Fitness guru says gym growing

2016-06-23 06:00
 Fitness trainer Monwabisi Njomba putting his club members through their paces.

Fitness trainer Monwabisi Njomba putting his club members through their paces.

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Fitness fanatic and karate sensei Monwabisi Njomba’s drive to get others fit is gaining momentum.

Within a space of two months, he has staged two successful “fitness explosions”- a public showcase where he and other coaches take trainees through a rigorous three hour exercise routine.

“I really like to see people train hard and transform themselves through activities like these,” said Monwabisi.

He started the Njomba Fitness Academy (NFA) years after he had been a top karate teacher at Eyethu Hall in Khayelitsha.

“I still train young karatekas but my focus has now moved to overal healthy living mixing with self-defense tactics especially for women,” he says, adding that women are flocking in to join his fast-growing academy.

His ideas of marketing the trend, include staging “fitness explosions” even near popular shisanyamas.

“In that way we would be challenging and encouraging young people frequenting those places to take care of their health,” he explains.

Growing up in Uitenhage Monwabisi (35), used to watch kung-fu movies, which inevitably inspired to fall inlove with karate at a very young age.

“I hooked up with a karate sensei and started taking classes and has never looked back since then. I always kept my head high because I was passionate about karate,” he said.

When arriving in Khayelitsha just before the Soccer World Cup , he saw a need to teach youngsters his passion.

“The children were very excited and would claim to be Jacky Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee,” he said.

“I always had a heart for young people and decided to pursue the idea of opening my own gym. I then started Njomba Fitness Academy to try to bring young people together through fitness and prevent them from doing wrong. The fitness academy is based at Eyethu Hall in F Section.

“We conduct karate lessons and aerobics in the afternoon. Young and old come in their numbers to the classes.

“My main aim is to keep the young people fit and help elders to live healthy and better lives,” said Monwabisi.

If you want to join or support NFA call Monwabisi on 0613386465.

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