The fun way to get fit

2016-07-12 06:05
Bevil Lakay from Portlands is shimmying his way to the top. Lakay has been a passionate and enthusiastic zumba instructor for the past three years.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

Bevil Lakay from Portlands is shimmying his way to the top. Lakay has been a passionate and enthusiastic zumba instructor for the past three years. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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He left the corporate environment to pursue a dream of becoming a life coach.

And when an opportunity to expand his capacity as a wellness coach came along a few years ago he grabbed it with both hands.

Now Bevil Lakay is fast becoming known as the wacky zumba guy as his passion and drive to get Mitchell’s Plain active takes him to the top.

“I fell into wellness. I started setting up wellness programmes and getting people on healthy eating plans and then the opportunity to become a zumba instructor opened up and I felt I could help my client base more. Since then it has escalated and now I love zumba more than anything else,” he says.

For the past three years he has developed a strong and steadily growing client base and hopes in future to grow that.

“Zumba is a Latin American fitness dance. Its a cardio dance and I think that’s why people enjoy it. It’s a dance and it’s fun,” he says.

He aims to cater for everyone at all fitness levels through his classes.

“I have children joining my class and the oldest person I have had in my class was 63-years-old,” says Lakay.

Although he started teaching in Bergvleit he has returned to Mitchell’s Plain.

“This is where I am from and I wanted to give back to the area because people don’t need to go far to build themselves.”

He has classes in various areas in Mitchell’s Plain and has big plans to take his empire forward.

But Lakay is not all about the bottom line.

He has done several charity events and strives to get people active.

He recently engaged with hundreds of children in Eastridge for a mass outdoor session and also did a class at open streets and various other human rights day events last year.

“I am so thankful that I have talents and that I can use them. I wanted to work with people and through life coaching I could do that,” he says.

Zumba has changed his life in more ways than one.

“Some of my former colleagues who see me now say I am a different person. Zumba has definitely built my confidence,” he says.

His message to youngsters is to follow their dreams and do what they love.

“Get to know who you are and find out what you want to do. Where there is a will there is a way and circumstances cannot bring you down. Do what you love. It isn’t always easy, but it is possible,” he says.

“Right now I am doing what I love, there is more that I can do and my life’s journey is not over yet.”

His aspirations is to grow his client base and also start a zumba for kids initiative.

“Sometime we have tedious jobs and don’t look at our fitness and wellness. I want to show that fitness can be fun,” he says.

“I would also like to reach out to the children. Right now zumba for kids is small here but is big overseas. We learn a lot of bad habits when we are children and that is why this is important.”

V Lakay teaches classes in Rocklands, Montrose Park and Westridge at a cost of R30 per person. For more details on the schedule visit

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