Our Coaches

CALVIN ELS

COACH

Calvin has always had a big interest in sport and excelled in rugby and rowing at school and at intervarsity level. He found CrossFit and changed his outlook on fitness and conditioning completely and he hasn’t looked back since!

Calvin’s interest in CrossFit lead him to achieving CF-L1 in his first year and his CF-L2 six months later.
By combining his keen business background with his passion for CrossFit, he’s been very excited right from the beginning to join Dave in creating a Box filled with a mutual passion for greatness.

ACHIEVEMENTS

• CF-L1
• CF-L2
• CrossFit Movement & Mobility
• CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer Course

JOHN-MICHAEL GLAESER

COACH

John-Michael has always been a natural sportsman, excelling in a variety of different sports. After many years of being bored at the gym, he turned to CrossFit and was instantly addicted. “What I love most about CrossFit is that there are always new boundaries to break, as CrossFitters, we are constantly striving to be better.”

John-Michael achieved his CF-L1 last year and is planning to get more and more qualifications under his belt in order to be the best coach he can be. He is thrilled to be working under Calvin and Dave at Iron Gate CrossFit.

ACHIEVEMENTS

• CF-L1

MICK STOCCHI

COACH

Mick was born with a passion for sport. At school, he was competitive in soccer, athletics, rugby, cricket, and swimming. He was awarded his Gauteng colours for soccer and represented the Johannesburg North area cricket team. His main love was swimming, where he represented South Africa.

Shortly after finishing school Mick found Crossfit. The rest is history. He says it was the greatest sport he could’ve chosen. His new found passion is helping others to become fitter and healthier, ultimately leading them to a happier lifestyle.

It is always an amazing feeling seeing the smile on a member’s face when they do something they have never done before, says Mick.

ACHIEVEMENTS

• CF-L1
• CF-L2
• B.A Psychology

CRAIG HOURQUEBIE

COACH

Craig is a South African actor (Craig Hawks) who has always been pulled towards sports and competition. Craig has a BA Degree in Performance. With a background in physical movement, gymnastics and a major in physical performance he has a firm and solid grasp of movement and the human body.

After years of being in a non-stimulating gym environment, Craig was brought to Iron Gate by a friend and never left.

“Crossfit brings sport back into my physical training. The combination of cardiovascular, gymnastics and lifting through so varied a field of movement is beyond appealing, its the best way to train. Being able to work with others as a coach is brilliant, witnessing this pursuit of fitness in people from all walks of life, throwing down together and celebrating each other’s achievements is amazing. Having a part to play is even more so.”

Craig is thrilled to be a part of the team at Iron Gate Crossfit.

ACHIEVEMENTS

• BA Degree in Performance

MICHELLE KNEZOVICH

BOX MANAGER

Michelle Knezovich is a big sports fan. She developed a passion for sports at school, participating in various sports. Michelle played for South Gauteng Hockey team. She has completed two Half Iron Man’s and numerous Cycle Challenges. Her approach towards her professional and personal life is to
challenge herself and to keep learning and growing; to explore new ways of doing things and to stretch beyond her comfort zone. She enjoys a challenge and thrives on working towards achieving her personal best.

She loves being outdoors and is a very active person, anything to do with fitness is interesting to her and is always looking to expand her knowledge of the fitness world. She enjoys being able to help people become physically as well as mentally healthier through fitness.

As a Personal Trainer, I want to share my enthusiasm, encourage a happier lifestyle, and help people realize what their bodies are capable of.

“fitness is not about being better than someone else… It’s about being better than you used to be”

ACHIEVEMENTS

• B.A (Hons) Psychology (UNISA)
• B.A. Psychology (UJ)
• Dip. Exercise Science (HFPA)
• Cert. Sports Massage (HFPA)
• Cert. Nutrition & Sports Nutrition (HFPA)