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Working out with Botle Kayamba

In my recent guest post on Mel’s Postbox, I spoke about how it takes a village to lose weight and make a significant and sustainable lifestyle changes. Well, Botle Kayamba is very much part of my village.

What started out as a chance meeting has since turned into a real friendship and mentorship. That chance meeting happened when we both attended an event at The Cookery hosted by Women’s Health Magazine but didn’t know each other at that point. We greeted each other and a cordial smile was exchanged every now and then.

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Hanging with other fitsters and influencers at The Cookery by The Secret Jozi Chef

Botle is a highly skilled personal trainer as well as group trainer. She was diagnosed with an Ameloblastoma type 3 tumor, which later led to swelling in her face and the loss of her left jaw. The tumor eventually ended her booming modelling career. Three operations later and this amazing woman who is beautiful both inside and out, could easily have returned to modelling but instead found her calling in the fitness world.

Coming from a disadvantaged background was all the motivation she needed to make a success of her 11 year fitness career. Botle has gone from teaching kids in her neighbourhood to being a resident trainer at the Virgin Active health club chain. She lives to inspire and is all about inspiring women from all walks of life, both in her community, as well as the fitness industry. I can truly vouch for that, as she inspires me daily by the manner in which she lives her life. Botle once told me that I inspire her, which honestly left me flabbergasted and in disbelief, but she is a woman who’s all about helping other women. She is such a special individual and it’s evident in the way she treats people, especially her clients. Botle revels in her clients progress and she definitely keeps an eagle eye on whether or not you are staying on track. Don’t let her calm and sweet demeanor fool you, as she is a powerhouse of a trainer who pushes you to the limit and takes no prisoners in her super energetic, fun and sweaty classes. Her body is a temple of pure strength and power.

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Botle also happens to be the Women’s Health Next Fit Star, Top 5 finalist for 2017. Her journey has been so exceptionally inspiring that it’s no wonder that she has featured in Fatloss Magazine, Fitness Magazine and Women’s Health Magazine. Botle is sponsored by the likes of Adidas, Cleansui, Fresh Dew, Lovi Juice and Venga.

It doesn’t stop there. Mega brand Adidas has taken it a step further in her brand ambassadorship and is sponsoring Botle with her very own event, Botle’s Fitness Fest. When this happens, you know you are doing something right and Adidas is all about fitness #inspo and amazing journeys. Cleansui, Fitness Magazine, Fresh dew, Lovi Juice and Venga are the other brands sponsoring this event.

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Tickets still available at Quicket

Tickets still available at Quicket

Guest Instructor, Ntsekie Majoro and Botle (both Virgin Active Personal Trainers) will be putting you through your paces on the 24th of March and I promise you that this is a fitness event you don’t want to miss. Its going to be amazing fun and a wonderful opportunity to hang and workout with like-minded individuals. Bootcamp will get you into the swing of things and Botle’s sexy Dance Fitness will most certainly help you get in touch with your sexy selves. Oh and let’s not forget to mention that the your ticket to the event includes an amazing goodie bag (just for added incentive). So I really hope that you will be joining me at what’s set to be a fantastic day of fitness fun.

If for some reason you can’t make the event and you are not a Virgin Active member, but want to workout with Botle, then you still can. Botle holds weekly classes at 6pm on a Thursday at Sagewood School in Midrand. So ladies (and gents) there are no excuses, just get up and get moving.

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Gym Workouts vs Home Workouts

In January 2017, when I started this journey I decided that the gym was the way to go. As the year quickly progressed, life got more and more hectic. Time became a seriously sought-after commodity and my commitments as a working mom escalated like never before. So I found myself searching for more hours in a day but that never materialised. The next step was to make some changes to my life so the important stuff got priority. Something had to give and in this case it was gym. I found myself going to the gym less frequently each month. I did find a solution and that was attempting home workouts for the first time ever.

Gym Workouts

– Pros

  • Better equipment and a variety to choose from
  • Get to socialise with like-minded individuals
  • Exercising with people with similar interests helps create a motivational environment
  • Different workouts available which gives your more options
  • Option to work with personal a trainer
  • Various specialists at your disposal (eg. biokineticists or massage therapists)
  • Allows you to have some “YOU TIME”
  • Gym mirrors are damn amazing

– Cons

  • Fees are generally high
  • Can be time-consuming
  • Travel time
  • On busy days you need to wait to use equipment
  • Being hit on by people
  • Training restricted to operating times of the gym
  • Child-care facilities not necessarily available.
  • Can be intimidating

Home Workouts

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– Pros

  • Its free
  • Convenient as it saves you time
  • Can train whenever you want to
  • You can wear whatever you want
  • Private environment so no reason to feel self-conscious.

– Cons

  • Initial set-up costs can be expensive
  • Limited space
  • Limited equipment
  • Workout alone
  • Too many distractions
  • No guidance

My Final Verdict

Making decisions that affect ours lives, health and well-being are never easy, but they are damn important. I’m a social butterfly so the gym is the ideal solution for me. I find that working out with others keeps me motivated and pushes me to work harder. To be completely honest, home workouts are cool and you can most certainly achieve the same results as you would at the gym. Your results depend entirely on your personal drive and commitment and it comes down to your preference. So as much as I’m not the biggest fan of home workouts, I will tell you not to underestimate them at all. Those 30 minute HIIT sessions are savage. After much deliberation I have decided that in 2018 I will combine Gym Workouts and Home Workouts into my weekly routine. This way I will meet all my obligations and still be able to stick to my exercise schedule. I’m basically removing all excuses and opportunities to fail. I’ve drawn up a schedule to ensure I have a plan and I will be gyming 4 times a week and 2 times at home. So even though I have a 6 day plan, I’m a mom and life happens. I may not always meet my goal of 6 workouts a week but I have committed to definitely doing 4 per week.

So what I’m really saying is that there is no room for excuses. It’s time to take ownership of your life and your health. Whether you prefer the gym or home workouts, figure out what works for you and what best suits your life. Then make a commitment to yourself and honour it. The time is indeed now.

Go get it!!
Much love
Fit Like Mummy