Personal Trainer - Reporoa
Sarah Martelli isn't your usual farmers wife. A colour addiction and a huge drive to get other rural women engaged in sport and exercise has her moving from farm yard to gym to the roads in her quest to motivate others.
A mum to 3 young children, Sarah loves running, not only for fitness but as her “mummy time out”. One day while out running severe abdominal pain started. Worried, she stumbled home and went straight to the hospital. After lots of tests & scans, Sarah was shocked to be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, needing immediate chemotherapy treatment. Sarah was told she was pregnant, but instead of a baby her body was growing a tumour.
A big battle back to health began. After several rounds of treatment, Sarah began her recovery. Slowly at first but step by step she regained her strength. It was from this part of her journey that her company Strong Woman was born. Sarah is proof that nobody knows what is around the corner, life is full of ups and downs, but it is this inner strength & determination to fight that is obvious in Sarah.
Strong Woman, aimed at motivating other women to get fit and healthy too, Sarah offers both online memberships and in person training sessions, and runs group fitness classes for her Reporoa community. She loves bringing people together over events, and has supported lots of local women to take up running challenges as well as improving general health.
She's all about creating a supportive and motivational environment for women to achieve their goals. And the people she inspires are the ones that inspire her!
Sarah has great connections with the women she works with. They can't speak highly enough of her and the way she lets herself and others shine. As a big Zeenya fan herself she has gotten lots of Reporoa women into their first pairs of colourful leggings. We think this makes Reporoa probably the most colourful rural town in New Zealand.
To read more about Sarah's story, head over to our blog.