NADEMA Nakhl is developing a reputation as a giant killer in top bodybuilding competition.
The Lurnea mother-of-three has a perfect record of two wins from two competitions.
Nakhl, weighing a featherweight 42 kilograms, and standing a diminutive 150 centimetres, said she loved the challenge of bodybuilding.
Four months ago a friend encouraged her to meet Graden Leong, a bodybuilding instructor who owns Gardens Martial Fitness at Prestons.
Nakhl, 37, has her eyes fixed on glory at the Australasian Natural Bodybuilding organisation's Australian Bodybuilding Championships at Club Marconi on Sunday, October 13.
Competitors in her category range from 150 centimetres to 163 centimetres tall.
Naklhl of Prestons said she had always been physically active and had trained in gymnasiums for many years.
"I mainly did cardio work to keep fit," Nakhl said.
"Then a friend of mine suggested I come along and meet Graden Leong.
"Graden has brought out the best in me," Nakhl said.
"He has advised me how to prepare and train, and he has also changed my diet and nutrition," Nakhl said.
A high-protein, low-carbohydrate, low-fat diet combined with a stringent training regimen has sculptured her body for elite competition.
Nakhl won the short figure category in the Newcastle Northern Classic and the Central Coast Championships this year.
She said her attitude for the Australian titles at Club Marconi is to simply "do her best".
Since training under Leong she has shed five kilograms from her lithe frame.
"I am much leaner now," Nakhl said.
She said the support of her family is a big motivator.
"My three children, Jerome, 11, Sharneece, 7, and Jai, 7, are my biggest fans," she said.
Leong says the novice bodybuilder has worked hard to get good competition results.