“Why are you lying on the floor?”, Jobst asks me. “I don’t think I can stand, my quads are so broken.” I reply, while gasping for breath. “Awesome!” he replies.

I had just done 2 sets of 500m rowing, followed by 20m walking lunges and 20 wall balls to round it all off.

I didn’t go into CrossFit as an overweight, haven’t exercised in years couch potato; though I would be lying if I said that I had never been there.

After finishing university a “few” years ago I came to the realisation that ignoring exercise had resulted in a deterioration in my health. That started my fitness and healthy lifestyle change (my friends call it an obsession, semantics really). I focused on bodyweight conditioning and had moderate success with changing my lifestyle, mastered handstand pushups, 1 arm pushups, pistols squats lost a lot of weight but hit a plateau after a while.

It was pure coincidence that I entered the Reebok/Men’s Health Competition last year. I had simply been browsing Men’s Health Online when I saw the competition. I entered and promptly forgot about it. It came as a great surprise when Shannon from Reebok contacted me and told me I had won a whole bunch of awesome Reebok gear and a 6month contract at a CrossFit “box”.

“CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains. These domains are: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.” says Greg Glassman. I couldn’t say it any better than the founder of CrossFit so I won’t try.

How It combines elements of running/sprinting/swimming with basic gymnastics, Olympic lifting, powerlifting and bodyweight conditioning exercises (as well as a few extra things which are hard to put into a group). The end result you ask? Well that would be me dying in a corner somewhere post workout. More importantly it increased my overall fitness substantially, made me lose 8 kg’s from 93 kg to 85 kg in about 8 weeks (eating correctly too of course), put on some more muscle and decrease my bodyfat percentage a fair amount.

I have also seen gains in my strength and other fitness skills though this is a little harder to define. Examples are that I have managed to master strict muscle ups (1 step closer to being van Gelder) and double under skipping.

I am very lucky to have been given the privilege to be a member of Cape Crossfit. They truly are a premiere crossfit gym in South Africa. The trainers are all top notch and cover all bases. The knowledge and skills that they have shared have been invaluable to me. I had reached a plateau in my fitness which I was struggling to break through, but in the six months I have been here I have probably learnt more about fitness and health than in the 5 years of stumbling around in the dark by myself.

Thank you Reebok for kitting me out in all the gear that i could possibly have needed and thanks to Jobst at Cape CrossFit for giving me this opportunity. You have all taught me how to fish, as opposed to just handing me a fish (hypothetically speaking).