Sole Buddies Running Coaching
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About Me | Christine Prokopiak

I am an experienced long and short distance road runner, avid trail explorer, provincial Olympic distance triathlete, provincial swimmer, bikini fitness bodybuilding participant, CrossFit competitor and obstacle course race enthusiast.

As a result of unmanaged childhood anxiety, a series of abusive relationships and the death of my father as a teenager, I suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost 20 years. This resulted in a cycle of starving myself, abuse of laxatives, appetite suppressants, obsessive exercising and 48 hour binges as well as chronic bulimia. In 2016, I decided I was done sabotaging myself, my future and my body – I took the tough decision to rehabilitate myself and spent 6 months in an intensive out-patient programme. It blew my world apart but at the same time, helped me rebuild a life I had only ever dreamed about. I decided to pursue my passion for running, fitness and nutrition coaching and furthered my education through NAASFP and the ISSA.

After completing a 3 year degree in marketing and other executive level leadership courses, I worked in tertiary education institutions as a Vice Principal, Programme Manager and Project Director. In 2016 I started Sole Buddies, and started coaching runners, cyclists, triathletes, CrossFitters, weight lifters, moms, busy professionals, teenagers, families and those committed to becoming healthier versions of themselves. I have not regretted my decision for 1 minute – finally I am doing what sets my soul on fire!

My credentials include:

  • NAASFP Certified Marathon Coach
  • ISSA certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • MEC certified First Aider
  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach (current – to complete 2019)

My achievements include:

  • Comrades marathons
  • More than 10 half Ironman distance triathlons
  • More than 150 full marathons, half marathons, 10km road running races and trail runs
  • More than 100 cycling races
  • Gauteng Olympic Distance Triathlon team member
  • Long distance open water swimmer
  • 2017 Provincial Bikini Fitness team member NABBA
  • 2018 & 2019 Norsub CrossFit Open participant
  • 2018 & 2019 CrossFit Competition competitor

My expertise include:

  • Diet plans (Weight loss, power sports, endurance sports, fat loss, weight gain)
  • Running, cycling and triathlon coaching
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Race and competition preparation
  • Injury treatment and prevention
  • Kitchen setup, shopping, recipe lesson plans
  • Teenage health, wellness, nutrition and exercise plans

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Sole Buddies partner Magnesium Cafe

Sole Buddies partner Ask Chris

Sole Buddies partner Delight Foods

Sole Buddies partner Fit Patches

Sole Buddies partner Viva Glam Active Wear

Sole Buddies partner Fit Patches
Sole Buddies partner Body Evolution

Why Sole Buddies

1 on 1 Coaching

Group Coaching

Online Coaching

Diet Coaching

Sports & Performance Coaching

Running & Marathon Coaching

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