Member Testimonial: Rienzo Colpo.

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Take a minute to get inspired by this awesome testimonial of one of our dedicated members, Rienzo Colpo!
 
“I want to talk about CrossFit. You may know how committed I am to personal transformation. For the past 8 years I’ve been working on who I am and, with others, who they are being in their lives. At the end of last year I decided to commit to a BIG goal to begin a transformation of my body, which I have been unhappy with for a loooooong time.
 
So I committed to myself to do a paricular triathlon mid-2017. My son Dan is a CrossFit coach at CrossFit Pretoria and he suggested that I take up crossfit to balance the other training that I was doing, and build muscle strength. Great plan. So in Feb I started with a basic 3 day per week programme. I kept my head down, did what I could and hoped like hell that one day I would be able to do pull ups and handstand pushups and all that stuff. The thing is that this sport is NOT a sport for elite athletes. It’s a sport for regular muppets like me; looking to enhance lifestyle and build wellbeing. I did my 3 sessions a week, missed many because of work commitments, but sustained the momentum.
 
Then Dan and Chad gave me the greatest gift. A 6 week challenge to eat clean and cut the crap out of my diet. I was sceptical and WAAAY out of my comfort zone. I completed the challenge. Wow! 7 months in and I truly have turned my lifestyle around.
 
I have endless energy, my skin is clear, I am strong, focused, productive and can now keep up with my 7yr old. I run 10km at the drop of a hat and all my cycling times hve improved. I don’t eat or drink the trash that I used to (don’t miss it for 1 sec). I feel 15 years younger. I’ve also lost 14kgs, dropped 3 sizes in my clothes and shed nearly 10% in body fat. All thanks to Dan, Chad, Armin, CrossFit Pretoria and 3 one hour sessions a week; tailor-made to my abilities.” #GreatLife #NeverLookinBack #StillCantDoAPullup #RoutineIsTheEnemy #DidFranToday

MEMBER(S) OF THE WEEK: Cassien Harmsen & Marion Pouwels.

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Meet Cassien and Marion!! We asked them her some questions…

 

  1. What drove you to start CrossFit?

Cassien: A friend told me about the things CrossFitters do and I thought “Mmm I could do that” (haha).

Marion: My fiancé, Cassien, and getting fit for my work as a paramedic.

  1. How long have you been with CrossFit Pretoria?

Cassien: 2 years and 1 month

Marion: 1 year

  1. Who inspires you?

Cassien: All my friends that give me competition and motivation during wods.

Marion: Everyone that works really hard to improve.

  1. What are you doing when you are not at CrossFit?

Cassien: Working, sleeping, and thinking about the wod.

Marion: Working or sleeping.

  1. Interesting fact about you that people don’t know?

Cassien: Deep down I am actually a nerd (I love games).

Marion: I love to sing choir.

  1. What was your favourite childhood program?

Cassien: Pokemon.

Marion: Recess

  1. If you had a super power what would it be and why?

Cassien: To be able to control time.

Marion: To fly, I love the idea of being “free”.

  1. What would be your perfect workout?

Cassien: Murph. Anything light and long.

Marion: Anything involving snatches or deadlifts.

  1. What’s your favourite movement?

Cassien: Bar muscle-ups and cleans.

Marion: Power snatch and deadlift.

  1. What has been your most memorable moment at CrossFit Pretoria?

Cassien: I have 2: my first ring muscle up and 16.1 thinking there is no way I can do that and then smashing it.

Marion: When I got my first snatch.

MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Yasmine Kherekar

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Meet Yasmine!! We asked her some questions…

  1. What drove you to start CrossFit?

To become fit and healthy, but mostly because of the community and team spirit.

  1. How long have you been with CrossFit Pretoria?

I started in January 2013 till early 2014 then thought I could do CrossFit principles at a gym. Worst decision I ever made. Now I’ve been back since August 2016.

  1. Who inspires you?

All CrossFit Pretoria members because of their community spirit.

  1. What are you doing when you’re not at CrossFit?

Spending quality time with my 2 teenage angels.

  1. Interesting fact about you that people don’t know?

I would like to run a half marathon.

  1. What was your favorite childhood program?

Heidi. Because she always had the freedom to run the mountains with her friend Peter.

  1. If you had a superpower what would it be and why?

I would like to be like Wayde van Niekerk setting a new world record at the Olumpics.

  1. What would be your perfect workout?

Any workout that includes running.

  1. What’s your favorite movement?

Back squats and deadlifts.

