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David Haarburger

I’ve been training at CrossFit Jozi since:
May 2013

I discovered CrossFit through:
I used to go to (virgin active) gym quite often. However, I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to achieve. Eventually I got bored, so I searched the internet for a more interesting way of keeping fit. I found this thing called “Crossfit” which looked extremely challenging but fun. I thought “Hey, I wonder if they have any boxes in South Africa?”

The most significant change in my health since starting CrossFit has been:
My fitness. I never realized how unfit I was until I did my first Fran. I’m a lot fitter now than when I started crossfit but it has been a slow uphill battle.

My biggest challenge in CrossFit is:
Overhead head work: overhead squats and snatches. I can keep a bar above my head or I can squat – not both.

What keeps you coming back?
The encouragement from the crossfit staff and other athletes. It’s hard to describe the feeling when there are 20 seconds left on the clock, I’m sore all over, I can’t breathe, my hands are ripped to shreds, and the coaches are shouting at me to get another 3 reps in. It really helps me find my limits.

If I could use one word to describe myself it would be:

My favorite activity outside of CrossFit is:
Reading, watching movies, sleeping. Anything that doesn’t involve exercise.

My favorite place to eat in Jozi is:
Spur. Or anywhere you don’t have to worry about the kids.

My proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Jozi is:
Handstand push-ups. I’ve spent a lot of time in the headstand position, pushing down at the floor and going nowhere. It’s nice to finally have this move under my belt.

My goals for the remainder of the year are:
The year is almost over but I would really like to achieve a reliable muscle-up. I feel like I’m so close. I’ve been so close for months now – but it keeps escaping me.

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