Extraordinary Ordinary Eastern Cape: John Mak the Trainer
I have recently started spinning in training for a big cycle coming up next year, and it is through this that I have crossed paths with John Mak the Trainer. I had to feature him in this Extraordinary Ordinary Eastern Cape series because he radiates energy and passion, and is purposefully working at creating a brand that will bring exercise to the ordinary person out there and making them feel extraordinary after leaving a training session gym class.
What is your preferred name and surname?
I am known as John Mak (the Trainer).
Where do you live in the Eastern Cape? I live in Beacon Bay, East London.
What is your greatest achievement, and how did you get to that point?
I honestly think that I have big moments every single day. My purpose is to touch and change lives in some sort of way.
So, after giving group training for the 100th time, getting a compliment after a gym class is a MAJOR achievement for me! The fact that someone would take time out of their day to thank me, is a blessing.
That even after all this time (about 5 years), I can still connect to people and leave them feeling good.
I spend a lot of time researching and planning my group/individual sessions, so any and all positive feedback means that I heading in the right direction and I don't take it lightly.
How would you describe your part of the Eastern Cape to someone who had never visited? The scenery is beautiful, the trees, wildlife, beaches.etc are all a treat.
The people are colourful and friendly (most days) and they are an experience all of their own. I love people, so this is a highlight for me!
My part of the Eastern Cape is so special. It's GREEN and ALIVE!
Tell me about your brand/product, in as many words as you like.
I think I can best describe my brand through my slogan "Sweat and Smiles".
In everything I do, I work hard and put my heart into it.
I want to be the MOST PASSIONATE personal trainer in South Africa. I care about the people and want to add value to as many lives as I can.
My dream is to bring my brand of fitness to the people who can't seem to find the time. I want to reach parents, teachers, nurses, doctors, company staff, civil servants.etc.
Those people who spend all of their time taking care of others and forget about themselves. I want to be a part of their health/fitness journeys, that's my mission!
John Mak the Trainer can be reached on 081 254 2470. He has a Facebook page here.