DEDICATED TO HER CRAFT, WEIGHT TRAINER AND FITNESS LOVER, MUMTAZZ EMARAN IS SHARING THE LOVE THROUGH HER BOOT CAMP
Her daily routine is mind-blowing: a warm-up before a 2km run, 100 lunges, full-body weight training, 10 sets of squats to increasing weight, eight sets of deadlifts, ab lifts and shoulder presses. And her game is tight, erasing some of the misconceptions about weight training and women. There is nothing masculine about Mumtazz Emaran. ‘Genetically, we don’t have as much testosterone as men, so you won’t get as muscular as they would unless you take enhancers,’ she says. Fitness and sports are in her DNA.
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‘We have several sportsmen and weight lifters in my family, and I started weight training when I was 16.’ She doesn’t follow a strict diet, but eats everything in moderation. ‘I make sure I have one or two cheat meals a week, and chocolate is my weakness.’ She is also very specific about how she allows her body to be portrayed beyond the realm of fitness.
‘I’ve been asked to do lingerie shoots, but I refused. Where fitness is concerned, I’m more than willing to share what I know with everyone, but I will not share every part of my body with everyone or on social media.’ Emaran is currently studying medicine at Wits University and hopes to combine her passions when she becomes a physician. She manages a running club and runs her own Flexgrid320 boot camp. ‘It’s a platform for people of all fitness and socio-economic levels to come and enjoy an affordable full-body workout without being afraid of anyone judging them if they do something incorrectly.’