Luan Nel is an artist, curator and art critic living and working in Cape Town. Represented by the prestigious Everard Read Gallery, Luan works in a range of mediums, including watercolours, and is also known for thought provoking installations. His artworks are held in private, as well as public and corporate collections including the Johannesburg Art Gallery, SABC, University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng Legislature, Rijksakademie, Smithsonian, Spier, Hollard, Sasol, Ellerman House and KPMG. He is art critic in a freelance capacity in print media and also writes for a number of online publications.
Luan trains at BODYTEC Gardens
‘I’ve been struggling to get back into a gym routine routine for the past four years. It used to be a matter of daily life for me, but in 2013 I was diagnosed with A-Vascular Necrosis, and this changed everything. I had both my hips replaced with brand new, ultra-modern titanium and porcelein prostheses. The procedure was a success, but I found my mobility was not the same before the disease struck and I had muscle wastage in my legs. No doubt this played an enormous part in my lack of flexibility and stamina. I had also gained 23 kilograms.
My friend Susan convinced me to give BODYTEC® a try. One forgets how daunting it is to start a new body regime if you have not had any for some years, but she came with me to support me through my trial session. I absolutely fell for this electrifying exercise hook, line and sinker that very first day. I signed up and have been going weekly like clockwork for four months now. In this time I have gained almost 100% of the use of my legs back. I can balance (which was impossible only months before), I rectified my muscle wastage and am starting to seriously build muscle. I have also lost weight, but more importantly I have rehabilitated my strength, my walk, my dance.’
Because there is no strain on your joints as you don’t use any weights during your workout, EMS is used by physiotherapists to rehabilitate and maintain and improve fitness levels while you heal. It’s an ideal solution for those with joint problems or back pain.
BODYTEC uses Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to achieve stronger, more intense muscle contractions than a voluntary exertion can achieve alone.
Your personal trainer can control each muscle group by adjusting the training intensity of the various muscle groups on the EMS device according to your individual goals.
During EMS training, 90% of muscles are activated simultaneously with each contraction.