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CrossFit Jozi Athlete of the month

  • CHALMAR BEEF ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER ’15

    By on 10-12-2015

    Nick Caripis

    Name:
    Nick Caripis

    I’ve been training at CrossFit Jozi since:
    March 2015

    I discovered CrossFit through:
    Karyn Da Silva was training at another box and insisted we would love Crossfit and the tough workouts and mental challenge. So I started and I am now addicted.

    The most significant change in my health since starting CrossFit has been:
    Everything. I love the mental toughness it gives you and how to strategise about the WOD. The relief I get from work and life stress is like a drug to me. Not getting sick as often is a big thing, but I would say overall education. I was always big on learning about nutrition, health and fitness but I have learned more practical knowledge in all aspects in the last 2 years then I have in the last 15 years.

    My biggest challenge in CrossFit is:
    Olympic lifts, it is all mental, but I enjoy it

    What keeps you coming back?
    I love pushing my limits and exploring new things. To do something for the first time is such a great feeling.

    If I could use one word to describe myself it would be:
    Passionate

    My favorite activity outside of CrossFit is:
    Obstacle course racing

    My favorite place to eat in Jozi is:
    I gotta say Tasha’s

    My proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Jozi is:
    Finishing Diane RXd and a strict Muscle up.

    My current goals are:
    Clean and Jerk 110kg, Snatch 85kg. More importantly to improve my running mechanics

    Tell us something we don’t know about you.
    I hate to lose and love competition.

    CrossFit Jozi
  • CHALMAR BEEF ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER 2015

    By on 13-11-2015

    Name:
    David Haarburger

    I’ve been training at CrossFit Jozi since:
    May 2013

    I discovered CrossFit through:
    I used to go to (virgin active) gym quite often. However, I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to achieve. Eventually I got bored, so I searched the internet for a more interesting way of keeping fit. I found this thing called “Crossfit” which looked extremely challenging but fun. I thought “Hey, I wonder if they have any boxes in South Africa?”

    The most significant change in my health since starting CrossFit has been:
    My fitness. I never realized how unfit I was until I did my first Fran. I’m a lot fitter now than when I started crossfit but it has been a slow uphill battle.

    My biggest challenge in CrossFit is:
    Overhead head work: overhead squats and snatches. I can keep a bar above my head or I can squat – not both.

    What keeps you coming back?
    The encouragement from the crossfit staff and other athletes. It’s hard to describe the feeling when there are 20 seconds left on the clock, I’m sore all over, I can’t breathe, my hands are ripped to shreds, and the coaches are shouting at me to get another 3 reps in. It really helps me find my limits.

    If I could use one word to describe myself it would be:
    ¿Sensible?

    My favorite activity outside of CrossFit is:
    Reading, watching movies, sleeping. Anything that doesn’t involve exercise.

    My favorite place to eat in Jozi is:
    Spur. Or anywhere you don’t have to worry about the kids.

    My proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Jozi is:
    Handstand push-ups. I’ve spent a lot of time in the headstand position, pushing down at the floor and going nowhere. It’s nice to finally have this move under my belt.

    My goals for the remainder of the year are:
    The year is almost over but I would really like to achieve a reliable muscle-up. I feel like I’m so close. I’ve been so close for months now – but it keeps escaping me.

    CrossFit Jozi