Getting to Know: Christa Booysen

  1. Name: Christa Booysen
  1. Age: 56
  1. What do you do when you are not at the box?

I am a lecturer at Justice College in the Prosecutors Training section. I have to travel quite often for work purposes (unfortunately only locally) so I enjoy spending time with my family and friends when I am home.

  1. How did you start CrossFit and how long have you been doing it?

My son joined CrossFit Vaal in Vereeniging and like any normal CrossFitter, he could not stop talking about it. I have always enjoyed going to the gym, so I decided to give it a try. I met Ricky in a pharmacy one Sunday and found out that he was about to open a new box. I signed up for the first On-ramp and now I am hooked for life.

  1. What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?

It took me 18 months to get my first double-unders, but the day that I finally got it, I felt like calling all the newspapers. I was totally over the moon. The next one was kipping pull-ups; that also took about 18 months.

  1. What is your best and worst movement or WOD?

Best: Kettlebell swings

Worst: I struggle with all the gymnastic movements.

  1. Most memorable moment at CFB?

Being called an ‘athlete’ for the first time in my life. I never did any sports in school – too clumsy and no ball sense. When we did the Open 15.2 at Wonnies  I was in the last heat doing overhead squats and those funny Masters pull-ups. Ludwig was judging me, I was tired and getting no-repped. Ricky came to me and calmly told me how to break the movements up. Everybody cheered and I was the last to finish. I felt like a real athlete that day.

  1. Who inspires you at the box and why?

It is difficult to single out one specific person, but something that I always find amazing, is to watch people joining the regular classes after On-Ramp. Most of the time the girls’ main objective is to look better. After a few months, you can see their focus changing to wanting to be stronger, fitter, or faster. They become more interested in what they can do and less concerned about their physique. This inspires me to improve my performance and to work harder to reach my goals.

  1. Any words of wisdom to your fellow CFBers or newbies?

The reason why you started CrossFit will most probably change, so the most important thing is to have fun. Make new friends, become involved in the CrossFit community and participate in the competitions. Never give up. And as Ricky always says ‘#dontbeshit…be better’.