Meet The Team

Click the Wern Fitness team members below to learn more about them.
wern personal trainer founder
Wern
Founder & Director
mind body coach bianca
Bianca
Integrative Mind & Body Coach
life coach alan
Alan
Life Coach & Therapist
personal trainer Pieta
Pieta
Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor
personal trainer yolandi
Yolandi
Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor
personal trainer Cobus
Cobus
Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor
yoga meditation teacher chelsey
Chelsey
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
physiotherapist james
James
Physiotherapist
personal trainer dan
Dan
Personal Trainer & Boxing Coach
wern personal trainer founder

Wern Engelbrecht

Company Role
Founder & Director
Background & Experience

Born in South Africa, I first started my career in London, in the financial market. Although I competed at a number of sports including semi-professional rugby, I did not step into a commercial gym until my mid twenties.  I soon found a new passion, recognising that personal training done correctly was an exciting new business model. I gave up my job in finance and combined my passions for business and fitness. My career has grown from strength to strength with over 19 years experience.

Personal trainer to the stars, and sports coach, I was fortunate to achieve great success with clients and rugby team. I still have quite a few clients that have been with me since the start of my PT career! I have worked with a number of professional athletes and, successfully training Old Elthaniams Rugby club, assisting in promoting them from Kent 2 to National 3 (6 promotions).

I believe knowledge of the fitness industry is paramount. With continuous education in the fitness realm, I’ve realised the more I learn how much more there is to explore.

With my years of experience I have worked with complex cases, understanding the importance of retaining good mobility and strength during the different phases in our lives, good sleep hygiene and a healthy relationship with food is key components for achieving great results.

What do you like most about your work?

I’m a big believer that there is no one size fits all solution. I love the early stages of working with new clients and building a plan to achieve the goals we set out together.

What do you enjoy when not working?

Nothing beats a cold beer (yes, we trainers also enjoy stuff on the naughty list) whilst lighting the fire in the company of family and friends.

Favourite quote(s)

“The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest.”
“The harder I practise, the luckier I get.”

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • Kane & Able (Jeffrey Archer)
  • The Obesity Code (Dr Jason Fung)
  • Total Recall (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
mind body coach bianca

Bianca Aimée Kramer

Company Role
Integrative Mind & Body Coach
Background & Experience

I was born in the big city of Johannesburg, but as a free spirit as soon as I finished school I moved to Cape Town to be closer to the ocean and nature. I studied a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Film, Media and Journalism at the University of Cape Town. My passion for photography, making a difference, and writing led to me to exploring, and volunteering in, underprivileged communities. Soon enough I made the decision to return to university to pursue a career in Psychology and Social Work, so I could follow my passion for helping others.
Through my degrees and practical experience I have learned about myself, my clients, and the mind, body and breath. I have conducted therapy, workshops and community work in different settings – a home for abused and neglected children, paediatrics, neurology and psychiatry units in state hospitals, and in community clinics. I volunteered my time to plan and manage charity campaigns to raise awareness and fundraise for different social causes. I engaged in radio and other media platforms to initiate further discussions around topical issues. Working as a Therapist and Social Worker is a challenge, especially when it comes to burn out and anxiety. I have had to be cautious to ensure that I take care of myself, as one cannot pour from an empty glass. In my personal life I have worked with practitioners learning how to use Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation, alongside Talk Therapy and Coaching, to assist in coping with challenges that arise in my life, and to come back to my breath, and slow down.

After graduating I went on to practice at a state hospital and pursue my Masters. My goal was to establish a holistic practice, incorporating mind, body and breath. In 2019 I moved to Amsterdam where I concluded my Masters and presented my research at a Conference in Bangkok. Throughout this period I continued to practice Yoga and Mindfulness, and embrace my body through fitness and movement, as these delicious tools keep me balanced and happy.

In 2020 I returned to Cape Town and found myself in a very different space to where I had thought I would be at 30 years old. I was newly single after being in a 12 year relationship, unemployed, back in South Africa, and had no idea what to do next. I was afraid, and doubted myself. I felt lost and unsure as to how I could “fix” my life. But then I came back to my Mindfulness practice. I looked at where I was, how I got there and what I could do with this new path. Instead of running back to my past, or to others to rescue me, I decided to take a leap of faith. And so, I launched my business – Breathe.Move.Play – and pursued my passion for helping others achieve joy, health and well-being in a way that I have experienced first-hand to be healing, empowering and fun.

