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Women's Health (South Africa) - - STRENGTH & CONDITIONING -

WHAT IT IS: Body-weight train­ing that in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments of gym­nas­tics and yoga and uses func­tional equip­ment like the Queenax. Leigh and Susan did the Body/Fit Foun­da­tion Pro­gramme from TheStrongBodyMove­ment.com – a be­gin­ner’s pro­gramme de­signed to im­prove strength and flex­i­bil­ity. “I re­alised I am much stronger and more ca­pa­ble than I thought I was. I also learnt fail­ure is not per­ma­nent – just pick your­self up and try (and try and try and try) again un­til you no longer fail at it. I can hang up­side down and not fall – some­thing I never would have be­lieved I could do be­fore be­cause of my fear of heights. Get­ting over a men­tal block is as chal­leng­ing as a phys­i­cally de­mand­ing ex­er­cise. And it’s in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing when you re­alise you’ve done it.” LEIGH CANN (right), 47, se­nior de­signer “Big goals are great and they will spur you on to achieve what of­ten seems im­pos­si­ble – but only if you don’t al­low not achiev­ing them in­stantly to drag you down. In my quest to flag, my body un­der­went a mul­ti­tude of in­cred­i­ble changes without me even notic­ing. Look­ing back, in­stead of see­ing the non-flag as a fail, I see the 100 vic­to­ries of the process – and that’s what keeps me go­ing.” SUSAN BAR­RETT (far right), 39, digital manag­ing ed­i­tor

“I’ve learnt that I need ex­er­cise for my san­ity. I’ve never ex­plored ex­er­cise as ther­apy – I’ve heard peo­ple talk about it, but now I’m ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it. I smile more – en­dor­phins are real.” GOTLHOKWANG ANGOMA-MZINI, 33, health & beauty ed­i­tor CHAL­LENGE: Pound®

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