I started training in the gym at the age of 15 when a very good friend of mine took me along with him to his personal trainer. I’ll never forget it. I trained arms and was in so much pain I couldn’t move for 2 weeks. I loved the pain so much I signed up at the gym and never looked back. I was a very active kid playing all sports, doing athletics and training in the gym every other day. I spent my days outside doing whatever I could that would get my adrenaline pumping.
From 16 Rugby became my passion and I wanted to achieve something on the rugby field. I went on to play 1st team at school, U19 at RAU and U21 at Pirates. I then played Seniors at Pirates and Wits and in 2005 made the Lions 7′s side. Another passion of mine was Kickboxing. I competed in 7 fights in which I won 6 by Knockouts and TKO’s. I went on to SA Champs and was beaten by the SA Champ in the 2nd Round.
On October 23rd 2007 my whole world fell apart. I was shot and stabbed in a house robbery at 3 in the morning. The bullet missed my heart by 1mm because of my heart contracting at the moment the bullet passed through. The bullet collapsed my lung and skimmed my spine. The bone fragments pierced my spinal cord leaving me paralysed from the chest down. They had to remove a third of my lung and as a result I ended up with 67 staples in my back. The stab wound to my head with a screwdriver was not deep enough to cause any damage and only left me with 6 staples. I was in ICU, general ward and then Rehab for 3 months. I had to learn to adapt and live from a wheelchair with no real balance because I basically lost my whole core.
Going from being on the rugby field, in the gym, going to Kickboxing, riding Superbikes and Jetski’s to lying in a hospital bed learning to sit up all over again was a body and mind destroyer. Losing the will to live happened and that is no place I ever would want anyone to be in. A time I would never have made it through without my Girlfriend at the time (now my wife), my Family, my Faith and most importantly God!
After a lot of struggling, learning how to do things all over again and actually getting the confidence to leave the house I decided I needed to train. It’s in my blood and I needed it. I didn’t care what people thought or what they would say I wasn’t going to stop living. Yes it was really difficult but I did it. I got hold of my old trainer and went back to the gym. We started experimenting and seeing what we could do and started a program slowly adding new things and just getting used to everything. It felt amazing….doing one of the things I enjoyed so much again. Yes It took time getting used to and I fell off the benches a couple of times but I wasn’t going to let that break me down. People stared and it was hard but I didn’t care. You can’t care because if you do you’ll never even leave the house.
“People Will stare…Make it worth their While!!”
Now I train in the gym, push heavier weights than most able bodied guys, I swim, play Basketball and Box….yes you heard right, Box! Train Hard, Never Give Up , #BEYOURBEST… and live with No Excuses!
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Platinum RangeVitamins, Herbal & Anti-Ageing The spirit of the brand is cemented in the pillars of good health. The Biogen Platinum Series offers a full range of vitamins, minerals, herbal and anti-aging products. This vast range caters for a number of needs such as daily multi-nutrients, anti-oxidants, vitamin-B,C, D,E and essential fatty acids, skin, bone & joint support, as well as natural anti-ageing solutions. Available exclusively at the formidable Dis-Chem Pharmacies chain, the Biogen Platinum Series has become one of the leading and trusted vitamin ranges in the country.
Perform X RangeEndurance The Biogen Endurance Series was launched in 2005 with a niche range of energy products. This has since evolved into what is now called, the Perform-X series, a comprehensive range of performance, energy and recovery solutions to help you #beyourbest. From powders, gels and bars to convenience sachets and ready to drink electrolyte solutions - this range has been designed by endurance athletes for endurance athletes. Our passion for sport is evident by our national involvement in key endurance series, complimented by our partnership with and support of leading running, cycling and MTB Clubs around South Africa.
Core Muscle RangeProtein Powders, Nutrition Solutions Over the years we have invested time, effort and resources into formulating the highest quality protein powders and nutrition solutions. The Core Muscle Range offers only the best selection of tested, tasty and trusted protein powders and supplements to best support muscle recovery and development. All Biogen powders undergo full nutritional analysis for label verification, to ensure that you get only the best quality. No fillers, no inflated amino acid profiles, what you see is what you get. From Whey Protein to Casein and Creatine to L-Glutamine, the Core Muscle Range offers a key selection of nutritional products to support your muscle building goals.
Competitive AthletesAs a fundamental brand ethos and policy, Biogen does not condone the use of banned substances or drugs in competitive sport. When it comes supplement usage for Professional and Competing athletes, we ONLY recommend the use of products that have been tested for banned substances by suitable bodies such as LGC in the UK, which offer one of the best risk management and certification options in the world, including their ground breaking Informed Choice and Informed Sport programs. Despite great advances in a previously less regulated sports supplement industry, we believe that the onus is ultimately on the athlete to use discretion and wisdom in choosing what they put into their bodies. Whilst no single Biogen product is formulated with any banned substances at development level, the risk and possibility remains for isolated incidents of cross contamination to occur at manufacturer level. With that in mind, we have a responsibility to offer a range of ongoing tested products available to both consumers and competitive athletes alike.
Black RangePerformance Products An edgy range of power, performance and recovery products specifically designed to cater for the more serious bodybuilder, with a higher workload, and who demand just that little bit more of themselves and their bodies. The Biogen Black series includes a range of premium pre-, intra- and post workout solutions, along with designer mass gainers and recovery agents to ensure you get all you need before, during and after a strenuous workout. Not for the feint at heart. Please look out for product warnings where appropriate.
Slim Fit RangeWeight Management The Biogen Slim Fit range comprises a unique set of meal replacement products, and standalone ingredients designed to support sound weight management programs, accompanied by exercise. The weight loss category and landscape has changed quite drastically over the years, but having worked with top fitness and lifestyle coaches for more than a decade, we strive to keep abreast of the latest weight management solutions, and in turn, adapt and formulate products to reflect these. Also, look out of our seasonal ‘well I am’ challenges, geared to impact healthier lifestyle change, and where you can WIN big for LOSING big! More info: Welliam.co.za