NAME: April Schmidt
WHY CROSSFIT JOZI EAST?
I went through a tragedy at the end of September last year and as many people will tell you, I deal with things a lot differently to the normal individual. I was a bit stressed and needed a place/activity where I could redirect my focus and release some tension. Christine suggested I try out a class and insisted that it would be the best thing for me. So I tried out a Saturday class (a bit reluctant, I won’t lie) and the following Monday began with my groundwork. Crossfit Jozi East has definitely changed my life so thank you Christine!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER FOR?
I started my groundwork at the end of November 2015 and officially started with the 5am crew at the beginning of 2016
WHO INSPIRES YOU AT THE GYM AND IN LIFE?
At the gym, I would definitely say all my fellow 5am athletes (especially my girls). I have never been the athletic/sporty type (as can be seen by my lack of ‘fitnessy’ picture). At school, I was the girl who preferred to read than go outside and participate in sports. But with the 5am crew, I have made many friends who push me to better myself physically and mentally.
In life, well that’s a bit more difficult – It has always been my late-father and I am certain that I will always be inspired by his hard-working nature and his willingness to help anyone in need. Currently though, I would have to say my boss. He has become quite the role model over the last year, teaching and guiding me through all the challenges that people have thrown at me.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T AT THE GYM?
I work in the finance department for a company in Boksburg. My job is a big part of my life and I am so grateful for all the opportunities that they have given me thus far.
I am also currently trying to finish my Chartered Management Accounting Degree which has unfortunately not been one of my biggest priorities over the last few months – this will change soon!
Other than working and studying, I love spending time with friends and family, trying new things and just enjoying the smaller things in life.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU ALWAYS KEEP STOCK OF IN YOUR FRIDGE?
Mmm, currently we don’t have much in our fridge at all BUT I can guarantee you that there will be cheese of some kind. Not the healthiest or most interesting thing but cheese and I have come a long way – BFFs J
TELL US ONE INTERESTING THING THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I am currently in the process of starting up my own events coordinating business. It has always been my dream and I’ve realized that life is too short to wait for the right time. So now is my right time!
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE INTERESTED IN STARTING CROSSFIT?
It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are or how fit you are, Crossfit is for everyone. I’m not sure about other Crossfit communities but what I have realized is that Crossfit Jozi East is not just a facility where you go to gym, it’s much more than that – it’s a family!
WHAT MOVEMENTS WOULD YOUR PERFECT WORKOUT INCLUDE?
Wow my brain is working overtime with this question – I would say some skipping, maybe some kb swings, ooo and box jumps (now that I can actually do them!)
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CLASS AT CFJ EAST?
Not technically a class but it was during the Crossfit Open – workout 16.5.
If I remember correctly the workout consisted of thrusters and burpees and trust me, I thought I was going to start crying. Aileen and Camilla kept pushing me and when I was about to give up, encouraged me to continue (well Aileen kinda screamed at me – but it worked lol!).
I was so proud to say that I survived and that I did in fact complete the workout – Even though it took forever.
Thank you ladies J
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING THAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED AT CFJ EAST?
Does it have to be only one thing? I could barely pick up the ladies bar when I started so I think everything that I can currently do is a miracle 😉 But being able to do box jumps is a really cool achievement 😀
WHAT CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH HAVE YOU NOTICED SINCE STARTING?
I am a lot less stressed and I have a lot more energy throughout the day.
I am also gradually losing all the weight/centimeters that I picked up last year which helps with the stress a bit!
LIST SOME OF YOUR BIG GOALS.
At the gym – the list is endless but to mention one or two – pull ups and handstand push ups (they look awesome!)
Other goals – I don’t know where to start… Finish my post-grad degree, travel, work myself up in my company…
For the majority of our members, their initial interest to join was to “get fit”, “lose some weight” or “tone up”. In most cases, we’ve found that even after just a few weeks of training a question like “what keeps you coming back for more” yields an entirely different answer to one most people would expect. If you read Dean and Marizka’s testimonials below, you’ll know what i’m talking about because you’ve felt the same changes. Congratulations to Dean and Marizka on the progress you’ve made, for getting your family to swing kettle bells with you and we hope your wedding day is filled with all the joy you’ve helped to spread at CFJ East. C/
Marizka Kruger (Soon to be Morritt ;))
WHAT DROVE YOU BOTH TO JOIN CROSSFIT JOZI EAST
D & M – We wanted to partake in something as a couple and improve our fitness levels.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MEMBERS FOR
D – We both have been members for 9 months
WHO INSPIRES EACH OF YOU AT THE GYM AND IN LIFE
D – At gym both trainers Andre and Carl as well as Johann Beukman
WHAT ARE YOU EACH DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T AT THE GYM
D – We both have a passion for bikes and cars…So weekends we are either at car events or riding our off-road bikes.
TELL US ONE INTERESTING THING THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT EACH OF YOU
D – I am a chef by trade but work in a family construction company. Marizka works as a hair stylist and comes all the way from Parys.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD T.V PROGRAMME
D – Any of the looney Toon series
M – As a child I would say loony tunes to
IF YOU HAD TO HAVE A SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY
D – My super power would be to have endless strength so I would be untouchable.
M – Have the ability to be in more place than one, at once. So I don’t miss out on life.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE INTERESTED IN STARTING CrossFit
D – CrossFit changes your life. It makes you part of a family and you get drawn into a healthy lifestyle where you set goals to eat healthier and push your physical boundaries in classes.
M – Don’t even hesitate…at the beginning it may win but in the end you kick it’s ass!!
WHAT WOULD YOUR PERFECT WORKOUT BE
D – I don’t have a perfect workout but CrossFit has given me the ability to tackle any challenge regardless of what it is.
M – Perfect workout would be with people close to me and the perfect view
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CLASS OR SESSION AT CFJ EAST
D – My first test class in ground work where we did a baseline. I thought I was fit until I had my ass handed to me on such a basic workout.
M – Most memorable workout was about 2 weeks before Christmas 2015. We had to work as a team to finish all the reps…that made me realise how we need one another to get through this.
DO YOU ENJOY TRAINING TOGETHER
D – I enjoy training with my fiancé as we get the opportunity to both workout at our own levels in the same class without clashing.
M – Absolutely love working out together… we help each other and motivate each other to get to the top
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING THAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED AT CFJ EAST
D – I have managed to deadlift more than double my bodyweight safely
M – Coolest thing I have achieved at CrossFit Jozi East has to be the change in body and mind and taking a before and after picture and seeing the change.
WHAT CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH HAVE YOU NOTICED SINCE STARTING
D – I have lost 6 KG’s since starting. I have more stamina and lead a healthier lifestyle
M – Changes in my health would definitely be that I’m asthmatic and haven’t used my pump ever since starting…and I look forward to doing things now…where before I would always have an excuse.
LIST SOME OF YOUR BIG GOALS
D – I would like to be able to be on level 2 and do RX weight in all classes regardless of my times
M – Some big goals I think would be to get even stronger…to change myself…to start wanting to run more….and to tell as many people as possible to start this because this has been the best time of my entire life…every change inspires you!!!!