This October is Marathon Month at JEFF.

In partnership with Cipla

What's your type of marathon? For some of us, it's a 21km run and for others, it's a JEFF home workout followed by watching 2 episodes on Netflix.
While Johno and Elana Meyer will be running the Cape Town Marathon, we don't all have a 42km run as our goal. But we all have our own personal marathons that we choose!

As we set our goals for October, tell us what your personal marathon is for October. Be it logging 3 workouts in a row, cutting out bad habits over the weekends (like one too many "Netflix marathons"), making sure to connect with our loved ones frequently, setting aside time to journal and reflect, or running on the road, we all have our mountains to climb.

Use the hashtag #mypersonalmarathon and stand a chance to WIN.

 

Be the first to find out about the challenges launching in June.

 

OUR JEFF MAY CHALLENGES ARE HERE! 

WHAT'S NEW THIS MONTH?

NEW

21-DAY CHALLENGE

✓ adidas 21-Day Run for the Oceans Challenge

NEW

45-DAY CHALLENGE

 INTRODUCING JULS' ISLAND CHALLENGE

This May, we're heading to Mauritius! Explore islands and earn an iconic medal!

WHICH CHALLENGE WILL YOU ACCEPT?

Need some help to decide? Take the quiz below to find out which Challenge aligns most with your goals.

 

Here’s the plan for the month of October!

The Cape Town Marathon

Join us as we build up to the Cape Town marathon on the 17th of October: Johno and Elana Meyer will be running in support of Miles for Smiles and Endurocad and you are invited to take part in our Miles for Smiles virtual run to do the same!

Run 100,00 KMs with us!

Hit the trails or stroll around your neighbourhood, we’re challenging you, and the whole JEFF community to collectively log 100,000 km during the month of October to raise awareness for the Miles for Smiles Foundation & Endurocad.

Challenge yourself!

  • Take part in one of our exciting 21-day or 45-day October challenges including our new Running challenge featuring Elana Meyer, Johno, Coach Sakkie and Coach Lee as they help us improve our running.

The Miles for Smiles Virtual Run

Join the JEFF community on Saturday 16 October for our Miles for Smiles Virtual Run as we run to help raise funds for Operation Smile, an organization helping children receive life-changing surgery for cleft palates and hair lips, enabling them to truly thrive.

Earn the MagUp Badge

Log 5 exercise dots and a JEFF Ed dot during the third week of October (18th to 24th) to earn your Magup badge this month and stand to WIN an awesome MagUp hamper, courtesy of Cipla!

Weekly education sessions

We have a lineup of JEFF Eds and Podcasts from renowned doctors educating us on muscle recovery and improving performance and general wellness.

The Cape Town Marathon

Join us as we build up to the Cape Town marathon on the 17th of October: Johno and Elana Meyer will be running in support of Miles for Smiles and Endurocad and you are invited to take part in our Miles for Smiles virtual run to do the same!

Run 100,000 KMs with us!

Hit the trails or stroll around your neighbourhood, we’re challenging you, and the whole JEFF community to collectively log 100,000 km during the month of October to raise awareness for the Miles for Smiles Foundation & Endurocad.

Challenge yourself!

  • Take part in one of our exciting 21-day or 45-day October challenges including our new Running challenge featuring Elana Meyer, Johno, Coach Sakkie and Coach Lee as they help us improve our running.

The Miles for Smiles Virtual Run

Join the JEFF community on Saturday 16 October for our Miles for Smiles Virtual Run as we run to help raise funds for Operation Smile, an organization helping children receive life-changing surgery for cleft palates and hair lips, enabling them to truly thrive.

Earn the MagUp Badge

Log 5 exercise dots and a JEFF Ed dot during the third week of October (18th to 24th) to earn your Magup badge this month and stand to WIN an awesome MagUp hamper, courtesy of Cipla!

Weekly education sessions

We have a lineup of JEFF Eds and Podcasts from renowned doctors educating us on muscle recovery and improving performance and general wellness.

