Getting sporty with Dominique Mann

Dominique Mann is a South African athlete with more talent than should be legal for one person. She’s a South African champion and World Champion in Aerobic Gymnastics. I’ve seen her training and she is not only fit, strong, and flexible but determined as well!

Let’s get sporty with Dominique mann

 

What is your chosen sport?
I do Aerobic Gymnastics and I am part of the National Team.

 

What does eating for your sport look like?
I have to think about everything I put into my mouth. Don’t get me wrong, if I am craving chocolate or a delicious piece of cake, I will enjoy it, but then I have to adjust the rest of my eating plan for the day to account for my lack of self control. I follow a low carb, high protein diet. Aerobic Gymnastics is a high cardio sport, so it’s important for me to eat my daily carbohydrate before my toughest session of the day.

 

What does a typical day look like for you?
Crazy and very active! My day is broken up into three parts. The first part is a typical gymnastics session in a gymnasium with my amazing coach Alta Lategan and my two training partners/brothers Wilson Mafona and Happy Ledebwa. This is where we do all our routine training, fine tuning and reputation. The second part is cross training on an athletics track, this is where I do all my fitness training. The third and final part is done in a gym with my personal trainer, this is where I do all of my weight training.

 

What would you like people to know about you?
I am very serious and proud of my sport that I have worked hard to make my career. I have the most unbelievable team of people behind me to make all the magic happen and I get the most amazing support from my family and Fiancé. I’m also proudly sponsored by the best brand Mr Price Sport. Aerobic Gymnastics has taken me to the most incredible countries to compete against the best of the best.

 

What would you like people to know about your sport and training?
Being a high level Aerobic Gymnast, or any sport for that matter is a full time job. It’s long grueling hours of training and physically and mentally taxing at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s an honor to wear the Green and Gold colors on my back.

 

Are you a full time athlete or part time?
I am a full time athlete.

 

Favourite workout song?
At the moment it’s The Greatest by Sia, I can train like a champion to that song haha, love it.

 

Favourite exercise and why?
My favorite cardio is running, its a great full body cardio workout that leaves me always feeling satisfied. My favorite exercise is squats, every girl loves firm gluteus;)

 

Favourite part of your sport and competing?
I love the preseason training program. It’s high in fitness, and I LOVE fitness, but I have so admit that I am a very competitive person and the feeling of putting on my leotard and taking the floor excites me most. I perform well under pressure.

 

Favourite quote/advice?
Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.

Aerobic gymnastics

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Following on from our previous two HOT Mann sisters, we complete the series today with Dominique Mann. Yes, three hot sisters in a row. You’re welcome.

If you don’t know who Dom is, you obviously live under a rock, or don’t have internet. Let’s learn a bit more about this incredible athlete!

1. How and when did you get into gymnastics?

When I was 13 years old I was spotted doing self taught tricks on a trampoline by a gymnastics coach, and was told to go down to my local gymnastics club and consider joining as I had natural talent. I did just that and the rest is history!

2. What is your favourite thing about it?

There are so many things I love about my sport, but one thing that stands out for me is being able to keep my body agile and fit. That really is a wonderful feeling.

3. What have been your career highlights?

Well I always go back to the beginning and say that there was no better feeling then receiving my SA Colours for the first time. That moment I will cherish forever. Another would be the 2012 African Champs. I was captain, I took the Gold and did it on home ground! That was really a career topper!

4. You’re a big part of The Sharkettes, how did you get into dancing?

Well being a proud Durban girl and a part time dancer I thought what better way to support the Sharks than on their field cheerleading for them 🙂

5. What is your favourite thing about dancing?

The amazing friends that I have made, and of course the feeling of being on stage, nothing beats it.

6. We’ve seen that you’re in Pretoria a lot. What are you training for now?

There are unbelievable sporting facilities in Pretoria at Tuks and I am able to train for my sport to the best of my ability up here, so I commute between two cities and my two coaches. It’s a hectic lifestyle but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’m currently training for World Champs in Mexico.

7. And pole vaulting. Tell us how/when/what got you into that?

I started pole vaulting a couple of years ago as a second sport. I did this as it actually goes hand in hand with gymnastics and it’s a great challenge.

8. What is your day like?

Busy! It’s up early for Gymnastics then off for a very quick healthy lunch. Then straight to the track to cross train and pole vault. I also have to fit in my own gym sessions to keep strong. I get home each day at about 7pm and always have lots to do before bed time!

9. What’s next for you?

World Champs in Mexico!

10. What are some things we don’t know about you?

I enjoy a good movie in my spare time and I’m a bit of a chocaholic. I also don’t drink. Not one drop, ever!

11. Most embarrassing dancing/gymnastic incident?

While I was dancing on stage my sequined glove got stuck to my fishnet stocking! I had to do the second half of the routine with my hand attached to my side haha! My friends thought it was hilarious so at least I provided entertainment to some people

12. How would you describe yourself in three words?

Motivated, spontaneous and competitive.

You can follow the delightful Dom on Twitter and Instagram

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How Hot? Not many people can pull off those hot pants and look sizzling!

Thanks for reading
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