\"I WAS OVERWEIGHT FROM MY EARLY CHILDHOOD AND BY AGE OF 15
I WEIGHED 124KG. I WAS A VERY SICKLY CHILD GROWING UP AND WOULD GET ILL AT LEAST 3 TIMES THROUGH WINTER EACH YEAR\"
I was overweight from my early childhood and by the age of 15, I weighed 124kg (currently I weigh +-77kg). I was a very sickly child growing up and would get ill at least 3 times through winter each year.
I have experienced many diets in my life. I have always enjoyed sports and being an active kid playing sports. I competed in all the events at athletics, I did karate, swimming, played tennis, rugby, soccer and cricket. However, my love for food and sugary foods would always out balance my activities. Even though I would constantly be on diets and be part of diet support groups, I would lose weight but as soon as I returned to my accustomed way of living I would put on most of the weight again. Being Greek, my mom always knew how to cook tasty, rich, high calorie dishes which I could not resist. I was also brought up being told that I must finish all the food on my plate, and eat all the food prepared, otherwise it will go to waste!
\"I SPEND ALOT OF MY TIME HELPING PEOPLE...\"
We all need someone that understands what we are going through.
Being a trainer these past 9 years I have learnt that we all need someone to believe in us and support us. Everyone has unique skills and abilities that they cannot see, helping them find their strengths and by making them aware of their weaknesses, we find a centre point which is crucial in them achieving their goals.
I spent a lot of my time doing research and reading up about exercise and nutrition. With the aid of Precision Nutrition’s Nutrition Coaching Course, I have been able to use the system to advise and coach people on the importance of good nutrition. I now know that every person is different and has unique requirements depending on their body type, however, the perfect starting point for any person is “eat meat veggies, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar”. I spend a lot of time helping people who are looking for a second chance in life, they need someone who can guide them and give them accurate advice and support and has personal experience.
\"CROSSFIT HAS BEEN A GREAT AID TO MY PROGRAMMING\"
Crossfit has been a great aid to my programming. It has been the key that helped me make exercise fun, effective, challenging and scalable to fit all. I have used Crossfit to help make difference in various peoples performance, from competitive athletes, to over 60 year olds, to disabled people without limbs and even people who had recovered from heart bypass’s and unable to exercise. Today they are even fitter and stronger than some 18 year olds.
I was first introduced to Crossfit in 2008 when I stumbled across news leading to the 2008 games and I have been hooked ever since. I have been a fan of Greg Glassman’s work from when he used to be with Gym Jones.
\"MY FAVORITE ATHLETE IS JASON KHALIPA\"
I am a big fan of all the athletes and competitors as each one is an amazing individual, they tend to give back and get involved in society and each have an inspirational story. My favourite athlete is Jason Khalipa. As a person he is a very welcoming, friendly and full of optimism, he never fails to see a good thing in any given challenge. He makes those around him feel good and gives them a sense of hope. He has never given up in any Crossfit games he has competed in, he did not even give up when he was coming almost stone last after the hill run on the 1st event of 2009 games, he even managed to make top 10 that year. We should all take it as lesson to never give up no matter how the odds may seem to be against us, never giving up builds something in you. Others around you will see it and it will give them hope. There truly is always hope, you must never give up.
\"GOT INVOLVED WITH THE CROSSFIT COMMUNITY\"
I try to get involved and support as many Crossfit events as I can, I find they are lots of fun and I enjoy seeing everyone and catching up. The community is very welcoming and supportive to everyone, young and old - everyone is treated as family. I have a great interest in the Regionals every year, I have rooted and followed the African athlete that competed each year at the CrossFit Pacific Regionals.
\"MY AIM IS TO OPEN PEOPLES EYES TO A WORLD THEY NEVER KNEW EXISTED AND TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE PERSONAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS GOALS\"
It has been a dream of mine to have my own gym and training facility, however, to make this dream perfect it would have to be a Crossfit facility. I love the Crossfit community and would give anything to be able to help the future Crossfit community grow and give back to the current Pretoria Crossfit community in South Africa. My aim is to open people’s eyes to a world they never knew existed and to help them achieve personal exercise and fitness goals that they one day wished they could achieve.
By coaching through a CrossFit training facility in a area that has great potential and interest in CrossFit. I want to introduce CrossFit to people of all age, race, gender, religion and especially to people with disabilities or special needs. I want to get involved and support various organizations as Crossfit has done within Kenya. Introducing the world to the Crossfit community and showing them how we care and want to make this world a better place. I also want to help and support charities through fun fitness fundraising events.
\"HAVING 6 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS A TRAINER, INSTRUCTOR, COACH, FOOD ADVISER, BELIEVER AND STUDENT OF CROSSFITS TEACHING SINCE 2008...\"
Having 9 years of experience as a trainer, instructor, coach, food adviser believer, and student of Crossfit’s teachings since 2008 I believe I am capable and confident enough to successfully run a Crossfit gym and starting a successful community. I am a successful trainer with good coaching, motivational and food nutritional coaching skills. I have always given my very best and changed 100s of people’s lives. I believe with a Crossfit affiliation I will be able to expand my helping hand to 100s more if not 1000s.
I love my job, I won’t lie I cannot consider it as being a job. Its my passion and calling in life, its what I spend my free time doing every day. I am always ready to give my everything, and get my hands dirty without a second thought. I am constantly studying and practicing new concepts and doing research to expand my knowledge and experience to become a better coach and person, it never ends. I am easy to get along with, I enjoy meeting new people, and I am open minded, I am comfortable with change as needed. I am always ready and able to make a difference and change lives.