#StrongWomen Jackie Nel

Jackie Nel, fit mom and business owner, draws inspiration from the #strongwomen that surround her daily.

Who inspires you to be strong?

I am truly inspired by many of the women who surround me on a daily basis, I am fortunate enough to run my own gym, and I am inspired by the women who face daily struggles but continue to put a beautiful smile on their faces and get everything done. They are moms, career women, women who have survived cancer, divorce, heartbreak, who have lost weight, gained weight, but they still show up and give it 100%, still care for those around them and who they never give up on what they want to achieve. It’s truly inspirational and keeps me pushing harder for the things that I want!

Jackie Nel #StrongWomen

Who do you nominate as a #strongwomen, and why?

There are so many women I could put forward but the first and most prominent woman that comes to mind, is a client and friend of mine – Jessica Westergreen – she is a single mom, career woman that manages to be one of the best moms in the world. She balances a very demanding work schedule, has some health issues that would usually set the ordinary person back 100 steps, but she has an inner strength that you can feel the moment you start talking to her and she has the most beautiful heart. She set herself a goal to get healthy so that she could be there for her daughter. She battled through many injuries but pushed through and has already lost over 25kg, 12% body fat and loads of centimetres – she continues to balance everything and it is nothing more that inspirational to watch.

What is your favourite #strongwomen quote?

It’s a very simple one – “She believed she could, so she did”

Follow Jackie’s strong story on Instagram – @justjackienel.

Jackie Strong Women

Jackie was nominated by her friend, Taryn Fleming. Nominate your strong woman, and WIN!

Share your #StrongWomen moment!

Nominate your candidate to feature in our new #StrongWomen series. Tell us how she inspires and/or motivates you through her actions and passion, and we’ll share her story with the world.

  1. Daily #Strongwomen. Your #StrongWomen nomination can be featured in our daily post.
  2. 5 of the #StrongWomen candidates will go on to have their full features published in Fitness magazine
  3. You too can win, with a Caribbean Tan & Boost Gymwear hamper worth R2,660 up for grabs to those who nominate their #StrongWomen

Nominate them now!

Share your #strongwomen moment with us. Nominate your #StrongWomen by posting a photo, magazine cover moment or strong moment on social media and tagging us. You can also email your nomination to strongwomen@fitnessmag.co.za

1. Who inspires you to be strong?

2. Who do you nominate as a #strongwomen and why?

3. What’s your favourite #strongwomen quote?

We’re giving away a pamper hamper to the nomination of the best #strongwomen story. Hamper contains Caribbean Tan products and Boost Gymwear goodies worth R2,660.


Author: Tanja Schmitz

Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.