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How do I stay fit when I have so little time?

Fitness is such an important aspect of human life and well-being. Yet in a world that is getting busier, most people feel that they do not have the time to get to gym.

Being a fitness “freak” myself I felt the same frustration. I tried so many ways to overcome this problem. I then remembered the old saying “How can you expect a different result if you keep doing the same thing.”. I went to the drawing board with my team (who are just phenomenal!) to design a home gym that is:

  • Compact: Floor space is too valuable to give up a room for a traditional multi-gym.
  • Modular: The gym must not be stagnant. It must cater for all ages and genders.
  • Full-body: You must be able to gym your entire body on it.
  • Must give results: The gym must give results.

After months of designing, testing, re-designing, re-testing etc. we finally came up with the Cactic Fitness gym (View our introduction video Here ). This gym works on the same principle as shelving which gives the user the ability to change the height of the equipment and to pack equipment away in 10cm.

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As an added benefit we realised that the gym was also multi-disciplined, in other words you can do any style of training on it, from functional, to callisthenics, to weight training. We now had a gym for your entire body, which is strong (carries up to 700kg), compact, modular and can be used by the entire family.

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Today we no longer see the Cactic Fitness gym as our gym. We see it as your gym. That is why our slogan reads: “Gym. Your Way.”. We are not here to dictate to people how to gym. Each person has his/her own training discipline that works and his/she feels comfortable with. All that the Cactic Fitness gym allows you is to gym where you want in the way you want.

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We would love to hear what your thoughts are of our gym. Please send us an email to fitness@cactic.co.za or to me personally alec@cactic.co.za.

Have a great day!

 

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Starting a business

How many times have you wondered or debated with friends how to run a successful business? From experience I today know that talking about it and doing it is significantly different.

It is exciting and scary at the same time and every single day is a battlefield on its own. Even though we are a very young business (started in May 2013, with our first product launch in March 2014) I thought that there is no better time to reflect on what I have learned about running a business.

Here are 6 of the most important aspects to me to run a successful business:
1. Vision
The world is a complex place and you can quickly lose direction. A well-defined and strong vision will help you guide your way to your goals and aspirations.

2. Focus
One of the most difficult things for me has been to identify my target market. In the start of a business you do not want to limit your potential customer base. I often found myself saying: “Everybody is my customer.”. Everybody can be your customer, but then you have to service and market to everybody, which takes a lot of money. In the beginning when you have small budgets focus your attention on a smaller group of individuals.

3. Passion
Being an entrepreneurial business is lonely in the beginning. Nobody really knows you and many times do not get you. You are that new kid on the block who sits in the corner at the parties. But if you are passionate about what you do you will not be demotivated by this.

4. Teamwork and relationships
We sometimes feel we can do everything or say: “If I don’t do it, nobody will!”, but the reality is that you cannot do everything. There simply is not enough time in a day. For this reason teamwork is vital, as is the relationships within a team. Treat your customers, employees and suppliers with respect, but hold them accountable.

5. Honesty
As an entrepreneur it is very tough to accept that your ideas aren’t always great, but be open to feedback. Ask people you trust to give you honest feedback. And then comes the difficult part, if the feedback is negative, swallow your pride and move on. Scrap the product, idea or project, learn from it and make it better next time.

6. Listen
Some of our best products have come from sources outside of our business, like our customers, suppliers, family or friends. This is because all these people are independent from your business and can see things from a different angle. They can also see how your offering can fit into their lives and will then give you an idea you never thought of. Listen to them, because ultimately it is to them you want to sell your products or services.

The above is not an exhaustive list of how to run a business, but it is what keeps me going and the business growing.

Please send me your comments to alec@cactic.co.za or fitness@cactic.co.za.

Have a fun and fit day!

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More than a pull up bar – The Upper Body Arm

blog1Our upper body arm is the perfect piece of gym equipment for the guy or girl who is serious about upper body and core training. The upper body arm works in pairs and has two mounting slots for a multi-bar. We have designed the upper body arm with 2 slots to ensure that the multi-bar can be set at 2 different heights (200mm apart), for shorter and taller athletes.

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Most people however think that the upper body arm is a glorified pull up bar and is not worth its name. We want to however show you with why we say it is for your entire upper body and core. Check this out.

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Other upper body and core exercises

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Upper body, lower body & core 2 – Exercise Chart

Exercise chart – Upper body, lower body and core – Single column system – 2

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CHART SPECIFICATIONS
TYPE OF TRAINING Functional and weight
MUSCLE GROUP Upper body, lower body and core
SUGGESTED PRINTING SIZE A3

Download “Upper body, lower body & core 2” Upper-body-lower-body-core-2.pdf – Downloaded 334 times – 9 MB

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Upper body, lower body & core 1 – Exercise Chart

Exercise chart – Upper body, lower body and core – Single column system

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CHART SPECIFICATIONS
TYPE OF TRAINING Functional and weight
MUSCLE GROUP Upper body, lower body and core
SUGGESTED PRINTING SIZE A3

Download “Upper body, lower body & core 2” Upper-body-lower-body-core.pdf – Downloaded 242 times – 5 MB