This is my first interview with a WBFF pro so it goes without saying that I’m pretty excited. Chantal Van Loggenberg is a 40 year old powerhouse from Johannesburg, South Africa. She has a wonderful family with two beautiful kids and has been competing since 2009 and has gone on to win several national titles, competed in 3 world championships, and then gone on to win her WBFF Pro Card. Chantal is also the owner of “CVL Fitness”, a certified nutritionist, founder of a non profit organization called “Supreme Athletes” and she also runs an anti bullying campaign.
Since Chantal is an international fitness icon and travels to India regularly for her professional commitments, I was interested to see what her take was on the Indian fitness scene. I also wanted to focus more on women’s fitness in this interview. She kindly took out some time for me to answer a few questions.
Do you have a hometown? Do you have strong emotional ties to your hometown?
My hometown is Roodepoort, a suburb outside of Johannesburg. I lived abroad for a couple of years after I left high school in 1997. I came back and have been living here ever since. Most of my friends and family still live here. I love it here but if a opportunity comes along which I could not refuse I would consider leaving it.
Authors note: The reason why I asked if she had a hometown is because I find it a very difficult question to answer for people who move a lot. People have different opinions and versions of a “home town”.
For all the fitness enthusiast moms out there, how do you manage to be an active part of your kids upbringing while being a professional bodybuilder, physique competitor, personal trainer, and model?
I get asked this question so often. It’s all about balance. Making sure I plan my day as well as possible. It definitely helps to also have a very supportive spouse. I would not be able to do it all without his help.
You travel to India a lot, tell me about what you do here and which brands/organizations you are affiliated with?
I often travel to India for expos and to judge competitions as well as doing seminars, shoots and gym visits for my sponsors Alivez, Estrellas Nutrition & Maxfitness Equipment.
If you had to choose one area of improvement in the Indian fitness industry what would that be?
I would like the standard of the physiques to go up, especially among women. I would love for athletes and coaches to get more knowledge on the use of steroids, because athletes misuse it. Instead, rather brush up on nutrition and focus on giving 100% towards that and training.
Where do you find women’s fitness in India in comparison to international standards?
India still has a long way to go, but the standard is improving every year! The number of female athletes competing is also increasing here.
Do you think we could see a CVL Gym in India anytime in the future?
I would really love the opportunity to open a gym in India so let’s hope for the best and see what happens in the future.
How many years have you been training?
I was always active as a child. Dancing, playing sports in school and doing athletics. I have been weight training since 2001. Yes it’s long. But it really takes time to build a quality physique without putting your health at risk.
What kind of workout do you do? Do you only workout in the gym or have you tried other forms of workout like crossfit and outdoor cardio, bench workouts etc.?
I don’t do CrossFit. I would rather focus on my body parts in the gym. I do however love training outdoors with minimal to no weights, or going to an athletic stadium and doing some training there. If I really don’t have time to train in the day (which seldom happens, as I always make time), I’ll just do one of my home programs. One of my favorite types of training is beach training. I don’t live near the beach so I only get to train there when I am on holiday.
In your opinion, what would you say is the biggest negative aspect of youth around you who want to train and transform?
I would say that you are never too young to start. I would advise to see a personal trainer to show you the correct form of training and help you choose the correct weight for you. You don’t want to get injured at such a young age.
What would your advice be to youngsters who want to improve their bodies, put on muscle, and overall be fit and strong?
See a professional. Work with them on your training program and nutrition plan.
How important are supplements in your training? Does everyone have to take supplements?
Supplements are important but not the most important. Again, work with a professional that will advise you on what is best for you to use. I do however believe that supplements just help boost the process and that you should rather eat real food. You can not completely rely on just supplements.
If you had to select three mandatory supplements for regular gym training, what would they be? What does each one do to your body?
BCAA, Glutamine, and L-Carnitine.
BCAA (branch chain amino acids) they are the building blocks of protein. There are nine essential amino acids, but there’s a key trio that helps maintain muscle called leucine, isoleucine and valine.
Glutamine is produced in the muscles and is distributed by the blood to the organs that need it. Glutamine might help gut function, the immune system, and other essential processes in the body, especially in times of stress.
L-Carnitine is a nutrient and dietary supplement. It plays a crucial role in the production of energy by transporting fatty acids into your cells.
When’s your next competition? Where will you go from there?
At the moment I don’t have a competition in sight. I am now busy helping clients online across the world to get in shape whether it is for themselves or ready to get on stage.
Tell me a little about CVL fitness and Supreme Athletes. What do they do?
CVL fitness is my business where people actually physically train with me at my studio. I also run an online training business helping clients achieve their goals. Supreme Athletes is a Non Profit organisation where we help athletes from any sport in South Africa to achieve their goals.
What are the biggest mental battles for an everyday regular girl to go through the struggle of working out?
Girls should stop focusing on other girls. Thinking less of themselves and thinking there is only one kind of beautiful. Every girl is different and unique in their own way. We all have different goals. Every person’s journey is different so never compare it. Never underestimate the power within you. You can achieve anything you put your mind to.
Did you every face any downtime or injuries? How did you recover mentally and physically?
I have never (thank goodness) had an injury. I guess I am very lucky or its due to me really focusing on always training the right way. Pushing my body to the limits but, not beyond it and then again always stretching and keeping my supplements on track.
How important is diet? What do you eat? How often do you cheat?
Diet is for me one of the key factors when it comes to your physique. I make sure I always count my macros. I eat according to my goals. So if its competition season I am in a calorie surplus and ill eat 5-6 meals and off season I am in a deficit most times, so I’ll eat 3-4 meals. I like to do carb cycling cause for my body I feel that also works well.
What sort of clientele do you usually train?
I train variety of clients. From overweight to normal. To loose weight, tone, or build muscle. To reach your own personal goal or athletes.
What advice would you give to people who believe that they can only workout in phases and get tired after a few days/weeks/months and never return to it?
Everyone starts at the beginning. It’s a journey and a lifestyle. Getting there slowly is better than not getting there. Stay focused and take it one day at a time. If it was easy everyone would look good. Make the time for it!
Whether online or in person, do you feel a lot of people tend to put each other down rather than lift them up? How important is that for the gym and training your mind and muscle?
I have noticed that people put others down. But I tend to ignore that and focus on the positive. Lift people up and inspire them. We can make the change. It’s extremely important to do that because we cannot grow an industry when it’s all negative.
What advice would you give to people who believe that bodybuilding is nothing but a steroid game?
Prove them wrong. You can do it without going the unhealthy route. But I have also learnt to not worry about what people say. Haters will always hate.
It was great having this conversation with Chantal. She’s got a really great mindset when it comes to positivity and mental focus in her training, and it clearly shows in her drive, dedication, and her physique.
Happy belated birthday and congratulations on being one of the few fitness moms with a killer physique in the 40 year old club!
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