WILD COAST SUN LAUNCHES NEW FITNESS CENTRE
“Without sticking to your fitness routine over the holidays, it really is hard to get back into things in the new year. Living a healthy lifestyle is all about consistency and it really is hard to get back into things when you sit out for a week or two during the holidays,” says personal trainer, Zuko Mhlekwa, owner of The Wild Coast Sun’s newly launched health and fitness centre.
As Sun International’s only beach resort, it has formed a partnership with One Life Fitness Centre. On December 1, two state-of-the-art gyms – one designated for hotel guests and the other for staff and surrounding local residents – opened at the resort.
This forms part of the Wild Coast Sun’s ongoing upgrades. As a result, the resort was upgraded to a four-star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa last year.
Founders of One Life Fitness Centre, Desmond van Booma and Zuko Mhlekwa, have steadily built a brand that has won the affection of many lower South Coast residents through their pure passion for health and fitness.
“The launch of One Life Fitness Centre at Wild Coast Sun brings an important health, wellness and fitness component for Wild Coast Sun guests who want to work out while on holiday,” says Wild Coast Sun General Manager Peter Tshidi.
“We are pleased that Desmond and Zuko’s love for healthy living and good vibes will be shared with everyone who visits and works at the Wild Coast Sun.”
Not only will One Life add value to Wild Coast Sun guests, residents in and around the resort will also get to experience a quality fitness environment, with access to experienced personal trainers, nutritional advice, fitness boot camps, state-of-the-art equipment and friendly staff at One Life Fitness Centre.
“One Life promotes a healthy lifestyle which so many more people have come to value during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are into functional fitness and have assault bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, plate-loaded weight machines, punching bags, jump boxes and a wide range of weights,” explains Mhlekwa.
Hotel guests have free use of the gym during their stay, while the community gym will be accessible to the public at various membership packages.
This holiday season might also be a good time for guests to try out training with a personal trainer if they have never done so before.
“A personal trainer dedicates their expertise and attention to you for that hour, making sure that you push yourself, use the correct form during exercise
and do not injure yourself. He or she also helps when it comes to understanding different techniques when using the equipment that we have,” says Mhlekwa.
Hiring a personal trainer costs from R100 per hour upwards depending on specific requirements.
Another plus when training at the Wild Coast Sun is all the outdoor exercise opportunities, from golf to canoeing to beach walks, a water park, tennis and horse riding.
“Weight training in the gym helps with toning your body and outdoor activities help with cardiovascular health,” says Mhlekwa.
Last but not least is exercising to improve mental health during this difficult period, he adds. “A lot of people also rely on exercise to help with their mental health, especially living through a pandemic with so much uncertainty around us.”
The resort also offers a host of adventure activities such as deep-sea fishing charters, rock, surf, fly and spearfishing, scuba diving and hiking trails which will also be good for guests’ health and helps shake off all the stress over the past months.