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CrossFit Jozi East Athlete of the month

  • CHALMAR BEEF ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: NOV/DEC 2016

    By on 26-01-2017

    With the majority of the community heading off to enjoy the holidays in December we decided to hold onto Colin’s Athlete of the month profile so that everyone could get to know one of CFJ East’s strongest 😉

    Husband and wife team Colin and Florence joined us in July 2016 and have spent the past 6 months refining their movement and technique and enjoying classes in their favourite time slot at 17H30. Their two rockstar children Amy-Jane and Vaughn have been spending time developing their fitness in our kids classes under the experienced guidance of coach Tia.

    WHY CrossFit Jozi East?
    Well to honest, why not…???
    CrossFit Jozi East is such a well oiled machine.
    Everything at the Box makes me feel like I wanna be part of it.

    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER FOR?
    The Journey started in July 2016

    WHO INSPIRES YOU AT THE GYM AND IN LIFE?
    I’m not really that kinda guy that draws inspiration from one person, bits and pieces from everyone inspires me.

    If you know Florence’s athletic background (which is non-existent), then I’d say she really inspires me, her technique and form just always leaves me amazed.

    WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T AT THE GYM?
    O man, how much time have you got….
    I’m a total family man, everything I do involves them.

    I’ve also been told to calm down a bit with all my hobbies, so I kept two – Bass Fishing and anything Gun related.

     

    WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU ALWAYS KEEP STOCK OF IN YOUR FRIDGE?
    If peanut butter needed to be in a fridge, then Peanut Butter.

    You know if someone tells you that you’ve put too much peanut butter on something, then you should get rid of that person in your life. YOU DON’T NEED SUCH NEGATIVITY AROUND YOU….hahahaha

    TELL US ONE INTERESTING THING THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
    I’m a Virgo, so that says it all.
    Perfectionist
    Stubborn
    Things in life are either right or wrong, no grey area.

    WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE INTERESTED IN STARTING CrossFit?
    Forget all the trash talk you hear about CrossFfit, and join CFJE.
    I once was that trash talking dude, and now I can’t get enough of CrossFit.

    WHAT MOVEMENTS WOULD YOUR PERFECT WORKOUT INCLUDE?
    I’m a Barbell junkie, happiest when heavy weights are moved.

    WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CLASS AT CFJ EAST?
    The One handstand class, I managed a 2m handstand walk – I couldn’t care what happened after that in class.

    WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING THAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED AT CFJ EAST?
    There is really to many of them to mention, Handstand Walks, Rope Climbs, The Spring Throwdown

    WHAT CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH HAVE YOU NOTICED SINCE STARTING?
    My Flexibility is improving each week

    #youcan’tstretchBiltong

    LIST SOME OF YOUR BIG GOALS.
    Nailing the Overhead squats, those things bring me down to earth.

    CrossFit Jozi
  • CHALMAR BEEF ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER 2016

    By on 29-11-2016

    As a coach I take my role quite seriously, perhaps too seriously at times but I value the role my coach (Imtiaz) played in the early stages of my development as an athlete. He helped me to achieve some incredible goals and feats in a relatively short period of time. Sure, some of these achievements were aesthetic goals I had planned years before and had never managed to tackle on my own, but some happened on the fly, when I was focusing on my movement and simply having fun and working hard. Magic exists.

    When we select an athlete of the month at the CFJ facilities, we look at a few things that we as coaches place value on. A members commitment to training and consistency in training, their focus on movement proficiency, determination to get better than yesterday and also their attitude towards and interaction with the their training “crew” and the community – community spirit.

    Marga Steenkamp is CFJ East Athlete of the Month for October 2016 because she exudes these traits and has done so since beginning her journey to fitness. Congratulations Marga, you deserve the nomination and have worked your butt off to achieve the goals you have!

    When I sat down with Marga to complete a video interview with her as part of her nomination, it was a little noisy at the box so we landed up watching the 5:30pm crew training, whilst we caught up. To go back to the role of a coach – I was reminded of just how important this role is over the next 30 minutes.

    Marga is the matriarch of the Steenkamp family. She has put her family first for the better part of 30 years and that won’t stop. Her role as mother, wife, caregiver and bookkeeper at a school have required her to put tremendous effort into others – To give of herself. No easy role here and responsibility that is incredibly rewarding but requires resolve and resilience over the long haul.

    When her son-in-law Wessel joined CrossFit Jozi about 5 years ago, he couldn’t stop talking about CrossFit at family dinners. Marlize, one of Marga’s daughters was next to join CFJ 2 years later,  just before her and Wessel got married, and Anneli (Marlize’s sister) just after her. Marga joined CrossFit Jozi East towards the end of April 2016 and was inspired to join her family because of their enthusiasm and enjoyment of CrossFit. She was also advised that exercise and living a more active lifestyle would assist with alleviating the sometimes unbearable symptoms of menopause which she had been experiencing for some time.

    Marga got a bit more than she bargained for. She trains at CFJ East, her home location most evenings with her crew – Shirley, Gayatri, Tanya and others. She’s found a strong and supportive circle outside of the norm, a “diverse group of like-minded people” as she puts it so aptly. She’s finding herself again, getting stronger each day and working on her, for her. She has found a space where each minute is physically demanding but rewarding. An introspective experience that she is guided through by experienced coaches but more importantly, has full control over. Control over her body, control over the effort she puts in and control over the environment.

    Marga’s experience and her testimony are a reflection of the true CrossFit experience. Everyone hates burpees, some more than others. The barbell can be unforgiving at the start of a cold dark winter morning or after a tough day at the office, but the magic is in the movement – A simple and powerful means to a fulfilling end.

    Congratulations once again Marga, and thank you for allowing me to share your story with the community.

    Carl


    MARGA’S INTERVIEW

    WHAT DROVE YOU TO JOIN CrossFit JOZI EAST?marga
    Menopause

    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER FOR?
    7 months

    WHO INSPIRES YOU?
    My family and my CrossFit family

    WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T AT THE GYM?
    Working as a bookkeeper at a school.

    TELL US ONE INTERESTING THING THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
    I’m an avid reader

    WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD T.V PROGRAM?
    The A-Team

    IF YOU HAD TO HAVE A SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
    Being able to travel at the speed of light so that I can visit my family that lives far away

    WHAT WOULD YOUR PERFECT WORKOUT BE?
    I don’t really know, I’m just happy when running is not part of the workout.

    WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CLASS OR SESSION AT CFJ EAST?
    A buddy workout with Tanya, working on Sumo deadlifts.

    WHAT MIGHT WE FIND IN YOUR FRIDGE AT HOME?
    Lots of fruit and vegetables

    WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING THAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED AT CFJ EAST?
    70kg Sumo deadlift

    WHAT CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH HAVE YOU NOTICED SINCE STARTING?
    I’m more positive and am feeling better in general and I sleep much better.

    The spring in my step is definitely back!

    LIST SOME OF YOUR BIG GOALS.
    To do proper pull ups and ring dips. And box jumps. And Rope climbs

     

    CrossFit Jozi