My name is Samantha Forbes and I am 31 years old. As I child, I was always into sports and all through school I ran track, however, this stopped once I went to college and university.
In 2010, I had my daughter and picked up fitness once again. The birth of my daughter was very traumatic, as my C-section surgery went terribly wrong. After the surgery, I caught an infection, which infected my whole body. I was just a week away from dying when doctors performed emergency surgery. The lifesaving surgery I had lasted for 5 hours and doctors didn’t think that I was going to make it.
I stayed in hospital for over two months and when I was finally out of hosppital and on the road to recovery, I suffered from depression, low self-esteem and I had zero confidence.
During my pregnancy and whilst I was in hospital, I gained a lot of weight, but instead of beating myself up about it, I made the decision to do something about it and joined the gym.
In the first few months of going to gym, I noticed that I lost a lot of weight, but that is not all I wanted to do. I love the toned look and decided to also do weight training.
I fell in love with weight training and in 2013 I decided to enter into a fitness competition. Out of 20 girls, I came in 4th place, which was a real achievement for me. I felt empowered, strong, confident and felt that nothing could get in my way.
Since 2013, I have been competing in the UKBFF/IFBB Federation and have not looked back.
My greatest achievements came in 2017, when I came in 1st place at the UKBFF ZKK Qualifier , which meant that I qualified to compete internationally. I competed in the Arnold Classic Europe in 2017 and came 3rd in my category out of the whole of Europe. I also become British Bodyfitness Overall Champion in October 2017, where I was awared my IFBB PRO CARD!
My passion for health, fitness, and fashion has driven me to create my own fitness line for women.
I decided to make my own fitness clothing line because I wanted to create something that could inspire, motivate and empower women. Women are often unrepresented in fitness and I wanted to create something for women that was fashionable, but incorporated sportswear elements.
I teamed up with the well known Nicole De Carle, a well known British lingerie designer so I could bring my designs to life.
This is how I Am Her Athletics was born.
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