MEET THE TEAM

JOHNO MEINTJES

TEAM CAPTAIN

International sports conditioning specialist and performance coach

Bio

International sports conditioning specialist and performance coach, Johno is 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 Johno’s Fitness Faculty that he has brought his true passion to life: helping everyday people to change themselves for the better, forever.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

SERI HARRIS

JEFF UNICORN

Former professional water polo, fitness guru & official unicorn

Bio

Meet Seri Harris, 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 engaged to the love of her life, Jay, and together they have the cutest pups on the planet.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

KOPANO MARUMO

INSTRUCTOR & COACH

Personal trainer, sports massage therapist and group exercise instructor

Bio

Kopano is a Certified Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist and Group Exercise Instructor.

She believes in a holistic and well-rounded approach to fitness. By creating authentic connections , she help clients achieve more than just a healthy lifestyle. They can be fit enough to chase all types of dreams. Her specialty is Functional Training. She enjoys helping others move better during everyday life
experiences. She is also a Group Exercise Mentor and Master Trainer. She love assisting fellow instructors to be confident in their craft by equipping them with some tips, tricks and education.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

DIRKIE CHAMBERLAIN

HIIT INSTRUCTOR

International hockey star and fitness guru

Bio

Hailing from Pretoria, Dirkie has always had a passion for sport and the outdoors. She lives by the mantra that one's body and mind needs to be looked after, much like one would look after anything valuable in one's life.

At the tender age of 19, after studying Sport Science at TUKS, Dirkie made her hockey debut representing SA at the 2006 Women's World cup - and has not stopped playing ever since! She went on to qualify and took part in the 2012 London Olympic games, and in her professional career of 14 years, has since represented SA in 4 World Cups and 3 Commonwealth Games. Dirkie too has both worked and played overseas in the likes of Holland, England and Belgium!

Back at home, this bush baby can't be found too far from a good ol' braai - and has a spot for rusks dipped in coffee (don't we all!) She is fiercely passionate about her friends and loved ones and believes in the power of resilience - pushing through difficult circumstances that life presents in order to both learn and develop further.

"I have grown a lot in my life due to tough circumstances. However, I would not trade them for anything as I have learned invaluable lessons and come out of these challenging times a better version of myself, than when I first entered them."

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
HIIT Training
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition

KATHLEEN BOOYSE

FLOW INSTRUCTOR

Certified yoga teacher and mental health advocate

Bio

Kathleen is a certified Yoga Teacher, Mental Health Advocate and Conscious Content creator. A journey largely inspired by her mother - a dancer of 30 years - Kathleen has a heart for the healing side of yoga and deeply resonates with the gratification that lies within teaching others.

Kathleen feels strongly about the importance of addressing mental health issues through movement and meditation - and uses yoga as a tool to help her clients with depression, anxiety and other illnesses.

An avid lifelong learner - Kathleen continues to participate in complementary courses and workshops to ensure that she is up to date in her practice and trade.

Specialisations

Yoga
Mindfulness
Fitness & Nutrition

NUTRITIONIST & COACH

Certified nutritionist and fitness guru

Bio

Coach Adrian grew up with a bat in his hand or a ball at his feet. He’s 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!

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

RYAN PILLAY

INSTRUCTOR & COACH

Bio

Ryan is social and outgoing, and for the last 20 years could be found on the hockey turf, coaching and playing hockey. He has coached and selected numerous ladies’ teams at national and school level, and is also currently playing for the Western Province 35+ team. His love for sport and his background in Marketing have enabled him to pursue a career in a field he thrives in (both on and off the field). Ryan is passionate about making personal connections with people and over the years has grown as a coach, learning how to motivate, inspire and guide his team in order to get the best out of them, as well as himself.

He possesses the determination and drive to master challenges effectively and efficiently, all the while not taking things too seriously with his great sense of humor and ability to banter. When he is not on the hockey turf, he can be found enjoying a good old South African braai with friends and family, or kicking around a soccer ball with his son Aiden.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

INSTRUCTOR & COACH

Bio

Liz is a certified Personal Trainer with a sincere passion for supporting healthy, sustainable life changes!

A mother herself, she understands the importance of helping others to find balance – supporting them to make their own health and wellbeing a priority.

She enjoys the challenge of a good Obstacle Course race and quality time spent with her son, family and friends.

Liz thrives on interacting with her clients and being there for them every step of the way. Her clients are of the utmost importance to her, so you can expect to always feel encouraged, valued and supported through your life-changing journey!

Specialisations

Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Functional Fitness
Post Pregnancy Fitness

LEE-ANN PERSSE

RUNNING SPECIALIST &COACH

Bio

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!

