Posts tagged with ‘fitness’


    - by Imtiaz

    The CFJ Spring Throwdown is an annual in-house competition open to athletes of all fitness levels from both CrossFit Jozi facilities. It’s an opportunity to express your fitness, experience a different side of CrossFit, and to get to know more of your fellow members.

    It will be a same-gender team event again. Teams are to be made up of two athletes of the same gender. Teams will have the option of entering a Scaled or RXd division, so regardless of experience and level of fitness, all athletes will be able to participate. You may pair up with, and are actually encouraged to pair up with a partner from the other facility.

    This year, the Throwdown will be part of our 7th birthday celebrations. Yes, CFJ HQ and the CFJ brand turn 7 years young this October! So it’s going to be a festive throwdown like nothing we’ve ever hosted before. Save the date!

    Registrations for the Throwdown will open soon.

  • Knowledge Blog


    - by Imtiaz

    Goal setting is a powerful tool. It provides focus and highlights the actions you need to be successful. Goals keep you on track, even when it feels like you aren’t making any progress. When you hit obstacles, focusing on your goals keeps you moving forward. And constantly moving forward, even if only by little bits at a time, is the aim of the game.

    Setting and achieving goals, however, is a process that is used to keep you moving forward. Goals are not destinations.

    Consider a university course: The goal is to earn a qualification, but the qualification is not the end of the line. You might further your education, or the qualification may be what you need to enter the workplace. You certainly don’t stop learning when you begin working either. The goal–the qualification–got you to a stage in the journey.

    A pay incentive at work is a goal. You need to meet X objectives in order to earn a bonus. You meet the objectives and earn the bonus, but you don’t stop working. Unless of course the bonus was fat enough to retire on! The goal–the bonus–was used to keep you motivated and focused.

    It’s the same with fitness. Goals are used to keep you on track, to keep you moving towards increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains throughout life. The goals aren’t the destination. So you’ve lost all the body fat you wanted to, how much more can you improve your health markers by now? You got your first pull-up, how many can you do without resting now? You’re able to walk on your hands, how quickly can you cover 60m on your hands?

    Goals are tools to keep you moving forward. To be just 1% better than yesterday, you need goals. But there is no destination, you’ll never get “there.” So set smart goals, accomplish them and set new ones, but don’t get caught up in the goals or in whatever you think the endline for fitness is. Fitness is a journey that takes a lifetime to travel. Enjoy the journey, it’s what matters most!

  • Knowledge Blog


    - by Admin

    Your name? Inge Fuchs

    What drove you to join CrossFit Jozi East?

    Well, I initially wanted to get into shape for my wedding which was September 2016. Dedré Bouwers then told me about Crossfit Jozi East and how fun it is and that it was just down the road from work.

    How long have you been a member for?

    Since May 2016

    Who inspires you?

    My husband, he is driven go getter and lets nothing stand in his way.

    What are you doing when you aren’t at the gym?

    Planning client’s holidays who would like to travel with a Motor home, and thinking of new business opportunities.

    Tell us one interesting thing that people might not know about you?

    I have my 1st Dan black belt in Karate-Tenshikan and came 2nd in The World Championships in Japan.

    What songs have you completely memorized?

    Eeeh I am not really the singing type, but I know most words from the song “Afrikaaners is plesiere” Karen Zoid

    What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?

    My Karate Suit which I wore in Japan for the World Champion Ships which was signed by the Kancho in Japan

    What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?

    Where am I?

    If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do?

    Only swim suits allowed, only 3 days of work, I have a public holiday every month celebrating me and only I am allowed off on this day, no motorized transport, beach party and volley ball every Friday.

    What would your perfect workout be?

    A combination of rope climbs, thrusters, box jumps and Squats.

    What has been your most memorable class or session at CFJ East?

    The day I beat Aileen in rowing and had fastest time in the ladies division 😊

    What Is The Coolest Thing That You Have Achieved At CFJ East?

    Mmm, I would say rope climb. I never thought I would be able to do it.

    What Changes In Your Health Have You Noticed Since Starting?

    My fitness levels have increased and I am so much stronger in my legs and upper body.

    List Some Of Your Big Goals.
    Running my own Lodge on my Game Farm
    Opening a huge Animal Rescue Centre
    Travelling the World
    And of course, being able to do pull ups and walking upside down

  • Knowledge Blog

    CAN vs. SHOULD

    - by Imtiaz

    Let’s get straight to the point: Can you complete the workout as it is prescribed (as RXd), and should you? It’s a simple yes or no answer to both questions, but it seems to be such a conundrum for many.

    Can refers to your ability to perform the movements and/or loads that have been prescribed. Remember, the workout you see on the blog and on the whiteboards is a guideline to ensure that everyone achieves the desired outcome of that workout. Given that everyone is different, everyone performs a modified version of the workout that’s relative to their goals and abilities to ensure that the desired outcome of the workout is achieved.

    The question of can you perform the movements/loads as you see it on the whiteboard simply refers to whether you can or can’t complete at least a few repetitions of that task, not taking into account the entire workout. Can you do the RXd workout? If no, modify to ensure that you move with good technique AND intensity while meeting the objectives of the workout. If yes, the next question is should you?

    You should complete the workout as RXd only IF you will be able to do so with the desired intensity.

    The guidelines loads and reps, the time domains set, and the expectations the coaches give you in class are all there to help you decide on whether you should attempt the workout as RXd or not. There is no point attempting a workout as RXd because you can do everything if you aren’t going to get the right amount of work done within the right amount of time.

    If you halve the time of a workout, you double your power output even if you had a lighter load. Double, no ifs ands or buts, double!

    Given that power output (which is exactly defined as intensity) is the one variable most closely associated with favourable adaptations to exercise, you should be aiming to optimise your power output at every workout. And that means smartly modifying and scaling the workout, 99% of the time.

    Note: “scaling” the amount of reps down to enable you to do the RXd loads is not smart scaling, it’s stupid.

    The RXd workout is a guideline and certainly something to work towards. But it’s not a destination.


  • Knowledge Blog


    - by Imtiaz

    There’s always a new expert in the field of nutrition, new books, new approaches, and lots of new information. If you are someone who’s looking to optimise health and fitness, nutrition is the foundation of your efforts, but how do you decipher all of that information?

    The reality is that there’s nothing new to all the (good) nutrition information. We’ve known most of it for decades. And when you dig in to all the information out there you’ll see that almost everyone who knows a bit about the topic agrees on the most important facts. Your nutrition is almost sorted when you have these factors down.

    • Eat well raised sources of animal protein. Even if you are training intensely on most days of the week, you don’t need to consume massive quantities to get your daily protein needs in.
    • Eat vegetables everyday.
    • Get your fats from animal sources, olives, nuts and their oils, egg yolks (why would you waste the best tasting part of the egg?), and avocado.
    • Avoid refined and processed carbohydrates (and other man made products).
    • Having a knowledgeable coach is a well placed investment

    Keep it simple by getting your ABCs locked down and don’t focus on anything else until you do.