Top 5: Insta Fitness Queens to follow
Choma, if working on your fitness is one of your goals for the year, a good dose of “fit-spiration” can help you go a long way. Since social media is a good place to find inspiration, here are just a few motivational fitness queens you can start following on Instagram.
Sbahle (sbahle_mpisane), who has a degree in housing and town planning, started her instagram account to help inspire people to start their own fitness journeys too. But instagram isn’t the end of the road for her, she’s also hoping to start her own Fitness TV show.
“My motivation comes from knowing that when I’m at the gym, I’m bettering myself and taking care of my health. I’m also greatly motivated by the thousands of people who are inspired by me and have found my health and fitness journey relatable.”
Jessamyn (@jessamynstanley) is a qualified yoga teacher who is defying society’s idea of what fitness looks like. The style of yoga she teaches focusses on a celebration of body positivity through healing mental and emotional barriers.
“I’m just out here living my life, doing yoga, experiencing ups and downs. I advocate for body positivity in the way I live and the way I teach my practice.”
Mapule (@queenfitnass) is probably one of the most recognisable women in the South African fitness industry, and for a good reason too. After completing matric, she started using fitness as a way to cope with stress by running twice a day and joining an aerobics class in her community. Through this, she was noticed by the Institute of Fitness Professionals who saw her potential and offered her a scholarship to study exercise science in 2012.
“Fitness saved my life because it taught me from an early age important lessons about discipline, commitment and self-drive. I come from an area where fitness is not really a priority. Fitness gave me options to be healthier and happier, look and feel better.”
Letshego Zulu & Khethiwe Mlangeni
Letshego Zulu & Khethiwe Mlangeni (@PopUpGym) are the founders of PopUp Gym and they encourage people to turn any space into a place for fitness. They organise outdoor fitness events for up to 300 people. The focus of these events is to show how exercise can be enjoyed anywhere, as long as you’re motivated. But it’s not all about the sweating, there are also conversations held that help people understand how to prevent injuries while training, healthy eating and more. On their website, you can also find some quick exercises you can do at home, and without equipment
“We have continued training because it’s part of who we are. Training is therapeutic. It heals and helps you deal with a lot of emotional issues.”
Zintle Ntshikila (@TeamHlasela)
Zintle (@TeamHlasela) is proof that you can do anything you want to, through hard work and determination. Her Instagram page is about all-round healthy living, with a big focus on nutrition.
Her fitness journey has taken her a long way and she continues to inspire others. In 2012, she worked her way to losing 56kgs, proving that it doesn’t matter where you start, it’s how you finish that counts.
“I started by doing what I could and used what I had – walking, which graduated to brisk walking, then jogging – not forgetting my best friends – my skipping rope and water… I thank myself for making that decision in January 2012 and I will forever say: ‘I know you can, you know you can, together we can.’”
Choma, these women prove how everyone’s fitness can look and feel different, the focus should always be on you and becoming healthy from the inside first. Do you know any other fitness queens? Let me know in the comments!
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657). Don’t forget, you can also find me on instagram @choma_mag
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