THE Hercules Bootcamp is a fun, adventurous outdoor event that has been praised by many for bringing back the feeling of excitement into training and losing weight.
The founder of the bootcamp that started in 2013, Singwa Silinga, said the idea was born while braaing with friends.
“Two good friends of mine – Sandi Dywili and Ncedo Mafuya – suggested that I do something beyond just fitness and training,” Silinga said.
“They suggested that I do something new that would be exciting and they promised they would back me up. They did and that is how it all started.”
He said the bootcamp goes beyond fitness.
“Hercules is a company that basically understands the struggles and anxiety of everyday life so we go beyond what many other bootcamps or gyms do and we do more.
“We do weekend camps, hikes, fun races and a variety of classes that entail body-toning, weight loss or gain, personal training, group training and team building,” he said.
Silinga, who holds a degree in BCom Law and a Fitness Diploma, said the bootcamp plays an important role in the community.
“It plays a huge role as it promotes unity among races, cultures, class and creed as we all have a common goal which is happiness with ourselves, mentally and physically.
“We also offer eating and training plans as wellwhich helps in pursuing a healthy lifestyle,” he said.
The bootcamp recently held their first inaugural Hercules Bootcamp Fitness Family Fun Day on March 24 at the Beaconhurst Fields in Beacon Bay.
“We sold more than over 1000 tickets and there were hundreds who came in full support of the event. There were jumping castles, face painting, water slides, horse and pony rides for children. For the adults we had gym classes such as kickboxing, tikka box, dance aerobics and many more.
“We also had Diabetes South Africa (SA) & CANSA to whom we donated a percentage of our proceeds as our chosen charities,” said Silinga.
“I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor at a variety of gyms in East London.
“I’m also a fitness radio show host on Keith Ngesi Radio.
“I own and run the Hercules Bootcamp SA from Berea at Fitness 1st gym.
“I love fitness, it’s my life, and this is my dream, what I wake up to every single day.”. I am living my dreams and seeing people achieve their goals is like God talking to me and saying, ‘Keep going young lad, you need more lives to change’”.
Catch Silinga on Keith Ngesi Radio every Saturday at 10am on ‘The Fitness Corner” show.