MEET THE TEAM

INSTRUCTOR BIOS

JOHNO MEINTJES

TEAM CAPTAIN

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.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

JULS MEINTJES

INSTRUCTOR

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.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition

SERI KRAVITZ

INSTRUCTOR

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!

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

AMY WILSON HARDY

INSTRUCTOR

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.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition

DIRKIE CHAMBERLAIN

INSTRUCTOR

Dirkie Chamberlain is a sports science graduate and hockey enthusiast with a 14-year hockey career. Impassioned by teaching her clients resilience and persevering through her own challenging times, she stands strong in her belief that looking after one's most prized possessions in life, the body and the mind, is the best investment one could make. Dirkie is a bush baby of note that loves to braai and rusks dipped in coffee, and holds a special place in her heart for her loved ones.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
HIIT Training
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition

KATHLEEN BOOYSE

INSTRUCTOR

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.

Specialisations:

Yoga
Mindfulness
Fitness & Nutrition

LOUIS HAZELHURST

INSTRUCTOR

Louis Hazelhurst is a certified personal trainer with a background in professional rugby, playing for The Sharks. Discipline, a positive mindset, and hard work are at the core of his training methods that play a pivotal role in breeding personal success in his clients' health and fitness goals. Louis was brought up learning about the importance of a healthy lifestyle which he now teaches to his clients, and always endeavours to put a smile on their face. In his free time you will catch him having fun with family and friends.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition

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KATE GODDARD

INSTRUCTOR & INSTRUCTOR TEAM LEAD

Kate Goddard, a certified fitness coach, is driven by her goal to provide her clients with personalised tools that inject their daily lives with lasting healthy habits. Empowered by her belief that exercise is therapy, Kate takes her clients' challenges and transforms them into success stories. She’s genuine and empathetic and has a knack for getting you to open up so that you can work in real partnership with her towards your goals.

Specialisations:

Functional Training
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Weight Management

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INSTRUCTOR

Greg Mallett is a fitness coach with 15 years experience, as well as sporting experience in water polo and provincial rugby. With a solid background in coaching, 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. He’s your coach if nurturing and enthusiastic guidance is what you need to succeed.

Specialisations:

Fitness and Nutrition
Sports Conditioning
Weight Management

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EDGAR KATUSHABE

INSTRUCTOR

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.

Specialisations:

Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
High intensity interval training

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INSTRUCTOR

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.

Specialisations:
 

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

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MEET THE TEAM

COACH BIOS

LIZ NAUDE

INSTRUCTOR & COACH

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.

Specialisations:

Strength Training
Nutrition
Pilates
Functional Fitness
Post Partum Fitness
Body Positivity
Habit Change

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LEE-ANN PERSSE

INSTRUCTOR & COACH

Having spent the last 10 years of her life as an Olympic rower competing on the world stage, and with a background in sport science and sport management, Coach Lee has amassed a vast ocean of knowledge and experience within the fitness community.

Since retiring from rowing, Coach Lee has extensively explored, and has found a new passion in, running and has since gone on to complete 2x Two Oceans Ultra marathons, 2x Comrades marathons, 3x Peninsula marathons, The Knysna Marathon, The Redhill Marathon, and a 100 miler. Her latest goal is to run 10 Comrades marathons to claim her Green Number.

Coach Lee is passionate about women in sport and is a strong advocate for equality in the field.

If she’s not outside adventuring, you will find her in the kitchen exploring new taste explosions to indulge her inner foodie.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

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HEAD OF NUTRITION

Coach Adrian 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.

Coach 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.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

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JADE SIMON

COACHING TEAM LEAD

Coach Jade is a former South African water polo player with her honors in psychology, currently completing her personal training qualification. 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, Coach Jade fully understands the perspective of her clients, the commitment they need, and what an incredible impact (both physically and psychologically) this program will have on their lives. She is a born cheerleader, motivating and supporting her clients along their unique fitness journey.

Jade prioritises spending quality time with her close family and friends. She enjoys going on scenic hikes in the Cape and getting stuck into a compelling sci-fi series on Netflix.

Specialisations:

Weight Management

Strength Training

Fitness & Nutrition

High intensity interval training

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TASH HOFFMAN

COACHING TEAM LEAD

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.

Specialisations:

Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
High intensity interval training

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COACHING TEAM LEAD

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.

Specialisations:
 

Weight Management
Marathon Training
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Rehabilitation
Mindset

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Becs Mann

COACH

Becs is a mom to four children. She is South African born and raised but has been living in the USA for the last 8 years. Becs is a qualified kindergarten and primary school teacher who is passionate about helping people achieve their goals. Becs thrives on helping others and having been on the 1-on-1 Coaching Program herself, she understands what it takes to achieve results. She is so excited to help others work towards their goals and champion them on. Becs is only available to clients who are living in an American, New Zealand or Australian time zone.

