General Manager: Maties Gymnasium
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Francois Kotze has been at the helm of Maties Gymnasium since October 2012 and – when you talk to his peers – the reason why this gym can compete with the best in the country. He is also the person who ensures that only the best state-of-the-art equipment is used at the gym.
For Francois, being fit is part of who he is, and he has always loved sport and exercising. “You only have one health, so it is best to look after it.”
Talking to Francois, you soon realised how passionate he is about Maties Gymnasium. “Maties Gym caters for everyone – from the beginner to the elite athlete. The gym covers a big space and has many training areas to cater to members’ different needs.”
He says the best part of working at Maties Gym is (apart from free gym membership) is the opportunity it provides you for professional growth, being part of a renowned academic institution. “Here at Maties Gym, you meet people from different walks of life, and as we know, people influence your life in many ways.”
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Jacques Pretorius joined Maties Gymnasium in June 2020, and his job is making sure the Gym’s financial affairs is also healthy.
For Jacques, being fit is part of having a healthy balanced lifestyle. “There’s no need to give up on things that may be considered “bad habits”. It’s perfectly possible to balance healthy living with eating ice cream or enjoying some wine with dinner,” says he.
Jacques believes you will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to success is found in your daily routine.
If he were to market the Gym to his friends, he would highlight the wide variety of offerings catering to whatever a person’s fitness goals might be. “The friendly atmosphere makes everyone feel right at home and ready to start a great workout,” Jacques says.
The best part of working at Maties Gym for Jacques is the energy and positive work environment. “There is no workplace drama or grumpy co-workers at Maties Gym.”
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For the past four years, Carl Wagner is the person that makes sure all operational matters at Maties Gym is taken care of.
Apart from running around to make sure everything is working perfectly, Carl believes in being fit to improve the quality of life. “It makes everything you do only so much more efficient.”
If he wants to motivate someone to start exercising, he recommends that you set yourself a goal that will challenge yourself, like to train for an event. “What is important,” says Carl, “is to choose your own goal based on your interests and fitness level.”
Carl says he would recommend Maties Gymnasium as no other gym offers the same quality equipment and facilities as Maties Gymnasium.
For him, the best part of working at Maties Gym is seeing so many young people making an effort to get fit and strong. “It is truly inspirational.”
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She regularly keeps fit so that she can keep up with her little one and wants to be a good example for him by showing him that it's important to make exercise fun and part of your daily lifestyle.
To get others moving and active she recommends that they just commit to doing something, even if it's 20min a day. Anelles biggest recommendation if find something you enjoy, rather than forcing yourself to do something that uncomfortable.
She would recommend that you join Maties gymnasium as it has something for everyone a variety of classes, a high-performance center, and friendly and skilled staff that will keep you coming back for more.
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Dexter Chapman has been working at Maties Gymnasium since 2019, and for him, the best thing about working here is the members and the opportunity to engage with people from different backgrounds.
He believes in keeping fit because it makes him feel good and relax. "I enjoy it to move – exercising is a good breakaway and gives me a chance to de-stress."
His advice for people to get fit is to keep it simple. "Keep it simple, start small and be patient. Don't do too much initially. Start slow and built up so that you don't reach a stage of burnout. You only need one or two good sessions for you to turn training into a habit, and you will be on your way."
Dexter says the variety of training equipment in Maties Gym cater to anyone who wants cardiovascular training, strength training, or both.
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Group Exercise Manager
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Calista says being fit is very important because it is a way of living a healthy lifestyle. “You don’t have to be in the gym every single day to be fit; you just need to be active every day, in my opinion.”
She always tells people who want to get fit that it will not be easy, but it will be worth it. “You are going to want to quit but don’t!”
One of Maties Gym’s good selling points is the high-quality equipment. “It is also a lot bigger than you would expect.” The best part of working at Maties gym for her is being part of and working at an elite high-performance facility.
Health and Hygiene Supervisor
For the past nine years, Elizabeth Petersen (or Lizzy as most people know her) makes sure Maties Gym is a healthy and hygienic space to train. She believes that Maties Gym is by far the cleanest gym in the country.
For her being fit is good for your mental and your physical health. Apart from being fit and ensuring the gym is clean, she loves the opportunity to interact with members in the gym.
Nano Fredericks only recently joined Maties Gymnasium with the huge task to make sure all the equipment is in perfect working order.
Nano believe it is very important for him to keep fit, because its improves his health and decreases the risk of getting heart disease.
“I always tell people that training has a lot of benefits. It improves brain health and memory, builds self-confidence and increases your energy levels. It also helps to relieve stress.”
Nano says Maties Gymnasium offers cost effective gym membership fees and caters for everyone. “It is a fun and positive working environment that makes my work enjoyable.”
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She believes that being fit boosts confidence and encourages oneself to live an active lifestyle. She feels that the best way to improve your effectiveness is to master your motivation and find your drive.
Her favorite part about working at Maties gymnasium is being able to work with different people.
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She believes that investing in your health is important and that joining a facility like maties gymnasium is a good place to start.
Her favorite part about the gymnasium is the affordable rates and that they gymnasium caters for all individuals.
Aqua is an aerobics class suitable for everyone. Completely suspended you will find yourself in a liquid weight room. This class will push and pull you through the water to upbeat music. A full body cardio and strength class improving your core, flexibility, balance, coordination and muscle tone.
Are you looking to get fit, strong and lean? Join our all-round fitness class leaving you wanting more. Body Conditioning will challenge your strength, muscular endurance and fitness while slaying up to 500 calories. Pumping music, encouragement and motivation will get you in great shape and loving your body.
A class that challenges you with traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises. Interval- and strength training burning up to 650 calories. Squats, sprints and push-ups providing a killer workout to bring on the sweat and shape your body.
A class where the instructors create their own unique classes which varies from instructor to instructor. Accompanied by the instructor’s unique playlist of powerful tunes, pump the pedals to improve aerobic fitness, burn calories and tone your legs as well as release endorphins to leave you with a natural high.
Rise & Grind
A daring combination of aerobic exercise and weight training. Rise & Grind will increase your muscle tone and fitness! As the name suggest Rise & Grind is a early morning class that starts at 06:00
A system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, core stability, flexibility, posture and enhance mental awareness. Pilates is appreciated by everyone from elite athletes to seniors.
For those who are up for a challenge. Punchline is an action packed combo of kicks and punches designed to build your fitness, improve your strength and endurance.
Slide your way to better balance, stability and muscle endurance. Taking you back to childhood memories this fun class will sharpen your reflexes and reshape your body.
Not just for the body but also the mind! Step is an aerobics class using a step platform. Step sequences require some coordination while jamming away to high energy music. This class will melt away 700 calories leaving you fitter, leaner, stronger and more coordinated.
Don’t let the weight room intimidate you! Come join us for a studio weight training workout. A class with burning interval sequences leaving you stronger, leaner and fitter.
Yoga a full body and mind experience. Yoga combines physical exercises, mental meditation and breathing techniques to strengthen the muscles, increase flexibility and relieve stress.
A 45 minute fusion of Latin and International music / dance, blasting up to 500 calories. Zumba combines cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. It sculpts- and tones the body, leaving you on cloud nine.
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