"I registered with Fitness Maniacs about 4 years ago as I needed a more focused training structure when working out. I received this and a whole lot more. The trainers at Fitness Maniacs are experts in their fields who make the sessions interesting and fun, ensuring you push yourself so that when you finish your training you know you’ve worked out! Another nice element to the training is the groups I train in – the people are fun and motivated which helps you push yourself during the sessions.
When I did the challenge in 2015, I enjoyed the information, feedback and motivation from the Maniacs team. 12 weeks is a long time when you are training hard and eating strictly, so it helps to get this communication.
I would recommend Fitness Maniacs to anyone who is wanting to get into a motivated training group, and those who are keen to get into better shape."
Lisa Foster, Durban
"I am going to start my story by telling you that I did not want to start Fitness Maniacs. I had done previous fitness challenges through other programmes and had tried the personal trainer route. I did not enjoy or benefit much from either.
I had a baby in June 2014 and I spoke about getting back onto my mountain bike and back into the gym for some time after that. This didn’t happen. My fiancé kept talking about Fitness Maniacs and how fantastic it would be for me to take part in order to get back in shape.
I had so many reasons why this would not work for me though: time constraints with having a new baby and Work, babysitting issues, that I would be too tired, breastfeeding, amongst MANY others.
Then he paid for it.
And so I was committed to a Fitness Challenge that I hadn’t really wanted to do. However, I do put as much effort into life as I possibly can. So I put all my misgivings aside, made creative arrangements for the baby (thanks to his fantastic God-Mother) and joined the Spring 2014 Fitness Maniacs Challenge with a positive attitude.
It was the best thing I could ever have done.
We are blessed to live in a beautiful country and a lovely city and there is something so stimulating and reviving about training outside in the fresh air. Initially I was not sure whether I would enjoy the group training environment, but my fears were unjustified as it lends itself to a fun, competitive and unified atmosphere that you simply do not get by training on your own. Also, there are some exercises you will end up doing that by their very nature you would NEVER do them in the gym because you would feel like a complete idiot. Doing them in a group makes you feel a bit like a zebra in a herd… disguised!
The worry that gnawed at me that I would feel stupid in front of the trainers, because of my complete lack of knowledge when it comes to fitness technique and jargon, was completely unjustified. Every trainer that took my class, and there were many different ones, made me feel confident and comfortable with everything I was doing. I was never made to feel stupid about not knowing what something was. I mean seriously, who the hell knew what a “Bird Dog” was before Fitness Maniacs anyway???
This has been a really incredible journey for me and I feel better in myself than I have in 10 years. I love feeling comfortable in my own body and happy with what I see in the mirror. I love that I feel like a dancer when I move because the strength in my core and my muscles lends grace and seeming effortlessness to my movements. I love living a lifestyle where I am healthy and feel incredible in spite of every day stress and tension.
I am not saying that Fitness Maniacs is easy, it isn’t. There have been sessions where I have been exhausted and stiff afterwards but there were no sessions that I did not leave feeling better about myself and my choice to participate. This has been a life-changing experience for me and I am incredibly grateful to Wendy, Milesh, Justin and their team of extraordinary Trainers that have contributed so much positivity to my healthy lifestyle journey. I have done 2 Challenges, have signed up for Annual Bootcamp and have no intention of giving up.
Stop making excuses and explanations, make the time and make the change. Fitness Maniacs is worth it."
Lindsay Strachan, Durban
A Stroke of Luck
One Christmas Eve I was in a hospital bed in Italy – everyone else was celebrating. I had suffered a “stroke”. My business was doing fantastically well but I would have to tell the mirror ‘who’s the man’ because the truth wasn’t good - I weighed in at a loose 92kg. Sad as I could be – this was a stroke of luck as I then sms’ed Milesh Morar from my hospital bed. From there I got in touch with Wendy and soon was a happy (boot)camper!
I’m eating healthy and can cheat on occasion without bulges showing!
I have mega energy at work – and succeeding in business. No such thing as hitting any walls – just climb over them! I’m achieving a state of healthy mind and body!
I’m fit … although I still feel like death warmed up on that first corner of the warm up laps – particularly on a Saturday morning! Yeah, my left elbow hurts, my legs are always a bit tired, but alas there’s the instructor’s saying to assist: “just do what you can … but ‘DO’ what you can” (Milesh Morar). At the right level of competiveness – enjoyable. None of this military or typical boastful stuff. Everyone on the day is in their zone and we’re all there and ‘pushing through’ (paraphrased from Llewellyn Muhl’s “push through people”)
Hey – I’m confident and happy! I now weigh a tighter 82kg.