Careers: become a biokineticist

By Drum Digital
05 January 2011

HE LOVES sport, interacting with people and grew up in a family of medical experts. It’s little wonder Nceba Hene (33) became a biokineticist.

“I am so lucky to have a job that I love!” he says enthusiastically. Nceba, a keen sportsman, realised that he loved interacting with people when he worked in a pharmacy in his hometown of Matatiele in the Eastern Cape after finishing school.

As a young boy, he became interested in people’s health when he watched his father, who is a GP, and his mother, a nurse, caring for their patients. “I used to wonder how I could help people maintain their health,” he explains.

Today, as a biokineticist, he does just that. Based in Joburg at Elixir Organisational Health, which is contracted to Standard Bank, Nceba does individual physical fitness assessments on the bank’s top management team, analysing the weight and percentage of body fat of his clients in relation to their height, checking their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, flexibility, strength and their stress levels by looking at how their heart is functioning.

To do his job he uses various machines including a blood pressure monitor, an ECG machine to check heart function and calipers to check body fat.

“Once I’ve assessed a client I compile a comprehensive report on their health and then advise them on how to change their lifestyle to improve their wellbeing. If necessary, I refer them to other health professionals such as psychologists dieticians or cardiologists for further treatment,” he says.

His message to his clients is that they should achieve a balance between their work and private lives. “I tell them that they can spend their whole lives trying to earn as much money as possible, but they’ll pay dearly for letting their health suffer.”

The best thing for him is when they take his advice. “Seeing someone’s quality of life get better after we have improved their lifestyle and fitness levels is the biggest reward. It’s priceless.”

Best part of the job?

Contributing to my clients’ wellbeing and helping them to achieve their lifestyle goals.

What I wear

I work in a corporate environment so I usually wear formal pants and a shirt. When I work with sportsmen or women I dress accordingly.


Flexible working hours that I determine myself depending on the number of clients.


Being referred to as a personal trainer. Biokineticists are medical professionals.

Best health tip?

You need to know what condition your body is in. It makes it easier to improve your health and in so doing, your life.

Read the full article in DRUM of 13 January 2011

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