Specialisations:

Weight Management
Post Pregnancy Fitness
Fitness & Nutrition
High intensity interval training

COACH

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.

Specialisations:

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

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COACH

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.

Specialisations:

Fitness and Nutrition
Strength and Conditioning
Sports Conditioning
Weight Management

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COACH

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.

Specialisations:

Nutrition
Strength Training
Weight Management
Fitness

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COACH

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.

Specialisations:

Fitness & Nutrition
Strength Training
Weight Management
Sports Conditioning
HIIT

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COACH

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”.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

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COACH

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.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Human Physiology

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JANELLE BODDY

COACH

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.

Specialisations:

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

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BRONWYN WIENAND

COACH

Coach Bronwyn has been a competitive swimmer from a young age, which has taught her that hard training, excellent time management, and preparation are key to reaching personal goals. She is a qualified sport scientist and has ample experience coaching clients in various disciplines, including swimming, soccer, and personal training. She is passionate about inspiring and motivating others to move, get mentally stronger, and to achieve things they never thought possible.

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

Specialisations:

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

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COACH

Meet Coach Nicole: an avid academic with a thorough background in fitness and nutrition. Nicole has a Bachelor of Science in Sport Science and a Bachelor of Science medical honours in Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed her community service year at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and has been practicing as a private dietitian for over two years. She is a qualified step, body toning and aerobics instructor, as well as a level 1 squash coach that has been coaching squash to kids at various schools over the years.

Coach Nicole is down to earth, energetic and bubbly - passionate about helping people overcome barriers to achieve a healthier version of themselves. She has patience and great compassion for others, knowing when to push and when to encourage them to achieve their goals.

In her free time, you will find Coach Nicole playing squash, road running or trail running, and hiking. She is also passionate about singing, creating her own songs, and playing music. Her ideal day is to be outside with friends and family.

Words that she lives by are, “No one is perfect. We all have struggles and tribulations. Know that you are not alone. The secret is to keep trying to be the best that you can be, remembering that everything is better with others walking alongside you.”

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition

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COACH

Introducing Coach Hailey, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist determined to inspire others to reach their goals by embracing sustainable methods of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Having always been passionate about training hard, eating healthy and living a balanced life, she left the corporate world to pursue her passion in the fitness industry.

As a health and fitness enthusiast, you will find Coach Hailey in the gym with weights in her hands, outside with her running shoes strapped to her feet, or in the saddle of her bicycle. Otherwise you’ll find her in the kitchen whipping up the most delicious, guilt-free treats.

In between school runs, extra mural activities and running a household, this busy wife and mom of two understands the discipline required to fit in time for training. Despite her busy schedule, Coach Hailey always finds time to prioritize fun family activities on the weekends.

As a people person, she thrives on one-on-one interaction and connecting with others on a deeper level. Coach Hailey's primary focus is to help people realise that through well-balanced nutrition, exercise, and a willingness to put in the hard work, they can reach their goals.

Coach Hailey's mantra: ‘Discipline, determination and dedication is what gets you to where you want to be. In order to reach your full potential you need to trust the process every step of the way!'

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
HIIT Training

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COACH

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.

Specialisations:

Weight Management
Sports Conditioning
Fitness & Nutrition
Post-partum Fitness

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RUNNING SPECIALIST & COACH

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. An 8-year career as an athlete and working in the health and fitness industry has led to his personal success.

Coach Sakkie is a well-travelled, passionate fitness trainer, helping individuals from across the globe of different ages, fitness levels, and physical capabilities to achieve their personal goals. He aims to educate, motivate and inspire his clients with his infectious energy and passion.

He caters to an individual's needs and believes in the motto that ‘anyone who has a body is an athlete', and he continuously seeks to help individuals tap into that inner athlete.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

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COACH

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.

Specialisations:

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
HIIT Training

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COACHING TEAM LEAD

Coach Tope is a vibrant guy who is always ready for a good conversation, connecting with others, and an exchange of stories. Having loved healthcare since childhood and being deeply fascinated by the human body, he is rounding up his PhD in Human Physiology.

As an avid sportsman, he has been involved in fitness and health for over 8 years. His philosophy has always been: “getting healthy should never feel like punishment”. He believes that viewing health and fitness as a marathon rather than a sprint is key to being able to live a sustainable healthy lifestyle. As such, finding the balance is vital. Coach Tope believes that taking care of the mind and body are just as important as being disciplined and committed to exercise.

Having harnessed the power of a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and exercise regime, Coach Tope is happy to teach and share lessons from his personal life experience. As an active listener, he is always happy to lend an attentive ear.

