Isjeanne du Toit Interviews with Status Fitness Magaizne
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My favorite cheat meal is Bacon. I see myself as a vibrant, ambitious goal-getter. I have a good sense of time management, quick learner, and easy to talk to. I take my goals on fearlessly. I can be the girl next door but still, be extremely highly driven and unstoppable in reaching my goals. I want to educate others that with simple disciplines practiced daily, a healthy lifestyle is achievable. I am passionate about making people laugh and building their confidence. I am growing and getting better myself every day. It took me 4 years to be where I am today. It was not easy but it was so worth it. I am not done yet I know there are many opportunities still out there waiting for me.


Pretoria, South Africa.

Occupation details:
Assistant Coach for Rise Squad App, Lash Artist, and Fitness Model.

Relationship status:
Happy 7 years with Cian Steenkamp.

Fitness Goals:
Motivating women to be healthier and believe in themselves by showing them how to maintain a fit healthy lifestyle, and my biggest fitness goals at the moment are to get my IFBB Springbok colors and to go to the Worlds! And to become a worldwide motivational speaker and fitness instructor! The last one is to become a qualified Personal Trainer! I want to lead by example and show no matter what struggle, you will get through this!

Training Plan:
We have a variety of weight exercises each week. My favorite is leg day and I do that 3x times a week. I have cardio every day and extra abs and glutes every second day. In the evenings, I would do netball or gymnastics, and sometimes a live session from one of our Elites on the Rise Squad Facebook page. And I make sure, I get 10 000 steps in a day.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
HIIT derived a favorite! It quicks and burns calories like crazy!

Yoga is something I do twice a month, just to stretch it out.

Bodybuilding is a definite yes! I love how my body goes through phases of growth! It’s hard work but stepping on stage is amazing!

Nutritional & Supplements:
I am fueled by Psn_lifestyle they provide me with all my immune boosters, glutamine, BCAA, omega 3, CLA, and whey protein. My meal plan at the moment is a 1-day high carb, 1-day low carb. It is still high protein and I am free to eat sugar-free jelly and a sugar-free nougat bar once a day.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My mom is such a strong woman. She has taught me by working hard and not giving up on my life, I can be whatever I want to be! I love her so much! My dad, unfortunately, left when I was 12 years old.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
What I love about this magazine is that they have a high standard of what fitness is all about! The models are exceptional and they have really cool information about what goes on in the bodybuilding and fitness world.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
Oh my gosh! Is this even a question! Being a Status Fitness cover model would be such a privilege. I can say “Hey mama I made it!”. To become a Cover-model means all the effort I have put in really has made a difference, it will also motivate me to thrive even more in this industry! Fitness is my passion and getting to be on a cover just makes me believe I need to be here even more! I would be exceptionally proud!

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
I have met this awesome man before! My question would be: “Do you miss me?”.

7 things people would not know about you:

  • I have a tattoo of a pig.
  • I grew up without a father.
  • I was diagnosed with ADHD but I believe it’s a gift and not a disorder.
  • I used to drive Taxi to work when I was 18 ( when you in SA it’s quite a risky thing).
  • I was in a wheelchair for 10 weeks due to bunions.
  • I don’t own a TV since 12 so I don’t watch TV.
  • I am allergic to nuts, cats, and dogs.

Who inspires you?
My biggest inspiration would be Hayley T-Rex! She inspired me to lose weight in 2017 when I weighed 90kg and she has the most amazing stage presence and heart! She is the Arnolds Model Search winner 2017, IFBB Fitness Bikini Springbok athlete and she is my coach! She inspires me to help more people and reminds me, I can be whomever I want to be. My body goals are definitely Denice Momberg. She has a really strong, beautiful body and Vicky Sethabela are my Wellness Fitness goal in bodybuilding.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to inspire all women that they can really do anything when they believe in themselves! Everyone deserves to be happy but you will only be happy when you go look for it! Work hard and know you are capable of greatness! Thinking successful = Living Successful!

Transformation story:
In June 2017, I decided it was time to change my lifestyle. I set a goal that I would do my first fitness bodybuilding competition on the 25th of November (Summer Super Bodies IFBB). When I stepped on that stage I just knew that was what I wanted to do with my life even though I didn’t place. I had a rollercoaster with my weight after the show, I was a binge eater and before I knew it, I picked up 15kg. I was invited to compete at the Arnold Model search 2018. I lost 10kg to step back on stage and once again I didn’t place. I relapsed again. Summer Super Bodies 2018 came and this time I was sure I would not fall back. I did not place once again and I thought it was time to give up the shows and just maintain a healthy lifestyle. Hayley T-Rex approached me a few days after the show and offered me ambassadorship to get the correct guidance on what it is to be a real Fit Athlete. She offered me posing, dieting, and training. My year 2019 started off with a bang. I stood my 3rd show on 13th April and I placed 3rd in the Wellness Fitness division. I have received my Arnold qualifier and placed 4th my first time on an international stage (17 May). The next day (18 May), I stood on the Arnold Model Search again and this time I claimed the title. That was where everything started for me. Now I am ready to take on this industry fully and inspire others and take my career to the next level.

Life goals:
I can’t wait for our app to launch. The goal is to obviously have 1 million subscribers! I would also like to open a She Glows Training Academy franchise to educate people on how to become a lash artist and then to win Worlds, get married, drive a Jaguar F-type, and help pay for someone’s university every year!

5 lessons you have learned:

  • Be humble and chose your battles.
  • If you don’t ask you won’t know.
  • Do not overthink, you have so much worth.
  • Food will always be there.
  • You are in control of your emotions.

Music and artist you listen to while training:
I am obsessed with Deep house and Bass house music. My favorite artists are Advent, Chunda Munki, Kyle Watson, CRNL, and Lady Lea.

Favorite actors/ movies:
Favorite actor: Hillary Duff. Favorite movie: a series of unfortunate events.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
  • Honesty.
  • Ambitious.
  • Patience.
  • Concentration.
  • Adaptation.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Have faith as small as a mustard seed”.
  • “Believe in yourself and you can be unstoppable”.
  • “Control your thoughts and you can control your emotions”.
  • “You give life to what you give energy to”.
  • “Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems”.

Photo By: JCT Photography Ben Myburgh AOT Envogue Lyle Simes

Isjeanne du Toit

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I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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