“For me the end of the year is always a time to reflect and recharge my energies”, writes the Brazilian model, actress and businesswoman in her book “My path to a meaningful life”.  Yeah, I`m sure we can fully identify with that statement as 2019 is now rapidly nearing its end…

When I reflect onto 2019 in our studio only one thought springs to mind…incredible!  It was an incredible year – If someone had told me a year ago that our workouts would be viewed and enjoyed by people as far as Germany and Australia, thanks to social media and our YouTube channel, I would not believe it.  I would not have believed that our members would be willing to pose so willingly and effortlessly in our workout videos, I would not have believed that I would have my own personal Blog read by so many and I would also not have imagined that our member total would grow so much.

The fitness world has taken notice of us and we are contacted by people all over the country for health tips and workout advice.  We have even started a special program in conjunction with Rebound South Africa to assist upcoming instructors and studio owners.

But and this is an important but, it’s important that every single member knows that our main priority is the well-being and happiness of the clients in our own studio, and it will always be…

A warm welcome to all our new members:

Stembhile Xaba, Nokwando Hlatshwayo, Nicole van der Merwe, Lungile Mokoena, Sonto Maphosa, Cari Smit, Nonkululeko Jacobs and Philile Mkhazi.

We are honoured to welcome back:

Tasneem Nagdee, Nomcebo Khumalo, Boineelo Sibeko, Lihle Madonsela,  Marlene Robinson and Muneebah Ismail.

Happy birthday to all our November and December birthday members:

 1 Sinethemba Nzimande                          2 Dedré Schoeman

 4 Liezel Nel                                              7 Elsa Kuhn

10Cecile Jong-Vischer                             11Corné Kemp

12Frikkie Odendaal                                  22 Thoko Khumalo

23Helen Lengenhager                              26 Najma Tayob

30Helga Keulder


 2 Marthie Botes                                        3 Elna Coetzer

 6 Portia Mangane                                     7 Michelle van der Merwe

 8 Allison van der Walt                               9 Nonkululeko Jacobs

12Senzekile Nkosi                                    14 Aninka de Jager

27 Cecile Myburgh                                    29 Raeesah Mayet

…Patricia, we are so sorry about the loss of your grandmother.  Shollo, we miss you and hope you feel better soon.  Carol, our deepest sympathy to you – losing a mom is so hard.  Frikkie, ons is so jammer oor die afsterwe van jou broer.  En ook met jou ouma se afsterwe, Christien.  Baie sterkte met jou ma se siekbed, Stacey, ons hoop sy word gou beter.  Ons is ook jammer saam jul, Nicolene oor die afsterf van Jaco se pa.  Martie, baie sterkte vir jou en Wikus en Marissa – ons weet die verlies van Boesman was `n groot, onverwagse skok.   So trots op jou dapper gees.  Ons dink aan jou.

Sterkte met die laaste paar weke, Bianca, trots op jou dat jy so voluit geoefen het tot die einde.  Helen, ons is saam met julle baie bly oor die vooruitsig dat jy en Johan Oupa en Ouma van `n tweeling gaan word. 

…On Tuesday the 19th of November we hosted our end-of-the-year event in the theme of the movie Incredibles, and once again our members didn’t disappoint with their outfits depicting their personal icons and heroes… A record-breaking 100 members attended this special evening, and I`m so happy for the opportunity to thank all of you for choosing Mirna`s Aerobic Studio.  Our studio celebrates its 11th birthday this year, and it`s amazing to know that some members have completed their 12th Challenge!

Members who received special recognition on the 19th were:

Elizabeth Cawthorne               – Newcomer of the year

Salmi Jacobs                           – Special recognition for Cardio Fun

Natacha Bleeker                      – Special award for having fun!

Nicole Venter                           – Newcomer of the year

Grace Mandlazi                        – 17.15 member of the year

Annecke Fourie                       – Challenge newcomer of the year

Nomfundo Malinga                  – Progress in Step

Annebie Venter                       – 7.30 member of the year

Marzanne Jansen van Rensburg  – Newcomer of the year

Sandrie Marais                        – 11th Challenge

Lizelle Botha                            – 11th Challenge and special recognition for Bootybarre

Helen Lengenhager                 – 11th Challenge and 7.30 member of the year

Zenta Wentzel                         – Strongest finish in Challenge

Helga Keulder                          – 5am member of the year and 2nd most sessions (81)

Sinethemba Nzimande            – Progress in Cardio Fun

Yolandi Bezuidenhout             – Progress after winning Winter Challenge 2019

Mari Kruger                             – Survivor of the year

Martie Badenhorst                   – Survivor of the year

Elmarie le Roux                      – Progress in Pilates

Marie-Louise Myburgh            – Special recognition Booty Barre and Social media member 2019

Stacey du Toit                         – 12th Challenge

Melinda du Plessis                  – 12th Challenge and recognition for step (3 classes per week)

Liezel Nel                                – Social media member 2019

Rita Kemp                               – Lone wolf award and 2nd oldest Challenge member (76)

Marie Jonker                           – Member of the year

Liezl Brits, Chantelle Beukes, Lihle Madonsela – Special recognition for completing Challenge while tending to their 3 to 6-month old babies as well

Bianca Matthee and Marice van Staden – completing Challenge while being very much pregnant

Marieta Ziervogel                             – Elite Athlete (body fat under 20%)

Stella Kalp                                        – Elite Athlete

Izelde Zwarts                                    – Elite Athlete and Special recognition for Power Pump

Elsa Nursey                                      – Elite Athlete and oldest Challenge member (83)

72 of the 97 members who completed our Summer challenge managed to improve their body stats, but the following members` stats were incredible. 

