There is light at the end of the tunnel, and fitness and wellness influencer Juanita Khumalo’s light came in the form of exercise. She opened up to Mohau Mokoena and shared some of her moves with #Trending
Twenty-eight-year-old Juanita Khumalo is a brand manager for a beauty brand.
But to the over 14 100 people who follow her on Instagram, she’s a wellness coach and inspirational fitness figure. With her own bootcamp powered by Fit Life magazine and website Trovewellness.com, she’s a dynamic influencer in the competitive world of fitness coaching.
But it wasn’t always this way. She knows the hardship of falling out of love with oneself. During a toxic romantic relationship in 2017, she needed to find herself, and thought joining a gym could be a start.
“I was going through a dark period in my life ... suffering depression, anxiety and insomnia, and I could not afford therapy. So for me, gym became my therapy,” she tells #Trending during a Saturday morning visit to our offices. During 2017 to 2018 she managed to lose 15kg, going from 74kg to 59kg.
Though hitting the gym was not her only solution. In 2018 Khumalo was forced to go for therapy as she experienced burnout. Therapy and church became more important to her. As she got better at taking care of herself, she left the harmful relationship.
“As you get better you get into a better mental space where you realise this is not good for me. And you want what is best for you holistically,” she adds. Her brand, Trove, speaks to holistic wellness: “My brand is based on being well overall; not just being physically fit but also mentally and spiritually fit. Those are the pillars of wellness and they are connected to each other.”
She promises that her website, which launched earlier this week, will be a treasure trove on many aspects of wellness. “The thing with social media is that my followers would come to me and ask where they could find this and that.
“I felt my content was scattered; Trove will be a central place that talks about fitness and nutrition. There will be another tab on the site for spiritual wellbeing, with a wellness directory to help people on their fitness journey.”
Khumalo’s latest bootcamp is taking place in Sandton this Saturday for all-round wellness. It will feature a dietician on site, as well as a biokineticist, and people who buy tickets will be given goodie bags. It will also cater for mommies and little ones, with a secure play area.
- Tickets to Juanita Khumalo’s Trove Fitness Bootcamp at Innesfree Park on February 23 are R150 at webtickets.co.za
- Catch her on Instagram @JuaKhumalo
- Here’s a home exercise circuit using a resistance band to strengthen your body. The band can be obtained from MRP Sport, Takealot.com or Sportsmans Warehouse for R150 to R300. It’s a fantastic tool for your workout and an added challenge to bodyweight exercises. It also makes for a cost effective piece of workout equipment and is perfect to take along for exercising while travelling too.
- Do each exercise for one minute, and rest for one minute after completing each set. Repeat three times. If you’re a beginner, do each exercise for 30 seconds and then repeat.