It wasn’t an easy decision to determine who the top 6 would be in the #BiogenFaceOfFitness2021, but after much deliberation by the judges we now have 6 aspiring fitness models who will embark on their 3 day photoshoot experience, all competing for the cover of Fitness magazine. We caught up with them prior to their big photo shoot experience to get to know them better!
What made you decide to enter the Biogen Face of Fitness?
Having entered the Biogen Face of Fitness in 2020 and not making it to the top 32 really inspired and pushed me to work harder internally and externally.
When I entered last year, although I entered for the right reasons, I honestly can say I was not authentic to myself and my approach was highly influenced by what I assumed was appropriate to compete in a fitness competition. I realised I had to dig deeper into who I am as a fitness influencer and I needed to tap into the joys of fitness based on my experience and mine alone.
I continued training and working on myself whilst finding love in my new found identity. I entered again this year because I was confident in how far I have come in my journey and I wanted to share that journey with others, I wanted to show them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Not making it into the top 32 last year was not a failure to me but my driving force to keep going, to be true to myself and continue showing up for myself. We all may fall but there is so much glory on our rise.
What would you say are you most excited about with regards to the competition?
Personally, I feel like the competition is definitely a step in the right direction to opening doors for great collaborations and getting the opportunity to experience and learn from others. I’m most excited about the 3 day shoot the girls and I will be partaking in in preparation for the Biogen Face Of Fitness 2021 Cover as I absolutely love being behind the camera and have always dreamed of working with the brands affiliated with the competition. Having the opportunity to work alongside like- minded women and fitness brands is definitely something to be excited for.
Did you ever think that you would make it this far?
I’ll definitely be lying if I said I thought I’d make it this far. We always tend to be our biggest critics and so as much as I was confident in making it into the top 32 this time around, I always felt like I needed more to get this far. I’m truly grateful and humbled to be here and to have those around me root for me.
What do you hope to achieve through being in the Final 6 of the Biogen Face of Fitness?
Being in the Final 6 of the Biogen Face of Fitness, I want to use this opportunity to be a part of the Biogen and Fitness Mag family and ultimately I would love to be crowned the BFOF cover girl, not only for the title but in hope to achieve growth in my career in the fitness industry. I would love to explore different aspects and fields in the fitness industry while inspiring others through my process and journey with the hope that I too can inspire others with their own journey.
Where/When/How did your fitness journey begin?
Fitness has always been a part of my life ever since I was in primary school, however through each phase of my life my goals have changed. In school I participated in a lot of extra-mural activities such as athletics, karate, hockey and cross country which ignited my competitive personality.
I switched my training to strength training, callisthenics and dancing in university because I realised my passion for fitness revolved around being and looking strong. It was only after my second year of strength training that I decided that I wanted to know more about building my muscles and dieting mainly because I wanted to transform the way I had looked and realised there was a science behind it that I needed to understand and follow. My fitness journey right now consists of strength & functional training and yoga.
How do you think fitness has changed your life?
My biggest lessons and character have been built around fitness , it has taught me discipline and resilience as one needs both qualities to truly achieve their fitness or personal goals. Fitness has taught me patience and accountability because it is very easy to get frustrated with training when your goals aren’t met just as easy as it is to slack and not hold yourself accountable for the habits not attained to achieve those goals and these same qualities apply to every aspect of your life. When life gets hard or when I feel stuck , fitness has been my therapeutic response to any problem I face and has been a big factor for my mental health. My confidence has been built from my fitness journey, watching myself improve and seeing my body grow and change always lights up my mood and spirit. In a nutshell I could definitely say that fitness has not only changed my life but has become it.
What are some of your favourite ways to keep healthy and active?
When it comes to my fitness lifestyle, I love keeping it exciting. When I’m not strength training, you’ll definitely find me dancing and creating dance fitness challenges to make working out feel like a party. I enjoy going on hikes with my friends as it’s a good way to socialise while being active and getting in those much needed steps. On my rest days I enjoy practicing yoga and breathe work to maintain my flexibility, mobility and refocus my energy and positive attitude.
How do you intend to inspire other women to pursue becoming the best version of themselves?
By being the best version of myself , I intend to inspire those around me to do the same.
My positive attitude and outlook on life is something I take pride in and I believe that sharing that positivity will definitely be a motivational factor to others in their daily lives.
Fitness and religion have one thing in common and that is that it is a personal experience, there is no right or wrong way to go about it. We learn, we make mistakes, we pick ourselves up and we keep going and I hope to inspire and show everyone that it’s okay to have off days as long as you wake up trying to have a better day than the previous one, as long as you make that choice to show up for yourself.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time within the fitness industry?
In the next 5 years I definitely see myself competing internationally as a fitness model as my goal is to get on stage and become one of the best athletes in South Africa. I see myself expanding my fashion brand into the fitness industry and using my knowledge to help others in their fitness journeys through dance fitness classes and strength training. I would love to explore the culinary and nutritional field in the fitness industry as well as cooking is one of my many passions.
Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy?
My hobbies include playing with my dog, cooking a good meal for my family, dancing, socialising with friends, reading self help books, colouring in adult colouring books, getting my hair and nails done and watching thrillers.
YAY OR NAY?
- Cheat Days – Yay
- Functional Training – Hell Yay
- HIIT workout – Yay
- Lifestyle dieting – Nay
- Meal Prep – Yay
- Training everyday – Nay
- Mobility sessions – Yay
- Active recovery – Yay
Author: Logan Leigh Rix
Logan blends her passion and profession by working as a digital and social media marketer and content creator in the fitness, health and wellness industry. She’s also a personal trainer, former Face of Fitness finalist and Fitness Magazine featured athlete.