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.”
With limited equipment, the gym, currently built from a repurposed shipping container, only has a rowing machine, bike, and bench press donated by a friend.
“Sbu has always been passionate about sports and bodybuilding. When I first met him, he was part of a fitness training group called Fit Movement Camp (FMC) with a few other guys. This is where I saw his persistence, so when he broke up he said Mbobusi”.
She said they started with courses at Lookout Hill and in a park in Section A during the shutdown last year.
In order to fund their new business venture, Dlule sold his car and Mbobosi dug his savings to secure rental space in the small business park.
“We don’t have any sponsors yet,” said Mbobusi. “The sandbags we use made ourselves; the mats were mine; and we paid someone to do the fencing for us. The container was here when we rented the place.”
What makes their gym stand out from two other facilities in town, she said, is that they are so involved in their clients’ journeys and progress.
Their dream is to expand the business to include better meals and equipment.
“There are a lot of places here that sell fast food, so we want to be a place for healthy, proper meals and juices. We also sell activewear on the side and would like to expand that as well,” she said.
Ekasi Dynamik Fitness is open seven days a week. They charge a R100 acceptance fee and a R199 monthly fee thereafter.