Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Rene Campbell: Champion female bodybuilder won't stop working out until she weighs 20 STONE | Mail Online
Basically the same article...but this picture is outstanding. Hard to believe a mum of two can put the time in to create quality muscle like this. Her legs are nothing short of incredible.
These guys seem more positive to Anna's dedication.
Anna Watson: Twitter Reactions to UGA Cheerleader's Viral Muscle-Flex Photo - International Business Times
January 31, 2012 12:20 PM EST
UGA cheerleader Anna Watson has become an overnight sensation. Not because of her back flips or her cascading brunette locks but because of her ripped muscles.
Anna Watson is not your average girl. She can bench press 155 pounds, she eats 900-calorie mass-gainer shakes and she has four inches of muscle on her biceps. Watson's muscles raised eyebrows after a photo of her flexing began circulating on the Internet.
Some were shocked when they first saw the photo of the ripped college junior. She has been dubbed as "college football's strongest female cheerleader" by some. While other bloggers commented on the stark contrast Watson poses to other cheerleaders.
"Usually when we write about cheerleaders (like here, here, and here), it's for one reason and one reason only: Because they're hot. Not the case here," wrote Complex blogger Chris Yuscavage. "Sure, Anna Watson has a pretty face and probably cleans up pretty nicely. But we're interested in her because she could also probably power clean, bench press, squat, and dead lift us if she wanted to."
Twitter reactions to the UGA cheerleader have been mixed. Here are some of the responses the photo of Anna Watson flexing her muscles got on the social network:
- "This is a real pic. This girl is not on steroids."
- "THIS IS A DUDE! IT HAS TO BE!"
- "Talk abt scary"
- "Georgia's Anna Watson The strongest FEMALE cheerleader! DAAAANNNGG GGIIIRRRLL!"
- "ummmmm.....NOT hot!!!!"
- "One last time - Even SEC cheerleaders could beat your football team"
- "This woman puts me to shame.Go girl."
- "Tim Tebow's future wife... he just doesn't know it yet."
- "This girl is strong in more ways than one."
- "This is one girl who doesn't need a dad to protect her!!"
- "That's an atrocity against femininity."
- "It's clear where her treasure is. Love this!"
- "Meet the Mike Mamula of cheerleader,UGA cheerleading workout warrior Anna Watson."
- "UGA cheerleader Anna Watson not defined by physique"
- Anna Watson........that cheerleading is DIESELGEEZ o.O...........*does some pushups*
- Hey guys, do an google image search for "anna watson georgia" and prepare to feel inadequate"
Despite her physical appearance, Watson insists that her life is not exercise. She even turned down a $75,000 fitness-modeling contract. Though she had been bulking up to meet the requirements for the modeling career, Watson realized that the extreme regime was too much.
The modeling agency wanted her to continue pushing harder, even though she had put on four inches of muscle onto her arms in just 10 months. She also had to take the legal anabolic steroid, Anavar.
"I don't serve a modeling agent. I serve the Lord," Watson said. "I'm not going to compromise my morals and my beliefs just to take pictures. I believe that my body is a temple and a beautiful creation, so I don't want to put anything into it that can harm it."
Watson turned to her Christian faith to find balance.
"When working out became a greater passion to me than serving the Lord and serving people around me and loving other people, then I realized that was a big no-no," Watson said. "I was frustrated. I was cranky. I didn't want to go to the gym, but I felt like I had to. I was stuck in this regiment and it was almost oppressive and it was like I was trapped. So being able to realize that working out is not my purpose in life really was able to set me free."
After college, Anna Watson wants to use her skills to help others by becoming a personal trainer."I want to show people that working out can be freeing," Watson said. "It can be enjoyable. It doesn't have to be something that you have to do all the time. It doesn't have to be oppressive and I think a lot of people just need to be freed from that image or that idea, 'If I can lift five pounds more, if I can lose five pounds more, then I'm going to be better,' because it's a never-ending cycle."
Rene Campbell has spent the last four years transforming herself from a petite 8.5 stone size 8 to a hulking 13.5 stone of pure muscle.
The 35-year-old works out for two hours a day, five times a week and eats a whopping 4,200 calories a day with meals of chicken, rice and vegetables as well as protein powders and vitamins.
The divorcee, from Brighton, is already the UK Bodybuilding physique female champion but has vowed to get even bigger.
Self confessed “bigorexic” Rene said: “I won't stop until I'm bigger and better - I'm totally obsessive about it.
"I look at guys in the gym who are 20 stone and think I want to be that big. I'm jealous of their size, and wish I could be as big as them.
"I love the muscular aesthetic, looking like a Greek God. It's a form of art when you think about it."
Rene admits her muscly body attracts mixed reactions from people in the street
Rene, who has size 18 shoulders and size 12 waist, admits her muscly physique attracts mixed reactions from people in the street.
She said: "I have had comments from guys saying that it's disgusting. Others say 'why would you want to subject your body to that?'
"But some people admire and respect what I do.”
Rene, who is mum to Matthew, 18, and 10-year-old Kai, says her family worry about her obsession with bodybuilding, which she admits was the reason for her marriage split.
She added: “"My parents are very supportive but I don't think my mum understands it.
"She would like me to do something a little less obsessive - but I think you've got to be obsessive to get to the top of your game.
"I've had a partner who told me in the past that they couldn't handle the bodybuilding any more.
"They gave me an ultimatum - it was the bodybuilding or them. But you've got to do what you've got to do.”
Rene aged 15, before her bodybuilding obsession took hold
As a keen sportswoman when she was younger, Rene decided to take up bodybuilding as a new challenge four years ago.
Since then she has taken part in eight competitions and recently came first in the UKBFF British Finals.
She said: "I just got into the idea of getting bigger and moving it up a notch. I like the challenge and the discipline of training.
"Winning the title in October was a dream come true. When I won the British final my mum said that's enough, just walk away from it now - but I don't intend to.”