Takita Mestre

Age: 23
Lives: Johannesburg 

I started dancing at the age of 5 so fitness has been a part of my life from a very young age. I have enjoyed training and taking care of myself since I can remember but, like most of us, it can soon turn into an obstacle course as you fight through body image, a bad relationship with food, eating disorders and lack of self worth. All of these are stops I made on the journey to where I am today! It wasn’t always easy but I am so grateful to have experienced it all. In 2019, I suffered a serious injury, which led to leg numbness due to an injured nerve. This was the start of a downward spiral that lasted until 2020. I hated food, my body, training and anything that needed me to be positive. What kept me afloat were my clients. During lockdown I started finding the little pieces of myself that I lost on the way and this soon became my biggest building block for myself and my brand. I believe that finding your fire is step one to achieving your true potential. So, this is me. I have walked the road many have been on. I have learned the lessons and made the notes. So I aim to help ladies find their fire and reach their true potential. That is what makes my heart beat.  

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How does fitness fit into your lifestyle?

As a personal trainer and a studio owner, my life revolves around fitness, my clients and my own progress. I train 5-6 times a week depending on my schedule. I do, however, spend 90% of my day in the gym training and supporting my clients on their journeys. 

What are your personal fitness goals?

My goal is to aspire to inspire others to become the best version of themselves. After many years of restriction and one-size-fits-all methods, I came to learn that taking care of my body is the most important task I will ever complete. Your aesthetics will follow once you are in a good and healthy mental and physical space. We have one life and I would much rather live it happy and healthy than restricted. So my goals are to be the fittest, healthiest and strongest version of me. 

2 Comments

  • Clive on September 9, 2021

    Driven by passion clearly

  • Michele Brown on September 25, 2021

    Takita is amazing. I signed up with her last year at age 52. I’ve exercised for most of my life but could never achieve my goals. Exercising with her helped me to understand my own body, a realistic weight and realistic body. Love her!

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