To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’d like to share what strength means to some of these incredible women in our community. Because strength is not measured in biceps size, and these Free Athletes will surely spark the fire you need to crush your next workout.
Doris, #FreeAthlete, publisher and mother.
"Strength is not just about being able to do 100 burpees and pushups. It comes from within - it's inside everybody. It doesn't matter if you're a woman or a man... It's completely genderless and our society should see that it doesn't matter who you are, everybody can get back into this state of their natural strength. I think Freeletics helped me to really find that strength again in myself."
Nata, Product Designer at Freeletics
"For me, strength is grit. Grit is whenever you feel defeated and you don't get what you want, you actually fight for it. You have to try to do as much as you can, because every failure is actually a lesson."
Coming from Colombia, Nata has been inspired by the resilience and strength of Colombian women who have faced adversity in a society which has sometimes hindered rather than helped them. She continues to fight for what she believes in and look back at how far she has come in the process.
Joy, Product Marketing Manager at Freeletics
"I think strength is reflected in the fact that you are able to pull yourself back up, no matter what. You first build that strength by acknowledging that there is capacity for you to fail."
Dimitra, Freeletics Ambassador
When Dimitra was told "you have to look feminine, you have to look thin, you have to not show your muscles," it only drove her more to testing the extent of her physical and mental strength. Being able to do hundreds of burpees and appreciate the muscles she's grown has made her feel powerful and proud. It also showed her that there is strength in the mentality she has adopted, something that training and becoming a Freeletics Ambassador have helped her with.
Rike is on week 9 of her transformation journey, and one thing she has learned from it is that limits only exist in her mind. Limits set by society will not define her; the strength that does define her is found by doing and being anything she wants to.
Tania, Freeletics Ambassador
"Strength for me means freedom." - Tania, Freeletics Ambassador from Italy, who continues to motivate and empower the Italian community.
Ellie, Teamlead Public Relations at Freeletics
As a member of both the Freeletics team and the Freeletics community, Ellie understands what it means to be part of something bigger. She describes strength among women by highlighting the importance of understanding that life isn't a competition or a race. It is a journey that we are all in together, where helping each other and realising that we share the same struggles will only lift us all up.
"Kindness is a choice."- says Bella, a mountain biker, martial artist and production manager. According to her, kindness and cooperation are both signs of equally strong personalities.
Growing up as a petite girl, Kelly felt underestimated by many. This pushed her to get out of her comfort zone, which eventually led her to Freeletics, helping her to work on both her physical and mental strength. Kelly hopes to continue pushing past her limits and encourages women to seek discomfort and be brave enough to own not only their weaknesses, but their strengths too. When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?
Tanja, Freeletics Ambassador
Strength for Tanja means two things: being able to set a 100-burpee weekly goal, but also opening yourself up to love and vulnerability. Both of which are two sides of the same coin. What goal do you set yourself to test your strength?