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Africa’s Fittest Woman, Celestie MacIntosh

Africa’s Fittest Woman, Celeste MacIntosh has made it to CrossFit Regionals five times – more than any local CrossFit athlete. She now balances her training as an elite athlete with a career as a part-time digital marketing consultant. “And I’m very excited with a new love to get my mind out of the gym and have a different focus. CrossFit ...

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#StrongWomen Cassandra Veldtman Battles Bulimia


Cassandra Veldtman’s fitness journey started the moment she discovered her own strength after being bullied for years, which lead to a low self-esteem and eventually, bulimia. Today, Cassandra inspires and motivates women and teaches them about the benefits of exercise, and the importance of balance. Tell us more about yourself and your journey. My name is Cassandra Veldtman, I am ...

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Africa’s Strongest Woman, Brendali Theron – #StrongWomen


From teaching yoga to breaking records (like pulling a plane) – Africa Strongwoman Brendali Theron is the very definition of a strong woman – physically and mentally! Tell us more about yourself and your journey so far. I am 26 years old and from Johannesburg. I am a full-time graphic designer, and after hours I instruct yoga and suspension yoga ...

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Fitness is Life – Evgenia Petukhova’s #StrongWomen Story


Evgenia Pethukhova left her home country, Russia, to move to South Africa. The move, and everything that came with it, triggered a bout of depression which lasted 3 years. In time, slowly but surely, Evgenia found herself again in the one thing she’s always loved; fitness. Here is her #StrongWomen story. Tell us more about yourself and your journey. I ...

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Be Humble, Be Happy – Christina Pappas’ #StrongWomen Story

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Christina Pappas, one of our USN Face of Fitness 2015 Top 6 Finalists, believes in balance. From fitness competitor to everyday gym girl – she shares her inspiring #StrongWomen story. Tell us more about yourself and your journey. I am a happy-go-lucky person.  I like to look for humour in everyday life. The easiest way to my heart is to ...

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Lucy Cartwright’s 40kg Weightloss Journey – #StrongWomen

Lucy Cartwright’s doctor told her that she is borderline diabetic, and this sparked her incredible weightloss journey. We have featured Lucy’s story in our Fatloss Magazine before, but we caught up with her to find out how she’s doing, and who inspires her to be strong. Tell us more about yourself and your journey. I am a children’s photographer and ...

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Sachi Okada’s #Strongwomen Story

Sachi Okada is an entrepreneur and business woman, inspired by the #strongwomen she meets on a daily basis. In-between her busy schedule she makes time to prioritize her health. Tell us more about yourself and your journey. Firstly, can I commend Fitness Mag on focusing on more than just the physical journey and struggle that #StrongWomen face. It takes a lot ...

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#StrongWomen Monique Lopes

Monique Lopes is no stranger in the fitness industry – she is bubbly, inspirational and loves  motivating and educating women about health, fitness and nutrition. We caught up with Monique to find out who motivates her to be strong. Tell us more about yourself and your journey. I’m an individual that loves life and I don’t hold back on showing the ...

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Mariaan van Zyl, SA Strongwomen Champion – #StrongWomen

Mariaan van Zyl has always been tough; a bit stronger physically than most women, and this is what enabled her to follow her passion and pursue a career as a real strong woman. In fact, Mariaan is the current South African under 75kg strong woman champion! We catch up with her to find out what motivates her. Tell us more ...

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#StrongWomen Tsholofelo Leballo conquers TB and SJS

Looking at Tsholofelo, you would never say that she was ever sick. However, she has battled and overcome not only Tuberculosis and Stevens-Jonson Syndrome, but did it in her final year of studies. Today, stronger than ever before, her goal is to create awareness around health and inspire others to live healthily. Tell us more about yourself and your journey. ...

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