5 Strong Reasons Women Should Lift Weights

women should lift weights

This week’s Fitness Chat Feature Friday is with Rochelle Louw, a Biokenist at the University of Pretoria and comes highly recommended by the Biokinetics Association of South Africa. Rochelle discusses why women should lift weights in depth, and her points are backed by science.

We are talking about why women should not be afraid to lift weights in order to change the preconceived ideas people have about women performing weight training and to bring to the forefront the benefits of weightlifting.

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Fitness Chat with USN 12 Week Makeover Challenge Winner, Riaan Smit

USN 12 Week Challenge winner before and after

After trying and failing numerous times over the last couple of years to lose weight and live a fit and healthy lifestyle, Riaan Smit finally had to sit down and figure out why his efforts were not successful. The answer was that his schedule simply did not allow for regular visits to the gym and his solution for this issue was to start training outdoors. That meant finding something he could do any time of the day, no matter where he was.


Eventually, Riaan kick-started outdoor training, entered the Ultimate Sports Nutrition(USN) 12 week Body Makeover Challenge and after losing 20.3 kg of body weight and 10.9% of body fat, he emerged as the male winner of the competition. Fitness Chat with Riaan Smit, looks at his, USN before and after the weight-loss journey, his life after winning the USN 12 Week Makeover Challenge and so much more. Read on and be inspired.

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Mika Stefano Shares How He Lost Weight

Mika Stefano is South Africa’s socialite turned celebrity. The famous social commentator is widely recognised for his witty comments and sharp tongue on various TV shows and radios stations. Mika recently transformed himself and has added a new tag to his name – he has become one of South Africa’s top fitness personalities. A Fitness Chat with Mika reveals how he went from fat to fit and his participation in Old Mutual’s ultimate 5km running and music festival, The Music Run™.   Read on as Mika Stefano shares how lost weight, his diet and training programs.

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Fitness Chat with Zaakirah Khalek

Zaakirah Khalek

Zaakirah Khalek is a beast in the gym; she currently squats 105kg and deadlifts 120kg. Zak, as she is commonly known, held a full-time corporate job in HR before quitting it in December last year to pursue a full-time career in fitness. She is now a personal trainer, owner of a fitness studio beside her Nike trainer position which she has held since 2014/15. I met up with her for a Fitness Chat and this is what she had to share.

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Understanding CrossFit with Alan Foulis

understanding crossfit alan foulis

CrossFit has been bashed left, right and centre since its formal introduction in 2000. Negative opinions surround the sport. The common view? “CrossFit is dangerous and promotes bad form.”

I, however, see bad form and bizarre stuff in the traditional gym almost every day that is in no way related to CrossFit. Given this, I have been curious to know exactly why the sport continues to create such a negative buzz in the fitness industry.

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