These 10 Local Fitness Gurus Will Inspire You To Live Your Best Life


Megan Flemmit |

By Megan Flemmit, photography courtesy of Instagram

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

As anyone on their fitness journey knows, it takes a huge amount of willpower and inner strength to be continuously motivated to work out. Whether it’s lack of progress or not having the time, it’s all too easy to find yourself wandering far from your fitness path.

It’s especially important, at times like these, to have role-models who inspire you to keep pushing yourself. That’s why we’ve rounded up ten of our favourite local fitness gurus. These women are not only super badass, they make working out look incredibly fun. Perfect motivation for when you find yourself in a fitness rut.

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Follow them on Instagram, and feel inspired to live your best life.

1. Mapule Ndhlovu

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There’s a reason why  won our first Next Fitness Star competition. She knows exactly how to string together an intense workout that’ll have you sweating in no time. Her smile and unbelievable energy make you feel like you can achieve anything. For those of you who think burpees are a walk in the park, you’ll love Mapule even more. She’s known as the queen of burpees and incorporates burpee variations into many of her workouts.

2. Tracey-Lee Lusty

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If you’re currently on a fitness or weight-loss journey, is definitely the person you want to follow. She started her Instagram account to document her transformation and, wow, it’s unbelievable (Yaass Queen). Not only will seeing her transformation motivate you, but her constant motivational posts are the ultimate solution for those moments when you’re not sure if the journey you’re on is still worth it. Be inspired by her determination, commitment, and fierce attitude.

3.  Raeesa Solwa Mehtar

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If you prefer running marathons to running from your problems, then following  is the best thing you could do for your life. The 2016 Next Fitness Star top ten finalist is a running coach and biokineticist. Her workouts are designed to help you improve your PB, while her motivational posts will have you changing your habits so you can be the best version of yourself. 

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4. Nkateko Maswanganye

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is living proof that workouts don’t have to be boring. If you like your workouts with a side of sexy, you’ll love her classes. The choreographer and fitness instructor is both fit and fabulous. Her moves will have you dancing to your heart’s content, and getting fit while you’re at it. 

5.  Dominque DOliveira

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Take your fitness goals outside with .  Nothing says fearless warrior like conquering obstacle courses. Not only is she adventurous, but she posts fun alternative workout moves for you to try. Ideal for those of you with enough daring and nerve.

6. Aneeka Buys

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With a bubbly personality that matches her bright hair, is definitely someone you want to follow. The 2016 Next Fitness Star finalist not only posts weekly workouts, but posts a stream of motivational quotes to keep you going when those workouts get intense. And because the personal trainer is serious about helping you reach your goals, she’s even created the which is filled to the brim with fitness and wellness goodies.

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7. Letshego Zulu and Khethiwe Mlangeni

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The co-founders of  know better than anyone that any time is a good time for working out. With workout events all across the country, these incredible women will have you swallowing all your excuses. Their workouts are designed to help you work out anywhere and any time. Grab a partner and join them.

8. Inge Viljoen

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This year’s Next Fitness Star continues to inspire us despite the competition being over.  often posts photos of her clients doing moves, showing that anyone can do them. On top of that, most of the moves can be used for workouts in the comfort of your own home. Get fit with this impressive warrior.

9. Nomvula Khuzwayo

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If you’re looking for a balance between health and fitness, is the person to follow. The fitness guru is a great reminder that fitness is not just about working out, but fuelling your body the right way. Not only does she post great workout ideas, but she also shares amazing food ideas.

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10. Cara-Lisa Sham

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will have you rolling out your yoga mat faster than you can say Namaste. The graceful yogi constantly posts jaw-dropping yoga poses with incredible views that’ll make even non-yoga lovers believe that yoga is the truth and the life. That, along with her motivational posts and healthy eating tips, will have you leaving her page feeling balanced and mindful.

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