FitFluencers and FitPros at FIBO

From Barre teachers and yogis to fitness professionals and passionate enthusiasts, some of South Africa’s most knowledgable and experienced #fitfluencers will gather at this year’s FIBO Global Fitness Africa 26 – 28 October.

These #fitpros and everyday women not only represent a healthy and fit lifestyle, but they also live one on a daily basis. Fitness magazine chats to some of the professionals and influencers who will attend this year’s event.

Mapule Ndhlovu

Intragram: queenfitnass

Mapule always had an exceptional love and passion for fitness and this extends into her professional and personal relationships.


What does fitness mean to you? Fitness saved my life, because it taught me from an early age important lessons about discipline, commitment and self-drive. I come from an area where fitness is not really a priority. Fitness gave me options to be healthier and happier; to look and feel better; and to meet people from all walks of life who share the common goal of self-improvement. More importantly, fitness allowed me to make a difference in the lives of others. I want to represent fitness, be a positive voice in society, and show people that fitness is not a “them thing”, but rather an “us thing”.

Shantal Dietrich

Intragram: slim.shanty

More popularly known as Slim Shanty, Shantal is driven and passionate about the health and fitness industry. Her personal journey motivates her to inspire other ladies to become the best version of themselves.


Why should someone attend FIBO Africa? There’s something for everyone to learn at FIBO Africa. Whether you’re a newbie to the gym, someone coming out of hibernation and looking to continue their fitness journey, or a pro in a specific area, you’ll learn something new.

Natasha KistenSkuce

Intragram: fitlikemummy

Natasha, aka FitLikeMummy, is an unadulterated, no-holds-barred blogger who has chosen to write about her journey from fat to fit. Her honest approach to fitness, health and wellness means that she connects with and inspires a variety of people who are on their own fitness journeys.

Why should someone attend FIBO Africa? I’m extremely passionate about helping individuals realise that there are #NoExcuses and that we shouldn’t allow anyone or anything from stopping us from living our best lives. FIBO Africa will provide you with various options to help kickstart or continue your fitness journey.

Britney Smith

Intragram: britneyd_smith

Britney is a business owner, competitive bodybuilder and an all-round fitness junkie. She strives to help people reach their fitness goals by keeping them motivated to work hard and achieve their full potential.

What is your top fitness tip? I believe that clean, healthy eating is key. This lifestyle can be very difficult, so I always strive to promote the numerous rewards that someone can realise from following a healthy lifestyle.

Mali Ramara

Intragram: maliramara

Mali suffers from lupus of the brain, but refuses to let this stop her from living her best life. She uses her story and fitness achievements to inspire others.

Why should someone attend FIBO Africa? At this fitness festival, you will see the products, trends and concepts that are moving fitness forward. Jump into high-energy, interactive classes, sessions and events. Connect with other fitness enthusiasts and individuals who have turned their passion for fitness, wellness, and wellbeing into a way of life.

Jadene Tager

Intragram: iamjadene

Jadene began her fitness journey in 2017 and has since lost 20 kilograms. In 2015 she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia – a chronic condition characterised by muscular or musculoskeletal pain with stiffness and localised tenderness at specific points on the body.

What does fitness mean to you? Fitness is about consistency along your journey. It’s a personal journey that should never be compared to anyone else’s. It’s not just about the weight loss, losing the centimeters, or toning, it’s about edifying how you feel on the inside, which helps change how you look on the outside.

Helen Desbois

Intragram: helendesbois

Helen proves that being a doyenne in the entertainment industry and a mom doesn’t slow her down, and she does it all with the biggest smile on her face.

What is your advice to someone starting their fitness journey? Everyone is different, and it is important to make it work for you, and to do things that you enjoy. Also, try and schedule your workout sessions like important meetings that you won’t cancel for just anything.

Ilzé Saunders

Intragram: ilzesaunders

As Miss Earth South Africa 2014, Ilzé is an environmentalist and public figure who promotes green living and environmental sustainability, as well as motivational focus and well-being.

What is your advice to someone starting their fitness journey? Ambition and hard work go hand in hand. When hard work and ambition work together, expect a masterpiece.

Wardah Hartley

Intragram: wardahfabufit

Wardah is a fitness, wellness, mommy and lifestyle blogger. She started her blog www.fabufit.co.za in 2015 to feed her passion for fitness and wellness.

Why should someone attend FIBO Africa? It is going to be a perfect immersion into the fitness world from all facets. If you don’t know anything about health and fitness, but have always wanted to learn more, this will be the ideal event to get you up to speed.

Taz Falconer

Intragram: wisdomandwellness

Taz is a fitness instructor specialising in feminine fitness and flexibility. She created Wisdom+Wellness as a platform to share her love for physical and mental wellbeing.

What does fitness mean to you? Fitness is about increasing strength, flexibility and poise.

Author: Tanja Schmitz

Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.

Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You'll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.

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