There’s more to our BODYTEC trainers than meets the eye. We sat down with BODYTEC Eldoraigne trainer, Koketso Mogapi, to find out what inspires his passion for fitness.
Aside from his fulltime personal training work at BODYTEC, Koketso is also a Project Secretary and Liaison Officer for the Caster Semenya Foundation and Masai Athletics Club.
Growing up in Ikageleng, Zeerust, he had high hopes of pursuing a career in Sports Management, and by 2012, had already completed three years of study at Vaal University. Sadly, after his mother had had a stroke, being the only one to care for her, Koketso dropped out of university.
His break from the sports faculty gave him time to think about what he truly wanted to do – guiding people, especially young athletes, through strength and rehabilitation exercises to help them thrive personally and professionally – not to mention his own career as a long jump and sprint athlete.
“My job at BODYTEC is a blessing.”
“In my sports career, I was out with a coccyx injury since 2017 and was only recently able to fully train again. I used the MihaBodytec machine as part of my rehab and recovery and it has helped me focus and enhance the exercises that I would usually do at training. It works wonders.”
Koketso then decided to study Sports Sciences and graduated from North West University in 2018. He is also currently a Sports Massage student at ETA College, a coach at Vaal University, and recently applied to study LAW with UNISA in 2020.
With a world of ambition and big goals to tackle, he said that he loves having the skills and knowledge to help change people’s lives for the better. “Time is the biggest challenge. A lot happens at once,” and it’s learning to balance it all that’s the hardest part.
At the Masai AC Project, he is involved in assisting 41 athletes with food, clothing, transportation, and any competition-day essentials.
“Some of the elite athletes are assisted financially and also with accommodation. Our goal is to help eliminate the mental blockage that is created by worries of not having the basics. We also donate shoes and sanitary towels to schools in rural areas.”
Koketso is a personal trainer at BODYTEC Eldoraigne.