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An hour later, the pint-sized Nagoya housewife is close to tears after narrowly failing to retain her title from a field of 34 bronzed and impressively buff ladies, most of them in their fifties. A self-confessed gym rat, Ms Yamanouchi is the poster girl for Japan's growing number of female bodybuilders, helping to break down gender stereotypes in a country obsessed with the kawaii cute fluffiness of its ubiquitous pop culture. The number of bodybuilders registered with Japan's national federation has almost doubled over the past six years to around 3,, with women making up 10 per cent as part of a nationwide fitness boom, officials said. In ageing Japan, female bodybuilding is dominated by women in their forties and fifties, as many usually start only after their children have grown up. Ms Yamanouchi, who takes around 10 different supplements a day to boost muscle growth and aid recovery, insists she knows where to draw the line, despite her bulging physique. I just don't feel like a regular housewife. I'm always striving to create the perfect body.
In the world of MMA, here are some of the most muscular femmes that can surely knock your socks off! Of Moldovan and Russian descent, Alexandra Albu trained in Moscow before representing Russia in the realm of mixed martial arts. She definitely fits her namesake! A Japanese native, Rin Nakai is ranked tenth on a global scale in the mixed martial arts Bantamweight division. Male bodybuilders will surely be envious of her thunderous arms and thighs.
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