KZN woman finds her passion in the gym

2015-11-16 13:44
Natasha Martens (front), with other candidates during the World Fitness Federation Championships, proudly holds up her professional division licence.

Natasha Martens (front), with other candidates during the World Fitness Federation Championships, proudly holds up her professional division licence. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Natasha Martens (24), originally from Hilton and now living in Durban, has fallen in love with the body-building world.

She scooped first position in the World Fitness Federation Champ-ionships in Pretoria on November 7.

“I have always tried to live a healthy lifestyle, but I was only recently exposed to the body-building world. My coach Riaan Dohne discovered me and he said I must maybe think of stepping onto the stage,” said Martens.

Martens only started doing shows three months ago. “This sport requires a lot of discipline; it’s extremely difficult for someone else to understand how much work you need to put in. There is no time for distractions,” she added.

Martens describes herself as a gym addict. “I am single and I practically live in the gym. When I am busy with championship preparations I train seven days a week twice a day. My first morning session is about an hour and 45 minutes; that’s one hour of cardio followed by weight training,” she said.

Her proud father Eugene Martens said: “Watching her on that stage brings tears to my eyes. You can see by the way she carries herself she is enjoying herself, and seeing my child this happy makes me happy.”

Martens’ coach Riaan Dohne said: “As the weeks went by I could see nothing would stand in her way of achieving her dreams.

“She didn’t question anything I made her do and she fully trusted my guidance and more than that I couldn’t ask for. She has become such an inspirational woman throughout this journey. To turn professional after only three shows and only a few short months of serious preparation and training is definitely an amazing achievement and she truly deserves it. You will be hearing her name a lot in future.” added her coach.

“Getting my professional card really meant a lot me. It’s quite new to me I’ve only been exposed to it recently but I will never do anything else. I have found my passion,” said Martens.

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