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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Adidas Boosts Bloggers 

Adidas believes that there should be more sports bloggers in South Africa, and they want to help it happen. They chose 10 people to attend a blogger workshop at Adidas HQ in Cape Town. Myself and countless others from Joburg had the awesome experience of being flown to Cape Town for the day. It was such an amazing experience!

We learnt so many interesting things from those that are in the industry and have so much experience. It’s always great learning new things that you didn’t know before, or looking at something with a fresh perspective. They started from the bottom and explained everything all the way up to monetising your blog. I enjoyed every single talk and interacting with all of the attendees. We have such diverse talent in this country and it needs to be tapped into. I am so excited to start doing more sport blogging as well as my fitness and lifestyle. With my background it goes hand in hand and really compliments what I am already doing, so I have a renewed creative vision and motivation to go forward!

Thank you for the amazing experience Adidas, as well as helping for the friendships I made on the day as well. Nikki and I have already started plotting some adventures together 🙂

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The best early morning smile!

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The incredible Letshego Zulu

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The lovely Khethiwe Mlangeni

 

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We learnt so much from Aqeelah Harron

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With Nikki Melless

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So true!

 

Thank you for all the Adidas spoils!

 

Adidas put together a video of our day with them:

 

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I’ll be sharing some pictures of my amazing Adidas trainers really soon 🙂

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Dear Jane
I get cramps when I’m on the treadmill and sometimes when I run. What actually causes cramps?

A: We have all seen sports events on tv where someone suddenly gets a crippling cramp and the physio runs on with ice and salt tablets and starts stretching the affected area. The stretching and ice may help whereas it is far too late for the salt tablets, as the dehydration has already occurred! We are going to share a few tips with you to get the most out of your training without the pain of cramps!

A muscle cramp is essentially the involuntary contraction of a muscle, causing pain and discomfort. The causes of cramping include muscle fatigue and the contraction of an already shortened muscle. It is often believed that cramping is caused by a lack of sodium or potassium, however, many endurance athletes suffering with cramps are shown to have normal levels of sodium and potassium. You are most likely to experience cramping during an endurance event, and not during easy training, especially in cases of extreme heat.

WAYS TO PREVENT CRAMPS:

• PREVENT DEHYDRATION
-​Dehydrated muscles are more prone to cramping and dehydration has a negative effect on performance. It has been noted that most athletes do not consume enough water at all.

• OVERHEATING
-​Muscle tissues tend to overheat much faster due to dehydration. This is a major reason why cramping occurs.

• MAINTAIN FLEXIBILITY
– Cramps may be prevented by maintaining adequate levels of flexibility. As an athlete, you should maintain a level of flexibility which allows you to perform your desired activity without any pain in any range of motion (R.O.M). This is especially important if your sport requires your muscle to be in a certain position for a set period of time. If the muscle is made to stretch beyond its usual degree of r.o.m, then the muscle will experience cramp.
– Stretching at least 2-3 times per week will allow muscles to remain flexible.

• IMPROVE CIRCULATION
– If you experience bad circulation and not enough blood is reaching the muscles, this will affect your muscle contractions and may cause cramping. Power plate training will alleviate this as it promotes circulation and blood flow by using vibration technology. The power plate recruits 95% of your muscle fibers whereas normal exercise recruits only 40-50%. This allows you to reach a greater range of motion than normal stretching.
– Massage is also useful in promoting blood flow and circulation. If you experience tight muscles, you may go for weekly sports massage treatments to alleviate the tightness and this will then allow you to increase your flexibility.

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