What do the films Eyes Wide Shut, Three Days of The Condor, King Kong and Dressed to Kill have in common?

You probably already know but we’ll throw in Saturday Night Fever to make it easy for you.

That’s right. They were all shot in New York City, a mega star of its own so big that it becomes one of the main characters as a backdrop to any story.

If you were in the fitness and yoga business and you wanted a mesmerizing backdrop, it probably wouldn’t be New York City but perhaps another country instead.

Former Olympic Pole Vaulter and rising Fitness Princess Amanda Bisk loves Australia and given its natural beauty it’s easy to understand why.

The enjoyable fitness site self.com speaks to the trend. “Let’s face it—a ripped and bronzed body pretty much always makes for a good Instagram shot. But when the backdrop is an idyllic beach, with white sand and electric blue waves rippling in the background, it is nearly guaranteed to get an ample amount of double-taps.”

Australia’s backdrops are so gorgeous and beautiful it’s impossible to achieve the same aura in an urban environment. Clearly for Amanda with over 100,000 Instagram followers, her marketing is working.

There is of course more to Amanda’s legendary legion than just the Social Media.

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The informative site au.lifestyle.yahoo.com speaks to her accomplishments. “Best known as Australia’s Instagram fitness queen @Amanda Bisk, this former Commonwealth Games pole vaulter is as impressive in real life.

Amanda competed in high and long jump during her teens, but it was pole vaulting, which she took up in 2005, that landed her on the Commonwealth Games team in 2010.”

She can be an inspiration to our female submission wrestling industry in learning the lesson that when life throws you some strong and powerful curves, you still have to fight through it and not give up.

The respected site womenshealthmag.com reports, “In 2011, the Olympic pole-vaulting hopeful, who began practicing the sport in 2005, was preparing for the 2012 London games when she started feeling like she had come down with the flu. She was super-tired no matter how much she slept. After six months of doctors’ appointments to test her kidneys, iron levels, and other possible causes for her exhaustion, she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a disorder that can cause intense fatigue that just won’t quit, even with sleep, as well as muscle pain, headaches, and a sore throat—and symptoms can get worse with physical activity. Unfortunately, there’s no cure or typical treatment for CFS; most treatments involve managing symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

At that point Amanda could only work half as much as her teammates and ultimately had to give up her Olympic dreams.

She didn’t give up on life nor achieving great things so like many who have taken a great fall in life do. She had to re-invent herself. Her resolve is evident in her philosophy.

She smiles, “People will tell you over and over again that you can’t do it. Create a vision of yourself, set a goal and don’t let anything or anyone stop you from achieving it. You are only limited by your own thoughts, not by anyone else’s.

Simply put, learn everything you possibly can. Learning is the first step on the journey of progress and growth.  I try to learn more about myself and my world, every day. So get out there and learn more about your body, learn more about your world, learn more about what inspires you, learn more about your dreams. Learn as if you were to live forever and live as if you will die tomorrow.”

There are so many fantastic exotic and magical beaches in Australia that’s it’s impossible to pick the best one. We’d like to pick a unique one that would make Amanda proud.

Who better to share that tour with us than the impressive travel and information site australia.com? The welcome, “The Whitsunday Islands is a group of 74 islands bordered by the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the sheltered waters of the Coral Sea. With palm-fringed secluded white sand beaches surrounded by clear blue waters, the Whitsunday Islands are the epitome of a tropical paradise.

Some islands are little more than a strip of finely crushed coral sand, held together by the roots of a single palm tree. Others are home to luxurious resorts. The Whitsunday Islands are the romantic destination of more wedding proposals and honeymoons per square meter than anywhere else in Australia.

Hayman Island is the most northerly of the Whitsunday Islands. Its private five-star resort is one of the most awarded in Australia. It’s a popular spot for both guests and day visitors.

Hamilton Island is the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with its own jet airport. It is home to a range of accommodation options but none surpasses qualia, voted Best Resort in the World in the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Board a helicopter for a round of heli-golf on nearby Dent Island, Australia’s only championship island golf course. In May each year Hamilton Island comes alive with million dollar yachts for Hamilton Island Race Week.”

When it comes to scenic Australia, Amanda has many choices to take some great photos.

There is so much to learn from Amanda’s journey and one in particular is for our female wrestling stars to make the most of the Social Media and the print media to help sell their sessions and products.

Amanda continues, “Gain control over the direction of your life. Leading is about inspiring yourself every day to commit to the promises and goals you make to yourself. Inspire yourself first, and those around you will be inspired. Only you have control over who you are, where you’re going, and what you want to be. So get out there and lead your journey!”

Thank you Amanda. Not only do we love looking at your beautiful pictures but also learning from your philosophy and inspiring story.

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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.