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Irene Andersen's dream has been to make the Olympia stage before
she turns fifty and the 48-year-old female bodybuilder has been
making the sacrifices to build a physique worthy to compete at
that level. At this critical juncture in the world of
competitive female bodybuilding, the sport is barely hanging on,
with many of the federations removing it as a competition and
instead replacing it with Physique competitions.
Many female bodybuilders have spent countless hours in the gym
toiling away without much external support. They don't do it
for the 'glory' or fame - because for the most part, that doesn't
really exist. Even in the world of men's bodybuilding there
is not a huge mainstream appeal with most of it coming from
industry insiders and the gay population.
Women bodybuilders face an even more complex situation with muscle
and femininity often being opposites in most peoples minds.
However, most of them don't care what others think. They are
strong internally to have to face that kind of judgement on a
regular basis, but they are also strong on the outside from all
the time spent pushing their physiques to the limits. The
intensity and focus to develop a physique to extreme levels is
something that most people will never know. To understand
the mentality and determination that it takes is something unique
that female bodybuilders are familiar with.
With womens bodybuilding looking like it is in a transition to
less developed physiques, this may be the end of an era in the
You can support
the production of a documentary
on the sport featuring Irene
and with other bodybuilding luminaries such as eight time Miss
Olympia Lenda Murray, IFBB Pro bodybuilder Helle Trevino, and male
bodybuilders Kai Green and former Mr. Olympia Samir Bannout.
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