By Andrew Carruthers, Editor-In-Chief.
As one of SA’s newest WBFF Pro Divas, Andene Thomson is fresh from a win at the 2019 WBFF European Amateur Championships held in London. A thriving business woman and #BossGirl, Andene has huge ambitions to take her career in fitness all the way, whilst building her own businesses and changing lives in the process.
Full Name: Andene Thomson
Born: 18th October 1990
Lives: Pretoria, South Africa
Trains: Virgin Active, Groenkloof
Years Training: I was a completive dancer from the age of 8 – 18. I started training in the gym from 19 until now.. so 11 years!
Years Competing: 2013 – 2015. 2019 – Present
Federation of choice: WBFF
Off-season weight: No idea
Current Competitive Weight: No idea – I don’t do the whole scale vibe.
Most Notable Achievement/s to date: Without a doubt building my business, Healthy Girl, and being awarded my WBFF Diva Bikini Pro Status in 2019!
Shortlist of competitive highlights: NABBA 2013 Gauteng Provincials U23 2nd Place, NABBA 2013 Nationals U23 3rd Place, WBFF 2014 Amateur Bikini Diva Short 3rd Place, WBFF European Amateur Bikini Diva 2019 Winner.
What do you do for a living?
I am an health coach, online trainer and the #girlboss behind my very own brand – Healthy Girl! I spend my days helping women to be their healthiest and happiest selves and it is a privilege and a dream. I also have my own product range – Healthy Girl Foods, which started out in my kitchen and will be seeing some BIG changes and developments in 2020… Watch this space!
How do you split up your training days weekly?
Legs, Back, Legs, Shoulders, Cardio, Full Body (cardio is also currently done each session too)
Favourite body part to train:
Jumping Squats & Walking Lunges
Favourite Diet Food:
Sweet Potatoes Fries!
Best Cheat Meal:
Bunless burger with all the fries, chuckles chocolates and an Aperol Spritz!
Other Interests, Hobbies etc:
Cooking and puppy cuddles.
Future Goals: Short term and long term goals.
Short term: I have a bunch of projects and targets for Team Healthy Girl (my online coaching business) as well as Healthy Girl Foods, and I have also begun my competition prep for my first WBFF Pro debut which will be WBFF 2020 Worlds in the Bahamas… BIG work ahead on all counts!
Long term: To continue to build the Healthy Girl empire to everything that I have dreamed it to be!
Favourite International and Local athletes?
Rachel Dillon, Hattie Boydle and Lauren Simpson are hands down my absolute favs!
What motivates you?
I have big dreams and goals, my passion for what I do and my drive to make my dreams happen is the fuel to my fire.
How do you stay motivated?
The truth is that I am not always motivated BUT I am always disciplined! Disciplined because I am ambitious and if I don’t show up then I will never get to where I want to go.
What do you believe to be your number one character trait that makes you successful in this sport?
Without a doubt having my head and heart in the right place, always being one of the hardest workers in the room and my ability to NEVER GIVE UP on my goals.
Famous Quotes you live by?
Feel the fear and do it anyway!
Famous Last Words?
When you get the inside right, the outside falls into place. Read that again!
For more on Andene, check her out on Instagram: @healthygirl_with_a_sweettooth @teamhealthygirl @healthygirl_foods