‘Bodybuilding is attracting more women’ says Dagenham powerlifter

PUBLISHED: 12:28 11 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:26 15 June 2015

Mia (centre) competing in the National Amateur Bodybuilders’ Association awards on Saturday, June 6

Mia (centre) competing in the National Amateur Bodybuilders’ Association awards on Saturday, June 6


A national bodybuilding competition might have defied her this time but despite fresh rivalry from youngsters, Mia Warwick says she’s here to stay.

The 45-year-old from Whitebarn Lane, Dagenham, travelled 240 miles on Saturday to take part in the National Amateur Bodybuilders’ Association awards.

Although she didn’t top the bill it hasn’t put her off her regime – and she’s straight back to the gym five nights of the week.

“I thought I’d do better than I did last year because I had improved, but so had everyone else,” she said.

“I didn’t know until the day how good the competition was going to be. There were 15 competing there and they are the best of the best.”

She said there’s been a “tremendous” rise in female body builders as the discipline becomes more fashionable among women. It’s also been attracting a younger crowd and she often competes against powerlifters in their twenties.

“Girls are realising muscles can look really good, so many are going to model fitness and bikini fitness. The number of girls who have joined now is unbelievable. They’re much better at the posing routines than men and some put in splits and gymnastics.

“I was using a scarf to be seductive and was peering out from behind it. I was using burlesque and teasing rather than being sexy. I didn’t flaunt my bum like some of the other girls.”

A long drive to Southport meant Mia didn’t arrive until 4am at which point she got straight to work applying her fake tan and nails.

“It was such a rush and I barely got any sleep the night before as it started at 8am. But I enjoyed it and all in all I’ve had a really successful year already. I’m nearly 48, I’ve got two children and I’m competing against a lot younger girls.

“But I love it and it motivates me. I’m going to carry on doing it because I enjoy it so much.”

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