I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting up with Farah Fonseca and chatting with her about all things natural and how she uses natural products and foods to help in her everyday life but also in training and competitions. I knew when I met Farah we were instantly going to get on. Farah’s passion for what she believes in, paired with her bubbly personality and infectious laugh was immediately empowering.
At just 25 years old, Farah has two running titles of England’s strongest woman from 2016 and 2017. Her determination and goals proved that you can become anything you want to be when you put your mind to it.
This got me thinking. How do you become the strongest woman?
From a young age Farah was interested in fitness, training aimlessly in the gym with no real structure she found a passion for what she enjoyed and wanted to take it further. In 2011 Farah became a personal trainer and began her own business – Farah Fonseca Fitness Bootcamp. Her passion lied in making women not only feel strong in the gym, but in everyday life as well. With her love of being in the gym, Farah found she wanted to help women achieve their goals and this led her on to studying and qualifying in becoming a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. From this Farah was able to offer advice on how to eat yourself healthy to meet your body’s needs.
So how do you compete for a competition such as England’s Strongest Woman?
Having attended a gym regularly and finding a love for weight lifting Farah joined Elite Body-Works Gym and stated training with them, they encouraged her to enter Basingstoke’s Strongest Novice competition in which she won! From then on, she had found her buzz. In March 2016, Farah went on to England’s Qualifier but with this being her first national competition the nerves got the better of her, still with 4th place she was to qualify for England’s Strongest Woman competition.
On the 25th July 2018, Farah is off to compete in her very first pro Strongwoman competition in Norway – ‘Strongest Woman in the World’. To get to this point Farah has had to endure weeks of vigorous training in a range of events including max log press, deadlift, sandbag and axle squats, joint with a controlled balanced diet to make sure her body is working at its optimum level. Having the most natural ingredients and using natural products is what keeps Farah on track. Her knowledge in Naturopathic Nutritional therapy enables her to feed her body inside and out with what works best.
Farah’s approach and attitude on her lifestyle is not about being skinny but being strong both inside and out. With an immense training schedule the goodness of food and healthy calorie intake helps not only to keep the body strong but also aids recovery. A healthy combination of carbs, protein and good fats like avocado and eggs all aid the body to naturally work. Natural foods give your body natural goodness, eating foods high in added sugars and fats give off a quick release but will leave you feeling tired and wanting more. It is extremely important also to keep your body well hydrated, if you are dehydrated then your muscles will suffer from this.
Preparation in looking after your body before and after competitions is also the key to success. Rest days are important when training, letting your body recover naturally rather than forcing it to recover. Farah makes sure that all the products she uses on her body are natural this way she knows what is going into and onto her body. Her favourite pre-competition body treat is a session in a floatation tank which helps her to deeply relax, reduce any muscle and joint aches and pains, enhance body healing, improve sleep and oxygen circulation. Sounds amazing doesn’t it!
We wish Farah every bit of good luck as she counts down to competing in
Strongest Woman in the World!
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