Meet the mother of three who decided to become a competitive bodybuilder at age 40 - Vox Creative

Meet the mother of three who decided to become a competitive bodybuilder at age 40

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Competitive bodybuilding began in the early 20th century, with the Great Competition, the first contest for men in peak physical shape. The first professional women's competition didn't come until 1978. Now the emphasis is on toning, rather than size, and women's bodybuilding is becoming more and more popular. Victoria Gabel was a designer who decided, after motherhood, that she needed to get in shape. And bodybuilding gave her immediate results. She started following a training regimen, and an eating regimen, and soon she was competing against women in their 20s — and winning.

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