It’s very rare that you log in on any social media, scroll for a full minute and not bump into fitness pictures or videos. Fitness, especially for women has become more than an exercise routine for the right ‘summer body,’ but more of a journey to that body and more. There are a lot of unsaid stories in the visuals we see, motivation and inspiration that goes a long way, and self love vibes that give the warmest of hugs. I’m glad I spoke to Miss Chindiyaabout her journey, and I’m even more glad to share our conversation with you all. She pushes a narrative of professional women which speaks of self love like no other, destined for the stars and beyond, here is some self love affirmation bundled as an interview.
Let’s start right at the beginning, please give a brief background of your fitness journey.
I’ve always been really active. At school I did gymnastics and was fortunate enough to represent Zimbabwe at The All-Africa Games in 2005. Fast forward to right now, this part of my fitness journey began about 3 years ago, when I started lifting weights and building more of a health conscious lifestyle.
Is your fitness journey a personal one or it overlaps to doing classes with other people who may be interested.
Right now it’s just personal. I really only started out because I wanted to recapture the discipline and mental toughness that I benefited from in the earlier days of my journey. I’m sure that once I have a bit more experience and knowledge under my belt, I’m going to be sharing and helping other young professional women like myself.
Beyond meeting my personal goals, I’d really love to serve as proof that the discipline of self-love through fitness will keep you moving and improving, even when life gets hardest.
We can’t wait for the day you take classes, we know we aren’t the only ones! Tell our readers, are you affiliated to any local fitness and/ health brands?
No, not in any official capacity as yet. I have however modelled for local brands like Push Athletics and for the South African brand Pretty Fit SA. My focus has been on building awareness of my own brand, whilst working towards a fitness diploma. Once that’s completed I’m hoping to launch something of my own. I’ve always wanted to start something of my own, and being able to do that through my passion would be a dream come true. For now, I’ve just got my head down working.
Can you share a bit about Mikey Gets Fit, what prompted your decision to create it, and what services do you provide?
For the time being I’m not providing any services. I really believe in putting my best foot forward in everything I do. So I’d like to take my time and get things right first. I genuinely want to provide value to the young professional women out there, but I also know that responsibility must be earned.
#MikeyGetsFit came about quite organically, the more I started sharing my journey, my workouts and the results I’ve enjoyed, the support grew. I have incredibly supportive friends, and one comment that kept coming up was “Mikey Gets Fit”.
I realised that so many young professional women are expected to have it all together in life, but we don’t. And that’s absolutely fine. I chose to figure myself out first, and to do so through fitness.
With this brand I decided that I really wanted to be able to let young women know that it’s okay to not have life all figured out. It’s okay to stumble and fall, it’s okay to not feel like getting back up either.
But I believe that fitness is an easy way for anybody to grow stronger, mentally and physically. So #MikeyGetsFit became about building up the best of me for me.
Tell our readers, where do you get your motivation from to stay consistent and continue to strive in your career as a fitness model?
I’m motivated by the process of working towards being the best me, for me. I set out on my fitness journey to grow stronger, mentally and physically. Some days are easier than others, a lot of days I just don’t want to train at all, but I’m motivated by the best of me. A woman I may never meet, but who I’m determined to keep walking towards.
But really nothing gets me going like setting a goal and achieving it. And with fitness I’m always trying to improve, whether its through perfecting my form or just trying new workouts to challenge me. Right now, I’m on a mission to get my squatting weight up to 100kgs.
Let’s talk about balance for a bit, how do you strike the balance between your 9 to 5 and hitting the gym, surely you must be exhausted after work?
Well that’s the thing, after a long day working my 9 to 5 I’m extremely tired. Mentally more than anything else, but I like heading to the gym and pushing through that mental wall. I always feel better after a good session, and try remind myself that the only bad workout is the one that doesn’t happen.
On the balance side of things, it’s about planning and preparation. I don’t really have much time after work to spend in the gym, so I make a focused effort to know exactly what I wanna do when I get in there.
It really just comes down to knowing what your priorities are and what you’re willing to do to meet them.
Your instagram bio has both fitness model and foodie, something that most people may want to separate, how do you navigate that balance?
I love food and I love fitness. It’s that simple. I don’t put too much pressure on what I eat, and you’ll notice I don’t really tell people what they should or should not eat. I think the real key is to just remain consistent on the fitness side of things. With that said, we all have different bodies and it’s important to listen to what your body wants and needs. I’m quite fortunate in that I can eat most of my favourite foods and still maintain the body that’s best for me and my goals.
What is it about your page that makes you so marketable do you think?
I guess it’s the fact that I’ve managed to keep it consistent and at the same time keep a certain level of quality. I’ve also tried to share my story and let other young women in on this journey. Not everybody is there for me, but I’m focused on the people who truly are. The people looking for inspiration to start working towards their own fitness goals. The people eager to make a lasting change in their own lives. I think at the end of the day, it’s about passion and it’s about authenticity.
With living a healthy and fit lifestyle, we’re curious, what does your daily diet look like? What’s your main rule when it comes to dieting?
I honestly don’t have any hard and fast dieting rules. I tend to eat what I need to and when I need to. I’ve seen others going crazy with calorie counting, but I just try to be mindful of not eating too much of the “wrong” foods and really enjoying the “right” foods.
You really don’t take supplements? What then do you use to compliment the workout routines?
No, I don’t take supplements. I don’t really trust them, and I never want a healthy lifestyle to seem or feel out of reach for the young women following me. Supplements can be really expensive, and it’s these little things like the cost of getting in shape that deters a lot of people. I eat as clean as I can, and train hard with consistency. That’s my little secret.
Times are hard especially in Zimbabwe, what essentials do we need at home, to get the same results as we would at the gym?
All you need is the desire to learn some basic exercises and the will to actually do them. The results you get at a gym with a whole lot of equipment won’t necessarily be the same as with a home workout. But with that said, a good HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) regime can be done anywhere, and any time. It all just boils down to you. The nice thing, is as you learn more and grow more, you can always find creative ways to challenge yourself even further. What’s most important, is to start and build momentum through consistency.
Enough about fitness, what’s your obsession with flowers?
Aside from the fact that every girl loves a pretty bunch of flowers, it’s a metaphor for how I see myself and the young women I hope to inspire. We’re all flowers in the garden of the world. All different in our beauty. Different shapes, different sizes, different colours . . . your beauty is what you choose it to be and not defined by others.
The flowers are a reminder to myself, that I am “a black rose in a garden of flowers”. I love it because it doesn’t speak to any other flower being any less or any better. It’s a way to remind young women out there that they are the flowers in the garden of their lives, that they get to not only choose it but to own it as well.
So often women are pitted against each other in society, the flowers are about knowing how beautiful you are as you are. Our only mission is to continue to grow towards the light of the sun, and we’re all capable of doing just that.
Oh wow, that is quite profound, thank you for sharing that bit in detail. Now, what can we expect from you before the year ends? Anything on the to do list you are yet to tick off?
Hmmmm. I don’t think I’m going to say just yet. I’d like to leave a little to the imagination. I will say this much, I want to end the year with a bang, knowing I gave the very best I had to offer.
Any shout outs?
My amazingly supportive friends. It’s so easy to feel insecure at times, lazy on other days and just plain fed up, but these women are always in my corner. Always reminding me why I’m on this journey. When the days are bad they listen to me, when the days are good they cheer me on. I feel very fortunate to have them in my corner.