MEET THE TEAM

JEFF Instructors

Get to know the JEFF team on screen!

JOHNO MEINTJES

TEAM CAPTAIN

Founder of JEFF.

Biography

Johno Meintjies, JEFF founder, is a powerhouse of positivity, passionate about fitness and health and the profound impact it has on one's life. He is an international sports conditioning specialist and performance coach that has worked with South Africa's top national sports teams, affording him substantial experience in the field. With boundless energy that fuels his deep desire to empower people with simple, yet profoundly effective tools, he inspires the JEFF community to level up their health and fitness, and ultimately thrive.

Specializations

✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Marathon Training

JULS MEINTJES

INSTRUCTOR

The "mother" of JEFF.

Biography

Juls Meintjies, the unofficial mother of JEFF, is a qualified kettlebell instructor and makeup artist with several years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry under her belt. She is a family-oriented wife and mom to two bubbly girls, and passionate about helping women grow their self-confidence. She openly offers her encouraging and empathetic guidance toward a balanced life to the JEFF community.

Specializations

✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition

SERI KRAVITZ

INSTRUCTOR

Former professional water polo player, currently a fitness guru & official JEFF unicorn.

Biography

Seri Kravitz, currently based in the USA with her treasured family in tow, is a professional water polo player with over 10 years international experience. She sports a big heart and a fiery passion for coaching clients on the profoundly positive impact that exercise has on one's life. Aptly nicknamed the 'Queen of Darkness', Seri pushes her clients to realise their worth through the healing powers of fitness, health, and a positive mindset!

Specializations

✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Marathon Training

EDGAR KATUSHABE

INSTRUCTOR

Elite South African Powerlifter.

Biography

Edgar Katushabe, an elite South African powerlifter with a background in biokinetics and a master’s in human movement science, is powered by his passion for strength, conditioning, and the amazing capabilities of the human body. With a happy and enthusiastic personality that permeates into his unique style of training, he forms lasting bonds with his clients. He’s excited to have an open conversation with you about what makes you tick, and why.

Specializations

✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ High intensity interval training

DOMINIQUE LECLERCQ

INSTRUCTOR

Physiotherapist, Sports Enthusiast & Pilates Instructor.

Biography

Dominique Leclercq is our JEFF physiotherapist and pilates instructor, currently pursuing her master’s degree in women's health. As an endurance athlete Dominique delights in testing her physical boundaries with a positive attitude and smile on her face. If she’s not pursuing her passion for helping you along your unique health and fitness journey, you’ll find her seeking adventures with her mountain bike.

Specializations

✓ Strength Training
✓ Nutrition
✓ Women’s Health
✓ Pilates
✓ Pregnancy and return to sport post-partum

GREG MALLETT

INSTRUCTOR

Experienced fitness & sports coach.

Biography

Greg Mallett is a fitness instructor with 15 years experience, as well as sporting experience in water polo and provincial rugby. Coming from a lineage of coaches and teachers, Greg emanates an infectious passion for health, fitness, and nutrition. Having previously undergone major surgery, he's returned to the fitness industry with a host of life lessons that empower his clients to realise their health and fitness dreams. Greg is nurturing and enthusiastic and can lead you along the road to success.  

Specializations

Fitness and Nutrition
✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management

AMY WILSON HARDY

INSTRUCTOR

Professional rugby player and fitness enthusiast.

Biography

Amy Wilson Hardy comes to JEFF with years of sporting experience in rugby, having competed in the Rio Olympic Games, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and more. Motivated by that post-workout high, she inspires her clients to give it their all when reaching for their health and fitness goals. Outside of rugby and training hard, she loves being outdoors, cooking, and relaxing evenings snuggled up on the sofa with her boyfriend and two dogs.

Specializations

✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition

KATHLEEN BOOYSE

INSTRUCTOR

Certified yoga teacher and mental health advocate.

