January 26, 2018

TIGHT CLUB CHECK-IN: Herve Nzeyimana

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.

Meet Herve.

Three words to describe how you show up in the world.

Kindness, love and ... booty.

A funny fact people might not know about you?

I haven't cut my hair in almost 6 years. It's really curly and I use a lot of conditioner to keep it soft, and it just stays super compact. I might cut it but I don't know how I look without it. Probably like a large baby. 

Something you really love about yourself (self-love is tiiiiight!)

My favourite thing about me ... probably how much I give a shit about things that are important to me. Friends, significant others, my job - whatever is important to me, I give it 100% every day. I also have a competitive streak (those of you who come to The Athlete know this) so I like to be the best at whatever I'm doing.

You've got some sweet ink, any cool stories that go with the tats?

I've got a few that mean something to me and the rest are just art that I liked. The writing on my right forearm is a line from my sister and I's favourite band. The band on my left forearm is for Vancouver. The half-band on the back of my left arm is two mountain ranges - one for Rwanda, where my parents are from, and one for Vancouver where I'm from.

What makes Vancouver awesome for you?

I think it is honestly the most beautiful city. The mountain ranges, the ocean, the forests, downtown Vancouver - even when it rains it's still so beautiful to me. If I had an option to live anywhere in the world, I would still live in Vancouver.

Ok, the tightest thing in your life rn.

Tightest thing in my life right now is my sense of positivity and my sense of freedom. I felt very alone and very shitty about myself last year and right now I feel the least alone I've felt and I feel the best I've ever felt about myself. For the first time in a while, I feel like everything is going to be okay and that's pretty tight.

What do you love about Tight Club?

I love that it is women-centred and how everyone is welcome. It's the first place I've worked out at that I haven't felt out of place or like I didn't belong. It's a positive environment where everyone is just encouraged to do and be their best.

Your fav move in class?

Deadlift high pulls! I can do 100 of them and feel so strong. I power through those.

The most memorable check-in question at the start of class ...

On my birthday everyone went around the circle and said one nice thing about me, even if they didn't know me. It was my first birthday out of my last relationship and I thought I was going to spend it alone - instead I did a great workout and complete strangers told me nice things about myself. It ended up being the best birthday in a long time.

Now imagine your stuck on a tropical island. You can have one friend and three things with you, who and what will you bring and why?

Probably my co-worker Walker because he grew up along the Alaskan-Canadian border and he's really great with outdoorsy shit. I'd bring a hatchet (I learned this from the book Hatchet) for cutting stuff (not sure what I'd need to cut), a tarp (to stay dry) and matches for fire.

Podcast, song or movie recommendation?

Song: Yer Spring by Hey Rosetta or Worst Behaviour by Drake.

Movie: Man on Fire. Denzel killed it in this movie and it's also the last movie I cried in.

Podcast: I don't have a podcast recommendation but I suggest everyone watches The Wire. It is the best television show. Omar comin'.

There are so many global issues, what's one that really gets you fired up?

Police brutality. The murders of Eric Garner and Mike Brown really got me because I guess that could have been me. In both cases, their deaths were completely avoidable and there was absolutely NO JUSTICE for either of them. In the case of Eric Garner, his murder was filmed and the police officer who murdered him, Daniel Pantaleo, walked free and is still employed by the NYPD. When Eric Garner was laying on the ground, they did not check his breathing or attempt to perform CPR. They just let him die. That is just f**king unacceptable to me.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I'm looking forward to being free and doing whatever I want. I just went to LA on a whim 2 weeks ago and I plan on going to Australia in November and probably somewhere else (I haven't decided) in between. I have a sense of free and a sense of happiness that I've never experienced before, I can literally go anywhere I want and do anything I want! This feeling is truly indescribable. I started 2017 feeling very alone and feeling straight up awful about myself and I went to Tight Club because it was the only thing that alleviated that loneliness and pain. Now I just go to Tight Club because I like it. I'm starting 2018 in a completely different spot. Now I feel, more than ever before, that I'm going to be alright.

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Interview by: @maxime.evans

All photos by: @valerielina

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