Fitness regime guru has what it takes to keep most in shape

2016-10-20 06:00
 Andy Silimela is back with a bang at isivivane Centre with her taebo sessions.

Andy Silimela is back with a bang at isivivane Centre with her taebo sessions.

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The fight against fat and unfitness is right on course in Khayelitsha’s Isivivane Centre, where taebo and fitness trainer Andisiwe Silimela hope to help her class beat the bulge.

Known by many as the Taebo Queen, Andisiwe will, from next week, teach exercises at the newly built centre after a long period of absence due to a lack of venue at Thusong Centre, where she gained fame.

She told City Vision briefly about her background.

“I used to play about just any sport.

My dream was to be a professional tennis player,” Silimela says.

“I would dream of winning Wimbledon but tennis was expensive and I could not afford it.

“When the world of Taebo opened for me, I started dreaming about being the best fitness instructor in the world.”

She describes Tae bo as a discipline and a way that teaches one to communicate with his or her body. Silimela says what she has achieved in the game shows that women can take part in high-intensity exercises.

“Tae bo challenges your body to do more than you think it is capable of doing,” she says while we enviously admire her toned abs and muscular biceps.

After watching a video of American tae bo guru Billy Banks, Silimela raised the money for a plane ticket to train with Banks in his California gym. “I learnt a lot from the master,” Silimela says of her time in the United States of America.

“He(Billy Banks) encouraged me to never give up or allow my circumstances to control me or keep me away from my dream of achieving what I desire in life.”

City Vision finds Silimela taking a class of more 20 people through their paces at the Isivivane Centre near the KCT Mall

The mood is jovial and everyone is sweaty and wet.

They kick, count, punch and kick again. It has become a ritual, it seems.

“They are all keen to reduce weight and at the same time keep their bodies in a state of health and fitness,” she explains.

“It’s almost a year that I have been training this class and I can see some change in many of the people who attend these sessions.” On Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays the sessions start at 5.30pm and on Saturdays at 7am. This is where you will find dedicated Tae bo enthusiasts shedding the kilograms by the grams and ounces and tightening their muscles at Khayelitsha Oval.

“I tell them that you are what you put inside and where you are today is where your mind puts you,” she says.

Popsie Mvandaba who has been attending tae bo classes from 2012 said:

“I was overweight and I have lost a lot of weight. Black people are prone to diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, and keeping fit drives those away,” Mvandaba says.

She also urges people to watch what they eat. To join contact her on: 0733737411.

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