013 and takes pleasure in being able to assist others reach their athletic potential. “Yes, it’s a physical sport, but it’s also a huge mental game”.

    Marcus is always seen training or coaching in long socks and compression gear, “Gotta be prepared for the unexpected”. Loves his hip-hop music and has also been known to bust out some dance moves mid class!