Go from flab to fab with Anisa’s web workouts

Anisa Essop,42, offers online workouts and self-defence classes.

Anisa Essop, of Bellville, is using free online fitness and self-defence classes to change people’s lives, and this Women’s Month she wants to help women look after themselves and practise self-love.

“Our emotional and mental health is of utmost importance, looking after yourself, for yourself is the best way to keep up the positive mindset,” she says.

The 42-year-old
mother of two says she was in a dark place shortly before she filed for divorce 15 years ago. She was 
suffering from depression, battling with suicidal thoughts and over-eating. At one point, she weighed 128kg.

That was when she decided “enough is enough”.

She started
cooking healthier food and “thinking positively,” and after seven months dropped
her weight to 72kg, and that was without physical training, she says.

In 2010,
she moved to Cape Town from the Eastern Cape and became a “fitness fanatic”
following a number of fitness courses.

She also started doing outreach work in Nyanga,
Blue Downs and Khayelitsha and motivational talks at schools, teaching children
self-defence. She was helping people who couldn’t afford a gym membership get fit.

The Covid-19
lockdown has seen her move her 
workouts, self-defence classes and motivational talks onto her
Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages.

“During
this time, we cannot mix and meet, but many people are lonely and we should be
supporting one another,” she says.

Anisa now weighs 67kg and she aspires to reach people around the world with her story, her workouts and her motivational words.

Click here or via Facebook to check out one of her healthy recipes or join one of her workouts.