Biography

Kathleen Boyse is a certified yoga teacher and mental health advocate. At the heart of her teaching technique, inspired by her mother's 30-year dancing career, Kathleen sets out to promote the deeply healing benefits of yoga and meditation, both mental and physical. As a lifelong learner she stays on top of the latest practices to continually evolve, grow, and bend alongside her students.

Specializations

Yoga
✓ Mindfulness
✓ Fitness & Nutrition

INSTRUCTOR

Honours in Psychology & Body Weight Training Specialist.

Meet Joe

Biography

Coach Joseph is a firm believer that through creating holistic lifestyle changes one can positively affect the development and advancement of the human mind and body.

With an honours degree in psychology, he is extremely passionate about helping others become the best versions of themselves. Coach Joe’s approach is to lead by example, hold his clients accountable, and provide them with an individualised plan to succeed.

High-intensity training, running, swimming, squash, and yoga describe Coach Joe’s weekly routine. With personal training experience and leading an active lifestyle over the past few years, he understands the importance of balance and moderation when it comes to implementing lifestyle changes.

As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, Joseph strives to create a safe space for individuals, helping them find confidence within themselves, no matter their circumstances.

“It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you.”

Specializations

✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength & Conditioning
✓ Behaviour Change

JEFF Coaches

Looking for a coach who will be here for you, every day, to help you to reach your goals? Get to know our JEFF coaches and find your cheerleader in your health and fitness journey!

Coaching capacity key:

HEAD OF NUTRITION

Qualified sports scientist, dietitian and performance nutritionist.

Biography

Adrian, head of Nutrition at JEFF, is a qualified sports scientist, dietitian and performance nutritionist. He believes that a well-structured training plan needs to tie in with a tailored nutrition plan to achieve the best results on one’s personal health and fitness journey.

Adrian grew up with a bat in his hand or a ball at his feet. He loves long-distance running, having completed numerous ultra marathons and will squeeze in a run wherever he can. He is a husband and dad of two and enjoys adventuring on the mountain with his family.

His passion for sport, exercise, and good food is tangible in his efforts to encourage others to appreciate what their bodies can do – all the while enjoying the journey along the way.

 

Specializations

✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Marathon Training

CATH KÜMM

COACH

Biokineticist with a master’s degree in Human Movement Science.

Meet Cath

Biography

Coach Cath is a practicing biokineticist for the past 5 years with a master’s degree in human movement science. She is a passionate and energetic fitness fanatic with a great love for adventure and the outdoors.

Coach Cath’s background in sports, fitness, and living a healthy life includes tennis, diving, running, and hockey. Most recently, Coach Cath has put her body and mind to the test by competing in a number of triathlon events, and her greatest achievement to date is the Ironman 70.3 World Championship that took place in Nice, France in 2019.

Coach Cath is a determined and hard-working athlete in her own right, and she works closely with her clients to develop this same level of commitment to achieve their personal goals. She is a people person who loves to develop personal relationships with her clients. You will always find her smiling as she makes her workouts fun, demonstrating that exercise is not a chore but rather an enjoyable activity.

When Coach Cath is not smashing out a training session she can be found walking her puppy on the beach or catching up with friends in a local coffee shop.

Coach Cath is here to help you achieve your goals in a fun and exciting way.

Specializations

Fitness and Nutrition
✓ Strength and Conditioning
✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Rehabilitation
✓ HIIT Training

COACH

Holds an honours degree in Human Movement Science.

Meet Jax

Biography

Coach Jacqui comes to JEFF with an honours in human movement sciences, ignited by her drive and passion for health and wellness. With a strong background in sports, Jacqui was led straight into the high-paced industry of health and fitness.

A strong believer in the power of focus, Coach Jacqui knows that everyone is capable of achieving whatever they put their mind to. Encouraging clients to do their best and witnessing their journey toward self-belief is her goal. Coach Jacqui enlivens her clients’ determination, reminding them of their potential to achieve their goals.

