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Russian Woman Transforms Herself Into ‘Muscle Barbie’


Russian Woman Transforms Herself Into ‘Muscle Barbie’

She crept out of her father’s alcoholic life and became a champion.

Julia Vins is dubbed the Muscle Barbie thanks to her muscled body that was paired with her unusual beauty. The Russian weightlifter started lifting at the age of 15 as a destress from living with her alcoholic father while she was aiming for law school.

Now 25, she’s a two-time World Champion at the World Powerlifting Congress and a record-breaker.

“I was born in Kazakhstan, then according to the Volga Germans resettlement program, my parents came here,” she shares her story. “I had some problems at school because of my German last name.”

“At 12 years old, I began preparing for the language exam to move to Germany. Then my parents divorced and we stayed here.”

“My childhood was quite difficult; in those days many people didn’t have a job. I had a lot of stress and health problems.”

“My father couldn’t handle it and developed an addiction to alcohol, that’s why they divorced. But my mother was always with me and we supported each other.”

“I studied a lot, but when I started powerlifting, I continued to do this because I was preparing for the exam to go to the law academy.”

“I was 15 years old when I went to the gym. In those days I was in school and had quite a lot of free time. I wanted my life to be different so I decided to play sports to improve my health, become more confident, and get fit.”

“Fitness wasn’t popular here, I had to spend an hour on the bus to get to the gym, and I was only one girl there.”

As she continued weightlifting, Julia won many junior powerlifting matches and later, became the champion in the World Powerlifting Congress twice. The 65kg lifter has also broken many records.

Her personal records are 275kg squat, 175kg bench press, and 205kg deadlift.

She now hit the gym around four to five times a week and maintains a strict diet consisting of fish, eggs, vegetables, beans, oats rice, and buckwheat pasta. As she gained confidence, she started receiving criticisms due to her build. However, she doesn’t let them get to her as she continues to forge forwards.

“I try not to remember bad things,” she shared.

“Usually people tell me my body is ‘too much.’ But maybe if I didn’t do powerlifting, I would also think like that, so I don’t care. I got a lot of terrible comments when I was just starting as a teenager and it really hurt me so much.”

“Some people from my country tell me that a woman should only cook, raise children, carry out cleaning, and this is her mission. Therefore, they advise me not to waste time on sports.”

“These are stereotypes and I can do nothing with it. They can’t understand that a woman can do what she wants.”

“Don’t listen what other people say, follow your passion.”

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