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Unlocking human potential through bio-hacking: The Journey of Mark de Gouveia

Mark de Gouveia, the founder of ThriveLabs soon to be rebranded as Ulu Enhance. Supplied image.

Mark de Gouveia, the founder of ThriveLabs soon to be rebranded as Ulu Enhance. Supplied image.

Published Aug 11, 2023


Johannesburg - In the fast-paced modern world, the pursuit of optimal health, peak performance, and longevity has become a universal aspiration.

Amid this quest, the rise of bio-hacking—a practice that involves optimizing one’s biology through various interventions and lifestyle changes—has captured the imagination of individuals seeking to tap into their full potential.

One individual who exemplifies this journey is Mark de Gouveia, the founder of ThriveLabs soon to be rebranded as Ulu Enhance.

Mark’s story is one of transformation, dedication, and a deep-rooted passion for health and wellness.

With a profound interest in health, fitness, and helping others navigate life’s challenges, Mark’s journey has taken him from martial arts to holistic well-being. With 18 years of experience in the martial art of capoeira, Mark not only mastered the art but also dedicated 15 years to teaching it.

Mark de Gouveia, the founder of ThriveLabs soon to be rebranded as Ulu Enhance. Supplied image.

However, he recognised that physical training was only a piece of the puzzle when it came to achieving true wellness.

Mark’s turning point came during the challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. With more time on his hands, he found solace in baking and indulging in comfort foods. The consequences became evident when he stepped on the scale and saw a number that shocked him—77 kg.

As a relatively short individual at 170 cm, this was the heaviest and fattest he had ever been. It was then that he stumbled upon a book called “Super Human” which triggered a paradigm shift in his approach to health and fitness.

The insights gleaned from “Super Human” challenged Mark’s preconceived notions about health, nutrition, and fitness.

He realised that much of what he had learned through formal education and self-study was misguided, and he decided to take a different path.

By experimenting with the principles outlined in the book, Mark experienced remarkable changes in a mere six weeks. He shed eight kilograms by implementing just a fraction of the recommended practices. These initial results sparked a deep curiosity to explore the world of bio-hacking and its potential for transforming human performance.

Mark de Gouveia, the founder of ThriveLabs soon to be rebranded as Ulu Enhance. Supplied image.

Embracing this newfound passion, Mark founded ThriveLabs, later to be rebranded as Ulu Enhance, with a vision to provide people with the tools and guidance to unlock their true potential.

The facility introduced an array of cutting-edge therapies, from ozone therapy and ice baths to red light therapy and IV drip therapy, all grounded in scientific research and proven to yield tangible benefits.

This holistic approach also encompassed fasting, nutrition, and other health-related practices that were not only effective but also sustainable.

Mark’s personal journey of bio-hacking continued to evolve, leading him to experiment with various techniques and practices.

Through rigorous research, experimentation, and implementation, he managed to refine his body composition and physical performance.

He lost weight, gained muscle, and achieved a state of vitality that he hadn’t experienced since his youth.

This profound transformation motivated him to create a six-week shred program aimed at helping others experience similar results and regain control of their biology.

Ulu Enhance’s six-week shred program is a comprehensive regimen that combines state-of- the-art therapies, personalized coaching, and scientifically backed practices. The program includes therapies like infrared sauna sessions, ice baths, red light therapy, and ozone therapy, all designed to optimize the body’s functioning.

The integration of meditation and vagal nerve toning techniques further promotes mental and emotional well-being.

What sets the program apart is its personalised approach. Each participant undergoes an initial consultation and body composition assessment, setting the foundation for personalised guidance.

Nutrition, intermittent fasting, and a basic home bodyweight workout program are provided to support the participant’s physical transformation.

Weekly check-ins with a personal health coach and regular weigh-ins ensure accountability, motivation, and goal attainment.

The impact of bio-hacking on human performance is not limited to Mark’s personal journey; it’s becoming a global phenomenon.

Even in the world of professional sports, bio-hacking is reshaping the narrative. Renowned footballers like Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Zlatan Ibrahimović are showcasing exceptional performance well into their 30s and even 40s. This trend reflects the powerful influence of biohacking in extending athletic careers and optimizing player’s physical and mental capacities.

In essence, Mark’s journey from capoeira to bio-hacking exemplifies the potential of human transformation through intentional choices and practices.

His creation of Ulu Enhance’s six-week shred program is a testament to the profound impact that optimising biology can have on overall well-being.

As bio-hacking gains momentum globally, it is poised to reshape how individuals approach health, fitness, and longevity, ushering in an era of enhanced human potential.

The Saturday Star