Actor Zweli Dube has been scattered all over magazines showing off his incredible transformation. He details his fitness journey & shares valuable fitness tips.
Compiled by: Blacklight writer
Zweli was crowned Sowetan Sexiest Man 2017. Since then, he has been a media magnet, appearing in multiple magazines and TV shows, parading his physique.
The actor reveals that achieving his fitness goals took him years, and without determination and discipline, he would have not achieved it.
For all those who have been inspired by his transformation, this is a guide to achieving his goal.
Body transformation happens insideout. When we start working out, we think we have to go to the gym every day, twice a day, but the real challenge is the diet.
Blacklight: What really inspired your body transformation?
Zweli Dube: I started travelling at around the age of 20/21, while part of The Lion King Broadway musical. I lived in Asia, Australia and Europe. Being part of that exposed me to a new world. The dancers and actors were in great shape and that inspired me.
While travelling, I also watched a lot of American television and I saw that a lot of black actors were always in good shape, and I knew that when I came home I would pursue acting, both on TV and in Film.
My real transformation started in 2010, a year after a secured a role on Muvhango.
BL: What was the biggest challenge of the transformation?
ZD: Body transformation happens inside out. When we start working out, we think we have to go to the gym every day, twice a day, but the real challenge is the diet.
The diet is a very crucial aspect of the process. Before even going to the gym, you first have to be on a strict and healthy diet.
BL: How Long did it take for you to begin to see results?
ZD: For anyone who wants to be fit; there is serious education and commitment behind transforming your body.
In the beginning, my trainer asked if this was a short-term or long-term goal. I said, ‘long- term.’
I showed him a picture of actor Shemar Moore and told him I want to look like that. He said, “It’s possible, but do you have the discipline, the determination and the passion?”
I then had to prepare myself mentally. I thought it would take me six months, but it took me three years for me to start seeing serious results.
The first thing I had to drill into my mind was that this was going to be a lifestyle. I had to find a way to integrate it fully into life.
BL: What is your normal day at the gym, like?
ZD: I love doing legs. It’s not fun, because there are so many different muscles in your legs. You have your calf muscle, your hamstring, and gluteal muscles – which make up your buttocks.
I love doing my arms, my abs and my shoulders because they are the most visible parts, and I get to show them off. I also enjoy going to Movement X gym because they specialise in cardio. As much as we love weights, cardio is also important.
You don’t have to go to the gym every day. It’s also important to rest. They say you should at least rest for two days in a week.
BL: What do you eat?
ZD: I am one of the lucky ones. I get away with murder when it comes to my eating. I eat almost anything, but I eat in small portions and I choose to stay away from red meat.
I stick to protein, which includes fish, chicken and vegetables. I eat like eight times a day and that includes snacks – fruits and salads. Also, how the food is prepared is very important.
BL: What advice would you give to someone trying to live a healthier lifestyle?
ZD: To be successful in anything, you have to be inspired and motivated. If you want to wake up in the morning and go to the gym, do it for yourself, don’t do it because you want to be seen.
When you go into it, make it a long-term goal. Make it a lifestyle, not a trend.
Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. Even if you use steroids, you might get somewhere but there are serious consequences.
You need to eat right.
You have to rest well – that’s very important.
Your partying life has to be cut down.
You need to strike a good balance between mind, body and soul.
Don’t be afraid to dream big. People say: “dream big or go home.” I say, ‘Dream big or die.’