First Name: Shinaide
Surname: van der Nest
Where you live: Pretoria, Gauteng
Occupation: Freelance Beautician
Tell us more about yourself
What are your personal fitness goals?
I want to become a Bikini Pro in the IFBB federation and represent South Africa internationally. I want to then pursue this as a career and help women and men to achieve their better selves and help them reach the point of self-love and acceptance through a healthy lifestyle. I would also like to help people with their mental fitness while working on their physical fitness.
How will you use your #BiogenFaceOfFitness ambassadorship to inspire women to lead a healthy / fit lifestyle if you win?
I will ensure that I share my story and the hardships that I went through to relate with those women who feel they cannot lead a healthy or fit lifestyle because of their background, mental state or physical state. I will also ensure that I use my ambassadorship to encourage women that already lead a healthy lifestyle to also share their stories to inspire women around them.
What health and fitness quote or mantra do you live by?
“It’s easy to forget where you came from or where you are going when you can’t read the map. Set your own landmarks and remember where you came from – the map should then be easy to read”
Tell us about your fitness lifestyle
I have 2 amazing coaches that ensure I have the best training programs suited for my body and my capabilities. I also have a structured diet that is flexible to ensure my mental fitness stays in line with my physical fitness. My fitness lifestyle is all about balance in my diet, workouts, and personal life. I do cardio in the mornings before meals and weight/resistance training 6 times a week. I prepare my meals twice a week to ensure I stay on track with my diet.
Why do you think you’re the Biogen Face of Fitness?
I know I have the qualities and the look to be Biogen’s ambassador because I can relate to a lot of people. I also feel my personality speaks volumes and I do not have to say a lot to bring my point across. I am a people’s person and love interacting and helping others, especially when it comes to self-confidence and recognising self-worth. I want everyone to be and experience their best selves and that is also Biogen’s slogan: “be your best”.