Muscle & Fitness Hers South Africa May - June 2020

Essential reading for dedicated fitness enthusiasts and competitive athletes.

Les mer
South Africa
DHS Media Group
kr 27,07
kr 119,71
12 Utgaver

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8 min
the sky is the limit! irenè beliso mingrino

"Speak it into existence and it will come true." COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? I got involved with health and fitness at age 5. I started training with weights, concentrating on body exercises such as abs, sit-ups, pull-ups and running. Growing up, I was bullied in and out of school. A lot of people called me names and I got beat up and I was harassed a lot. So, I thought that if I put on muscle these bullies would leave me alone which was the main reason why I got started. Interestingly enough, they stopped bothering me. Since then, I've fallen in love with weight training. I would sleep with 2kg dumbbells under my bed. Barbie's boyfriend was He-Man and funny…

2 min
true grit

AFTER COMPETING in the 2018 Olympia during a rookie season highlighted by runner-up finishes in both the Toronto and New York Pros, Darah Diaz failed to qualify for the 2019 Olympia. Diaz, 24, however, is now keeping her list of 2020 events close to the vest, as she is already preparing for a rebound season. “Not announcing the shows now puts less pressure on myself, mentally and physically,” she says. The 2017 NPC Universe winner does share her hardcore hamstring routine that she hopes will help her return to the O stage. “I used to work quads and hamstrings together, but I couldn’t get as good of a pump,” Diaz says. “Once I split them, I saw the best results in my legs.” LYING HAMSTRING CURL 4 sets of 20 reps superset with air…

2 min
her stock is rising

BREANA WIGLEY leads a double life. When she’s not putting her business management degree to work for a multinational bank, the 25-year-old is training hard and hitting the contest circuit, steadily rising up the ranks of the IFBB Professional League bikini division. “I don’t talk about it much at work, because I don’t want my managers Googling me and finding my glute shots,” she says. Balancing it all isn’t easy, Wigley admits, but her lifelong habits have led the way. “I developed structure and discipline as a kid growing up in Memphis, because I had to make sure I would organize my day to be able to do everything I wanted,” she recalls. In college, Wigley employed her discipline and work ethic to get stronger. “I thought, ‘Hey, I could go for the…

1 min
giant killer

AT AN age when many of us couldn’t imagine doing a cartwheel, 41-year-old Ryall Graber continues to defy Father Time. The 2018 Fitness Olympia runner-up earned two major titles in 2019: the Fitness International and Arnold Classic Australia Fitness show. One of the 5'4", 125-pound Canadian native’s keys to success is her giant-set-focused training, which she uses to keep her metabolism healthy as she scales back cardio. “I get to eat more closer to a show because my metabolism is so healthy, which means I feel better and leads to winning all around,” Graber says. CRANKING UP THE BURN “Mixing intervals with giant sets increases my metabolism, burns more calories during and after training than standard steady-state cardio and weight workouts, and increases fat loss,” Graber says. GO FOURTH AND CONQUER For each of…

2 min
true grit

What was it that got you into obstacle course racing? I kind of got pulled into it because my ex-boyfriend wanted to try it out. I won my first race [in 2013] by 20 minutes, and I was like, “This is so dumb—there are no real athletes in this sport.” But then I went to the States [from Canada] and started doing races and started not winning. That got me hooked. I was like, “I guess that this isn’t as easy as I thought it was.” Spartan Races require full-body strength and lots of endurance. How do you train for them? I train a lot with marathoners in New York City to improve my aerobic engine. In the evenings, I’m in the gym lifting really, really heavy [weights], doing short bursts of power…

2 min
amanda lawrence

AMANDA LAWRENCE not only took first at the women’s -84kg open class at this year’s IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships—she did it in style, breaking three world records with a 536-pound squat, 556-pound deadlift, and 1,352-pound total. Not bad for a 22-year-old with only three and a half years of training. She’d go on to tie that total to win the 84kg weight class at the USA Powerlifting’s Raw Nationals in October. Here’s her take on training, mindset, and social media. NATURAL TALENT I had never trained the squat, bench, or deadlift before my first meet in June 2016. Then I started training the January before. I squatted every day for four months, and I ended up breaking the American junior squat record. NEVER SETTLE To win Worlds was pretty cool. Going forward, I want…