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

MEET AMY & GREG

MEET AMY

Amy Wilson Hardy is an English rugby player. She fell in love with rugby at the age of 11 and her passion for the game fuelled her to reach the Rio Olympic Games, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and World Cup in 7s and a World Cup in 15s.

She currently plays for the English Premiership side Wasps. She loves training hard and thrives off the feeling you get after you have given everything you have. Outside of rugby and training she has two beautiful dogs, Rio and Hugo. She loves cooking, being outside and walking the dogs but also loves a lazy evening snuggled up on the sofa.

MEET GREG

Greg comes from a family of coaches and teachers. Therefore it comes as no surprise that he has grown up with a natural love for exercise and a respect for how a good coach or teacher can change lives. Having played provincial rugby and waterpolo for 5 years and coached for over 15 years, he knows the importance of an ‘all round’ approach to health – emphasizing the mental, physical and emotional.

In 2012, his own sporting career hit a major stumbling block when he had to undergo surgery. The difficult recovery process taught him patience, resilience and how important it is to listen to your body. It was during this time that Greg made the decision to set the career goal to commit to his love for health, exercise and people.

Greg has always had a huge passion for helping others reach their goals and their full potential. As such, Greg combines a nurturing, empathetic approach with huge enthusiasm and motivation.

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

Join Amy, Greg and JEFF’s global fitness community as we tour around the United Kingdom in this 45-day virtual Challenge. There’s never been a more important time to exercise, eat well and have fun touring the beautiful UK, together!


Supported by a daily accountability group, and led by the incredible Amy and Greg, this Challenge will have you completing awesome workouts each day live or on playback as we tour our way through London, Marlow, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Brighton and back to London! Complete 5 workouts a week and stand a chance to win awesome prizes.

Equipment Required: Weights

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

This challenge includes:

✓ Day-by-day activity plan

✓ Day-by-day eating plan

✓ Daily accountability support in 7-person teams

DON'T MISS OUT

Space is limited and registration for these challenges closes at midday on Saturday the 7th of August.

Fitness Level Required: Beginner - Intermediate

Only £ 70/ R1450

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

MEET LOUIS AND EDGAR

MEET LOUIS

Coach Louis was taught about discipline and the importance of a healthy lifestyle from a young age, and he’s never looked back. Louis played semi-professional rugby with the Sharks then went on to a career in personal training.

He believes that a positive mindset and hard work achieves anything and his passion lies in helping people to change their lives positively – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Personally, he loves family time and being busy – you won’t catch Coach Louis in front of the TV… unless there’s sport on!

MEET EDGAR

As an elite South African powerlifter, Coach Edgar has a passion for strength and conditioning. This passion and experience, coupled with his background in biokinetics and Masters in Human Movement Science from Nelson Mandela University, has allowed him to train a vast array of people from different walks of life towards the goal of becoming their strongest selves, both physically and mentally.

Coach Edgar believes that everyone should have the opportunity to see and experience the beauty and power that their bodies are capable of achieving. Fitness is for everyone who is willing to work at it. It is what we were designed to do.

With his happy and enthusiastic personality, Coach Edgar is always excited to meet new people and form strong bonds with open and honest conversations to not only to understand the “what” but also the “why” of their goals, dreams and aspirations.

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

Louis and Ed have created a Men’s Fitness Challenge especially for men wanting to make meaningful progress towards improved strength and fitness in just 21 days.

Equipment Required: You will need light weights to complete this challenge.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

This challenge includes:

✓ Day-by-day activity plan

✓ Day-by-day eating plan

✓ Daily accountability support in 7-person teams

DON'T MISS OUT

Space is limited and registration for these challenges closes at midday on Saturday the 7th of August.

Fitness Level Required: Intermediate - Advanced

Only R 750

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

MEET SERI

MEET SERI

Our JEFF Unicorn! This fiery, 32-year old professional water polo player played international level for over 10 years, both in the US, South Africa and Australia. With a heart for others, Seri is passionate about not only engaging with, but helping individuals discover and realise their value and worth. She firmly believes that exercise is a mind and body cleanser - and the healing power behind this!

Seri is married to the love of her life, Jay, and together they have the cutest pups on the planet.

