Get fit and tough the natural way doing ‘simple’ things

2015-09-10 06:00
=CrossFit exercising is not repetitive and can be enjoyed in the outdoors. Here are instructors Heindrich Deysel and Evan Labuschagne at their gym in Despatch
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=CrossFit exercising is not repetitive and can be enjoyed in the outdoors. Here are instructors Heindrich Deysel and Evan Labuschagne at their gym in Despatch .

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Reality programmes like Survivor have more than once proved that it not always is the person with the intimidating muscles that is the strongest. The tough ones often are those skinny ones, with no bold biceps or top-heavy torsos.

Since the opening of the CrossFit Gym at Despatch at the beginning of 2015, several local sporting enthusiasts have joined in this multiple exercise and sport fitness programme which is based on functional movements.

“What makes this gym different from main stream gyms is that we do not make use of exercise machines. We focus on all-round exercises utilizing your own body weight and free weights. We also include outdoor exercising,” said Heindrich Deysel, who together with Evan Labuschagne opened the CrossFit Gym at Despatch. They both are qualified instructors and have studied Human Science Movement and Sports Management.

It is conveniently situated at the Despatch high school and many of the school’s learners involved with sports have also joined the functional fitness fraternity.

“It is straight forward, functional and simple movements which have survived the test of time as they give results. Something as simple as picking up a shopping bag can be a form of exercise if you do it the right way,” said Labuschagne.

“It is, however, high intensity exercising and we focus on ten key aspects like speed, balance, accuracy, flexibility, co-ordination, stamina and cardiovascular endurance.

Core training is the most important and the exercises are tailored and scaled to meet individual’s needs.”

The exercise programme includes a combination of functional movements like running, pushing and pulling, a bit of gymnastics, kick-boxing, weightlifting and workouts that constantly vary and are challenging.

“Exercises are not repetitive and there always is a surprise element. Members simply love it as they never know what exercise will be next. I must admit the sense of camaraderie and support causes an enhanced excitement,” said Deysel.

There is no quick fix for fitness. In order to get the most out of an exercise, you have to have a strong will and be committed. Being fit feels good, it inspires and in some way or another contributes to encouraging others to consider favourably the idea of living a healthier lifestyle.

)Classes at Despatch high school gym during weekdays (8 classes/day). The duration of a fitness class is one hour. Enquiries: Heindrich Deysel 076 200 4339 or Evan Labuschagne 083 445 7611 or go to: www.crossfitdespatch.co.za

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