Alina Popa: In her own words

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Ever since I ever knew I was the very active, sportive kind of kid. I had endless energy resources and I loved sports. I began with some track when I was 12 years old. I didn’t do competitions in track and field but in my summer holidays I used to train 2 times a day, about 3 hours each time. I loved to sprint and didn’t like the long distance races. Starting with 15 I started to attend aerobics classes and I loved the fitness part of it, working with weights. At 18 I entered the gym in my native town just to keep fit and lose some weight. That was the moment I fell in love with bodybuilding.

I remember, upon starting to go to the little gym in my quiet native town, I began to read the little thin bodybuilding magazines that I could find on the Romanian market at that time. The competition movement in Romanian bodybuilding was kind of poor at that time, but I remember one girl in the gym getting ready for a National Junior Championship…and I admit I felt admiration for her and I wished I had her muscles .

I kept on training for the next two years until one day I entered another gym in another town, where I was a student, and the trainer there saw my potential and suggested to me I should train to compete. I’ll never forget how honored I felt…and how happy. So I guess I would have liked to compete but I didn’t manage till I got someone to support me and help me.

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4 Responses to "Alina Popa: In her own words"

  1. DJ Jarak  May 10, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Alina is looking better than ever. Wow!

    • Lori Braun  May 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      We agree! Thanks DJ!

  2. James Peter  March 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    That’s quite a chiseled statue, like a classic beauty in marble. It represents a lot of work, no doubt…

  3. Unuloarecare  April 28, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    You looking so great, Alina!


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