If there's one formality that she understands, it’s to make time for yourself. It isn't easy, but certainly achievable and ultimately so rewarding.

Hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa, Coach Jacqui is a mom of three and rocking it.

Specializations

✓ Weight Management
✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Post-partum Fitness

JANELLE BODDY

COACH

Certified marathon coach, and qualified in cognitive behavioural therapy.

Meet Janelle

Biography

Coach Janelle studied sports and nutrition through the Canadian NAASFP association and is a certified marathon coach, and qualified in cognitive behavioural therapy. She is passionate about health and ensuring her 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 Coach Janelle’s life. She believes there is always a reason to smile and approaches her client relationships with a positive, encouraging, and upbeat energy.

Specializations

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

JADE SIMON

INSTRUCTOR & COACH

Former water polo player & the JEFF cheerleader!

Meet Jade

Biography

Jade is a former South African water polo player with her honors in psychology. She 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 to achieve their goals through cultivating a love of fitness, nutrition and movement.

As a past client of the JEFF 1-on-1 Coaching Program, Jade fully understands the commitment required and what an incredible impact (both physically and psychologically) that JEFF has on one’s life. In her spare time, Jade prioritises her family and friends. She enjoys going on scenic hikes in the Cape and getting stuck into a compelling sci-fi series on Netflix.

Specializations

Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Human Physiology

JENNA BENNETT

COACHING TEAM LEAD

Biokineticist, with experience working with road and trail runners with a variety of chronic and orthopaedic conditions.

Biography

Coach Jenna brings with her 10 years experience as a biokineticist, working with road and trail runners with a variety of chronic and orthopaedic conditions. Through her chosen career she has been able to live out her passion for movement, connecting with people from all walks of life.

From an early age Coach Jenna competed in numerous sporting activities. Currently she plays competitive hockey and is also focused on ultra running, having completed 7 Comrades Marathons to date with a goal of joining the Green Number Club. Between working, running, and hockey she has learned the importance of a proper balance of nutrition, rest, and exercise, as well as the value of being a part of a team.

As a previous JEFF 1-on-1 client she understands the program in detail, how to incorporate it into a busy work-life schedule, and can pay testimony to the program's effectiveness and the positive impact the JEFF team has on its members.

Coach Jenna is an encourager and thrives on walking alongside her clients as they embark on their personal fitness and wellness journeys. She loves to connect with others and through her understanding and compassionate personality she is able to get the best out of her clients by teaching them how to create lasting, positive change.

Specializations

✓ Weight Management
✓ Marathon Training
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Rehabilitation
✓ Mindset

COACH

Qualified fitness instructor & licensed Electro Muscle Stimulation trainer with a degree in psychology.

Meet Lucy

Biography

Coach Lucy grew up in the UK and holds a degree in psychology, is a qualified fitness instructor and licensed EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation) trainer.

Prior to meeting her partner, moving to South Africa and having 3 boys, Coach Lucy led international Charity Challenge expeditions. These expeditions included leading group hikes around the globe, including the Great Wall of China, Kilimanjaro, The Grand Canyon and Annapurna, as well as cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia. Joining people on their challenges, helping them overcome their individual barriers, gain strength and achieve their goals was a life-changing experience that led her to uncovering her love for coaching.

She is passionate about helping her clients find their inner and outer strength and seeing the positive impact that it has on their lives and those around them.

Specializations

Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ HIIT Training

DIETITIAN & COACH

Registered dietitian and sport scientist.

Meet Mel

Biography

Coach Mel is a registered dietitian and sport scientist dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and movement.

Coach Mel is here to support you and provide you with the evidence-based tools you need to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. With an abundance of nutrition misinformation available it makes healthy living seem confusing, but Coach Mel is here to help filter out that confusing nutrition advice to make healthy living simple. She believes that we are all unique, so health advice needs to be individualized and tailored to suit your own personal needs.

