Queensland strongwoman has world at her feet
SHE eats a whole chicken for lunch, can deadlift 190kg, and works treating war veterans with PTSD.
Strongwoman Leigh Holland-Keen is the first female in 40 years to complete one of the world's most incredible feats of strength.
Video footage of the 29-year-old Townsville nurse lifting the famed "Dinnie Stones" of Scotland three weeks ago has gone viral.
Lifting the two granite boulders, one weighing 188kg, the other 144kg, is billed as the "ultimate" strength challenge.
Only one other female in history, American Jan Todd in 1976, is credited with a partial lift, both women using hand straps.
And now the Townsville powerhouse, weighing 67kg and standing 164cm tall, is grappling with her new-found fame.
She said she felt "overwhelmed" to be touted as the glamorous new face of the world's highly competitive strongwoman sport.
"It's been next level," Ms Holland-Keen said.
"I've had lots of sponsorship offers, I've been flooded with media interviews from around the world, and the video of my lift has gone viral."
She's mostly had positive feedback but there's also been sexist comments from on-line trolls accusing her of looking "too masculine".
Others suggest she must be on "steroids", or performance-enhancing drugs, to perform such a herculean feat.
"I don't think I look masculine, I don't take steroids, I work hard to build muscle, I don't let the negativity phase me," she said.
"I think it is OK to be a woman and be strong."
The Scottish-born nurse trained four times a week, for two hours a session, lifting heavy weights and working on her hand grip for a year to prepare for the world-famous "Dinnie Stones" event.
Named after legendary Scottish strongman Donald Dinnie, who carried the 332kg stones with his bare hands in 1860, the local tradition was revived in the 1950s, and only a few dozen men have since performed the feat.
Her next goal is the world championships at the official Strongwoman Games in the US in December.
"Most people know the world's strongest man competitions where they lift the Atlas Stones, pull trucks, and squat cars. We do the same."
Her training regimen is more about "explosive power" than cardio and endurance, and to build muscle she eats a huge amount of protein.
"I've got a big appetite, I'll often buy and eat a whole roast chicken for lunch, and have plenty of turkey and steak," she said.
Despite the fame she still works at Townsville Hospital, trains in her garage and pays her own way to events.
The sponsorship deals are more about equipment, clothing and supplements.
"There's no money in my sport like CrossFit, we just get a title and trophy," she said.
"But, you never know, one day I'd love to do a Nutri-Grain ad."