This Fitness Queen Is Proof That You Can Make Money From Doing What You Love

Amanda's hobbies: fitness and profiting from it. 

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Life can be tough for all of us at times, be it physically, emotionally or even spiritually. But others go through it all – sometimes simultaneously.  – popularly known as Fitfanatic on the gram – is one of those people. She’s suffered from low self-esteem, lack of confidence in her body – even abuse (which she recently opened up about on social media). But she found fitness, found herself, and soldiered her way to greatness.

Life Before Exercise

While Amanda never really led an unhealthy lifestyle, she wasn’t the fit woman she is today. “I lived the typical life of any ‘normal’ young person, never overindulged – it was just pizzas here and a few hot wings there,” she admits. Though she did have a weakness when it came to sugar… “I have the sweetest tooth ever – I don’t look twice at a slab of chocolate!”

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Then Fitness Happened…

“My fitness journey started back in varsity. I was in search of something to help me face the challenges I had at that time,” she says. To Amanda, fitness was the only thing that made sense. She dived head-first into it and has never looked back. In the process and quite unintentionally, she lost weight too.

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She Fell In Love With Being Strong!

Through fitness, Amanda discovered things she never knew her body was capable of. She’s fitter, stronger, super-defined and has arrived in a very good personal space. But that’s not all: Amanda has also started her own fitness clothing label, FitFanatic Active – a baby she’s currently nurturing and trying to grow as a brand.

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How Exactly Does She Keep Fit?

Amanda does the most – and by that we mean almost everything fitness-related. “I do a lot of hiking. I love the endurance involved in climbing high peaks with my own two feet and about 70kg on my back – it’s literally the coolest thing about being fit,” she says. She’s also into boxing, gym, long-distance running – and she tosses in something adventurous every once in a while, like hiking expeditions in the Drakensburg Mountains.


And What’s On The Menu?

In recent months Amanda has begun intermittent fasting. “I fast for 14 hours. I have two meals in a day, the first one being anytime after 10am.” The first meal might include egg whites, avo, salmon, greek yoghurt and sugar-free muesli. Later on, she’ll enjoy chicken or fish and veggies. She chases both meals with a glass of warm lemon water.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Amanda

  • On cheat days she enjoys an Oreo MacFlurry and popcorn.
  • Results are the one thing that keep her going.
  • She always has running shoes in her make-up bag.
  • Her favourite workout gear includes items from . Obvs!
  • She’s inspired by people from different walks of life, those who get out and build their dreams and are committed to living beyond themselves.

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