Nicole O'Neill: “Crossfitters be like – what are gains?” “Crossfit? No thanks, we do real pull ups.” “My boyfriend lost his gains in Crossfit, and now I have a girlfriend.” These are some of the many jokes that can be heard in the banter between Crossfitters and non-Crossfitters – one of the many things I love about this unique, dynamic and community-based sport.
Laurie Scarborough: Pasty skinned, scrawny, face perpetually trained to the blue-ish hue of a computer screen, and always dressed in jeans and one-size-too-big t-shirts. Not really what comes to mind when you think of an athlete, but this is the stereotyped e-athlete.
The world of e-gaming will be unfamiliar to most people, but the field is a highly competitive and highly lucrative activity that many make a career out of.
Parusha Naidoo: It may seem ludicrous, even a little insane, to willingly walk into a room that’s set at a temperature of 40 degrees and the humidity at 40%. However, the true insanity is when you willingly spend 90 minutes in the very same room stretching every inch of your body... But there is method in the madness of hot yoga.
Saadiq Samodien: Don’t mess with a winning formula.
It seems that minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula does not understand this. He recently threatened to withdraw funds from sport teams if they do not fulfill the 60% black representational quota. This was made with particular reference to sports such as cricket, rugby, netball, athletics and soccer.
Clare Garrard: There is a well-quoted figure of 10 000 steps as the magic number of steps that a person should walk everyday in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get enough exercise.
Now, that sounds like quite a lot of steps, but as I set out to measure the number of steps it took me to walk from one end of University Avenue to the other, I realized just how quickly they accumulated.
SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: Former UP-Tuks 1 lock Daniel Adongo has been playing for America’s National Football League side Indianapolis Colts since signing a one-year contract with them last year. The Kenyan, who spent a large part of his rugby career in South Africa, made the move after what he called “a series of emails” between him and the Colts.
MICHAEL REINDERS: Jetovator is a new water sport trending around the world. It combines a water bike and a jet ski, which allows you to fly into the sky.
The Jetovator is a small, bike-like vehicle which is propelled by water jets. The jet ski which is used with the Jetovator has a special Jetovator unit fitted onto it which replaces the jet ski pump. All the force of water goes forward into a single tube which goes into the bike to send the bike into the air. The main thrust goes out the back and then about 40% of the power will comes out of the handle bars. The rider then controls the bike in the same way that you would control a motorbike, except you do not control the throttle; this comes from the jet ski itself. The handle bars are used to control height and direction. The trick is to get your weight forward, as you cannot fall off the front of the Jetovator but only off of the back.
WILLIAM ALDRIDGE: The Cape Epic celebrated its tenth anniversary of the race this year. Arguably one of Africa’s most grueling mountain bike stage races, with eight days, 713km, and 14 850m of climbing, it’s not for the faint-hearted. The Epic attracts riders from 45 different countries and has 67% South African representation.