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I started in the fitness industry in 1985, teaching different styles of high-energy group fitness classes. This I did full-time for just over a decade. In the early 90’s, I also started entering Ms Fitness/Ms Physique competitions (a division of bodybuilding), where I was selected to represent SA at the WPF Universe Competition in 1994 and 1995 in France and Italy respectively.

Because of the above, I was offered a position working for my sponsors at the time – a supplement company which imported all the top name brands from the USA.

During this time, I also trained JKA Shotokan karate, achieving a Brown belt, before unfortunately having to relocate. The relocation took me to a well-known powerlifting centre, where I dabbled in lifting for a few years, entering a few low-key events.

In 2002, an opportunity arose for me to purchase a supplement outlet, where I continued to stock all the major name-brands from the USA, as well as some locally-manufactured products. This was the start of Pace & Power. I continued with my gym training and clean eating – as always…And of course, writing numerous meal plans and training programmes for clients who wanted to get into great shape!

I started Kettlebell training in 2006. At the time, it was an unknown entity. In 2008, Steve Cotter, head of the IKFF (International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation) came to SA and I was able to complete CKT Level 1. This was a great experience as Steve introduced us to systematic training methods and new, mechanically efficient techniques! The relationship with the IKFF had begun!

In 2010, I (unsuccessfully) attempted IKFF-CKT Level 2 and so, it was back to the drawing board. A year later, under Trent’s coaching and applying the new IKFF techniques and programming, I re-completed CKT2 – this time successfully. CKT2 involves lifting double kettlebells…And this was where my love for doubles started…

I think that, in life, the things you struggle with the most, ultimately grow into your greatest passion and appreciation: The improvements are small and so precious, that one embarks on a love-affair with the nemesis! So it was for me and double kettlebell lifting…

In 2013, I successfully completed IKFF-CKT3, together with MKS (Modern Kettlebell Sport, a certification on competitive lifting). IKFF has always led the way in offering enormous opportunity to learn and have access to the latest training information and techniques. In 2013, I was awarded Master Trainer for the IKFF, one of 22 trainers worldwide. I am also the only female Master Trainer.

Kettlebells has taught me to be patient with my body and myself: All things take time. Greed for faster results has no place: It is time under load, remaining calm and focused in the face of one’s challenges; in addition, one learns respect for everyone who steps up to participate in this challenging sport.

Several years ago, Pace & Power took another step upwards: We started manufacturing our supplements locally. Virtually all of our ingredients are imported, but we blend locally. In this way we are able to keep our prices very affordable, but our quality exceptional! Our attention to detail in the development of each formula, as well as our conscientiousness with each and every production sets us apart: Our focus has always been quality and safety: Health first! We pride ourselves in having a “clean label” as well as producing outstanding athletic results safely.

Despite not ever marketing ourselves, Pace & Power has continued to grow steadily and consistently since 2002. We have grown purely through word of mouth. We have become a trusted name amongst athletes who are serious about their performance with safe, clean supplements.

Under promise. Over deliver” -Jim Rohn

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