Through this amazing journey I have become more connected and aware of my mind, body and breath. My passion for health has led me to discover the beauty and medicine of the body. Our bodies are incredible – through Mindfulness, Yoga, movement and the breath we can heal, and reach our full potential. This has supported me through challenges, and helped me regain my courage and power. My own personal journey has allowed me to empathise and relate to my clients. This beautiful gift is something I share with my clients. Working in various communities and with different cultures has allowed me to explore and understand different dynamics, environments and eco-systems. I continue to learn about the world through other people’s perspectives, based on their own experience, culture and context, using this to guide my work.

As a qualified Social Worker, Therapist and Yoga teacher I share my scientific knowledge and experience. This enhances the credibility of my practice, as I take an evidence-based approach. I take an empowering approach with my clients, focusing on YOU, and who you are, outside of your social roles and constructs. This is not a generalised, transferable approach. It is authentic and real, as it is about achieving actual results aligned to your needs, goals and lifestyle.

Remember, no one is you, and that is your power!

What do you like most about your work?

I love what I do, and so to me it is not work. As Marc Anthony says, “love what you do, and you will never work a day in your life”.

A big highlight for me is that I learn from my clients every day. It is an honour to take part in each of their journeys, and to be a catalyst along their adventure and process.

What do you enjoy when not working?

EVERYTHING – I love to be in my body, and play and explore what it can do; be it through yoga, surfing, kayaking, hiking, paragliding, calisthenics or just dancing in my living room! I love to learn, and experience new things. I am always trying a different sport, visiting a new spot, and reading. I have learnt to embrace the unknown, and this is so much fun!

One of my passions is food and nutrition, which I tend to combine with my love for people – you will often find me cooking for the one’s I love, whilst singing to some of my favourite tunes. Oh, and dogs – absolutely love dogs!

Favourite quote(s)

“Vulnerability is not a weakness; it is our greatest measure of courage” – Brene Brown
“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid; courage means you don’t let fear stop you” – Bethany Hamilton
“You cannot change the waves, but you can learn to surf” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit” – Banksy
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi
“Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness” – Buddha

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
  • The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)
  • Modoc (Ralph Helfer)
life coach alan

Alan Whitton

Company Role
Life Coach & Therapist
Background & Experience

For the past thirteen years I have helped clients reach goals, get rid of problems and develop themselves, in business, sport, relationships and general life.

I’m trained in and use: NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming), IEMT (Integral Eye Movement Therapy), Hypnosis, Life Coaching tools and Mindfulness.

Some highlights of my life are:

  • Representing England for Karate Winning English Heavyweight Thai Boxing and British Freestyle Kickboxing titles
  • Working with London’s homeless via a soup kitchen
  • Collecting medical / educational equipment and clothing and toys, and visiting and distributing it to AIDS orphans and schools in Tanzania
  • The honour of working with Veterans & ‘Blue light’ emergency service personnel to combat stress and PTSD
  • Raising children

What do you like most about your work?

Seeing clients transform themselves is a never ending source of satisfaction.

What do you enjoy when not working?
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Weight Training
  • Trail running
  • Being with nature
Favourite quote(s)

“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so, wants nothing.” – Seneca
“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.” — Marcus Aurelius

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • Foucalt’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  • The Tactics of Change – Fisch, Weakland, Segal)

Pieta Botes

Company Role
Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor
Background & Experience

Born in South Africa, I always had a passion for sports whilst at school but only discovered my passion for the fitness industry after gaining and losing 20kg of body fat after school. The passion grew even further in my 4th and Honour year of my photography studies, I did my thesis in my final year on glamour and fitness photography which made me realize that working with people was wat I enjoyed doing and that everyone deserves to feel confident and beautiful and that every person can be and feel so with the right guidance and help and so decided to study personal training full time after I completed my photography studies.

I started working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Virgin Active South Africa and in this time, I also did numerous additional courses such as yoga and indoor spinning and so my interest grew. I purchased a private gym in a small coastal town after about 2 years in the industry.

