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MBABANE – They let themselves be steered by what they feel is their passion.

A group of young men from Buhleni, a rural community located in Northern Hhohho are passionate about bodybuilding. Though it is a not so famous sport in the Kingdom of Eswatini, bodybuilding has become a favourite for both men and women. Like most fitness fanatics, these lads have taken it upon themselves to learn as much as possible about training techniques and nutrition that enhances their dream of being the epitome of masculinity which is every bodybuilder’s fantasy.


From humble beginnings, the enthusiastic bodybuilders revealed how they started working out in their back yards using home-made weights furnished out of cement and buckets to supplement for gym weights. The availability of a gym which opened recently at Buhleni was a dream come true for them and has attracted a significant number of the youth. The trio of Mbekwa Mnisi, Lwazi Mkhwanazi and Senzo Ndzinisa said their passion for bodybuilding was inspired by Eswatini’s very own bodybuilding icon on the army side, Simanga Maziya, whom they vowed to forever cherish as their role model.

“We want to show the world that we are highly capable despite being from the rural areas. Bodybuilding is not only a sport for people in the cities but for everyone. We train everyday as a team and a lot of scholars have developed interest in bodybuilding and even join us every day in our afternoon sessions”, said Mnisi. Most of these athletes joined a bodybuilders’ muscle showdown during last year’s King’s birthday celebration while some have had the opportunity to compete in South African competitions.


With the assistance of professional trainers and research, they revealed how they use nutritional supplements such as protein shakes, creatine, whey, glutamine and anarbolic to enhance muscle growth. By dedicating each day to working out a specific part of the body, they are able to complete a full body workout in one week. The enthusiastic athletes are reaching out to anyone who may wish to assist them pursue and achieve their dream. Mnisi can be contacted on mobile number 7614 7732.

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