When he isn’t cracking jokes, Coach Tope is cracking code and working on his new hobby of coding. He loves the great outdoors, working on human physiology, working out, actively exploring nature, photography and videography.

Specialisations:
 
Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
HIIT Training

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COACH

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.

Specialisations:
 

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

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COACH

Meet Coach Melissa. She is a hockey coach with her SAHA Level 1 coaching certificate and thoroughly enjoys spending time on the field developing individual players as well as the team as a whole. While she has always loved playing hockey, she has come to love coaching just as much.

Coach Melissa is a wife and mom of three who loves working out and long-distance running. She takes pleasure in cooking and experimenting with new recipes, finding healthy and delicious options to nourish her family. In her free time you will find her in the great outdoors and regularly adventuring in nature reserves or the ocean.

Specialisations:
 

Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Fitness & Nutrition
Marathon Training

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COACH

Coach Jethro, or more commonly known as “Staffie”, is a living, breathing ball of energy. Having been a part of the JEFF Connect Team since its inception, he was often the first contact clients had with JEFF. This afforded him first-hand insight into the profound impact that the JEFF family has on people’s lives. Under the leadership of Johno Meintjies, JEFF founder, he has learned extensively about training and nutrition - knowledge that he passes on to his clients.

Coach Jethro brings joy and excitement to his unique approach. Through his personal fitness journey he has been able to push himself physically and mentally through all manner of challenges, inspiring others to do the same.

His passion for people and connection allows him to drive his clients on the road to mental and physical self-improvement. He maintains that good nutrition and training shouldn’t be a chore but rather something one can look forward to. Coach Jethro teaches his clients about the importance of being self-disciplined on their journey to achieving their goals.

“I don’t believe in the power of the program because I don’t have to. I see it on a daily basis.”

Specialisations:
 

Fitness & Nutrition
Strength and Conditioning
Behavioural Change
Weight Management
Functional Fitness

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COACH

Meet Coach Jess: with her infectious energy and positive outlook on life she strives to see others thrive in achieving their goals and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Having fallen in love with nutrition and fitness through her own transformational journey, Coach Jess went on to study nutrition through The Nutrition Institute. In addition, she completed courses in weight management as well as a nutrition masterclass.

Coach Jess views being healthy and fit as so much more than ‘food and gym’. It’s a way of living – the best way! This personal growth and change has taught her many life lessons and skills that she is eager to share with her clients. Knowing how important consistency and motivation is when it comes to changing one's lifestyle and habits, she stands strong as your biggest cheerleader.

On a personal level, Coach Jess spends her free time with family and friends and holds a big place in her heart for her dogs.

Specialisations:
 

Weight Management
Fitness & Nutrition
Changing behaviours

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COACH

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.

 

Specialisations:
 

Nutrition
Weight Management
Fitness
Strength & conditioning

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COACH

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.

Specialisations:
 

Nutrition
Weight Management
Fitness
Strength & conditioning

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COACH

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.”

Specialisations:
 

Nutrition
Weight Management
Fitness
Strength & conditioning

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COACH

Coach Keegan brings to the JEFF family a love for team sport and a solid academic background in sports management, athlete development, and personal training.

Coach Keegan’s biggest takeaway from his personal journey is the power of company - be it in a team, having a training partner, or a coach - and how having someone by your side on your personal journey makes it that much more enjoyable and motivational.

You will often find Coach Keegan diving into the scientific literature to find the most optimal ways to train for the best results. He stands by his understanding that being active is not just about one’s physique, but rather about adopting a lifestyle to thrive as a human.

Specialisations:
 

Fitness & Nutrition
Weight Management
Mindset (Motivation)
Strength & conditioning

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COACH

Introducing Coach Daniella: her dream is to impact people's lives for the better through creating wellness and fitness training programs. Born and raised in Johannesburg, she came to Cape Town to complete her sport science degree as well as her honours degree in Kinderkinetics at the University of Stellenbosch. She is also an experienced Level 2 ASCA swim coach specialising in Learn to Swim, water confidence, and water-based therapy coaching for children and adults.

Coach Daniella’s qualifications along with her experience as a First Aider, netball referee, athletics coach and academic tutor all align with her vision of using her skills to elevate and better the community. She strives to form part of a practice that applies a holistic approach to therapy, where an environment can be created to enable specialists in diverse fields to work together to provide a high standard of services for clients.

As a self-proclaimed water baby you can always find Coach Daniella training in the pool or in the ocean surfing or scuba diving. She loves being outdoors, hiking and going on adventures with her husband and their pup.

Specialisations:
 

Fitness & Nutrition
Weight Management
Mindset (Motivation)
Strength & conditioning

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