Man turns his back on gangs to become an 'alpha male': How fitness saved Daiyaan Ford

Man turns his back on gangs to become an 'alpha male': How fitness saved Daiyaan Ford

- Daiyaan Ford, a young man from Bokmakierie, is helping people become a healthier version of themselves by training them physically

- But, his journey to becoming a fpersonal trainer was far from easy

- Growing up in a community where gang violence and drugs thrived, he knew he had to do something to not become another ‘statistic’

- After he got a job at a gym, Ford started concentrating on bodybuilding, which opened a lot of doors for him

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In a community plagued by gangs and drugs, 22-year-old Daiyaan Ford had to find something to keep him on the straight and narrow.

So, instead of destroying his body with narcotics and gang violence, he started to build it. Ford explained how fitness helped him stay away from gangs and substance abuse.

“It was a tough life. I went to school at Spes Bona High and worked as hard as I could. The elements around my friends and me were real,” Ford said.
“The drugs and the flashy life which was offered by the gangs was a big thing in our area, but I also saw my friends become slaves to drugs.”

He added he had to watch his friends die in gang shootings, which helped him made the decision to try and stay out of it. So, he pushed forward and completed his school career.

Ford then landed a job at local gym as a cleaner, and it was there were his love for fitness developed. He joined the gym and started working out and soon he was competing in the Western Province Natural Bodybuilding competitions.

He made provincial level and then received the opportunity to participate nationally as well. His success in the bodybuilding competitions helped him get a bursary to study for a diploma in personal training at Trifocus Fitness Academy.

It was not long after that when Ford started giving classes and even making his own fitness videos. Now, he is a personal trainer at Zone Fitness, where he has the ability to impact the lives of others.

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“It has been such a journey. I made a choice that I will never wear a hand-me-down again and I will change the world. I am doing that every day now, by helping people reach their health potential.”, he added

And although his journey was difficult, Ford said he is an ‘alpha male’, so he leads from the front.

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