CrossFit Jozi

Written by Brianna Smity

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Rows of chrome and motorised machinery have become the signature of today’s commercial ‘gyms.’ Weight-training routines that emphasise applying isolation movements in a bodybuilding manner, along with some ‘cardio’ performed at a moderate intensity to keep you in the ‘fat-burning zone’ is what you’ll find the bulk of gym-goers performing today. Many will continue to follow the same boring routines despite not seeing any real and sustainable results. While others, frustrated with the lack of progress, will engage in a high volume of endurance-based training such as running and cycling or attempt many of the other fitness fads out there like pole dancing, Swiss ball training or even the use of a balance band. Regardless of which group, chances are they aren’t really achieving their desired results or are being led to believe that they truly are fit. True, you probably aren’t going to get very far with that form of training, and no, you aren’t fit; unless of course you’re doing CrossFit.

CrossFit is a fitness program that uses constantly varied (always changing) functional movements (essential to everyday life or sport) applied at a high intensity (relative to your fitness level). It is designed to increase your capacity (ability to do work) over a much different time (from short to long duration) and modal (any physical task) domains. CrossFit develops a broad and general fitness that prepares you for the unknown and unknowable because, in life and sport, you rarely know what you are going to come up against.

The CrossFit program is designed to be universally scalable making it the perfect method for any committed individual, regardless of their current fitness level and experience. The same routines are used for the elderly trying to stay healthy and for cage fighters preparing for competition bouts. The load and volume is scaled according to your needs. The program does not change because in CrossFit they believe that the needs of elite athletes and grandparents differ by degree, not by kind.

CrossFit is also ‘The Sport of Fitness” because it emphasises personal athletic achievement. The coaches are dedicated to helping you become stronger, fitter and faster, and you can test this by tracking your performances over time or by pitting yourself against fellow CrossFitters during workouts or events. CrossFit events have you preparing for the complete unknown. Event details are typically released one or two days before the event, leaving you no time to specialise; life, and sports in general, punish the specialist.

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Where and how do you CrossFit? CrossFit is an open-source model which means that each of the 2000 plus CrossFit affiliated gyms worldwide post workouts on their sites daily, for their communities and for the rest of the world to observe what they’re doing. You can attempt the workouts at home or at a gym, but you won’t be receiving the full effect of CrossFit. You probably aren’t familiar with many of the movements, and one of the first rules in CrossFit states that movement technique precedes intensity. You are unlikely to have the sort of equipment you would find in a CrossFit “box” or the space required to use the equipment. Most importantly, you will not have the guidance of an expert coach. In CrossFit, the science lies in the movement, the art in the programming, and the benefit lies within group coaching. So if you’re interested, then get down to an official CrossFit affiliate.

There are now eight official affiliates in South Africa spread between Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. The newest addition to the local and global family of affiliates is CrossFit Jozi in Bedfordview, Johannesburg. CrossFit Jozi is offering a unique fitness experience, to both new and existing CrossFitters.

CrossFit Jozi is an institute offering an empirical and results-driven fitness program for anyone – elite athletes and grandparents alike. Imtiaz Desai MSc (Hons), Head Coach, applies his exercise science background with CrossFit methodology to guide your nutrition and training in an effort to improve your physical performance. This includes the use of gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, kettle bells, medicine balls, as well as running, rowing and skipping. The aim at CrossFit Jozi is to enhance your functional capacity, that is, to improve your capability of performing tasks and activities that are essential to everyday life and sport.

The community at CrossFit Jozi is diverse. It includes stay-at-home mums, business executives, tri-athletes, grandparents, martial artists and people rehabilitating from injury or illness. Regardless of your fitness level, training experience or how you earn a living, you will benefit from the world-class coaching at CrossFit Jozi.

At CrossFit Jozi, you will find a welcoming, supportive, professional and fun environment. To us, fitness is a way of life. So we are dedicated to educate, inspire and motivate you towards your health and fitness goals. The training is unconventional, the results are dramatic, and the atmosphere is one of support and camaraderie.

CrossFit Jozi is in the very early stages of opening. The bathroom facilities are in the process of being built and the inside of the box is awaiting the touch of a tag artist. Classes are however being conducted at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm from Monday to Thursday and at 8:00 am on Saturday. The classes are steadily growing in size, along with the competition and performance of the members! To get started at CrossFit Jozi contact Imtiaz to schedule an introductory session in which your movement competency will be assessed, your goals discussed and to introduce you to a typical CrossFit workout. Introductory sessions are typically held on Saturdays at 9:00 am. However, there are times available during weekdays if the Saturday slot doesn’t suit you.

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Given the infancy of the CrossFit Jozi facility, they are offering complimentary memberships until the bathroom facilities are complete. That’s right, world-class coaching in Jozi, absolutely FREE! CrossFit Jozi is calling out to those who think they’re fit, have been trying to get fit, want to get fit, or are couch-fit to come in and challenge themselves. They guarantee that if you follow their nutrition guidelines, train consistently and give it everything you have when you do, the results you achieve will be far superior to any previous fitness gains you might have achieved. Be it cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, stamina, speed, power, flexibility, balance, agility, accuracy or co-ordination. You need to get in quick; class sizes are limited to 15 athletes to ensure everyone receives the necessary individual attention, and the bathrooms are scheduled to be complete in six weeks. By the end of the six weeks, you will be hooked!


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About the author


Brianna Smity

Hey! My name is Brianna Smity and I'm majoring in Integrative Public Relations and minoring in Multimedia Design at University of Southern California ( I love drawing and painting and I spend a lot of my time outdoors, more specifically on the water. I love to paddle board, boat, kayak, rollerblade, and bike. I LIVE for dogs and I would own 500 if I could. I have a black lab puppy named Luna and I miss her everyday I'm here at CMU. I love to listen to music, my taste is pretty diverse, but I am especially into 90s pop and alternative. My guilty pleasure is watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, yes I know, but I am ADDICTED. My ultimate goal is to hopefully run social media platforms for a large company such as Victoria's Secret or Kylie Cosmetics.

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