I discovered body building and actively started competing as a bodybuilding athlete. This led to training up athletes especially women as I discovered that female transformations and training was my strong suite. I’ve had great success with my female clients and thus started taking ordinary house wives and helping them become actively competing bikini athletes in the bodybuilding industry.

I did numerous amounts of research on diet and nutrition and also recently rediscovered the importance of not just transformation but also the maintenance and upkeep of a good and healthy lifestyle. The importance of mental wellbeing by not only incorporating a fit and active lifestyle with healthy, clean nutrition but also by incorporating mental wellbeing, recovery and maintenance through yoga, mobility and stretching and learning clients how to understand and listen to the needs of their bodies. Thus, learning clients and athletes how to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle through exercising, decent nutrition and regular maintenance.

What do you like most about your work?

The fact that this industry is for everybody and every kind of body. Having the privilege to work with so many different people and the massive rewarding aspect of our work seeing how people change and become better, seeing confidence in people grow and helping people to become the absolute best versions of themselves and be proud of that.

What do you enjoy when not working?

Spending quality time with friends and family having good wine and making food. I love nature and spending time in nature by hiking, kayaking, 4×4 trails and camping. I also love my dogs and creating special memories with them.

Favourite quote(s)

“No citizen has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a shame for man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength to which his own body is capable.”
“Just do it! Why? Because you can!”
“Don’t try and imitate others, take the lead and let them imitate you.”

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • Ancient secret of the fountain of youth (Peter Kelder)
  • The Obesity Code (Dr Jason Fung)
  • My Early life (Winston Churchill)
personal trainer yolandi

Yolandi

Company Role

Personal trainer & Fitness Instructor

Background & Experience

Born in South Africa and still loving the South African sun.

I always had an interest and love for sports and fitness, but only recently discovered my passion for the fitness industry. After my second born, I felt the need to focus a bit more on myself, my health and fitness goals. I then decided to join our local gym, and a whole new world opened up for me.

I started off with joining some HITT classes at the gym, and as my fitness level progressed, I challenged myself to more advanced classes like spinning and step. I still felt like I needed to step out of my comfort zone even more, that’s why I began personal training with Pieta. One thing leads to another and I decided to take part in a bikini-body bodybuilding show.

My passion has grown so much for the fitness industry that I now teaching variety of classes online and at our local gym in Gansbaai.

What do you like most about your work?

What I enjoy most about my work is the variety of people I get to work with every day. And of course, helping and guiding people of all ages to reach their fitness goals. It’s so rewarding.

What do you enjoy when not working?

In my free time I love to cook up a storm in the kitchen, beach walks with the kids and dogs, I do a bit of gardening and crafting and the ultimate favourite is having a braai and a beer with family and friends.

Favourite quote(s)

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
“You don’t grow when you’re comfortable.”
“Slow progress is better than no progress.”

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • To kill a mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
personal trainer cobus

Cobus Briedenhann

Company Role
Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor
Background & Experience

My journey in fitness started at a young age. I started Taekwondo at the age of 13 and continued my journey for 24 years, I placed 2nd in the World at The British Open Championships, back in the day, I have my 7th Dan black Belt in Taekwondo International (TAGB). During my time I also used to be VAT Auditor but, something was always missing, longing for something more meaning full in life, that greater purpose.

In 2012 I left my VAT auditing position in the company to pursue other avenues, that was when I started my journey as Personal trainer/Fitness Instructor. During my first years working at Virgin Active, Pretoria, I had the opportunity to work with so many people, with different backgrounds, from young to old, from healthy to the super unfit. It was an extremely rewarding time, as I felt for the first time in years, that I am busy changing life’s, not only theirs, but mine to. Looking at life from a different perspective, I realized how vitally important fitness and living a healthy life style can change the smallest details in one’s life. I have also competed in Various Bodybuilding Championships, across South Africa and one of my fondest memories was when I placed 6th at the WFF Australia Championships in 2014.

I have been living in Gansbaai for almost six years now, I have helping the elderly, assisting in Rehab training, weight losss, weight gain (as I was a skinny lad back in the day), working with the old all the way to the elderly.

What do you like most about your work?

It is most probably one of the most rewarding feelings, when you see how one can change people’s lives, for the better. From not being able to climb stairs, to be able to run that stairs case a couple of times and still want to do more.

What do you enjoy when not working?

