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Sep. 23rd, 2007

12:42 pm - Eva Birath, at 51, set to win Swiss national bodybuilding championship

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At 51, Establishing a New Body of Work

It was very unusual for someone to begin bodybuilding at my age, but I thought my age was one bit of the challenge,” said Birath, who is now 51. “I think all people have preconceptions, like that bodybuilders are all stupid. I think I probably thought bodybuilders were a bit stupid, too.”

At that first tournament, Birath faced one other competitor in the heavyweight division and finished first. It was, she says now, a bit of a fluke, but it was enough to persuade her to commit to her training as an amateur bodybuilder.

She finished fourth last year at the Swedish national championships, and despite the fact that she is 10 or more years older than most of her competitors, she is one of the favorites to win this year’s event, Oct. 13-14 in Vasteras. As she accompanied her friend and training partner Irene Andersen to a professional tournament here in mid-September (the trips were paid for by a sponsor), she was already cutting down on her carbohydrates to prepare for the Swedish nationals.

Via stumptuous.

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From:cappy
Date:September 23rd, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Thanks for posting that. I've been forcing myself to work out & feeling old & worn out at 43. I have no desire to bodybuild to that extent but what an inspiration.
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From:daphnep
Date:September 23rd, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
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No shit. That's not my particular aesthetic, but it's always good to know that one is never too old to look *hot*.
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From:evilegg
Date:September 23rd, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
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I hate her.
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From:ladykalana
Date:September 23rd, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Not what I find attractive (for myself or in a lady) but I'm really very impressed with her dedication. 51, my goodness!
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From:istar
Date:September 24th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
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I hope I look that good when I'm 51!
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From:jimp220
Date:September 24th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)

Eva

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Hurt me Eva, hurt me.
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From:jasonecaesar
Date:September 24th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)

Wow. Hawt.

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And inspiring. I really should hit the gym again. Not literally, of course.
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From:ronyon
Date:September 24th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
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My wife is a pregnant 5'10' Appalachian Amazon.
She just turned 30 this year, so Im hoping she'll get a kick out of these photos.
On the other hand maybe I'll just keep my mouth shut,seeing as neither one of us is close to the fighting weight we met at...
Yeah, bets not to tempt my beau's hormonal wrath.

Heres to strong women and walking on eggshells!
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