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At just 20, Julia Vins has already become an Internet sensation both at home in Russia and abroad. Foreign fans call her a “Muscle Barbie” for a combination of a doll face with muscles of iron, almost like Arnie’s.

Julia Vins, a young woman from the Russian city of Saratov, is not just a pretty face — beyond her girlish exterior, there’s a real powerhouse under the hood!

The first time Julia hit the gym was when she was 15. She already had the desire to become stronger. The first year of training didn’t bring her the results she wanted and so she turned her focus to powerlifting.

“I’ve always chosen my own path in life, and my family never tried to stop me from this. At the same time, the majority of people around me didn’t understand what I was working towards. Many friends said that I ought to quit, and others advised me to focus on getting a job,” Julia said.

“Now, several years later, I can say with confidence that my choice was right, in spite of the difficulties I had to overcome,” she added.

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Powerlifting

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts to lift as much weight as possible in three exercises: squat, bench press and deadlift. Unlike bodybuilding, powerlifting increases the muscles’ strength, not only size.

There is no special recipe for success in powerlifting. All you need is time and hard work said the disciple of this generally masculine sport.

It may be a relief for those who want to be fit and still crave chocolate or pizza: you don’t have to restrict yourself too much if you are into powerlifting.

Julia’s secret behind her curvaceous muscle-body

“I exercise 5 times a week, and I change the exercise load depending on the stage of my preparation. My diet also changes. When I’m preparing for a competition, I always stick to proper nutrition. But once a week I allow myself to eat whatever I want,” Julia revealed.

“In my opinion, there is only one secret — to methodically work for a long period of time. If you want to bring your body into a good shape, you need to exercise and eat right.

In addition, the pretty powerlifter is not in favor of a low-calorie diet at all. “It exposes the body to additional and completely unnecessary exertion, which may adversely affect health. I advise everyone to go on a balanced diet that contains sufficient amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats,” she explained.

Standing 165 cm high, Ms. Vins is in the 67 kg weight category. She can squat 220 kilos, bench press 120 kilos, and deadlift 190 kilos.

There is no special recipe for success in powerlifting. All you need is time and hard work said the disciple of this generally masculine sport.

“In my opinion, there is only one secret — to methodically work for a long period of time. If you want to bring your body into a good shape, you need to exercise and eat right. If you want to become a good musician, you need to constantly practice the skill of playing a musical instrument, etc. It works in all areas,” Julia said.

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Julia: a social media idol

Julia has an impressive following. She has over 40k on her pages at VK.com, more than 30k fans on YouTube and over 416k on Instagram. Of course, she never imagined being so popular.

“When I was 15 and I started to do sports, I didn’t even think about being a role model for anyone else. Nevertheless, I have built an image that appeals to lots of people. And I get hundreds of messages from around the world that people of different ages, inspired by my photos and videos have also started to practice,” Julia Vins concluded.

This piece was published in Sputnik.

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