Three years ago a would-be distance runner called Amy Sutter was turned down for the New York marathon.
When our incredible athlete of the month Keli Watkins took to the 2013 NPC US Nationals stage earlier this year - showcasing her superbly balanced, hugely muscular and jaw-droppingly conditioned physique - it was simply the latest chapter in her 10 year bodybuilding journey.
KIM Chizevsky, a four time Ms Olympia and one of the greatest female bodybuilders the world has ever seen, is now a trim (even skinny!) mom of two!
Sometimes in female bodybuilding you have to admire the sheer muscularity of a competitor, sometimes it's her crazy conditioning, and sometimes it's just the jaw-dropping beauty of a female physique taken to the limit.
Three decades of serious muscle building have given female bodybuilder Dawn Alison one of the most powerful and most muscular female physiques on the planet!
Vicki Nixon is 53 but has the perfectly honed and beautifully muscular body which makes her the envy of women half her age - the rewards of 28 YEARS of pumping iron.