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Our women in fitness series is a celebration of fly girls doing fly things. Meet Cynthia – a knitwear designer who took up running and fitness because she doesn’t want a slim body; she wants a strong one.

Cynthia’s story

I have always been interested in sports – and in school, when girls would be hiding in toilets and cupboards during PE lesson, I would be THAT girl. Years later, London nightlife happened when I moved to the city for university. Before I knew it, I was eating terribly and I had gained around 3-4 dress sizes. Back then,  slimming down and staying ‘thin’ was still the main drive for exercising. It wasn’t until I started running and joined different running groups that I started to appreciate how I did not want a ‘slim’ body, but a strong body. This, with the continued growth of those around me, pushes me further on my fitness/sport journey – more than I’d ever imagined.

This year, there are a few challenges that I’d like to keep under wraps for now as I find keeping these things to myself helps with the pressure. But I can safely say one of them involves going for a time and the other one involves going for a looooong time. However I am looking to start a little running group with my colleagues at work, helping those new to running start on a new journey, and learn to enjoy something that is a huge part of my life.

Cynthia’s fitness and health tips

Stay true to yourself on your fitness journey, always listen to your body, never look at other for comparison.


Do what you love and enjoy the most even if it's the most obscure thing in the world. Don't be pressured into doing a sport just because of your friends. It's ok to be different.


Follow Cynthia’s journey on Instagram: @cyntungfong.

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