Kathryn is the founder-owner of Zen-Strength.

Kathryn has a BA Sports Science Degree (with a Business Management major) and a BD Interior Design Degree. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Renee Watson Pilates Instructor and Sports Massage Therapist, with 17 years of experience working in the health and fitness industry.

In 2016 
Kathryn married her interests and experience in holistic health and fitness, design, hospitality and business - founding Zen-Strength. Her intention - to help people explore and develop their innate "zen-strength" potential.

With a keen interest in health and fitness from a very young age, Kathryn
 gained her Sports Science Degree from Stellenbosch University in 2003, where she specialized in “Health and Fitness Industry”. Thereafter she studied Pilates and gained much, valuable, freelance instructing experience in 5-Star Hotel, boutique studio, and Virgin Active environments.

Venturing abroad - she worked as an employed elite-level trainer at World Health in Calgary, Canada - gaining further specialised training, education and experience in rehabilitation and functional conditioning. 
Kathryn returned to Cape Town to study Interior Design, gaining her degree from Inscape Design College in 2012. 

A couple of years of freelance interior design work, coupled with  freelance instructing served as an ideal cultivation period for the Zen-Strength business concept. 


Jamie is the operations manager of Zen-Strength and currently offers specialised training and therapeutic massage.

Jamie has a competitive sports background in numerous individual and team sports most notably cycling, squash, waterpolo and hockey. He pursued his passion for sport and fitness - qualifying as a Personal Trainer with ETA in 2001. He began his career working at the world renowned Sports Science Institute in Cape Town, where he gained valuable insight into fitness, nutrition and rehabilitation. In 2003 he undertook contractual work aboard the Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines where he furthered his training and experience in a multitude of fitness and wellness disciplines - most notably massage and Stott Pilates. On returning to South Africa, he cultivated his new-found interest in The Pilates Method by training and becoming certified through Renee Watson, and has been working in Cape Town as a freelance Pilates and Personal Training Instructor ever since. Jamie joined the Zen-Strength team in early 2017, where he has advanced his expertise in functional conditioning and therapeutic massage.

Jamie enjoys witnessing the happiness his clients exude when they achieve new levels of competence.


Braeden is a qualified Biokineticist holding a BA Honours degree from the University of the Western Cape. A Biokineticist improves a person’s physical well-being and quality of life through individualized scientific assessment and prescription of exercise in rehabilitative treatment. Braeden has a deep passion for health, fitness and helping people and therefore decided to pursue this career path. He is a sports enthusiast and runner.

After obtaining his degree in 2016, Braeden completed his internship at UWC where he was exposed to a wide variety of clients, ranging from athletes to elderly people. He has since worked in corporate and private gym settings with clients requiring rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. Through ETA, Braeden is also a qualified pilates instructor and sports massage therapist, with experience in assisting mountain bikers and runners with their pre and post competition recovery at events such as Wines2Whales and the Cape Town marathon.


Michal has a keen interest in the role mindfulness plays in personal development and transformation. Graduating cum laude with BA (Honours) in Psychology from UNISA, he has also studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Stellenbosch University, and is currently doing research towards the degree of MPhil in Mindfulness at the same institution. He is a long time Zen practitioner, an authorised meditation teacher in the Shambhala tradition, and a Body Arts and Science (BASI) certified Pilates instructor.

Michal is a teacher on the Insight Timer meditation app. For Michal's teacher profile page please click here.

More information on Michal can be found on his website