Coach Mel received her Springbok colours in wakeboarding, which is where you will find this water baby in her spare time. Her proudest moment was placing 7th overall in the 2017 Cup in Shanghai, China.

Specializations

✓ Nutrition
✓ Weight Management
✓ Fitness
✓ Strength & Conditioning

LAUREN WALSH

COACH

Passionate about fitness, and has a 10-year background in the hospitality and catering industry.

Meet Lauren

Biography

Coach Lauren has a 10-year background in the hospitality and catering industry that has taught her resilience, perseverance, and a love for people and food. She has always been driven to succeed, and through some difficult life lessons has come to realise that her purpose is to give back and to be of service to others. Having succeeded in pulling herself out of her rock bottom in December 2015, she began the journey of a sober life, learning how to trust herself and her passion for fitness and nutrition.

Coach Lauren strives to reassure and encourage her clients to live out their dreams, as she did. She is driven by her desire to offer this help with compassion, acceptance and understanding.

Prioritising fitness and movement as her daily therapy has allowed her to cultivate mental, emotional, and physical strength. Her systematic approach to fitness and nutrition from a holistic standpoint has played a pivotal role in how she has become the woman she is today - overcoming insecurities to gain authentic self-confidence.

Specializations

Fitness and Nutrition
Strength and Conditioning
Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management

LIZ NAUDE

COACH

Certified personal trainer, comprehensive pilates instructor and body kindness advocate.

Meet Liz

Biography

Coach Liz is a seasoned coach and instructor at JEFF. She is a certified personal trainer and pilates instructor with a passion for facilitating healthy and sustainable life changes.

Known as the ‘Self-Care Coach’, she believes that embarking on a passage to a healthier mindset should be at the forefront of one's health journey. Self-love, self-worth, positive self-talk, and body positivity are key elements in her approach. She encourages finding sustainable habit loops, a routine that fits in with your life, and consistently working on a positive relationship with food and exercise.

A mother herself, she understands the importance of helping others find balance, supporting them to make their own health and well-being a priority. She endeavours to make those on their health journeys feel encouraged, valued and supported every day.

Specializations

✓ Strength Training
✓ Nutrition
✓ Pilates
✓ Functional Fitness
✓ Post Partum Fitness
✓ Body Positivity
✓ Behaviour Change

DIETITIAN & COACH

Registered dietitian and sports scientist.

Meet Sam

Biography

Coach Samantha is a registered dietitian and sports scientist. She thrives off of her chosen career path and is very passionate about all things related to health, nutrition and fitness. Her goal is to inspire people to live their happiest and healthiest life.

Coach Samantha believes that health has many aspects: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social, and that we need to consider all of these elements to live a healthy, balanced life. She maintains that we are all unique and works closely with her clients to provide them with tools to become the best versions of themselves.

Although most of her time is spent debunking nutrition myths, in her free time you can find her outside, either on a mountain or the beach, with friends and family.

Specializations

Nutrition
✓ Strength Training
✓ Weight Management
✓ Fitness

SANDS VAN ZYL

NUTRITIONIST

Studied nutrition and dietetics at the University of Cape Town.

Meet Sandi

Biography

Coach Sandi comes from a nutrition background having studied nutrition and dietetics at the University of Cape Town. She has worked in both corporate and private practice and values the experience she has obtained working in both these vastly different environments.

Coach Sandi has always been motivated by helping others achieve their health and wellness goals. Through struggling on a personal journey of finding balance in life, she understands the demands of juggling work, family and personal time. Her motto is ‘one size can never fit all’ and uses this approach when it comes to finding the best fit for her clients.

Having always been an avid runner, Coach Sandi achieved provincial colours in athletics and cross-country in her younger years. She has kept up her passion for running, and now also enjoys hiking with her family and friends on weekends. She believes that health and wellness is achieved through a holistic approach, with greatest success attained when different disciplines work hand in hand toward a common goal.