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

Led by the incredible athlete, Seri has specially designed this challenge for anyone wanting to make meaningful progress towards improved strength in just 21 days and breaking the barriers of strong being the new skinny in the changing world.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

This challenge includes:

✓ Day-by-day activity plan

✓ Day-by-day eating plan

✓ Daily accountability support in 7-person teams

DON'T MISS OUT

Space is limited and registration for these challenges closes at midday on Saturday the 4th of September.

Fitness Level Required: Beginner - Intermediate

Only R 750

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

MEET JOHNO, KATE & ADRIAN

MEET JOHNO

International sports conditioning specialist and performance coach, a powerhouse of positivity and endless energy, especially when it comes to health and fitness.

Johno’s passion for fitness began in his school days, when he discovered the power that lay in strapping on a pair of running shoes and putting in the consistent effort to transform himself from an unfit kid into a successful sportsman.

Johno has worked with South Africa’s top national sports teams, helping athletes to rehabilitate, transform and prepare themselves for significant sporting career milestones. It is through JEFF (Johno’s E-Fitness Faculty) that he has brought his true passion to life: helping everyday people to change themselves for the better, forever.

MEET KATE

Kate is all about connecting with people on a personal level. Her purpose is to help people to find healthy tools that really work for them; building their self esteem, encouraging self-love and guiding them to be their best selves along the way.

She’s personally passionate about using fitness as a therapy – she loves being active and she believes that exercise has the potential to unlock great healing and happiness in people.

Kate’s genuine, empathetic energy makes her the perfect coach. She’s a great listener, offering her clients a safe space to be open, to unpack their life challenges and to work in real partnership with her towards their goals.

MEET ADRIAN

Adrian is a sports scientist, dietitian and performance nutritionist. He believes that nutrition can make or break your success; a well structured training plan loses its effectiveness when it doesn’t tie in with a considered nutrition plan.

He has a passion for sport, exercise and good food and helping others to appreciate these things too. He loves long distance running with a few ultra marathons under his belt. He’s a husband and dad of two, squeezing in a run wherever he can. Trail and time on the mountain makes him happy.

His purpose is to share the power of food, encourage people to appreciate what their bodies can do – and to enjoy the views along the way!

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

The 21-Day Spring into Summer Challenge, led by Johnon Kate and Adrian and brought to you by Cipla has been specially designed for those looking to take their fitness level up a notch! This Challenge will include focussed warm-up routines and periodised exercise sessions on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays and a day-by-day eating plan to optimise your nutrition for fitness. There will be a different lead for each week, each bringing in their own personality and knowledge to each week.

Equipment Required: You will need light weights to complete this challenge.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

This challenge includes:

✓ Day-by-day activity plan

✓ Day-by-day eating plan

✓ Daily accountability support in 7-person teams

DON'T MISS OUT

Space is limited and registration for these challenges closes at midnight on Friday the 3rd of September.

Fitness Level Required: Beginner - Intermediate

Only R 750

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

MEET DOMINIQUE

Dominique is a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor from Stellenbosch who is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Women’s Health.

As an avid adventurer and triathlete living in the heart of mountain bike mecca, you can find Dominique either navigating the mountains of Jonkershoek or hitting the pool for a few laps.  

From a young age, Dominique has always been naturally competitive with interests in sport and overall well-being. She enjoys pushing herself out of her comfort zone and has completed endurance events such as the coronation double century 200km road race and her first ultra-tri, the Knysna Extreme Triathlon 0.5.  

Dominique’s career is Physiotherapy reflects both her drive and passion for helping others improve their own health. You will always catch Dominique with a smile on her face and a positive attitude in the face of all challenges.  

ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

This challenge is for anyone wanting to make meaningful progress to their core strength and cardiovascular health in just 21 days. Your core is crucial in every movement that you perform and a solid foundation will allow you to move more effectively and efficiently whilst at the same time reducing your risk of injury.

Equipment Required: None

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

This challenge includes:

✓ Day-by-day activity plan

✓ Day-by-day eating plan

✓ Daily accountability support in 7-person teams

DON'T MISS OUT

Space is limited and registration for these challenges closes at midday on Saturday the 7th of August.

