Rolene Strauss on family, fitness & a life of purpose

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Rolene Strauss is an inspiration to many #strongwomen in South Africa. She is a mom, a qualified doctor, and a former Miss South Africa and Miss World.

Her success on the local and global pageant stage propelled her into the public limelight, making her a fashion icon and a role model to many South African women and young girls.

Grounded in her roots

Raised in a small town called Volksrust in South Africa, Rolene aims to always stay true to her roots.

Different situations, challenges and opportunities in my life showed me who I want to become and what I want to achieve. My passion for health, education and women are at the core of my being and motivates me to live a purpose driven life.”

Her purpose is to give back and improve women’s health in South Africa: “I strive to be the best me, to follow my destiny and be a woman who uses what she was given out of grace, to inspire, to love, to sympathise and to give.”

The importance of family

I’m currently 22-weeks pregnant and the feeling of small kicks and jumping jacks inside of me brings such joy and leads to deep thoughts about family. Family to me is unconditional love, quality time, and my first priority. It’s not-always-easy, but it’s sooo worth it!”

These values and her unique approach to family, health and fitness, ensured Rolene was the perfect celebrity to partner with adidas for the launch of their new varsity-style jacket – the adidas VRCT jacket – which aims to inspire self-expression.

Rolene’s training approach

I love High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and usually work out between 3-5 times a week for about 45 minutes at a time. I had to adjust my training approach as I am now in my second trimester of pregnancy and recently started doing some yoga together with interval walking and weight training.

Working out is like therapy to me and I am so grateful to live on Val de Vie Estate, a safe and beautiful environment where I can be active in nature together with my family.

Rolene’s diet & supplement plans

I believe in eating wholesome, organic food as much as possible. I’ve learnt so much about food from my sister-in-law, Dr Ledivia Strauss.

She taught me the importance of food quality, which is even more important than the quantity.

When I’m not pregnant, I also like intermittent fasting and doing a 21-day RevitaHealth Ultimate Detox 3 times a year.

Rolene’s workout gear style preferences

I love anything from adidas! Comfort is of utmost importance and I want my body to be able to move freely without restraint but with the necessary support. I also like matching my whole outfit to my workout shoes.

Adidas recently unveiled the VRCT jacket, a fresh take on the classic varsity look that celebrates team pride and self-expression.

Paying homage to the traditional letterman jacket, VRCT features a customisable patch that invites athletes to show the world who they are. Designed to be worn before and after training, VRCT reworks an iconic design for a classic bomber aesthetic with a sleek, modern fit.

Featuring flexible, lightweight material, the jacket offers maximum freedom of movement, while a soft double-knit fabric enables year-round wearability.

To inspire creativity and self-expression, the VRCT jacket features a classic adidas ‘A’ team patch that can be interchanged.

South African consumers will also be able to choose the DREAMER patch, inspired by 400m Olympic and World Record Holder, Wayde van Niekerk. The adidas VRCT Jacket is available at adidas performance stores countrywide at the retail price of R1599.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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