Three years ago St Clair’s Stephanie Teudt dropped her office job and picked up a set of weights.
Ms Teudt, 24, was always a sporty child but never thought she would get serious about fitness.
She’s now a competitive bodybuilder using her newfound passion to kick personal goals and urge other women to enter the “male dominated” industry.
“I was just doing it for myself until I had a lot of people start asking questions about how I was achieving my goals,” she said.
“People from social media were contacting me, people from school. I wanted to help.”
The personal trainer at Look Good Feel Good in St Marys has created a team for the annual Miss Muddy event to encourage women to get active.
A women-only fun run in the vein of the popular Tough Mudder challenge – Miss Muddy also raises funds for breast cancer research.
“When I was at my previous gym I started training at it was very female oriented,” Ms Teudt said.
“So when I came to my new gym they didn’t have a lot of female-only stuff.
“I started to start up some of my own things and outsource some ideas and that’s when I came across Miss Muddy.”
Team LGFG Girls had 18 members last year, making it biggest group at the event.
Ms Teudt said 20 members had already signed up ahead of this year’s event at Penrith Regatta Centre on October 21.
She said there was still room to join the team.
“It was so much fun,” she said. “Not only for fitness but I think socialising too.
“Some of the girls who met for the first time are still friends to this day.
“We helped each other and ended up finishing as a team.”
She said the event was evidence the tide was turning in the fitness world, with women becoming a bigger part of the industry.
“I feel like females are starting to look after themselves in a different way than what they used to,” Ms Teudt said.
“Even if it’s just mums going for a walk with their prams, it’s something you see a lot more of now.”
“You don’t know what you’re capable unless you try it.”
Team LGFG Girls will enter the 12.30pm session.