First Modern Athlete Club Seminar Hits the Spot!


Last week Thursday, 16 July, the recently launched Modern Athlete Club held its first info seminar in Johannesburg, an evening of short, informative talks by leading athletes and experts, with a fun vibe and some great prizes as well. Plans are now in motion for the next seminars, including taking them to other cities.

Hosted by the Gooderson Fabz Garden Hotel and Conference Centre in Lonehill, the room was filled by a healthy-sized audience to listen to Modern Athlete Club Coach Ray Orchison talk about the pillars of training and Justin Stout of Atkins explain why a low-carb diet can be so beneficial to runners.

Also on the programme were two of SA's top athletes, both of whom are now Brand Ambassadors for the Modern Athlete Club and running in our colours: Two-time Olympian and 40-time SA champion Rene Kalmer, and top Gauteng trail runner and Comrades silver medallist Bennie Roux. Both grabbed the audience’s attention with their humour as well as fascinating stories of racing at the top level.

Each speaker’s talk was followed by a short Q&A opportunity, and some of the questions showed that the audience members were not only really interested in the presentations, but even took notes!

These seminars are organised by the Modern Athlete Club, which has a branch already up and running Central Gauteng and just last week got the go ahead to launch the Gauteng North branch. More branches in other provinces are set to follow soon. The benefit of joining this new virtual club with a real presence at events is the list of partners who offer MA Club members exclusive special rates or deals on gear, services, entries or travel. For more info, go to

PS: If you want to see what others thought of the seminar, just read this great blog: