This flight attendant is on a mission to prove ‘girly girls’ can be bodybuilders.
Dani Farley is a size 4 and loves stunning passengers with her ‘small and mighty’ frame by lifting heavy suitcases with ease.
Despite being only 162cm tall, Dani can weight lift 100kg and recently took on her first bodybuilding competition in the bikini category.
The self-confessed ‘girly girl’ took up weightlifting 18 months ago after she became tired of her small frame making her look ‘weak’ and like a ‘14-year-old girl’.
“I have always been into fitness,” Dani said. “I used to do a lot of cardio and when I was younger I was a professional dancer.”
“But people used to laugh at me because I was so weak. I hated having to ask people to lift heavy things for me.
“I’m a big feminist and I wanted to be strong enough to look after myself.”
The 26-year-old started pumping iron and now loves nothing more than showing off her strength – especially at work when male colleagues and passengers offer to lift heavy items for her.
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Defying people’s beliefs that weightlifting would make her masculine, Dani says bodybuilding has given her a more ‘womanly’ figure and boosted her self-confidence.
“I was always really slim, I’ve got quite a small frame but before I was very straight up and down,” she said.
“I didn’t want to look like a 14-year-old girl anymore, I wanted curves – and now I’ve got them. It’s the complete opposite to all the stereotypes.
“Women worry that lifting weights will make them look manly but it is ridiculous.”
Now the budding entrepreneur, who has launched her own sportswear range, wants to show other women what they can achieve if they venture into the weights section.
“I feel incredible and I love shocking people with how strong I am,” Dani explained.
“Because I am quite small, people don’t believe me when they find out I’m a bodybuilder.”
As well as changing her fitness regime, Dani has also had to transform her eating habits since taking up weightlifting with her new diet focussing on a high intake of lean proteins.
The bodybuilding business owner hits the gym six times a week using each session to target a different area of the body.
And just a year and a half in training, Dani took part in the bikini round of the United Kingdom Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation competition on Sunday.
“I go to them gym six times a week,” she said, “I think it is really important to have one rest day otherwise it is easy to get a bit too obsessed.”
“Each day I focus on a different body part so on legs day I do a lot of squats and leg presses, another day I’ll do lots of shoulder presses.
“I’ll start off squatting with just the bar which is 20kg but then I’ll build up and add on up to 80kg of weights.
“I do have a very high protein diet so I have a lot of chicken for breakfast. It is weird at first but I’m used to it now.”
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