After receiving and sifting through hundreds of applications from athletes all over South Africa, it is our pleasure to introduce you to 2020’s On Ambassadors!
This year’s applications far exceeded our expectations, both in quantity and quality, and although we can only choose a certain amount of people to represent On at events in 2020, we are already looking forward to your applications in 2021. If this year’s entrants are any indication, we are excited to see what the amateur and professional sporting world will dish up in the future.
We are honoured to introduce you to 2020 On Ambassador, Lesego Matlala.
Please tell us about your favourite type of sport? How / when did you start doing this sporting / fitness activity?
I do a lot of gym work, including functional training, calisthenics, HIIT, body weight training, half, full and ultra marathon training, MTB and Crossfit training.
I started my fitness journey in 2014 because I was overweight at 98kg. I had a 35% band size and a 36-waist size. I started getting sick with continuous heartburn and shortness of breath, and had to change my lifestyle, so I joined the gym. Six years later, I am where I am now, with everything self-taught through research.
How have these activities changed your life?
I am much healthier than I have ever been. I was featured in Men’s Health magazine as their monthly BeastMode winner in 2017.
I was able to set a world record for flipping a 95-kilogram tractor tyre for 24 hours, non-stop, and was also fit enough to run from Pretoria to Cape Town for charity. For a 36-year-old, I think I’ve managed to reverse my aging rate.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with a new fitness routine?
Set realistic goals for yourself, be consistent in your attempt to achieve them, and celebrate all the progress you make. Seek guidance and find a fitness role model to consistently motivate you. Mine was Frank Medrano when I started, because of his lean look – I wanted to get there, too.
How important is nutrition in your life? Do you have any healthy eating tips that you could share?
Nutrition is a vital part, both for fitness and for health. It counts 80% towards achieving your fitness and health goals. I recently switched over to a plant-based diet. I feel great, and I have seen so much change in my fitness performance and general health.
When it comes nutrition, it is important that we eat according to our goals, but eat healthy at the same time. If in doubt, please seek professional advice.
Everybody goes through moments when it seems easier to give up. How do you stay motivated during those moments?
There’s a couple of things I do to stay motivated.
– I hang around mostly with people who believe in the fitness life style.
– I buy new gym clothes and shoes, which forces me to go and try them at gym.
– I am constantly in search of challenging workouts and fitness challenges.
– I set fitness bucket lists.
What race or event are you most looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to my second Comrades Marathon, the Soweto Marathon, the 947 Cycle Challenge, and my charity event, the Last Man Standing Non-Stop Battle Rope Waves.
What is your sporting motto?