Fitness initiative takes township by storm

2017-03-15 08:20
The Kubooooo Active club ready for action early last Saturday morning.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

The Kubooooo Active club ready for action early last Saturday morning.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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A LACK of traditional gym equipment is not standing in the way of residents of PE’s township areas to get fit and live a healthy lifestyle.

Luyolo Tandani is a young man with a vision, which is to transform the lives of those who previously felt held back because they have no access to gymnasiums and personal trainers. He is the founder of #KuboooooActive club, which offers fun and exciting fitness training in Zwide.

“I was jogging one morning when one lady approached me and asked if I could assist her with getting fit. I agreed to help her and another lady joined, and that is where the idea of the Kubooooo Active Fitness club came about.”

From training just two people in January, the club has now –with the help of social media and word of mouth – grown to over 80 people of various shape, size and age.

Kubooooo, which means “let’s go fight” offers these free classes six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays, at 5:30am to 6:20am at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide.

“The group has already attracted members from New Brighton, KwaMagxaki and KwaZakhele. We aim to help members lose weight and tone in a fun and easy way. We have a mix of people, from young people to gogos (grandmothers),” said Tandani.

“With the absence of conventional gym equipment and just pure enthusiasm and a burning desire to stay fit and healthy, the brand has changed the lives of many people.”

Tandani (28), who was a Die Burger Mr PE finalist in 2015, said that the competition groomed him, and inspired him to be involved with the community and charity work.

“I do this for the people because I believe that everything is possible with God on your side. My mission is to change someone’s life and inspire those that look up to me.”

A self-confessed fitness fanatic and proud deacon at his church, his biggest supporters and inspiration are his mother Nobuzwe Tandani and his son, Junior (8).

“I grew up in Zwide and was raised by my mom because my dad passed away when I was very young. I have witnessed many bad things like drugs and crime, but sport kept me focused and on the right track and I never got involved with those things. I played rugby, soccer, squash and also did a bit of karate and hockey. Those activities kept me strong while growing up.

“I want to encourage the youth and tell them that if they work hard anything is possible. Training and being fit will also change their lives and help them to stay out of trouble.”

Kubooooo Active club will host a wellness day on April 1 where the goal is to fill up Dan Qeqe stadium and exercise while fun is being had.

For more info call Tandani on
083 730 5611, email or visit the facebook page KuboooooActive.

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