Fitness Level Required: Beginner

Only R 750

Be the first to find out about the challenges launching in June.

 

LET'S RUN & THRIVE TOGETHER

MILES FOR SMILES VIRTUAL RUN

It’s been a while since we held an official JEFF Run! And now’s the perfect timing with Johno and Elana Meyer training for the Cape Town Marathon, taking place mid October. Let’s get outside and get moving for a good cause!

Join the JEFF community on Saturday 16 October for our Miles for Smiles Virtual Run as we run to help raise funds for Operation Smile, an organization helping children receive life-changing surgery for cleft palates and hair lips, enabling them to truly thrive. As they say, a smile is the universal language of kindness.

Not only are we helping children with much needed surgery we’re helping young girls realise their full athletic potential working with Elana Meyer’s Endurocad academy.

Entries are free but if you’re able to, we’re encouraging you to donate R10 for every kilometer run to one of these two very worthy foundations.

 

MEET UP WITH LOCAL AMBASSADORS AND WIN PRIZES!

Look out for our ambassadors at the following locations to win some prizes from JEFF! You can also create your own meet up on our Web App!

Western Cape:

Adele: Greenbelt, Constantia

Emma: Alphen Greenbelt Constantia

Liza: Alphen Trail Constantia

Solay: Kalk Bay to Muizenberg Track (Join via Web App)

Catherine, Candice, Lauren & Nicole: Rondebosch Common (Join via Web App)

Sam: Seapoint Promenade

Gauteng:

Sunika & Nicci: Delta Park, Randburg (Join via Web App)

Megan: Venus Street, Melrose

Taryn: Helderkruin, Roodepoort

 


 

ABOUT MILES FOR SMILES

Miles for Smiles creates awareness and raises funds for Operation Smile* who facilitate corrective surgery on children born with cleft lip and palates. For these children, a relatively quick, simple operation results in a life-changing smile. They strive to ensure that every child with a cleft lip or palate has access to this level of surgical care.

 

ABOUT ENDUROCAD

First of its kind on the continent, ENDUROCAD aims to become the most proficient distance running and endurance sports academy in Africa. Together with its partners – the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) and Stellenbosch Sports Academy (SAS), it offers a complete suite of services to support and professionally manage world class distance runners.


 

REGISTER FOR FREE

GET YOUR RACE NUMBER

Let’s get you registered so we can send you your very own race number and send you all the details for the event.

 

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

21-DAY RUNNING CHALLENGE WITH SAKKIE & LEE

FEAT. JOHNO & ELANA MEYER

 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS CHALLENGE IS CLOSED

4 - 25 OCTOBER 2021

Join Coach Sakkie and Lee as we take on a 21-Day Running Challenge! Supported by Johno and legendary Olympic silver medallist Elana Meyer!

Stand a chance to WIN one of 3x pairs of adidas kicks!

 

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

This Challenge has been designed for runners of all types, passionate enthusiast to those just getting started. If you are a hard core roadie, a boulder hopper or prefer to workout on a treadmill, this Challenge is for you!

You will have access to pre recorded runs for various levels to aligned with your goal each and every week as well as pre-hab and core boosters to help you become a better runner. You will receive nutritional support and guidance with our new 21 Day meal plan (regular and vegetarian) for you to follow each day including shopping lists and recipes.

Over and above the training, you will feel the support of Elana as she shares her story, expert running advice and tips on how to take your running to the next level.

MEET YOUR CHALLENGE LEADS

  • MEET SAKKIE

    Coach Sakkie's lifelong commitment to health, wellness and sports now guides him in his career as a certified personal trainer and sports coach committed to helping others achieve their short and long term goals.

    He has been working in the health and fitness industry for the past 8 years. The experience he gained from his formal education and his own personal experience as an athlete is what has made him a success.

    Sakkie has a passion for helping people of all fitness levels achieve their desired goals. He always aims to educate, motivate and inspire everyone that he helps. His infectious energy and passion to help is what led to him being recognised as the ideal trainer for people who are looking to start their fitness journey and those who are already well established in it.

