OUR COACHES/PERSONAL TRAINERS

Our coaches are qualified personal trainers. We offer personal training as well as our group classes. You are welcome to contact us to arrange for personal training with any of our coaches.

Garth High
Owner and head coach at FitBox Durbell

CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 TRAINER 2013-2018 CROSSFIT GYMNASTICS CROSSFIT KIDS TRAINER Coach Garth has been coaching at FitBox since we opened. He coaches the majority of the classes. He has competed in Regionals and many of the local competitions. With his great coaching abilities he also makes every class fun and enjoyable. He heads up the coaching and quality of all aspects that the box has to offer. With him behind the program at FitBox Durbell and his coaching staff ready to push you to your limits, you will truly find out what it’s all about – easily scalable workouts with a really driven group of members and community.

Lourens
Coach at FitBox Durbell
Lourens is the early morning coach at FitBox Durbell who’s functional fitness journey started roughly 6 years ago. By day he is an optic fiber technician (who can not organise you free fiber, so don’t ask), but his fire blazes brightest when he is able to get to the gym. Coaching people in the art of functional fitness is something that only recently came over his path. Anything he might lack in coaching experience is made up for by his contagious energy and dog-like enthusiasm and excitement to help anyone who is willing and welcoming to changing their lives for the better, through fitness. For him, having found and tried functional fitness has brought balance to what was a rather dysfunctional lifestyle. Looking back, the only regret he has regarding functional fitness, is not having started it sooner. His training philosophy: “No person has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a person to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which their body is capable” – Socrates
Nicky Vd Merwe
Coach at FitBox DurBell
Nicky is an Air Traffic Controller by trade but because of her passion for CrossFit, she completed her CrossFit Level 1 in 2019. She tries to get in as much research as possible in her spare time to add to what she can offer to members and is always willing to give advise or assistance. She is driven by her desire to improve peoples lives as Functional Fitness has improved hers back in 2016 when she was an overweight mom of a 2 year old and decided to make a change. She now enjoys getting outdoors with her daughter; being able to play and be active together. She also loves competing and has taken part in many local comps. She coaches classes at FitBox DurBell and offers personal training. Recently she started the FitBox55ers for our more mature members in order for them to focus on preserving their way of life and improving their day to day activities. There’s 2 phases that sum up her fitness philosophy: “First move well, then move often” “Strength cannot be born from strength, it can only be born from weakness. So be glad of your weakness now; it is the beginning of you strength”
Sensei Okee

Sensei Okee is a third dan black belt who has experience in karate, kickboxing and fitness for over 20 years. He was born in the DRC and in 2007 he obtained his first black belt in Kyokushin Karate and in 2011 he obtained his first dan black belt in Shotokan Karate.  He obtained a Federal Instructor Diploma in Kyokushin Karate and Kick Boxing in 2010 from the Congolese Federation of Kyokushin and he also opened his own Karate Dojo in the DRC.  He moved to South Africa in 2011 and works as a karate instructor, started Fighting Fit and recently joined the Fitbox team.