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Do what you love, love what you do.

Have you read my current (July-August 2018 edition) editor’s letter? In it I share some wisdom about being authentic and the value of being passionate about the things you do.

My comments specifically relate to those who are involved in the fitness industry. To reference my letter, “what starts out for most of us as the mere act of trying to be healthy and fit, ends up becoming a deeper connection with how being fit makes you feel more alive.”

I truly believe that statement and it’s the reason I’m stepping back in as editor of fitness magazine.

The message I shared was to be authentic; to be real and honest with yourself. And if I’m being truly honest, I love what I do. The work I’ve done to create and build fitness magazine over the past 13 years has given deep meaning to my life and signifies many goals and achievements.

Also, while I was gone, I wasn’t really ‘gone’. I remained involved in my capacity as publisher, but the role afforded me the headspace to roll out new products and experiences for our readers (have you checked out our new group training FitAffair events or the FitnessMagShop.com?)

It was 8 months ago that I handed the editorial reigns to Mariska, a long-time magazine contributor and fitness enthusiast. She’s a like-minded creative who is equally invested in growing the fitness industry by sharing more to inspire and educate others. More importantly, I loved her approach to fitness and the vision she had for the brand.

However, this creative spirit also means Mariska has other personal goals that lie outside of our industry. She’s on a journey to find those things in life that bring her the greatest happiness as she carves out a name for herself in areas where she feels she can make the greatest contribution and impact.

While Mariska will remain active in the industry, much of her focus lies in online content creation, particularly through her passion for photography and her love of exploring nature. There’s no doubt that she’s passionate about fitness, but she’s about so much more than just that. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mariska for her contributions and wish her all the best with her future endeavours.

With that, I’m once again taking up the editorial reigns at fitness, working closely with the rest of the production team and contributors who make this passion project possible. I’ll be incorporating many of the things I’ve learnt about our ever-younger and dynamic audience (thanks for those social media insights, Mariska) and will be implementing what I’ve learnt by being ‘outside the bubble.

I’m excited by what the future holds, because when you’re guided by passion, it’s easy to love the job you do.

My 3 top ‘authentic’ picks in the July-August issue:

Cover story – Courtney Gardner
“Be your authentic self! That’s how to grow a brand online. People can quickly tell if you aren’t authentic. Plus, in the long run you will be happier if you are true to yourself.”

30-second transformation
“Digital and social media can be both positive and educational, yet at the same time harmful and detrimental to your goals.”

8 tips to boost your motivation
“Motivation is like a muscle. If you don’t flex it often enough, it weakens. That’s right. Motivation can be strengthened and developed.”

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🎉🔥New issue on sale today! 🔥🎉 . This July/August winter workout issue packs in more reps and sets than usual, with a glutes and legs workout from IFBB Pro athlete Mimi Macias @missmimi1984; a bodyweight Tabata from current USN Face of Fitness Talitha Jacobs @talitha_rsa ; a 20-minute legs and abs workout for those on the go; and a exercise swap guide to keep your training interesting this winter with Savanna Rehm@queen_rehm. . On the cover: Courtney Gardner @courtgard delivers a social media masterclass. Having studied photojournalism at university, Courtney, who graces the cover, has leveraged her social media savvy to significantly grow her profile globally. . Things not to miss out on in this issue: • Your body’s hormonal response to training • How to succeed as a fitness professional • Boost your workout motivation • A second trimester workout for expectant moms • A practical guide to ensure you eat the right amount of protein each day • Pantry makeover blueprint to get your healthy eating back on track. • Out Shopping with @letshegozulu • Exclusive coverage of the latest shows, including the prestigious Arnold Classic Africa. _____________ Cover photography by: @neveuxstudios ••••••••••••• On sale nation wide 🇿🇦 or find us on Zinio / Magzter / iTunes / Google Play.

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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.

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