After breaking her arm playing squash, Team Evox athlete Alicia Naude wanted to stay active, so she started training in the gym.

Six years later she continues to challenge herself in new ways, most recently perfecting the pull-up.

Personal stats

  • Age: 21
  • Lives: Pretoria
  • Trains: Virgin Active
  • Favourite music to train to? Any rap song with a good beat.
  • What’s in your gym bag? Water, earphones, and Evox pre-workout.

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How has the gym changed your life?

Alicia says training in the gym has made her a much happier, more energetic and friendlier person. “It allows me to do something for myself during the day where the focus is solely on me for that hour or two, whether I’m there for the mental or physical aspect. I love it!”

Her 2024 goals

Alicia intends to compete this year while improving her physique and becoming a healthier and stronger version of herself so she can help others.

How does strength and muscle make you better at life?

It allows me to be more present and do hard things. I am not tired all the time and daily activities are easy for me.”

Her approach to training

Alicia follows a set programme that targets all major muscle groups, coupled with some cardio.

I aim to get in six workouts a week but no less than five. I take a rest day when I feel my body needs it.“

How she eats

Alicia sticks to a predominantly wholefood diet but allows herself to have something off plan now and then as this creates balance and satisfies her sweet tooth.

Her Evox supplement plan

Quick-fire questions

  • What is your favourite exercise? Pull-ups because I have been working towards achieving my first proper pull-up for so long.
  • How else do you stay fit and active? I like to go on hikes or a run when I’m not in the mood to go to the gym. I also enjoy trying things like Pilates or step classes in addition to my normal strength training workouts.
  • What is you favourite way to incorporate an Evox product into your daily life? I make a smoothie with Evox Synergy Plant Protein, frozen berries, coffee, almond milk, L-glutamine and water. It tastes like a creamy milkshake.
  • What do you wish you knew before you started weight training? That training with heavy weights won’t make you bulky, and endless cardio won’t get you the physique you’re after.