Benja grew up playing competitive soccer in Uganda before transitioning to rugby in university where he was also introduced to weight training. Always interested in staying fit, Benja continued to work out in commercial gyms but would get bored working out by himself and the repetitive programs he found online. In 2018, Benja moved to Suffolk, VA and joined a functional fitness gym, increasing his interest in CrossFit. In early 2020, Benja moved to Alexandria, VA, and after one workout at CrossFit MVA knew he had found what he was looking for.
Over the last few years, Benja has learned and benefited from the great coaching staff at MVA who have helped him become a better athlete. Most of all, Benja has loved being a part of the incredible CrossFit MVA community. Eager to keep improving, Benja attended various technique classes and seminars and found himself both cheering and coaching his teammates through workouts during the intramural Open competitions. Recognizing how much he enjoyed seeing people improve and reach or surpass their fitness goals, Benja completed his Level 1 in September 2023.
Benja lives in Alexandria with his wife, Jessica, and their dogs Bear and Rosie. Outside of the gym you’ll likely find Benja walking the dogs around the neighborhood or playing Sunday League soccer in DC.