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!!!!
Marilize van Niekerk
What drove you to join CrossFit Jozi East?
Me and my husband were at a normal Gym, we would go for a few weeks and then stop. We were just looking for something new and exciting and then we tried CrossFit! Haven’t looked back!
How long have you been a member of CFJ East for?
About a year and three awesome months.
Who inspires you?
In life my husband, my mother, my family, my friends, anyone in general who strives to be the best they can be and help others do the same.
What are you doing when you aren’t at the gym?
Hanging with family and friends, playing with my puppy, love attending festivals, live music and good food and during winter hopefully doing a few trail runs, hiking or some 4×4. Love the outdoors!
Tell us one interesting thing that people might not know about you?
I love planning events! I want to have my own events planning business one day!
What was your favorite childhood T.V Programme?
If you had to have a super power what would it be and why?
There are so many! I think flying so I could see the world! Go anywhere anytime!
What would your perfect workout be?
At this moment anything with like sit-ups, lunges, kb swings, box jumps and push press!
What has been your most memorable class or session at CFJ East?
Every day is an awesome class or session! But one that stands out was the 12 Days to Christmas workout from last year! I was in a team with two amazing women that carried me through that horrible (yet AWESOME afterwards) workout!
What might we find in your fridge at home?
Right now some veggies, cheese and some beers! TOTALY PALEO!
What Is The Coolest Thing That You Have Achieved At CFJ East?
One thing is definitely my deadlifts and back squats, would never think that I could lift that heavy!
What Changes In Your Health Have You Noticed Since Starting?
Definitely physically there are changes, my mental health has also improved and I can lift heavier stuff!
List Some Of Your Big Goals.
Last Man Standing……enough said! Think that’s a pretty big goal!