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Cynthia

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Meet Cynthia. A woman filled with joy, Cynthia’s journey has taken her to places of both light and darkness. Just weeks before her 17th birthday, Cynthia endured a traumatic labor and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Unfortunately due to family circumstances and the shame brought upon her household, she was forced into having her son adopted. Transitioning back into a normal life, post-baby, Cynthia lived a life of mediocrity— riddled with low self-esteem and deep sadness. A few years later, Cynthia was married and had a daughter; during this time she was also able to reconnect with her son. Despite finding closure, the emotional scarring remained, and she still felt broken. Her emptiness and worthlessness grew and Cynthia was at breaking point. One night whilst getting ready for her husband’s industry event, Cynthia stood in front of her mirror, unhappy with what she saw. After years of the same feeling toward her reflection, something in her changed and she decided enough was enough. The following morning, she drafted a 12-week health and fitness plan, vowing to take control of every aspect of her life. After making the choice to live her life differently after so many years of heartache, Cynthia kept up the momentum. After the first 12 weeks, she proceeded to tackle another 12 weeks— this time developing a business plan and logo. Cynthia knew that her journey wasn’t just for herself— she was going to inspire other people to take charge of their lives too. Now a Transformation Coach and the director of ‘My Breakthrough Body’, she assists men and women in reclaiming their lives. Despite her rocky start, Cynthia managed to turn her life into something beautiful and continues to strive for goodness. She is a Strong Woman.

Melanie

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Meet Melanie. Always having a passion for helping people, Melanie has been a physiotherapist for over ten years. A couple of years in, she noticed a lot of women pre and post-natal, not knowing how they could help themselves during, and after the physical transformation of pregnancy. Starting to do research of her own, Melanie felt that there wasn’t enough information available to these women— specifically in the areas of pregnancy and exercise. She wanted to inspire women to look after themselves, so she created Perfect Pelvic Floor; an online program to assist women in the prevention of incontinence. Melanie knew that female incontinence isn’t something freely discussed amongst women, so wanted to develop a platform to allow discussions and education. Melanie's passion lies in self-care, and helping people to look after themselves— her bold step to open conversation continues to inspire women from all corners. She is a Strong Woman.

Rowena

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Meet Rowena. A teacher since 2011 at Kempsey High School and also fitness enthusiast, Rowena noticed a void in programs in her community that girls could call uniquely their own. Passionate about creating a space for these girls, Rowena decided to start up Strong Girl Fitness: an inclusive program specifically for girls. This program includes training such as running, gymnastics and calisthenics through to weightlifting and power lifting. There is also a strong focus on positive body image, building community and creating a healthy lifestyle. Rowena set the motto as Strength, Courage, Choices, because if girls have strength then they will have the courage to make good choices. Throughout this program the students who have attended have gained confidence, health, increased school attendance and have gone on to achieve sporting and academic accomplishments. Since starting the program three years ago, Rowena has encouraged and empowered dozens of girls and in 2015 won Australian Women's Weekly, Woman of the Future award. She is a Strong Woman.

Kayla

Meet Kayla- qualified personal trainer from Adelaide, Australia. Kayla created her famous Bikini Body Training Guide as there was such a strong demand from her social media following, wanting to know how her clients were achieving their results. Kayla has helped thousands of women worldwide on their journey to be a healthier, fitter, stronger and more confident version of themselves. Women from all over the world are now jumping onboard and using Kayla's method as a basis for their lifestyle transformations. Kayla's success is rising at a phenomenal rate --now with over 3.6 million followers-- having recently completed her first ever World Bootcamp Tour where she met and trained with nearly 10,000 girls in the UK, USA and Europe. She dedicates her life to training, educating and give healthy lifestyle advice to girls all around the world. She is a Strong Woman.

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Linda

Meet Linda. Having worked as a personal trainer for the past 8 years, Linda has always been fit and motivated. Tragically, on 15 February 2014, Linda was involved in a horrific accident which led to the amputation of her right leg. Her left leg was also broken in several places, with plates, pins and rods used to repair the damage. Linda spent 3 weeks in hospital, everyday gaining strength. She then spent 3 weeks in rehab adjusting to the changes in her life. In August, just 6 months after the accident, Linda started work back at the gym; defying all odds! Today you can find Linda instructing several classes a week and motivating members at Fit life Health Club. With a phenomenal amount of determination and positivity, Linda is an inspiration to so many. She is a Strong Woman.