Chill and Netflix, nah, love a good steak, my G&T and great company with close friends and family.

Favourite quote(s)

“Each Moment in which something begins is the right moment.”
“What happened is the only thing that could have happened.”

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • Harry Potter & Twilight Saga
  • Fountain of Eternal Youth
yoga meditation teacher chelsey

Chelsey Mcluckie

Company Role
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Background & Experience

I was born in South Africa and have lived in nearly every province of the beautiful country. I have been teaching yoga for nearly 5 years with over 1000 hours in yoga teacher trainings. My trainings cover vinyasa style flow, yin and restora.ve yoga, hatha, meditation and mindfulness as well as power yoga.

I am passionate about movement, breath and the awareness that each of us individually house. Yoga has the power to shift your state of being, to strengthen your physical framework and to calm your mind. Each session will encourage mindful movement and breath awareness to ensure that after each session you feel both restored and rejuvenated.

It is a truly transformative practice and I look forward to sharing it with you!

What do you like most about your work?

I love watching the journey that my clients embark on as I too have been on the same journey. It is deeply rewarding helping someone move in a way that they never thought they could move in or guiding someone into a space of calm and tranquility that is so unfamiliar for them. My work shows people that they can just be as they are, without trying to be something and that is powerful to witness.

What do you enjoy when not working?

I love being in nature. I would have to say that running or cycling in the mountains or having sand between my toes and salt water run my hair is where I feel most myself.

I enjoy quality me with the special people in my life and delicious hearty meals.

Favourite quote(s)

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
“The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.”

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)
  • The Mindset Mentor (Rob Dial)
  • Super Soul (Oprah)
physiotherapist james

James Moss

Company Role
Physiotherapist
Background & Experience

With a background in gymnastics, swimming and trampolining I held a pretty active life pre university. Nottingham is where I went to study Biomechanics, but it wasn’t until after I graduated that I realised my passion for helping people. I then returned to university in Hertfordshire to extended my knowledge and skills to became a physiotherapist.

I’ve been in the fitness industry just shy of ten years now, and every day, every new client, is a different story and just as interesting as the last.

Using my knowledge of anatomical and physiological foundations and a deep understanding of the impact these have on day-to-day pain and discomfort, I help heal and prevent injuries, knowing when my work is finished, I will have made a tangible difference to somebodies’ life.

The work I do does have its analytical side, but I prefer to be much more hands on, more so than most other professionals in my field, and the results I achieve speak for themselves.

What do you like most about your work?

Helping people overcome issues that may have been plaguing them for days, months or even years. There is almost no better feeling than seeing a client just experience life, without pain.

What do you enjoy when not working?

Spending time with my family, dog walks, and tending to our allotment.

Favourite quote(s)

“ENothing worth doing was ever easy.”
“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • Pain reframed podcast – Tim Flynn and Jeff Moore
  • Explain pain – David S. Butler and G. Lorimer Moseley
  • A life on our planet – Sir David Attenborough
personal trainer dan

Daniil Magit

Company Role
Personal Trainer / Boxing Coach
Background & Experience

Born in Lithuania, but raised in south London, I’ve started my fitness journey from my humble beginnings as a gym receptionist. Wern was the key motivator who encouraged me to become a Fitness coach and later a personal trainer. Now, with over 5 years of experience I am specialised in boxing / boxercise and strength and conditioning. However, Wernfitness has pushed my knowledge even further, providing me with game-changing diet and supplementation knowledge that I have applied to my clients and achieved dozens of success stories.

I am very passionate about boxing, following all the current highlights and implementing all the absorbed knowledge that I’ve learnt into my sessions. Always being practical and constantly sparring and joining in on group sessions with my clients, I never miss a chance to break a sweat, and if you were to go toe to toe with me, then neither will you!

What do you like most about your work?

The Grind. I love the slow and gruelling physical demand that leads to success. I’m all about getting better session by session, not week by week. If I tell my clients the talk, then I would have to walk the walk with them.

What do you enjoy when not working?

Reading, skateboarding and watching Joe Rogan.

Favourite quote(s)

“Time to get in the trenches.”

Top 3 favourite Podcasts / Books?
  • Fingerprints of the Gods
  • Magicians of the Gods
  • Joe rogan with Graham hancock
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