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New Training Classes for Kids on Tuesdays & Saturdays

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Yoga by Paige

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The Latin phrase ‘Ex Animo’ means ‘From the Heart’. The owners and coaches at CrossFit Ex Animo believe that anything done right, needs to be done with passion and commitment. It is with these core principles in mind that we founded Ex Animo – a vibrant home for like-minded individuals who seek to combine fitness and friendship with loads of fun.

The personal coaching we provide will push you further than you thought possible.

Welcome to CrossFit Ex Animo where fitness is forged ‘From the Heart’.



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Is this your first rodeo? Or have you done this before? Book your onramp (introduction program) or book your free trial class.
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We have eight world-class coaches who are waiting for you at CrossFit Ex Animo.
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There are no minimum period contracts, however once you have signed up as a member we require one month's notice to terminate.
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Why choose EX ANIMO?

CrossFit Ex Animo is a lifestyle gym. Founded by two passionate owners supported by a highly motivated and professional coaching team.
CrossFit has created a global community that we love being a part of and giving back to our community. We provide an environment where you can train hard, be challenged and take back the hour in your day thats focused on you.

Our team focuses on functional movement and technique first. The CrossFit Ex Animo coaches are all CrossFit certified and have extensive athletic backgrounds.

Our gym, or BOX as we like to call it , is conveniently located in the Valley Centre Craighall Park on major routes in and out of the Sandton CBD, Randburg and Parkhurst.

We look forward to helping you push past your limits, lose weight and look good naked in a safe and challenging environment.

Come and join the team at CrossFit Ex Animo, where fitness is forged ‘From the Heart’.



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    If you had asked me a couple of years ago what my idea of fitness and a beautiful body is, I would’ve said it was running on a treadmill and being skinny”.  I didn’t go near the weights section of the gym, that was for the boys. Girls lift and no it won’t make you bulky. Girls Lift and No it won’t make you bulky Once I found Crossfit and weightlifting my perceptions changed.  I love the feeling of approaching…
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  • How to Set Up your Skipping Rope : CrossFit Open Tip

    So you want to do double unders and move away from Double F#%! dammits. Timing is key and in order to get timing, you need to spend some time with your rope. Before you do that, here is a quick tutorial video on how to set up your rope in order to get the best time with it. Beginners : When standing on the rope with one foot, the handles should be under your arm pits. Advanced :  You can…
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  • CrossFit Ex Animo Coaches Couch | Recovery

    Coaches Couch Coaches couch are the ramblings of the CrossFit Ex Animo coaches. Some of the ramblings are based on regular queries from the box and members and some or just great pieces of information the coaches have picked and and are sharing to add value to your training life at CrossFit Ex Animo. This article is focused on recovery but if you have an idea for an article or need some advice, share it with us and we will…
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Co-Owner and Coach
Certification: CrossFit Level 1, Personal Trainer Level 1 coach and co-owner of CrossFit Ex Animo, Justin spends most of his… Read More
    Founder/Owner and Coach
    Founder and Coach Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Certified Yoga Instructor Bron began her athletic exploits with Gymnastics at the age… Read More
      Coach Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Gauteng Provisional Junior Touch Rugby Coach Andrew has the longest history in CrossFit of all… Read More
        Coach Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Bruce hails from Kearsney College, where we excelled with and developed his athletic ability. With… Read More
          Coach Kyle is the youngest coach at CrossFit Ex Animo bringing but has established himself as a top CrossFit competitor… Read More
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            Tazz started Crossfit in March 2016. After 4 years of working abroad and putting on far too much weight, she… Read More
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              Coach and Teens Coach
              Hi I am Bryan Mills, and before you ask... Yes, I  am Kyle's younger brother, but I'm sure we can… Read More
                Olympic Lifting Specialist Coach
                Matt started Crossfit 3 and a half years ago and has been hooked from day one. Having done mixed martial… Read More

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                  "My ambition is to keep fit, well and strong. Cross Fit sounds a lot like a typical gym but it is different. It is more about setting your own personal goals and pushing yourself than having someone else set them for you. I have found working at Ex Animo fun and enjoyable, helping me to try new things, and learning on the way. Having Justin as my personal trainer is great. I am disabled, so working with…"

                  Allan Davison

                  "l have been training with Justin for about 6 months, and have seen huge strides in my fitness, strength and motivation levels. I am stronger and fitter than I have been for very many years, and Justin must take all the credit. Justin obviously has the technical skill and qualifications to ensure that each person reaps the precise rewards they are striving for, but he also has the ability to motivate you to reach for, and achieve…"


                  "I’ve been using Justin as my coach since November 2015. After I tore my plantar fasciitis in March 2015 I tried numerous treatments and rehab exercises to get back to running injury free and nothing helped. It was only once I started training with Justin to strengthen various muscles that I have been back on track and can run injury free. Justin’s workouts are fun and varied to ensure that in one week you get a great…"


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