Vuyo takes the plunge for gym

2018-03-29 06:01
New gym boss Vuyo Mbilana has opened his fitness facility in Philippi week.PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

New gym boss Vuyo Mbilana has opened his fitness facility in Philippi week.PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Vuyo Mbilana, from Gugulethu quit his teaching job to realise a life-long passion for physical fitness.

Vuyo,47, has now opened his own gym, a dream that has been at the back of his mind for the past 17 years.

On Tuesday, he opened the doors of Vuyo’s Body building and Fitness Gym, a 600 square metre facility, fitted with the latest equipment, in number 3 Sharon Road, Philippi, next to the Revelation Church of God there.

It is really a dream come true for a man who has always flexed his muscles in a run-down gym in Gugulethu for the past 30 years.

And it is a far cry from the days when he had to jostle for space in a council owned gym, although with dedication, he seemed to have reaped the rewards, despite the constraints.

To date, he has notched the International Federation of Body Builders Middleweight championship in 2006, and has also represented South Africa in international tournaments. Mbilana has been teaching at the Noluthando School for the Deaf for over two decades until he decided to follow his dream. He told City Vision that he felt it was time he took the plunge as he always had a longing for a fully fledged facility in Gugulethu.

“I have had this dream for the last 17 years and I really wanted to give the community a facility of high quality, unfortunately I could not get one in Gugulethu.”

Vuyo is adamant though that his brand new gym is not just for body builders, but doubles as a fitness facility.

“Body building is important to me as I am already grooming youngsters, helping them with their diet and nutrition ... This will be a centre for everyone who wants to get healthy in the community. We are busy with renovations because we want to have a studio where instructors can have sessions with groups,” he said. Vuyo said although his gym is self-financed, he did not have the slightest fear it will ever go bust.

“This is something we need in the township, and we have had great feedback from our people. The aim is to give people the same facilities that you find with gyms in the affluent areas so that people don’t need to drive outside,” he said.

He currently works with a small team that includes two instructors, two cleaners and a security guard. He also has dreams of branching out to other townships, he said.

“People do want a healthy lifestyle and I want to make that possible. We have various opening specials as well as preferential rates.”

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