Gina Swartz

Vital Stats

First Name: Gina

Surname: Swartz

Age: 26

Where you live: South Africa, Gauteng, Pretoria

Occupation: Candidate Attorney

 

Social Profiles

Instagram: Gina Swartz (@gfit_swartz)

Facebook: Gina Swartz

 

Tell us more about yourself

What are your personal fitness goals?

My personal fitness goals would be my fitness bucket list varying in activities and forms of fitness.

For me, it started so that I could be healthy and enjoy the simple beauties that life has to offer such as going hiking and actually being present and being able to see the splendid wonders of our planet; and also be healthy so that when I am ready to bear children my body especially my heart would be able to handle that type of stress. I’m now working towards and conquering an exercise (ie deadlift, squats, snatches etc) that previously I could not do. If there is something new, I want to be able to learn how to do it, and be able to do it.

For the past two years I have made a complete lifestyle change. Fitness and being healthy was something I knew I needed and before I consciously knew it, it became a part of who I am and part of my daily activities. My goal is to be able to inspire women and men to do the same, to help them with their healthy and active lifestyle that is best suited for their goals and most importantly focus on being more self aware of their mindset and how through mindset training goals can be achieved and a happier and healthier life can be led.

I love my strength training and one of my goals is to compete in Strongman or Power-lifting Women’s divisions throughout South Africa. There is so my stereotypical negativity around women doing weight training and subjecting their bodies to that type of intense training. Weight/strength training plays a large part of my experience and being successful in my journey and change of lifestyle.

I have always danced, my father always says I danced before I knew how to walk. My goal is to have my own dance studio and give dance classes to all ages, be it belly dancing, Zumba, Strong Zumba -this form of fitness allows individuals to express themselves through movement. I have seen people light up when they dance. It is fitness that anyone at any age can do, anywhere.

One of my fitness goals is to run a marathon. I used to never run, but I am working on my weakness and through Discovery park run events, I do 5km runs. I am working on increasing my distance run. It is a process which I am enjoying.

How will you use your #BiogenFaceOfFitness ambassadorship to inspire women to lead a healthy / fit lifestyle if you win?

Most importantly – be true to myself and remain real and genuine.

I will continue to inspire women to be confident in their own skin, for them to realize and see their worth, to know that they are beautiful and enough.

To show them that by choosing themselves and respecting their bodies they will put living a healthy and active lifestyle at the forefront of their lives and Biogen will help them achieve their goals and dreams.

I will show women that being healthy and active/fit is a lifestyle and it’s a community that is a family that cheers you on, that motivates and supports each other. I experienced this at Fit Affair Events with Biogen. I immediately fell in love with these types of fitness events. The vibe was exhilarating, it was so much fun, friendships were made and best of all we inspired each other and our own selves. This is something I want to do for each and every woman, to show them that healthy looks different on everybody and that they don’t have to do this fitness/health journey on their own. Being happy, healthy and strong is what is important.

With the help of Biogen I can show women the products that I use in my health and fitness lifestyle. I can assist and recommend the best product(s) and/or combination to assist in achieving their goals.

I will continue to learn and to grow and be surrounded by inspirational women and men and through this I will pass on all that I have learnt to others.

What health and fitness quote or mantra do you live by?

“Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Strong”

Tell us about your fitness lifestyle

I have a morning routine of waking up earlier in the mornings. I take the first hour of my day and spend it waking up my body and mind in a relaxing manner by stretching, doing a short online yoga class and journaling – doing all of this while everything outside is still quite and untouched and all I hear are the birds chirping to each other is the best way for me to wake up to. My evening routine is very similar which helps me have a restful night’s sleep. As a woman, I cannot stress enough the importance of stretching and the added benefits stretching and also rest has on our bodies and also on achieving our goals.

I train everyday. Sundays are for resting. Prior to Covid-19 my training regime was all strength based. Wednesdays were dedicated to conditioning that was cross fit based. Saturday morning I did Bootcamp and Zumba classes, it’s the best way to start my weekend. Covid-19 resulted in me putting a pause on my prepping regime to be able to compete in Strongman and Power-lifting Women’s division events , however, I still train everyday, as hard as when I had a fully equipped gym. I enjoy my training. I feel so alive and so strong being able to push my body and mind to its limits. I am currently focused on shredding and dropping body fat percentage. I have a meal plan but I would not call it a meal plan per se as my coach and I focus on the foods that I eat to be a way of living and a healthy lifestyle, which makes following the meal plan and sticking to the meal plan easier and enjoyable.

Apart from being dedicated to my training and my lifestyle I absolutely enjoy the vast amount of online resources available now during Covid-19 pandemic. This has allowed me to join in on numerous fitness classes such as Yoga, Barre, HIIT, Dance, Shadow Boxing, Metcon workouts and Cross fit (WOD). This makes my fitness and health lifestyle so much fun and I achieve my goals through a process that I love and thoroughly enjoy.

When it comes to rest day, I definitely rest and take care of my body through chiropractic treatments, massages, ice baths etc. However, I also listen to my body. I understand that my body and mind endures a lot of stress not with just my training but also with the demands of work and everyday life. I know how to distinguish between almost burning out and just feeling lazy. Listening to my body and giving my body and mind enough time to rest is extremely important and something that only of late have I been a lot more disciplined with.

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