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Dionne Potiphar

One of my friends from my son’s school had done a 28 day challenge and was looking great, so I decided to give it a try for myself..

In September of last year, I arrived at HIIT feeling incredibly depressed. I had thankfully just received the all clear from some biopsy results but had put on a large amount of weight due to all the medication I was now required to take. I would look in the mirror and not recognize the person staring back at me. I tried to find the ‘zip’ to this body I was now living in, to unzip it and step out of it! I used to be a professional dancer and being fit and active were a daily part of my life, and now I was lethargic and depressed and felt like my cup was literally empty. I was dragging myself through each day. I met with Luthando and shared my story, ending up in tears in his office. He promised me that together with some focus, commitment and the 6-week program, he could help me to find myself again! I have now been at HIIT for a year and 3 months and have lost almost 10kgs!

I have made Fitness Sisters and Brothers along the way and I feel proud of the hard work I have put in and the results I have achieved thus far. I will continue this journey as it now simply a way of life for me. My daily motto is “Wake; Pray; Sweat; Slay”.

One of the things I remember most in my very first meeting with Luthando was signing a contract that said that you promised to come into class each day with a positive attitude – and that there is the secret to the HIIT Fitness Family. The positive energy that everybody brings to each class, each day!!

No matter how you are feeling, what the scale says, or how your pants fit, you commit to coming in with a smile on your face and to giving everything that you have for 30 minutes. And by the time you have finished your class, your adrenaline is pumping and you honestly feel like a better version of yourself from the one that walked in the door. Our fearless leader JP and his inspiring team of coaches - Luthando, Clayton, Keelan and Josh are our biggest cheerleaders, believing in us, helping us to believe in ourselves by challenging us and motivating us to do more – “One by One!”

Everyone is there to better themselves and we all support one another, by encouraging each other, motivating each other with the very best of intentions, with grace, grit and sheer determination. Quite simply we trust the process and know that we are all a work in progress!

I would and I do recommend HIIT to everyone! HIIT has helped me find myself again. It fills my cup everyday and I truly feel like I am living my best life. Because I am happier within myself, I am a better mother, wife, daughter, friend, employee. I know that as I am growing older, I am doing all that I can, and I commit to be a fitter, stronger and healthier so that I will be around for a long time!


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