South Africa: New Gym in Khayelitsha Offers Members Unique ‘Personal Training’ Regimen

Ekasi Dynamik Fitness was opened in October by a local bodybuilder and his business partner to help other Khayelitsha residents live healthier lives.

The gym is a unique addition to the busy McCabeni Road where the city’s popular entertainment center Rands Cape Town is located.

They are still looking for additional financing to expand their business in order to provide healthy food options to the residents of Khayelitsha.

In the afternoon, Khayelitsha gym owner Sibusiso “Sbu” Dlule beeps loudly to signal his fitness class to move on to the next workout circuit.

Ekasi Dynamik Fitness was opened in October by Dlule, a former bodybuilder, and her partner, Lelona Mbobosi, as a “hands-on” personal training center for residents. The newly opened gym is a unique addition to the busy Makabini Road where the popular entertainment hub of Rands Cape Town is located.

When we visited, Monica Tokoi of Eletha Park seemed breathless and exhausted but determined to keep working out.

“I am a cancer survivor…My doctor advised me to exercise and stay active. I was part of the coach [Dlule] Team coaching since last August before he opened this gym. “I come here almost every day because I enjoy the sessions so much,” said Tokoi.

Ascifu Nadman, of Somerset West, said she joined a gym to lose weight. “I have a set weight goal and the training I do here works. What I also love about this gym is that our trainer is consistent. He knows our goals and makes sure he trains us accordingly. I’ve been here three times a week.”