Themed “#SummerBodyFitness”, House Education collaborated with Move4Fitness, a student-driven fitness initiative. Donald Marrocane, co-founder and trainer of Move4Fitness said he assisted the trainees with high intensity interval training which promotes rapid fat burning. “We also used strength training such as squats, push ups and sit ups,” he said, adding that he did not use gym equipment with the trainees so that they could “[use] their own bodies to get into shape”.

Furthermore, Morrocane provided the trainees with a basic meal guide including eating recommendations for the duration of the programme to obtain optimum results. Tele who also participated in the camp said, “Eating healthily isn’t expensive,” adding that being a “smart shopper” lessens the amount of money spent on desired food. However, she admitted that following an eating plan was “difficult”. She then said she found strength in a support system formed with other trainees where they would sometimes share their food.

“During the planning [of the event] I anticipated that only females would partake – I did a survey first,” Tele said, commenting on the female only attendance. However, she added that the programme was open for all. Each student who successfully completed the training programme was rewarded with a certificate of attendance on 19 August. This was a “positive reinforcement” to the trainees who worked to reach their goals, Tele said.

The top 10 trainees were given with organic herbal water by Greenline, a UP society which tackles and campaigns for environmental issues. The top three trainees were awarded a free gym membership from Tuks Student Gym. Commenting on the criteria for the top achievers, Morrocane said he looked for consistency. “It was not about the fittest but the most hardworking,” he said.

Calling the programme “intensive”, Amanda-Kathleen Seefane, a second year BEd FET General student who partook in the camp, said she most enjoyed the workouts where they had to work with each other. “It would build team spirit […] and at the same time, it would push [me] to do better,” she said.

 

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