Free fitness classes in Ashdown

2019-04-17 06:01
PHOTOS: suppliedSthoko Zulu before she started gym.

PHOTOS: suppliedSthoko Zulu before she started gym.

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BEING obese and unhealthy is what made Sthoko Zulu from Ashdown start a non-profit organisation called Zilolonge Aerobics and Fitness Centre which aims to help people exercise and live healthy lifestyle.

Zulu said that when she started wearing size 42 clothing, she decided to immediately take a stand and start exercising. However, her journey was a tough one as people mocked her, but that did not discourage her.

Speaking to Echo, she said she knew what she wanted and did not care about what other people were saying about her and her body.

Zulu’s organisation was launched on March 31 at Ashdown sports grounds.

“Before I started exercising I would get irritated if someone told me that I must eat healthily and exercise.To me it sounded like an insult, until I went to one of the clothing shops to buy clothes and found out that I was no longer wearing size 36 but size 44.

“I told myself that I am going to do this [exercise and lose weight] and I am going to inspire others who want to lose weight. I started with jogging and people would laugh at me but I did not care. Luckily, soon after I started jogging, I went for work training in Durban and I saw people doing aerobics. I approached their instructor and she helped me with information and I went to an aerobics training course in Johannesburg and received the certificate.

“I want to help tpeople who really want to live healthily and lose weight. This organisation is for the community and it is for free for people who want to join. There are a lot of people who want to lose weight but they do not know how. I was 110 kg before I started exercising but now I am 76 kg and proud,” she said.

Zulu said that before she officially launched the organisation she used to train people in one of the community member’s yard because they did not have a venue but now utilise Ashdown hall.

She said anyone who wants to join is welcome.

The training takes place from Monday to Thursday and starts at 5 pm.

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