Empowering through exercise

2018-11-13 06:01
PHOTO: SUPPLIED Alex Luthuli, founder of My Community Gym in Embo, wants to help his community stay out of trouble and live a healthy lifestyle.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Alex Luthuli, founder of My Community Gym in Embo, wants to help his community stay out of trouble and live a healthy lifestyle.

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EMBO resident Alex Luthuli has always been a gym fanatic, however getting introduced to Strongman strength athletics affected him so deeply that he wanted to start helping others fall in love with it too.

Luthuli said that he was introduced to this sport by a man he called Vuyani.

“Growing up, I’ve always been a gym fanatic just not on the strongman side,” he said.

“I fell in love with Strongman the day it was introduced to me and I just kept on training so that I could get better and start competing,” said Luthuli.

After training for almost two years, Luthuli finally got his chance to compete in the strongman competition that took place in Durban.

Even though Luthuli didn’t win at the event, he said that the competition motivated him to do something for his community.

He decided to start a gym where everyone could go to let out all their frustrations.

“I started the gym because I saw my community, especially the youth, losing their lives to drugs and leaving school for no good reason.

“That’s when I realised, when I went to the competition, that this sport can teach you a lot of things besides competing and it gave me the courage to help them by starting a gym that they could go to when they feel like they can’t just take it anymore and have a need to let it all out,” he explained.

“Empowering my community is what I want to do, as well as teaching them to live a healthy lifestyle.”

To find out more about Strongman or Alex Luthuli’s gym, contact him at 079 087 5916.

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