    He has travelled the world training clients, of different ages, fitness levels and physical capabilities to help each one achieve their individual goals. He caters to individual needs and believes in the motto that ‘anyone who has a body is an athlete' and continuously seeks to help individuals tap in to that inner athlete.

  • MEET LEE

    Having spent the last 10 years of her life as an Olympic rower competing on the world stage, Coach Lee has a lot of knowledge on not only the physical aspect of training but also the mental aspect. Coach Lee is passionate about how important it is to focus as much energy on the mental aspect as the physical aspect of health.

    Coach Lee has a background in Sport Science and Sport Management. Since retiring from rowing, Coach Lee has been drawn to and has found a new passion in running. The numerous marathons and ultra-marathons she has completed include: 2x Two Oceans Ultra marathons, 2x Comrades marathons, 3x Peninsula marathons, The Knysna Marathon and Redhill Marathon. She has also conquered a 100miler! Her goal is to run 10 Comrades Marathons and claim her Green Number!

    Coach Lee is passionate about women in sport and advocating for equality in this field! She is a massive foodie and in her spare time you will usually find her in the kitchen if she’s not outside adventuring!

  • MEET JOHNO

    International sports conditioning specialist and performance coach, a powerhouse of positivity and endless energy, especially when it comes to health and fitness.

    Johno’s passion for fitness began in his school days, when he discovered the power that lay in strapping on a pair of running shoes and putting in the consistent effort to transform himself from an unfit kid into a successful sportsman.

    Johno has worked with South Africa’s top national sports teams, helping athletes to rehabilitate, transform and prepare themselves for significant sporting career milestones. It is through JEFF (Johno’s E-Fitness Faculty) that he has brought his true passion to life: helping everyday people to change themselves for the better, forever.

  • MEET ELANA

    Elana Meyer grew up on her family’s farm outside the small town of Albertinia in the Southern Cape. She discovered her talent for running at an early age.

    At just 13 years of age, Meyer won her first official road race, the Foot of Africa half marathon. Soon thereafter, she started competing against the barefoot wonder, Zola Budd, who dominated South African athletics in the 1980s. Meyer achieved great success at national level and was awarded her Springbok colours as a junior athlete.

    During apartheid, Meyer could not compete internationally due to South Africa’s sporting isolation. However, this did not deter her from using international standards and times as the benchmarks for setting her own running goals. She knew she was able to match and better many of the world’s top women endurance runners of that time. She also used these years to complete her university studies.

    The defining moment of her early career came soon thereafter. Competing in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, South Africa’s first Olympic Games since 1960, Meyer won a historic Olympic silver medal. She is currently Co-Director of the South African Endurance Academy, a non-profit organisation that provides a complete sports management solution for aspiring endurance athletes.

    The organisation identifies talented South African distance runners and offers them a multi-faceted support programme that includes top level sports coaching, race management, contract sourcing and negotiations, brand and enterprise development, marketing and reputation management, and life skills development.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

✓ Day-by-day activity plan

✓ Day-by-day eating plan

✓ Daily accountability support in 7-person teams

STAND TO WIN

Complete the challenge and stand a chance to WIN one of 3x pairs of adidas kicks!

DON'T MISS OUT

    • Space is limited and registration for these challenges closes at midnight on Saturday, 2nd of October.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

JEFF Challenges

Earn a Challenge Badge

Log your dots and complete your challenge to earn a challenge badge.

Extra Support

Join a 7-person WhatsApp accountability group, an exclusive FB Group and get daily motivation and support!

Eating Plan

Receive a day-by-day eating plan and build your nutrition foundations with healthy and delicious recipes.

Training Plan

Your day-by-day exercise plan will include instructor-led sessions and include rest days (which are as important as training days)!

Weekly Education Sessions

Weekly JEFF Ed sessions focussed on related health and nutrition topics. Learn about the fundamentals of nutrition and fitness.

Track your progress

In the JEFF Web App you will be able to:

Upload your progress photos

See your daily challenge criteria

View your challenge plan in the calendar

Log your workout dots

Log your nutrition dots

Access workouts in the app