Lizette van Aardt                       

Yvonne Fourie

Tehila Slabber

Ina van der Linde

Cindy Botes

Rethia Naudé

Michelle van Rooyen         – 12th Challenge and special recognition for losing 15,6kg in 2019!

Michelle, it`s with a very heavy heart that we are saying goodbye to you after being blessed with your presence in our studio for 8 beautiful years.  You could easily be our member of the year every year – thank you for not only being the most loyal, dedicated, funny and devoted member – thank you for being a wonderful friend…You’ll be deeply missed…

And you, Minou, we are going to miss your quiet smile and friendly face we have come so used to these past few years, but we wish you all the best in Johannesburg!  Shareen, jy begin ook `n splinternuwe lewe in die Kaap – ons gaan jou humorsin baie mis!  Dankie ook vir die paar jaar wat jy saam ons geoefen het.

…The winners of our lucky draw cash prizes were:

Annalize Breedt   (R850)

Patricia Mbatha   (R1200)

Michelle Odendaal  (R2800)

The winners of our lucky draw cash prizes were:
Annalize Breedt   (R850)
Patricia Mbatha   (R1200)
Michelle Odendaal  (R2800)
The winners of our lucky draw cash prizes

The winner of R1000 cash for social media shares was Carien Bester and the winner of a free month of December is Ilze Cooper.

Summer Challenge winners were:
  1. Lady B Maseko – under 40-years winner, special award for weight-loss and Chirpy challenge     Chick award
  2. Gosia Snyman – over 40-years winner, Elite Athlete award, 11th Challenge, 5am member of the year and special award for body fat drop, Visceral fat and muscle gain
  3. Carien Bester – 2nd prize Summer Challenge, Member of the year and special award for WHR improvement
  4. Talana Moller – 3rd prize Summer challenge and Progress in Power Pump
Summer Challenge winners
Year Challenge winners:
  1. Michelle Odendaal – 12th Challenge and special award for weight-loss 2019
  2. Leonie Prinsloo – 2nd best overall body stats improvement 2019 and most sessions done (105)
  3. Bianca Botes – 3rd best overall body stats improvement 2019
Year challenge winners

…Quite a mouhtful, yes, I know, but what do some of these things really mean…?

What does it mean to qualify for Year Challenge member…?

You are required to:

  • Take part in and complete all three challenges successfully
  • Attend all three or four required body assessments in each challenge
  • When we look at the graph of your stats from January to November, there has to be a constant, notable downward curve, showing accountability and improvement from start to finish
  • You need to come close to your target weight and required body fat percentage.
How do we choose a member of the year?

A member of the year:

  • Is involved in all aspects of that which the studio offers
  • Takes part in all three challenges
  • Has a positive mindset, make no secret of the fact that she loves the studio and is an ambassador for Mirna`s Aerobic Studio wherever she goes.
Is it really such a big deal to be an Elite Athlete?

Oh yes, at this stage only 6 members of our studio has a body fat under 20% – that`s an awesome long-term goal if you`ve ever seen one…

However, taking part in our Challenges is not compulsory to be an appreciated member…

Thank you to all our members, Challenge or no challenge, for playing your part in making our studio exceptional.  My appreciation for you goes beyond words, and it would be an honour welcoming you back in January 2020… 

A special thank you to our wonderful team of instructors – Elsje, Sarita and Anel.  Dedré we are looking forward to having you in the studio as an instructor in 2020, and Edrei, it feels as you`ve already been with us for months.  Next Saturday is your wedding day – you are going to be beautiful!

Cecile, we hate to see you go, but believe you will soon start your own club in Piet Retief.  Thank you for your soft-spoken manner and exceptional classes the past few years.  Your positive spirit was uplifting and inspiring. Always.

Elanza, to you, a special thank you for being part of our studio for more than 5 years and the huge part you have played in making our studio wonderful.  Thank you for all the 5 am classes especially, and for always just being yourself – always friendly, always on time, always humble, always the same.  We wish you all the best in your new hometown of George and know that a bright future is winking at you and WP.

The studio will be open until the 20th of December and will re-open on Monday the 13th of January 2020.  Remember that you are once again welcome to bring your daughter, mom or friend from now until we close at a cost of only R280 without any joining fees. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR DECEMBER BEFORE THE 7TH OF DECEMBER, OTHERWISE YOU WILL NEED TO PAY R350 RE-JOINING FEE IN JANUARY.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

…May the last few weeks of 2019 be blessed beyond measure, may it be filled with peace and may you recharge your energies, and when YOU reflect on 2019, may you find the perspective not to think of the not so good experiences as failures – see them as lessons, because nothing is perfect, and no one is perfect.  We are all human, we all have our ups and downs, all we can do is try our best to be better than we were yesterday.  And stronger.

…I said this at our function and would like to say it again…You have this one life.  How do you want to spend it?  Apologising?  Regretting?  Questioning?  Hating yourself?  Running after people who don’t see you?  No.  Be brave.  Believe in yourself.  Do what feels good.  Take risks.  Make yourself proud.  And remember – you don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.  Just go…

Yours in fitness


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