For this month’s Athlete of the month we’ve chosen Leander. Leander has been training with CFJ East for less than a year but has made incredible progress during the CrossFit Games Open 2015 season, his support for fellow athletes and his determination to work on his more challenging movements – The Olympic Lifts over the last few months have contributed to. What you put in, you get out.
March: Leander van Tonder
I’ve been training at CrossFit Jozi East since: 1 August 2014.
I discovered CrossFit through: My wonderful wife, Sarah Wethmar. However, Ashley Hills assisted in persuading me…
The most significant change in my health since starting CrossFit has been: That I have a lot more energy to assist me in my profession. Also, for the first time in my life I feel physically “strong”.
My biggest challenge at CrossFit is: Getting this body of almost 2 meters to “kipp” swing unbroken – somehow my body refuses to work with me in this respect. Also handstands!!!
The fact that for one (1) whole hour I only need to focus on breathing and picking up the “f@#king bar”! That simple mantra makes me forget about all of my daily stress …? keeps me coming back.
If I could use one word to describe myself it would be: Determined.
My favourite activity outside of CrossFit is: Watching movies and my favourite series! As an Afrikaans male, obviously hunting!
My favourite place to eat in Jozi is: All the places that Chalmar Beef provides meat to! There’s a lot of them in Jozi!!!
My proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Jozi East is: Doing a “Double under”! Somehow my co-ords all came together on that day!
My goals for the remainder of the year are: To excel at Olympic Lifting – Saturdays here I come…