Hello, I am Jinga Gosschalk, co-owner of CrossFit Flames XL Amsterdam, coach
and personal trainer.
My vision is: life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself. You can do everything.
In life, if you set yourself a goal, if you are disciplined and if you have a positive attitude.
Sport has always been the most important part of my life. I grew up in
Amsterdam, where I played basketball at a high level. When I was eighteen, I left for the United States, where I could study psychology and go to college with a sports scholarship, where I played basketbal in the first division.
After I finished my bachelor psychology, I took the step to become a professional basketball player. I enjoyed thirteen years with lots of fun at the highest international level. I joined a lot of events and participated in the World Championships. I also worked as a personal trainer and I gave fitness classes.
I am qualified by NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and
studied at the ALO.
As a professional basketball player I travelled around the world and that was a dream job, but what I also liked during this path became a new passion and that was coaching.
I quit around 2011 with professional basketball and I went back to the Netherlands, where I started my own personal training company under the name Jingyourbodyinshape. At that same time I discovered one new, great sport: CrossFit.
In 2011 I started training with Erwin van Beek at Crossfit Reebok 020 in Amsterdam. He has taught me a lot about the sport CrossFitI have, since I fell in love with CrossFit, followed a good number of courses, including CrossFit level 1, CrossFit level 2, gymnastics, weightlifting 1 & 2, strongman, rowing, running, kettlebell and
pregnancy and CrossFit.
On May 17, 2018, my biggest dream became reality: I became co-owner of this
beautiful box, CrossFit Flames XL Amsterdam.
Let’s make this the best box in Amsterdam, where everyone can find their own potential and fulfill his dreams!
My name is Marcha van Glaanen Weijgel, I am co-owner of CrossFit Flames XL, coach and personal trainer.
As a child I have always loved sports and I have practiced various sports. Before I became a CrossFit coach, I was all-round trainer. I gave tennis, fitness, basketball, different types of group lessons and personal training. I did this during and just after my sports education, C.I.O.S. , A.F.A.A (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and A.C.E. (American Council on Exercise).
I had a conventional gym for 17 years long in Amsterdam, before I heard of CrossFit. In 2014 I discovered CrossFit. CrossFit is something you want to do your whole life! It is the intensity and variety that appeal to me. In that year I also did became a CF L-1 trainer and my CF Weightlifting certificate. Besides my sports education, I studied Psychology for three years.
I am married to Oliver Lemmer, who is also co-owner of CrossFit Flames XL Amsterdam. and we have two sons, Nathaniel and Raphael. Jinga and Jur are the other two co-owners of CrossFit Flames XL and together we do our very best to make you to feel at home in our fantastic box in Amsterdam. I hope to see you there soon!
Lowlands Throwdown 9th
Antwerp Throwdown 2nd
Athens Throwdown 2nd
Lowlands Throwdown 1st
Wodwars Cyprus 1st
Antwerp Throwdown 1st
Tiroler Mountain Throwdown Austria 1st
Rotterdam Throwdown 2nd
Lowlands Throwdown 2nd
Wodwars Cyprus 2nd
Tiglon (Elite comp) 20th
Tiglon (Elite comp) 15th
Amsterdam Throwdown 2nd
Masters Throwdown 3rd
Lowlands Throwdown 1st
Masters Throwdown 1st
French Throwdown 1st
Amsterdam Throwdown 1st
Tiglon (Elite comp) 5th
National Weightlifting Championship 4th
National Masters Weightlifting Championship 1st
Crossfit Games 5th
Hello, I am Oliver Lemmer, co-owner of Crossfit Flames Xl Amsterdam, CrossFit coach,
MMA trainer, personal trainer and masseur.
My life motto is ‘no pain no gain’. That goes for my daily life and for the way
on which I approach sport. I believe that nothing in life goes without a struggle.
You have to work, if you want to achieve results and yes, that will hurt you. LIFE’S HARD! SUCK IT UP, BECOME STRONGER, HARDER, FASTER.
As a child I started playing soccer and after that I switched to tennis. I got
a set of tennis rackets gift from my sweet mother and was in love with tennis at once. Without tennis lessons, but by many ‘wall-hits”, I turned out to be able to play tennis. A bit later I played competition subtop level at Amstelpark.
And suddenly I fell in love with American Football, this is what I have done
a number of years in the 80s at the Amsterdam Crusaders. Nice time! I did bodybuilding for about seven years, but I became so big and bulky that I could not move easy anymore!
That’s why I started kickboxing at Sityodtong [a Thai Boxing Club]. This suited me fine, but the atmosphere of matches I didn’t like at all. So then I made the switch to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, where I recently achieved a black band. There are a lot of years in it, and I have the same in this sport necessary tournaments. Then I made the step to MMA and I am teaching this now. My way of teaching proved effective, I have several professionals guided to their matches.
