MEET PRIMARY school teacher Annabelle Breakenridge who is empowering her students through fitness and healthy eating.
The 27-year-old recently won the Women’s Health Body Competition and revealed that she is on a one-woman mission to teach the girls in her class that strong = cool.
When she’s not empowering her pupils through education and kid-friendly High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) competitions, you can find her building both physical and mental strength in the weights room.
But while she is a strong advocate for embracing a healthy lifestyle, she said that doesn’t always mean salads.
“With Korean and Jamaican parents, food has been a big part of my upbringing and I just don’t feel full after having a salad or something cold,” she told Women’s Health. “So I’ll batch-cook big tomato and meatball dishes or beef stews, freeze it all and take it to school in the morning. I work hard so I need to feel like I’ve had some substance!”
And she explained that you don’t need a big budget to stay fit.
“My friends joke that all the girls on Instagram have nice gear and I’m still working out in the same old Nike kit I’ve had since university. But I don’t think new leggings would make me work harder, because looking good in the gym isn’t my motivation – it’s what’s underneath that counts.”