New gym in Khayelitsha offers its members a unique “personal training” program
- Ekasi Dynamik Fitness was opened in October by a local bodybuilder and his business partner to help other residents of Khayelitsha live healthier lives.
- The gym is a unique addition to the busy Makabeni Road, home to the popular Rands Cape Town entertainment center in the township.
- They are still looking for additional funding to expand their business to provide healthy food options to residents of Khayelitsha.
It’s noon and the owner of Khayelitsha’s gym, Sibusiso “Sbu” Dlule, is whistling loudly to signal his fitness class to move on to the next exercise circuit.
Ekasi Dynamik Fitness was opened in October by Dlule, a former bodybuilder, and partner Lelona Mbobosi, as a ‘hands-on’ personal training center for residents. The newly opened Gym is a unique addition to the busy Makabeni Road, home to the popular Rands Cape Town entertainment center.
During our visit, Monica Tokwe from Ilitha Park seemed breathless and exhausted but determined to continue exercising.
“I am a cancer survivor… My doctor advised me to exercise and stay active. I had been part of the coach [Dlule] training team since last August before opening this gymnasium. I come here almost every day because I love the sessions so much, ”Tokwe said.
Asisipho Ndamane, from Somerset West, said she joined the gym to lose weight. “I have a specific target weight and the training I do here is working. What I also like about this gym is that our trainer is consistent. He knows our goals and makes sure to train us accordingly. I come here three times a week.
With limited equipment, the gym, currently built from a repurposed shipping container, only has a rower, bike, and bench press donated by a friend.
“Sbu has always been passionate about gym and weight training. When I first met him he was in a fitness group called Fit Movement Camp (FMC) with a few other guys. That’s where I saw his consistency, so when he broke away from this group, I followed him, ”Mbobosi said.
She said they started with workouts at Lookout Hill and at a Section A park during last year’s lockdown.
In order to finance their new business, Dlule sold his car and Mbobosi used his savings to secure rental space in the small business park.
“We don’t have any sponsors yet. The sandbags that we use, we made them ourselves; the mats were mine; and we paid someone to do the fencing for us. The container was there when we rented the space, ”Mbobosi said.
She said what set their gym apart from two other township facilities was that they were very involved in their clients’ courses and progress.
Their dream is to expand the business to include nutritious meals and better equipment.
“There are so many places around here that sell junk food, so we want to be the place to be for healthy meals and smoothies. We also sell sportswear on the side and would like to expand that as well, ”she said.
Ekasi Dynamik Fitness is open seven days a week. They charge an admission fee of R 100 and a monthly fee of R 199 thereafter.
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