But … I became older and physically that is obvious, that’s why I have made the switch to CrossFit a few years ago. I think it’s a great sport, because it always remains a challenge. I can reasonably keep up with my master division on
international level, but this adventure has just begun, so: to be continued…
In the time that was left between all the sports I achieved different degrees in:
Fitness Trainer A, Sport Masseur, CrossFit level 1 and Security Bodyguard.
I challenge you to overcome your limits! Come to Crossfit Flames XL Amsterdam or
make contact via our website or Instagram @crossfitflamesxl for acquaintance/intake interview.
See you soon! Be strong in mind and body.
Sport has always played an important role in my life. I have done squash, basketball, and Wing Tjun (Chinese martial arts). In 2016 I discovered CrossFit for the first time. I accidentally found the documentary The Fittest on Earth on Netflix. I was immediately sold, watched all CF documentaries and started looking for a CF box.
Soon you could find me in the box every day. I co-owned a software company but started thinking about a radical career switch. In 2018 I completed my CrossFit Trainer Level 1 and started coaching. In 2019 I made the definitive move and now I am active full-time in the CrossFit / Fitness domain. To increase my knowledge, I have followed several other courses, including Aalo Fitness Trainer Level 1 & 2, Weightlifting, Dumbbell and Scaling.
My motto in life is ‘Healthy aging’. Of course, there are various aspects of life that influence this. Some things we have no control over, but there are two important things that we can influence: nutrition and exercise. If we keep an eye on these two things, we can improve the quality of our lives and grow old (er) in a healthy way. Coaching and motivating the members to become increasingly fit gives me great satisfaction.
I am therefore very pleased that I can contribute to this with CrossFit Flames XL. I hope to see you in the box soon!
I played soccer and practiced fitness for many years before I discovered CrossFit in 2011. After not practicing sports for a while, a friend of mine told me that I should come and train at her new gym (now CrossFit Hofplein in Rotterdam). I was completely demolished after that lesson, but I’ve been a fan ever since!
After moving to Amsterdam, I started looking for a box where I felt at home. And that has become CrossFit Flames XL: a beautiful box with a great atmosphere. In 2017 I got my CrossFit Level 1 certificate. Initially I wanted to do the course to learn more about the philosophy behind this sport, but in the end, I thought it was great to coach people. And that’s what I’m doing now! I also would like to participate in a number of throwdowns, and I am now training hard to achieve that.
I convinced my family to start training at CrossFit Flames XL and we enjoy doing that together. That’s the great thing about CrossFit, you can practice it together on different levels.
What I like about coaching is that I can contribute to achieving your health goals. I do this by teaching you good technique and stimulating your perseverance. And, very important, I want to make sure you have fun exercising and never give up!
'I did not do anything about sport for years when I received a brochure about CrossFit Flames XL Amsterdam. 'From 5 to 100 years', it said. As a 62-year-old you do not immediately think: of course, I'm going to CrossFit. But after a visit to the box I was convinced that CrossFit is really for everyone and that the exercises are adapted to what you can. You just join in, and when the others dozens of kilos of bench presses, I do less. The coaches pay close attention to this. But I am encouraged just as hard as everyone else! In a short time I have become top fit and I have almost no problems with aches and other old-age suffering. In addition, I have met many nice people. '
'Every night after my work I hung on the couch with a beer and something to snack at hand. My condition was zero and I looked like a pudding. At one point I thought it was beautiful. I went googling a bit, and it turned out that CrossFit Flames XL had just been opened nearby. I was sold after the trial lesson. The coaches are really great and the box exudes hospitality and motivation. I have become a lot fitter in a very short time and look much better. And CrossFit gives me a lot of energy! I go three times a week and always look forward to it! '
'After my second pregnancy, I was really unhappy with my body. Via via I came across CrossFit Flames XL. I will never forget that I entered for the first time and met coach Jinga Gosschalk. She had a huge smile on her face and made me feel right at home. It turned out she had done a CrossFit and Pregnancy course, so she knew exactly what I needed. From that day on, I had my CrossFit family. I am mentally and physically stronger, more confident and a healthier and happier person since I started. "
'I've seen a lot of gyms in Amsterdam from the inside! But being on your own with weights is so boring, so after a while I stopped again. A friend has persuaded me to go to CrossFit Flames XL once. A beautiful space, but I was wondering how you can get fit without devices. Well, I know that now! I never get bored under a training, because every WOD is different. It is great to train in a group. When I am tired, but see that all others are still going on, I also take a step further. '
'As soon as I enter CrossFit Flames XL, I'll leave everything behind. I've started CrossFit to lose weight. I thought that would take months, but the kilos are flying off. It is so intensive! Now I am mainly busy getting fitter and stronger. The great coaches (Jinga, Marcha, Oliver and Simon) and my fellow athletes encourage me to do my very best. I would not think I'd skip a training! "