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

BRIDGITTE HARTLEY

COACH

Bio

As an Olympic medal winner, and with a 14 year career as a South African paddler, Bridgitte is considered one of the country’s top female athletes. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the health and exercise world – as well as her passion and drive – to her coaching role at JEFF. In her spare time she loves to cook, garden and surf. Her motto is: “Always believe something wonderful is about to happen!”

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

JADE SIMON

COACH

Bio

Coach Jade believes that a positive mindset is a fundamental building block in achieving anything in life. She is passionate about making a positive impact on people, helping them achieve their goals through a love of fitness, nutrition and movement. She is a former South African water polo player, is currently completing her personal training qualification and has her honors in Psychology.

Coach Jade is a past client of the JEFF 1-on-1 Coaching Program herself, so she fully understands the commitment and perspective of her clients and what a fundamentally incredible impact (both psychologically and physically) this program will have on their lives. She is a born cheerleader, motivating and supporting her clients along their journey.Family and friends are very important to Jade, and she loves sharing her time with the people who mean most to her. She enjoys going on hikes in the Cape on weekends and getting stuck into a good sci-fi series on Netflix.

Specialisations

Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
High intensity interval training

BROWNYN WIENAND

COACH

Bio

Bronwyn has been a competitive swimmer from a young age, and that’s taught her that hard training, excellent time management and preparation are key in hitting personal goals. She’s a qualified sport scientist and she’s got experience coaching people in various disciplines, from swimming, to soccer, to personal training. Her passion is in inspiring and motivating people to move, to get mentally stronger and to achieve things they never thought possible.

Personally, Bronwyn is a beach and water lover. She loves long beach walks with her dogs, swimming in the cold ocean, hiking the mountains and quality time with friends and family.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Functional fitness
Rehabilitation

CALEIGH OPPERMAN

COACH

Bio

Caleigh is an outgoing, proactive and energetic human who has grown up with a massive love for all things health and fitness. She is a qualified Sports Scientist with her Masters degree in Human Physiology and has years of experience in high intensity training, chronic pain management and rehabilitation training.

As a passionate believer in living a holistic and sustainable healthy lifestyle, Coach Caleigh is driven in achieving optimal health and fitness results in her clients, which will continue to be physically attainable for a lifetime. Having personally completed JEFF 1-on-1 Coaching Program herself, she is fully aware of the massive physical and mental commitment her clients have made to this program and is ready to support and motivate them every step of the way.

Specialisations

HIIT training
Sports Conditioning
Sport and Rehabilitation Massage
Chronic Pain Management
Sporting Injury
Vegan Nutrition
Human Physiology

JANELLE BODDY

COACH

Bio

Janelle studied sports and nutrition through the Canadian NAASFP association and is a certified marathon run coach. She’s passionate about health and ensuring clients reach their genetic potential. She loves taking part in CrossFit competitions as well as the Comrades Marathon, and is motivated by testing not only her physical capabilities but enhancing the mental toughness that comes with endurance sports.

Spending quality time with her children and family is an important aspect of Janelle’s life. She believes there is always a reason to smile and always approaches her client relationships with positive, encouraging and upbeat energy.

Specialisations

Marathon training
High intensity interval training
Weight management
Fitness & Nutrition
Functional training

KATE KING

COACH

Bio

Coach 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.

Specialisations

Functional Training
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Weight Management

COACH

Bio

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 at 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!

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition

NICCI DE BEER

COACH

Bio

Coach Nicci, is wired to connect with anyone anywhere and her energy is contagious. She lives the motto, that strangers are friends that you have not met yet, and her friendliness, kindness and humility are completely disarming. These traits have helped form many lasting friendships with colleagues, team-mates, and even the opposition, over the years. A degree in Sport Psychology and a passion to unlock people’s full potential, makes her thrive and an ideal partner in a journey in this discovery. She strongly believes that we should do something each day that our future self will thank us for and that taking the time to know what we need is the most basic step to happiness.

 

Nicci competed in water polo at a provincial level and competitively rowed at a national level. Mountain-biking, trail running, and paddling are just one of her many hobbies, but it was her love for swimming, running and cycling that saw her complete both the half and full Ironman. Nicci is a firm believer in the importance of developing a gritty mental toughness which is a well spring of untapped abilities relating to the human body. Her love of people, empathy and the time she spent working with various NPO’s has equipped her to push as hard as possible, and as soft as necessary.

