MEMBER PROFILE: JACO VAN ZYL

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A JOB?

I’m a Software Developer at BBD.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINING AT CFJ EAST?

Around four months.

HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT CrossFit?

Can’t really say. Have heard about it a very long time ago, but only started looking into it properly just before we started.

WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING THAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED AT CFJ EAST?

Pretty much all the Olympic lifts. After the Chiro said I shouldn’t/can’t ever squat again, every day is an achievement for me!

WHAT CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH HAVE YOU NOTICED SINCE STARTING CrossFit?

I used to have back and neck pain 80% of the time because of my scoliosis. Since I started CrossFit that has gone away completely. I used to also have extreme back pain in the past when I tried to squat, which is gone now also. No more skipping leg day!

FAVOURITE EXERCISE?

I’ve got a big love/hate relationship going with pull-ups. Ring dips is also awesome. Basically most of the gymnastics stuff.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN CrossFit?

Anything legs related and back/shoulder mobility. My legs are far behind, but now I can finally train them again thanks to CrossFit and some great coaching!

LIST SOME OF YOUR GOALS.

–        Muscle ups

–        Skipping

–        Handstands

–        Doubling my current squat weight J

WHAT IS YOUR NUTRITION FIT? (Paleo, Zone, anything and everything, etc.)

Sugar free as far as possible, and some loose calorie counting.

 

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