  1. What has been your most memorable moment at CFP?

The moment my running started improving.

MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Sasha Maas

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Meet Sasha!! We asked her some questions..

1.What drove you to start CrossFit?

I love to exercise and be healthy so I joined CrossFit knowing that my muscle and strength would grow so that I can carry on doing sport which will help improve my asthma and make me much healthier than what I was.

2. How long have you been with CrossFit Pretoria?

I have been with CrossFit Pretoria since May 2015 and have been loving every day of it!

3. Who inspires you?

The person who inspires me the most is Armin Swanepoel. He was the coach in my first class and he told me that he also had asthma, and yet if you look at him, he is a beast. He inspires me because he works so hard to be healthy and be as strong as he is. I would love to be like him in the sense of being able to train and not worry about my asthma.

4. What are you doing when you’re not at CrossFit?

I do Crossfit at home!  I am blessed enough to have someone who loves training as much as I do so when I do not have CrossFit , Luke and I do our own body weight workouts at home. I also coach kids hurdles, softball and netball of which I have a passion for.

5. Interesting fact about you that people don’t know?

I have many snakes and spiders as pets. I have a love for all kinds of animals especially reptiles.

6. What was your favorite childhood program?

My favorite childhood program was Sponge Bob Squarepants. I always made sure that I recorded every single episode so that I wouldn’t miss one. Sponge Bob is always happy and I am always happy.

7. If you had a superpower what would it be and why?

If I had any super power I would have super speed. Then I could do workouts super fast and I can get things done much faster. Plus I wouldn’t need a car.

8. What would be your perfect workout?

The perfect workout for me would consist of anything body weight.

9. What’s your favorite movement?

At the moment it’s ring muscle ups. I feel really good when I do it and I can finally do 3 in a row every time without coming off the rings.

10. What has been your most memorable moment at CFP?

The  day I could feel that my lung capacity has improved. My lung capacity has grown since I had started CrossFit. And although sometimes I have my days of which my lungs do struggle, it is not as bad as what it was when I wasn’t doing CrossFit at all. Knowing and feeling how much I have improved made me feel positive about my training and my health.

 

CrossFit Pretoria Summer Showdown

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MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Cade Anderson

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Meet Cade!! We asked him some questions…

1. What drove you to start CrossFit?

A form of exercise that would challenge me and help me to improve my fitness and physique.

2. How long have you been with CrossFit Pretoria?

8 months

3. Who inspires you?

Everyone who always comes back again, no matter how stiff, sore or tired they are.

4. What are you doing when you’re not at CrossFit?

Studying or enjoying time with friends.

5. Interesting fact about you that people don’t know?

I used to represent South Africa in Karate.

6. What was your favorite childhood program?

Ed, Edd and Eddy.

7. If you had a superpower what would it be and why?

To Fly. It would be the coolest feeling.

8. What would be your perfect workout?

Anything without Wall Balls.

9. What’s your favorite movement?

I enjoy a good squat, front or back squat.

10. What has been your most memorable moment at CFP?

Tearing my pants doing front squats. It wasn’t pretty!

MEMBER OF THE WEEK: MIRON DAVIS

Member of the Week: Miron Davis

Meet Miron!! We asked him some questions…

1. What drove you to start CrossFit?

Tired of gyming and not achieving results. Crossfit permanently challenges my mental and physical strengths.

2. How long have you been with CrossFit Pretoria?

1 month.

3. Who inspires you?

Chad, Dan and Armin (my coaches).

4. What are you doing when you’re not at CrossFit?

Spend a lot of time with my family and friends.

5. Interesting fact about you that people don’t know?

I’m a bit of a nerd.

6. What was your favorite childhood program?

Star Wars and ET.

7. If you had a superpower what would it be and why?

Predict lotto numbers… think the reason is obvious.

8. What would be your perfect workout?

I don’t know, I’ve liked them all so far. I like a mix of different movements.

9. What’s your favorite movement?

Fav movement would be the muscle up (I’ll get there one day). Looks so cool, half the reason why I joined crossfit. The other half of the reason is I wanna look like Rich Froning.

10. What has been your most memorable moment at CFP?

First night I joined. People were very friendly and I got my first fist bump from a girl…

 

It’s about the work, not the score.

Glute Ham Developer (GHD) workshop, Friday 15 July.

Join us at CrossFit Pretoria this Friday, 15 July, at 18:30 for a 30 minute lecture on the GHD.

After the lecture you’ll have the opportunity to get on the GHD and get coached on how to use it correctly.

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