Brittany Rhodes used to think she was too skinny and it affected her confidence.
She says: “I was a size zero. I wanted to actually have that curvy figure and that’s why I got into training.”
She thinks the trend started in America on social media.
“I think for girls, lifting weights feel good.
“Now they’ve got empowerment – they don’t need a man for money.
“It feels good to walk into that gym, to walk into a weight room and curl more than a guy”
“Some people see it as a bit of self-obsession but I’d say it’s the complete opposite.
“Every bodybuilder you meet, there’s always a background story of why they do it.”
Brittany was speaking to Adele Roberts from BBC Radio 1 as part of her documentary Why Women Want Muscles.
“It’s torture, it’s really hard”
“Going without food and sugar is probably the worst bit.”
Brittany puts herself through a lot for her passion.
“I work a 50 hour week as a recruitment consultant. I get up at 4am to go to the gym and then go again after work.”
“I think there’s enough hours in the day for anyone to achieve whatever they want – and not just in fitness.”
“If you set a goal, start with 30 days then move onto 60 days – your body can change a lot. It can be done if you stick to the right diet and right training.”
“Lifting weights is not going to make you look like a man”
“If you train smartly then you’re not going to get a big chest.
“It’s a lot harder for women to build muscle than men.