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 world my sparkle. I am a sponsored bikini and fitness competitor with numerous titles and my heart is filled with passion towards empowering women. I am a lifestyle coach with a goal to educate, inspire, motivate and give women the opportunity to realise their worth and their own individual and unique strengths.
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Me trying to be all hardcore and stuff … 🤛🏽🔥 Meanwhile I own minion socks, i love hugs and I'm like so good by and mooshy inside 😛😂🤗 But I had tons of fun with @capztured_ about a month ago… these shots reminded me of sparkles 🦄🌈 … yup I'm a total #badass 🤷🏻♀️ #MoniqueFit #MoniqueFitMovement #fit #motivation #instafit #instahub #instalike #instalove #fit #fitgirl #fitness #fitspo #fitfam #fitnessmodel #badassbodies #followme #picoftheday #girlswholift #shredded #fitsperation #inspiration #motivation #fitness #fitsperation #instahub #fitlife #fitnessgoals #legday #bikinimodel #girlswithabs #HIIT #bootyworkouy #trainingdaytuesday #chooseday
What does being strong mean to you?
Being strong means that each and every day – you have the courage to chase and do the things that truly brings you happiness. Being strong means that you are working towards being your best version of yourself and adding value to the world. Being strong is the ability to dream big dreams and work towards reaching those goals.
Who inspires you to be strong?
MY MOM – my mom is the strongest woman I know. She’s my world. My life just wouldn’t exist without her. She has the ability to make you believe in yourself, that you can truly be and/or do anything in life. Her heart is so kind and so beautiful, she touches the lives of everyone and anyone who crosses her paths! She’s my hero.
Having said that – my MoniqueFit Minions (clients) also inspire me to be strong. Having them form part of my life every day inspires and motivates me to be my best. To set an example and to influence them to always be their best. Not just in the kitchen and in the gym, but with everything they do in life.
My mom and my minions are my inspiration to be strong!
Who do you nominate as #StrongWomen?
Without even thinking about it – MY MOM. I nominate my mom as a #strongwoman because she is the definition of strong! No matter what happens or what is going on in my life – whether it’s something exciting and amazing or something a little more stressful – my mom is there and she is my strength. My source of happiness, motivation and inspiration!
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One thing I really love about Thursday's is that it has kind of become the day in which we set time aside to look back on some of our favorite past memories ☺️💗 Yes social media has it's CONS … but a PRO in my opinion is that on Thursday's – it reminds me of my most sparkly life moments … as most of you know – I love seeing the good and positive in every situation .. sometimes it's harder than others but I promise you – there's always a positive to everything ☺️ Look for it – find it … and act on it 💗 One thing boyfriend always tells me (boyfriend is he handsome @adriancolyn ☺️🙊) is that WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES – ANOTHER DOOR OPENS ☺️ Now go on — stop trying to reopen that silly door .. the next one might just be what you are really searching for 🚪 Happy Thursday! I hope to scroll though my news feeds later and see some of your beautiful memories ☺️ #tbt #throwbackthursday #memories #MoniqueFit #MoniqueFitMovement #fit #motivation #instafit #instahub #instalike #instalove #fit #fitgirl #fitness #fitspo #fitfam #fitnessmodel #badassbodies #followme #picoftheday #girlswholift #shredded #fitsperation #inspiration #motivation #fitness #fitsperation #instahub #fitlife #fitnessgoals #bikiniprep #bikinimodel #girlswithabs #fitnessgoals #gymlife #lifestyle
What is your favourite #StrongWomen quote?
“Behind every strong and successful woman is a tribe of strong women who have her back!”
– this is especially true with my minions! They are all successful because they all have each other backing them!
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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.
- Daily #Strongwomen. Your #StrongWomen nomination can be featured in our daily post.
- 5 of the #StrongWomen candidates will go on to have their full features published in Fitness magazine
- 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 email@example.com
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: Mariska du Plessis
Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, Bootcamp Instructor, Writer, Photographer and Wellness Blogger.
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