 

As a mother of a 5 and 6 year old, she knows first hand how busy life can get, and the excuses one has not to make “me” time. Fortunately, through these challenges Nicci has learnt tricks of the trade that she is eager to share with others trying to balance work, family and fitness. As a recovering fussy eater she is both knowledgeable and understanding with regards to poor nutrition, but she herself has learnt that abs are ultimately made in the kitchen and has victoriously overcome her mental barriers. The positive effects have literally changed her family's lives.  

 

Her greatest passion is making a difference in the lives of each and every person she encounters whether its with encouragement, understanding, empathy or knowledge she is all about compassion and connection and can’t wait to meet you.

Specialisations

Weight Management
Functional Fitness
Fitness & Nutrition
Changing Behaviours

RUNNING SPECIALIST &COACH

Bio

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.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

COACH

Bio

Kerry’s passion for health and fitness started from a young age where she represented her province in hockey and athletics. This enabled her to understand the commitment and dedication it takes to be the best you.

Through sports, travel, and the love of the outdoors, Kerry has embarked on adventures around the world where she has been able to take part in various road running and trail running events, as well as teach children how to water ski and sail a boat. Kerry is a qualified personal trainer and Aqua Instructor and a mother to a busy 5-year-old girl.

Kerry’s interaction with people from all walks of life, as well as her own journey to wellness, has shown her that it’s never too late to make a change. It makes Kerry’s heart sing to see people achieve their fitness goals.

When she’s not training clients, Kerry is outdoors – running and hiking on mountains, walking on beaches and golf courses, sailing, scuba diving in the ocean, and spending time with family and friends.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition

CHRIS BENSON

COACH

Bio

Coach Chris is a dynamic, “can-do” serial optimist who believes that everyone deserves to sparkle and shine.

She believes in kindness above all else and loves being outdoors and active. Her bubbly, empathetic personality is perfect for the fitness environment as a natural coach and cheerleader. Having witnessed and personally experienced the impact and transformations from healthy lifestyle habits, Coach Chris is passionate about keeping bodies in play mode. She lives by the saying: “You only have one life – live your best one!”

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

TASH HOFFMAN

COACH

Bio

Coach Natasha is a natural encourager and has an innate ability to see the beauty within the people she encounters – and she does whatever she can to draw that beauty outward. Wanting the absolute best for everyone she meets, her superpower is being able to connect with empathy and ease to people from all walks of life. As a wife and busy working mom to 2 active kids, her passion is finding ways to get the absolute most out of life through balance and wellness – and she gets fired up when she can help other moms and women to do the same.

Natasha’s background in Psychology and years of involvement in community development has given her a working understanding of how powerful the mind is in the transformation process to overcome patterns in behavior that prevents change. As a JEFF 1-on-1 Coaching Program graduate, she can share her firsthand experience of what it is like to be coached through and to succeed at JEFF while understanding the challenges that can prevent that success. Cheering her clients on as they tackle and overcome those obstacles is her number 1 mission as a coach.

Passionate about social justice, Natasha is involved in many community outreach projects and often finds herself a part of disaster relief and humanitarian aid volunteer work. At home, she loves cooking and with various food allergies and intolerances in her family, she is constantly trying delicious and new ways to cook and prepare good-for-you foods. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors with her family as much as possible – come rain or shine! She says: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!” Her happy places include the beach, hiking trails on mountains, and elbow-deep in the dirt in her veggie patch or succulent beddings!

Specialisations

Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
High intensity interval training

COACH

Bio

With her sports physiotherapist background, Kelly is also registered for her master’s in exercise science at the University of Cape Town. As a mom of two, Kelly aims to create an active, happy, and balanced lifestyle for her whole family without neglecting important “me time” for herself, as tricky as that might be some days. Nothing makes her happier than being out in the mountains on a trail run with friends or walking out in nature with her family.

From a young age, Kelly competed in an array of sports at national and provincial level, so she knows all about what it takes to push yourself out of your comfort zone and to the next level in order to achieve your goals.

Kelly is ready to walk (or run) any challenge with you. The motto she lives by is: “The best view always comes after the hardest climb”, so get ready to reach new heights with her!

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

MICHELLE HALL-JONES

COACH

Bio

Mich is passionate about health and sports, having completed 15 Comrades marathons and many other endurance events, she truly understands the importance of exercise as one of our fundamental keys to tapping into our energy force within, thus enabling each
of us to achieve the near impossible and making it possible.


She has spent the last 26 years building her online business in the health and sleep industry, developing products and solutions to help people understand the importance of exercise, nutrition & sleep.


