Interview with Fitness Model and Competitor Sonja Lezar

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Sonja Lezar, 30 yrs old, a single mum of 2 wonderful kids. Born and raised in the East Rand.

Knuxx – What is it that you do for a living?

Sonja – Well, I am a Certified Personal trainer and Boot Camp Instructor.
I own Fitness Pose model agency which is the only model agency in SA representing only fitness models.
I am an Agent for Nike Accessories SA.
A fitness model and I am also doing the fitness feature live on East Rand Stereo 93.9 every Saturday morning on the ‘Gerhard Schaap breakfast show’.
Apart from that I am involved in a few projects on the sideline.
I have just too much energy to stay in one place; I am always on the go. ‘The sky is the limit.’

Knuxx – What is your passion?

Sonja – First of all, definitely PEOPLE and then fitness, to help others reach their fitness goals and their mental/physical potential has driven me to be involved in the fitness industry. I enjoy working with clients of all ages and different fitness levels. I like to change things up as much as possible and keep my programs fun as well as hard. Whether it is achieving weight loss, improving strength and conditioning, being able to perform better functionally on day-to-day activities, I am here to assist you
My education, work and personal experiences have prepared me to work with a wide variety of clientele
I like to challenge and motivate clients by introducing new exercises and programs to push them to their limit. As a personal trainer, I continually educate myself by researching the latest training techniques within the health and fitness industry.
I believe that true results, no matter what your goal is, come from hard work and motivation and that everyone has the ability to be both physically and mentally healthy. It comes down to making a lifestyle change and having the mindset and determination that any goal is achievable.

Knuxx – You’ve been competing for the first time in September this year, tell us about it.

Sonja – Wow, I’m not sure where to start though.

Well, due to the fact that I work with fitness models on a daily basis, I realized, that in order to know what they talking about or what they going through whilst prepping, I have to experience it myself. So I decided to do one comp which was with the NABBA federation end of September. It was the central Gauteng and northern Gauteng combined. I really didn’t expect anything from this comp. Since I started prepping I wanted to do the ‘Toned figure’ division, But I didn’t think that my body was in the shape it should be in order for me to be competing in that division. So I worked really hard just to be in the best shape I can be for the period that I prepped and prepared myself for bikini division.
I was shocked and surprised at the same time when I heard that I will be doing the ‘Toned figure’ division. I had little time back stage to work on my poses for this division and i didn’t even have a fitness routine for a on stage performance. But I did it, and I won first place and got through to Sa’s which was held in Durban 2 weeks later.
I was speechless, had no words, and it took me some time to realize how fortunate I was to won my first comp and to go through to SA’s because there’s so many athletes competing year after year just to get through to SA’s and I got to go through after my first comp. But that’s all thanks to God.

Knuxx – Any plans on competing again?

Sonja – Yip, most definitely. At first I wasn’t going to. But I need to prove something to myself. And by doing another comp I will be pushing myself even harder this time. I have this image in my head of what I want to look like and I’m not prepared to stop until I get there. It’s just a very expensive sport. So I will be looking for a sponsor beginning of next year.

Knuxx – What is the one key piece of advice you could pass on to our readers?

Sonja – Believe in Yourself!!! Visualize what and where you want to go in life and get there with 110% effort. Don’t ever give up on your dreams.

Knuxx – Looking back on what you have accomplished so far, what is one thing you would change if you could, knowing what you do now?

Sonja – If only I had started training this hard when I was still in High school. And I wish I had started with the personal training years ago.

Knuxx – What is the best asset of your physique/body?

Sonja – Definitely my abs

Knuxx – What tips would you give to someone who wanted to get into the fitness modelling (or fitness competition) industry?

Sonja – If someone is interested in becoming a fitness model, the advice I would give, is to call me. For some models it takes months to market themselves. Why go through all the effort and waste time if Fitness Pose can help you?!
And if someone is interested in competing I would do some research first of different organizations to see what that organization is looking for. For example very muscular or not so muscular. The organizations differs.

Knuxx – Where can people get hold of you should they be interested in either One-on-One Personal Training, Bootcamp or if they want to become an agent for you selling Nike Accessories?

I’m on Twitter @SonjaLezar
Or they can either go to my Facebook page: Sonja Lezar – ‘Personal Trainer/Boot Camp Instructor’ It’s still new though.