Here are a few kind words and success stories from our CrossFit BrackenGate happy campers.
Daily motivation, inspiration, blood, sweat and tears, but what I gained is priceless in losing weight and reach a level of fitness. With an instructor who takes the time to care and assist, physically and emotionally, is rare, but guidance in the fitness program each step of the way even through pregnancy – AJ Visser is not just your every day professional instructor, he is a leader, a friend and an inspiration that proves to you that you are capable of lots more than what you thought you were.
Crossfit became a way of life for me, not just the fitness routine, but also building my self-confidence, tolerance, perseverance, the battle against glucose intolerance and depression are conquered every day.
I didn’t find Crossfit, it found me. A friend whom I haven’t seen for a long time visited me over the December holidays 2015. She was horrified at the sight of me as I kind of let go after the kids. So in February, she pointed me to AJ and the Crossfit Brackengate box. Called me every day until I made that call. So I did.
I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. And even with all my excuses, AJ managed to get me to a basics class while being out of country. When I arrived, I was so scared watching other athletes do their thing. I almost turned around and went back home to do the couch potato thing, but I was spotted and couldn’t leave.
The first thing I noticed was that everyone stopped at what they were doing to say Hi and welcomed me with open arms. The walrus on the side-lines. Not something I was used to.
Anyway, starting was tough and going back every time was tougher. Not because of the hard work, but because I couldn’t do the most basic movements like a sit-up or rope skipping or even a squat. It was a terrible feeling, but also a rude awakening that the notion of “kind of let go” was way off. I was killing myself. I couldn’t even run 200m.
Today, I am strong. I can do about 40 sit-ups before I feel tired. I can jog 1km without stopping (still difficult by the way). But thanks to the great coaches and the awesome support from all the other athletes in all shapes and sizes, we do it together. I am down 16kg’s and in the best condition I have been in the last 13 years. Both mentally and physically. Crossfit changed all aspects of my life (I know it sounds like a cliché, but it is the truth). AJ and the rest of team at CFBG is just amazing, pushing me beyond my limits in a way that is both positive and encouraging (Yes, I swear at them a lot during a workout, LOL. But then after I catch my breath I am soooo thankful for the hard work they put in to make me a better version of myself).
If it weren’t for the great coaches, I would have quit a long time ago, like I did with all the other fad diets and easy short cuts to weight loss.
Instead of focusing on losing weight and dieting, my mindset changed. I consider myself an athlete that eats healthy now. I don’t look it yet, but I am one step closer.
It’s the sense of being part of something, a community that makes our box great. We are a family, not just gym buddies. Big and small, fast and slow, fit and me – we encourage each other along the way.
Thanks AJ, you guys are doing a magnificent job!
I was deprived of the ability to do sports at a very young age. Desperate to get back into a fitter and healthier lifestyle and feel the competitiveness and adrenaline of sport again, I decided to turn to CrossFit.
I believe that not only CrossFit itself, but the specific environment which is CrossFit BrackenGate, is what has been so life changing for me up until now. My progress, fitness and lifestyle has increased unimaginably in the few months that I have been involved with this community and I feel like a new person who can compete at higher levels each day.
My journey started end of November 2015 and now, 7 months later, I walk into this place every day I like to call home and learn so much from each day with the greatest atmosphere and the friendliest people on earth!
Thank you CrossFit BrackenGate and thank you coach AJ for changing my life!
I joined the CrossFit BrackenGate box roughly a year after breaking my right femur in a motorcycle accident at the persistence of my wife Catherine who was training there at the time. Initially I was very reluctant to even start training as I had very poor muscle definition in my upper leg due to a year of inactivity and a right knee & hip that had lost a lot of tendon stability. To be honest, I couldn’t even walk properly without constant pain and a pronounced limp.
Before starting my training, I had a long chat with coach AJ about my limitations regarding physical movements etc. and he reassured me that he would scale all exercises according to my current ability and pain threshold. It was a humbling experience at first, I’ve always been a sports orientated individual and here I was having to take baby steps to learn to walk properly again, never mind attempting some of the more complex movements.
Initially I had to walk while the rest jogged during warmups and workouts and my movements of exercises like Squats and Wall Balls was limited to about ¼ range of movement. Admittedly, that first month was tough. My body rebelled with muscular pain and some days I was forced to miss a day or two of training while my muscles adapted to this new routine. While I thought it was only my leg that would be a problem it turned out that the rest of my body had suffered from my accident as well as I had very poor posture from limping for so long.
It took 3 months of consistent “scaled” training of 3 x Crossfit sessions per week before I started noticing that both my movement and mobility started improving rather dramatically. My body had started to adapt to this new routine and I could see the muscle definition returning to my leg but I was still limited by my range of movement. Coach AJ then focussed on incorporating pre & post stretching exercises into my routine and this worked wonders for my mobility.
After 6 months of CF training I was able to jog fairly comfortably with the rest of my CF family (you get close when you sweat together) during workouts and my range of mobility had improved enough that I was able to do full Squats and Wall Balls although with limited weights. My overall strength had improved enough that I was able to return to racing my Offroad Motorcycle, although only in the Social Class where the races are reduced to 2hrs long.
It’s now been just over a year of regular Crossfit training and I have full mobility and range of movement back in my right leg. I’m able to run, skip, jump, squat and do just about any other exercise you can possibly think of, even handstands.
My muscle tone has improved dramatically and I’m back to racing 3hr Offroads in the Masters league without any issues.
To be honest, I’m now in a lot better shape physically than I was before my accident and I owe it all to Coach AJ and his team from CrossFit BrackenGate. His persistence and focus on the correct form and posture while doing routines exercises helped hugely with my rehabilitation and I was never extended beyond what I believed my body could handle at the time. That has all changed now that I’m fully fit and I get pushed at every session but now it’s a different story because I know my body can handle the punishment.
Thanks CrossFit BrackenGate, you guys rock !!!
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I got hooked on CrossFit while watching the 2014 CrossFit games in 2015 when Camille Le blanc Bazinet became the fittest female on earth. She was my motivation to become fitter and to achieve that kind of physique.
In February 2016 I joined CrossFit BrackenGate for intro classes and instantly felt at home. Everyone was helpful and friendly.
The coaches at CrossFit BrackenGate explain movement technique in detail during every class, so you will never feel lost. Should you need help they are always there to give you a hand or advice.
BrackenGate is my second home. Everyone cheers you on. The one finishing last gets the loudest cheers and after a WOD high 5’s are always shared among the coaches and fellow athletes.
CrossFit is for everyone… every shape, size and even for the pregnant ladies (every fitness level/goals) – no one ever puts you down or thinks they are better than anyone. Even the best athletes are still learning something new every day. Everyone is busy building on their own improvements and goals. Your best is your best!
Come join CrossFit BrackenGate even if it is just for the intro classes. You will feel right at home. That I promise you. You will meet awesome coaches and strong willed athletes that will support you, cheer you on and give you all the advice you need.
Come and say hi to me when you are around 🙂