She believes that each of us has a unique seed planted within us that contains everything we need to achieve our goals, all we need is the right partner to work beside us to unearth our true potential.
Born in KZN and recently moved to Cape Town she loves to go for early morning runs along Kalk Bay promenade watching the sun rise and spending time with her partner. In
her spare time you will find her in the kitchen cooking up something delicious, reading health and spiritual books or in the garden planting with her family.


Her motto is: “Leave people better than you found them everyday!”

Specialisations

Weight Management
Functional Fitness
Fitness & Nutrition
Changing Behaviours

EDGAR KATUSHABE

COACH

Bio

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 Master 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.

Specialisations

Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
High intensity interval training

COACH

Bio

Coach Zamo is a Sport Scientist who fell in love with exercise and sport while schooling in Norway where she participated in a number of sports as part of her schooling. Her introduction to different sports triggered her further interest in the science of movement and its affects both physiologically as well as mentally. This led to her study Sport Science and majored in both physiology and psychology. She then furthered her studies and did her Honours in high performance.

 

She firmly advocates that everyone can be their own superhero and believes fitness and health is a big key in helping people realize how awesome they really are.

 

As a mother of a toddler she has adopted the belief of “ you will never have the time, unless you make the time”, and “children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate”.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

COACH

Bio

Toni is an easy-going, personable, ‘always look on the bright side’ kind of girl. She has always been drawn to human health, with a PhD degree in human physiology and industry experience in dietary supplements. Toni
loves how physiology encompasses the entire being – no single body system works in isolation, which is why she understands the importance of having a solid physical, mental and nutritional foundation.


Toni is a passionate foodie who loves to cook up wholesome meals and teach others to be creative in the
kitchen. She is a firm believer that we should eat the colours of the rainbow at every meal to nourish and feed our physiology.

Having experienced the commitment and perseverance that it takes to push through an exercise program, and personally used exercise to overcome life’s battles, Toni uses her own journey to motivate and support others. Her empathetic, gentle nature allows others to open up about their struggles and goals.


In her spare time, Toni surfs, walks her fur-baby in the mountains, plays guitar, and experiments with food –
her kitchen and the outdoors make her heart the happiest.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Human Physiology

COACH

Bio

Desiree’s journey in health and fitness began in 2014 when she competed in her very first fitness competition. With 2 children and being a single mom she wanted to be a role model for other women, showing that it is possible to do it all, kids, work plus keeping healthy and fit. She is a IFBB bikini Springbok athlete who has received South African colors, representing South Africa in The World Championships for bodybuilding in Paris in 2017.

Through her fitness journey she has learnt to nourish her body, to become strong mentally and physically. She believes that if you want it badly enough then you’ll be able to do it! Her goal is to empower others through health, fitness and knowledge, helping them to achieve the body they deserve regardless of their starting point.

Specialisations

Fitness and nutrition

Sports Nutrition

Sports Conditioning

Weight management

Functional Training

HIIT Training

Strength training

COACH

Bio

Lucy grew up in the UK. She has a degree in Psychology, is a qualified Fitness and Licenced EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation) Trainer. She is passionate about helping people find their inner and outer strength and seeing the positive impact this has on their lives and those around them.
Before meeting her partner, moving to South Africa and having 3 boys, she led overseas Charity Challenge expeditions. Preparing and leading group hikes all over the world from trekking the China Wall, Kilimanjaro, Grand Canyon and Annapurna to cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia. Joining people on their challenges, helping them overcome their individual barriers, gain strength and achieve their goals was life changing for her, coaching became her passion and driving force.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
HIIT Training

COACH

Bio

The definition of Leilani's name is what she is all about…. A blooming flower, a bundle of energy, and she can definitely confirm that dynamite comes in small packages. Leilani grew up climbing every single door frame in the house, hanging from trees upside down and just taking on any adventure she could find. As a qualified biokineticist, her patience and determination make her go the extra mile for every individual to make sure they achieve their goals.

Leilani's passion for fitness began at the age of 5 when she was first introduced to gymnastics to release her energy overload. From a young age she was thought to work hard for what you want to achieve in life. With multiple awards as gymnastics coach, Leilani also got a wide variety of other sports on her sleeve and competed at nemours provincial and national levels.

Leilani sees the body as a big connected chain. The body is only as strong as its weakest link, by changing this weak link you unlock endless adventures. Give your body the needed attention it is capable of amazing things.

Specialisations

Sports Conditioning

Weight Management

Strength Training

Nutrition

Functional training

Women's health

Rehabilitation

HIIT training

Massage

Chronic Pain Management

Sporting Injury prevention and rehabilitation

Special need training

Pregnancy and post-pregnancy

Kids health