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Hong Kong female bodybuilder prepares for final major competition
Anna Christianne Ho plans to travel to Seoul for another stab at winning the top prize in the Asian championships, and says it could be her last major event.

Fitness trainer Anna Christianne Ho is about to enter what could be her final bodybuilding competition.
The mother of two, who hails from Hong Kong and lives in Happy Valley, last won gold at the Hong Kong bodybuilding championships in 2013 and silver in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) and Asian bodybuilding championships the same year.
This August she plans to travel to Seoul in South Korea for another stab at winning the top prize in the Asian championships. Just one month before that on July 1, on the same day Hong Kong celebrates 20 years as a Special Administrative Region, Ho will mark a significant birthday, although she prefers not to disclose her age.
After that, she says, she may retire from the sport.


“As a competitor, I always have the aim to get a medal, but after 2017, I think I will look at this year by year,” she says.
Ho started training as a bodybuilder in her mid 30s, shortly after having her second child, Joaquin, who is now 13 years old.

Her father, an engineer, and mother, a housewife, were far from fitness freaks when she and her six siblings were growing up in Mei Foo, although Ho remembers her mother enjoyed tai chi and swimming.
She says she was encouraged to play team sports while attending Diocesan Girls’ School, but fitness was still not an obsession for her.
During her 20s, she initially worked as a stewardess for Cathay Pacific and later as a buyer and merchandiser for an Italian fashion brand, after studying fashion merchandising in Hawaii. She later enjoyed stints in Australia and Paris with her French husband, before a chance meeting with a trainer at a Fitness First gym during a holiday to Hong Kong left her pondering whether to take up bodybuilding.






“People commented on my physique at the gym and asked if I was back for a bodybuilding competition,” she says. “I said I wasn’t, but I started training harder.”
Soon after she moved back to Hong Kong, she began training seriously for the Hong Kong bodybuilding team, lifting weights three times a week and undertaking at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular training every day.
She also practised yoga almost every day, a habit which she keeps up these days in her role as a trainer at Infiniti Fit studio in Central.
She says she has always been comfortable with the way she looks, even when her muscles became more prominent.
I was not concerned about people judging me
“I always explain to people that you never get too big as a woman,” she says. “I was not concerned about people judging me, because even when I was training, I was still relatively small. I always wanted to be a bit bigger, and that meant strong too. It is beneficial to your health.”

As she gets closer to a competition, Ho also increases her calorie intake to about 2,200 daily, but says she prefers to consume natural, high protein food like egg whites and chicken breasts, rather than eating supplements to bulk up.
She admits that her husband found her bodybuilding strange at first.
“He was a bit taken aback,” she says. “In some ways he thought it was quite ridiculous. He asked me what I wanted to achieve, and I would say I want to be strong. I think he understands that now. I did not want to be a monster. In my opinion, I was never too big.”
She says both her son Joaquin and 18-year-old daughter Cristina understand her commitment to her body.
“I think my daughter is quite amazed by what I am doing,” she says. “When she was young, I was not doing so much, whereas my son has always known me like this; I’m just the same as I’ve always been for him.”

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Bodybuilding banker who eats six meals a day and snacks on JELLY BEANS claims critics misunderstand her 'obsessive' training regime

Shivani Vaghela, 36, works full-time for one of the Big Four in London  
But the banker insists her colleagues don't know about her bodybuilding
During training the gym bunny will plough through six meals every day


A female banker moonlighting as a bodybuilder has revealed her bizarre training diet - including chocolate, jelly beans and rice cakes.
Shivani Vaghela, 36, works full-time in the City but spends up to six nights a week pumping iron in the gym.
Yet despite ploughing through six meals a day and following a gruelling training regime, most of Shivani's colleagues have no idea about her secret life as a bodybuilder - leading some to mistakenly assume she has an eating disorder.
'I look normal in my suit,' Shivani told FEMAIL. 'It's only when you see muscle and veins when I'm lean that I've had comments from females - usually for advice on how to get more toned up or how to stay looking fit and young.'

But Shivani's friends and family haven't always been understanding of her hobby.
'I have Indian heritage and it's culturally very different to be bodybuilding as a female and it's not considered a feminine look,' she explained.
Meanwhile her friends have occasionally accused her of being 'obsessive' and some have even asked if she has an eating disorder.


The female "strong" look has caused lots of debate,' she added. 'I think the women find it empowering and love it more than the men.'
Shivani, who works as a senior bid advisor and campaign strategist for Deloitte, trains five to six times a week for an hour - splitting her time between legs, back, arms and abs.


Secret six-pack: Despite ploughing through six meals a day and following a gruelling training regime, most of Shivani's colleagues have no idea about her secret life as a bodybuilder


Obsessive: Shivani's friends have occasionally accused her of being 'obsessive' due to her strict regime, and some have even asked if she has an eating disorder



Working hard: Shivani, who works as a senior bid advisor and campaign strategist for Deloitte, trains five to six times a week for an hour - splitting her time between legs, back, arms and abs



Shivani's bodybuilding diet

Shivani reveals her daily training diet


Meal one: Eggs and egg whites, oats and a spinach/green veg smoothie

Meals 2-6: Brown rice or sweet potato with lean meat, poultry or fish.

This will be split into five meals, lots of low-glycemic vegetables and fats from nuts and avocado.

Snacks: Fruit, nuts, cottage cheese and chocolate.


This weekend, she is taking part in her first competition at the Miami Pro in the Bikini Short and Bikini over-35 division.
In the weeks leading up to the competition she has added a 40-minute morning cardio session four times a week on top of her gruelling training regime.
And naturally, she follows an intense eating schedule, eating six meals a day - 2,200 calories in total - to build muscle. This dropped to 1,750 calories five weeks before the event.
On the day of the competition, Shivani will rely on rice cakes, oats, jelly beans and a shot of whiskey to keep her energy levels up.



She also uses a meal delivery service called Fit Kitchen (fitkitchen.uk.com), a fitness food delivery service which caters to Shivani's macronutrient requirements.
But Shivani admits her diet often takes a lot of explaining at the office - where she will consume about three meals in a working day.
'Often I've eaten out of tupperware in meetings, which has posed a few questions,' she said.
'Or I've had to explain why I'm ordering off menu when in restaurants for business meetings too.'  


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Diana Andrews posted a picture of a woman on a treadmill (Stock image)

Diana Andrews uploaded the images to Snapchat. One included the female gym member on a treadmill with the caption "love handles."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
A female bodybuilder has been accused of fat-shaming' after posting photos of another gym member online.

Diana Andrews uploaded the images to Snapchat. One included the female gym member on a treadmill with the caption "love handles."

Her next post then claimed the woman will probably be ordering burgers to eat, the Evening Standard said.

The images were then shared on a women’s support group on Facebook because Andrews' account was public.

Campaigners in the group branded the posts "tragic" and the bodybuilder has since changed her account to private.



One of the images uploaded to Andrews' account

She has now apologised to her 17,000 followers, saying: "I realise that I was wrong to make this silly joke.

“It wasn’t my intention to body shame, hurt or disrespect anyone.”

The bodybuilder competes in competitions run by the United Kingdom Bodybuilding and Fitness Association.

A spokesman told Mail Online that she is not a  “paid-up member” of the organisation and added: “We are totally against this kind of thing. We have already told her off and she has apologised. It is not very nice.”


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