Xanet Scheepers

Vital Stats:

  • First Name: Xanet
  • Surname: Scheepers
  • Age: 32
  • Area you live in: Springs
  • Occupation: Digital Editor

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What are your fitness goals?

There are still parts of my body that I would like to improve – like my lower back, glutes and tone my arms a little more. But, as I have learned, progress takes time, and I’m certain that by next year this time I would have achieved those goals and will be ready to move on to my next goal.

I love to challenge myself, so would like to work on my strength and endurance so that I can continue to try the exercises that seem impossible. The crazier the exercise, the more determined I am to do it to prove to myself that I am stronger than I think I am. That I can do anything if I put my mind to it.

I put together most of my own exercise programmes from moves and exercises inspired by fitfluencers I admire. I would love to publish an exercise guide or create a free app for the woman who cant afford a gym membership, a personal trainer or just doesn’t enjoy going to the gym. For the fitness fanatic who wants to challenge their body a little more. While I know there are so many fitfluencers on Instagram already, I could just be the one role model they connect with, enjoy what I have to offer and fall in love with fitness like I did.

Why do you think you’re the USN Face of Fitness?

6 years ago I bought a Fitness Magazine. Angie Snyman was on the cover and I desperately wanted to look like her. I was extremely overweight at the time and had very little self-confidence. I was deeply unhappy with the way I looked and knew that I would need to make drastic lifestyle changes to even remotely get close to looking like this healthy, fit woman on the cover. I tore the cover off and stuck it on the fridge door as a reminder of what I wanted to achieve. Whether it was coincidence or the universe showing me the way, I still dont know, but I discovered a small gym in Sunninghill while attending a function there. I fell in love with the gym and their approach to fitness and nutrition. My fitness journey started that very same afternoon when I went back to sign up for a 12 week challenge, which turned into another 12 weeks until I eventually joined as a permanent member.

I lost 20kg during my first 6 months at the gym and a lot of body fat. What started out as a strict diet turned into a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

I was much closer to my goal of looking like the cover model. I was hooked on fitness. Working out 3 days a week turned into 4, then 5 and eventually 6 days a week. I just couldn’t stay away. Every time I saw my body change, I wanted more. Even though my body transformation took 6 years, it was all worth it. I kept on reminding myself that any progress, no matter how small, is still progress. I have managed to keep the weight off over the past 6 years, while still improving my physique every year. The best part of all is that I didn’t have to seclude myself from socialising with friends and family. I still spend time with them, enjoying a treat, that glass of wine or that pizza. I learned that the key was balance. You can have a healthy, fit body and still have a social life.

That’s why I think I should be the USN Face of Fitness for 2019. I want to be the cover model who inspires the depressed woman in her kitchen grabbing her bulging tummy with both hands in sad desperation, to take the leap and make the change to follow a healthier lifestyle. I want her to know that I was there in that very same kitchen, feeling exactly how she is feeling and that I will be there to motivate her along her fitness journey. I will be the champion in her corner like I had my champions on my weight loss and fitness journey.

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