Specializations

✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Lifestyle-related health conditions

COACH

Former rugby player and coach, certified personal trainer.

Meet Shaun

Biography

Meet Coach Shaun: a former rugby player and coach, certified personal trainer, and lover of all things fitness. After achieving qualifications in sports management and fitness respectively, Shaun wasted no time to begin his own fitness journey culminating in an incredible career of nearly 15 years.

Being raised on the sunny shores of Durban, Coach Shaun never found it difficult to be outside and active. When he completed his schooling years he was certain he would pursue a career that allowed him to instil this kind of passion in others, and guide them toward reaching their goals and dreams that they may have previously thought impossible.

Outside of the fitness world, Shaun is usually found at home with a fire on the go, sports playing in the background, surrounded by his beloved Jenna and his 4 dogs.

Specializations

Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Strength Training
✓ Weight Management
✓ Sports Conditioning
✓ HIIT

COACH & INSTRUCTOR

Award-winning South African Champion in stand up paddle boarding and surfing.

Meet Tarryn

Biography

Coach Tarryn is a multiple award-winning South African Champion in stand up paddle boarding and surfing, representing South Africa on numerous occasions. Coach Tarryn was the first South African to win a gold medal at the 2018 ISA World Surfing Games in China, merely one year after giving birth to her baby boy. These achievements have given her first-hand experience on what it takes to achieve goals that may seem unreachable.

Before coming to JEFF, Coach Tarryn ran The Wahines, a women’s stand up paddleboard group. Here she made a huge impact on the ladies' lives, helping them overcome fears and build confidence to chase dreams.

Coach Tarryn is an ocean lover, wife and mother, living a fit and healthy lifestyle in Cape Town. She is a fun, family-orientated girl with a love for helping people reach their health and fitness dreams.

Specializations

✓ Nutrition
✓ Weight Management
✓ Fitness
✓ Strength & Conditioning

NUTRITIONIST

Holds a PhD in Human Physiology and years of industry experience in dietary supplements.

Biography

Coach Toni is an easy-going, personable, ‘always look on the bright side’ kind of girl. Evidenced by her PhD in Human Physiology and years of industry experience in dietary supplements, she has had a lifelong interest in human health. Coach Toni is deeply fascinated by how all bodily systems work in unison, which is why she understands the importance of having a solid physical, mental and nutritional foundation.

Coach 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, Coach Toni uses her own journey to motivate and support others. Her empathetic, gentle nature allows others to open up to her.

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

Specializations

Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Human Physiology

COACH

Holds a Bachelor of Science in Sport Science.

Biography

Coach Zamo is a sport scientist who fell in love with the fitness industry while 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 effects on the human body, physiologically and mentally. This led to her studies in sports science where she majored in both physiology and psychology. She then furthered her studies and completed 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 realise how awesome they really are.

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

Specializations

Sports Conditioning
✓ Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ Marathon Training

TASH HOFFMAN

COACHING TEAM LEAD

Has a background in psychology and years of involvement in community development.

Biography

Coach Tash has a background in psychology and years of involvement in community development which has given her a working understanding of how powerful the mind is in physical transformation. As a JEFF 1-on-1 Coaching Program graduate, she shares her first-hand experience of how she overcame the challenges that fuelled her success.

Coach Tash is a natural encourager and has an innate ability to draw out the beauty within the people she meets. As a wife and busy working mom to 2 active kids, she is driven to find ways that enhance a sense of well-being and balance in life – thrilled when she is able to help other women do the same.

Passionate about social justice, Coach Tash is involved in many community outreach projects necessitating disaster relief and volunteer work. In her spare time, Coach Tash loves to experiment and discover delicious meals, and spend time with her family enjoying the great outdoors. Her happy places include the beach, scenic hiking trails, and being elbow-deep in the dirt of her veggie garden.

Specializations

Weight Management
✓ Strength Training
✓ Fitness & Nutrition
✓ High intensity interval training