This is a question, I think, that those who exude extreme levels of discipline, determination, passion and ambition often get asked; be it a successful businessman, sportsman, artist or bodybuilder. Is it success we are chasing? Is it pure passion? Is it the need to prove ourselves? Ego perhaps? I am writing this blog from a VERY personal perspective, so excuse me if I go all cheesy and deep on you. For me personally, there are so many factors, experiences, life happenings and even future dreams that drive me on a daily basis. From having a not so easy childhood, moving schools and cities a dozen times, my mother having an aneurysm when I was at the tender age of 10, being bullied and teased constantly in school, to my mother and grandmother passing away in a house fire on the same day; all of these experiences, and many more, have ...

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Seeing that we are fast approaching or actually already in the festive season, I thought this would be a fitting topic as my first post. Whether you are a competitive athlete or someone that has made substantial progress when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle in 2015, what you do and put into your mouth can, in my opinion set you back greatly or set you apart as an athlete. Same goes for the person that has made the choice to live a healthier life. Being in the industry and competing myself I know of many guys and girls that still train on holiday, they still follow their set meal plans. I myself am not taking a break this festive season, yes there will be rest days, but no binging, no alcohol, just my weekly cheat meal, and maybe a cheat day over Christmas Day or so. There is simply no ...

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My name is Duan Dewet van den Berg, born in Heilbron, Free State on the 1st of February 1989. I am the youngest of 3 siblings, my sister , Chariza(41), brother Leon(38) and myself (26). My dad, Leon is 61 and my mom, Rentia passed away about 3 and a half years ago. Since I can remember I was a very active child. Participating in every sport imagineable. I really excelled in Rugby and Cricket, throughout primary and high school, and made every age group provincial side in both sports. Cricket seemed to be what I was gonna do until I was contracted to the Lions Rugby Union after my matric year in 2007. I played professionally for 4 years before injury setbacks forced me to stop. Through all my weight training for my strength and conditioning, I slowly fell in love with the process of pushing my body past limits that ...

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