Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This time I want to share with you the beginning of my bodybuilding journey from the family acceptance perspective. How many of you ladies haven't been discouraged and criticized  by your family members in the beginning of your fitness journey? How many encouraged? How many didn't give up no matter what and kept on pushing their limits?
Living in Eastern Europe in a traditional working-class family was not an easy starting point for me as a bodybuilder. Though I was already in college and out of town, I was still close enough to my parents to come see them every weekend. I love my parents dearly but at that time when I started to prep for my first show and my muscles exploded, the relationship was quite tensed. My mom and dad were completely against the sport criticizing it as not feminine and not adequate for a woman.
My parents never came to see any of my shows for many years. When they finally accepted that I AM A BODYBUILDER at heart and no matter what I won't stop, I was already competing abroad so they still never made it to see me competing live. But these days they are proud of my athletic achievements. My mom still holds on to some of my trophies and medals and they watch each of the internet broadcasted shows I compete in.
To me, besides being a sign of love that eventually accepts the loved person the way she/he is, this is a triumph of self-confidence, determination, drive and persistence  in following your vision. If you hold on to your dreams and don't give up, just follow your path and call, your efforts will be recognized and appreciated.
I am sure many of the girls out there who want to get strong and muscular are all the time discouraged by family, friends or acquaintances. Society nowadays does not like individuals who dare to step up and get out of the cliche. I just want to BEG you ladies, NEVER GIVE UP. This is a very unique passion for a woman and there will be very few of the ordinary looking people who will understand it ('why do you want to be muscular, you are a woman, muscles are for men', 'why do you torture yourself with those strict diets, come eat our fattening family dinners and enjoy life',' why don't you come with us party, you are no fun' and so on). If you find the beauty of exercising and healthy life style in your heart, just follow it and expand your given potential to the point YOU AND ONLY YOU find adequate. Stay strong in your position and work hard for your vision and in the end you and the results of your wise and beautiful work will be accepted.


  1. You are pure Female magic in a magic moment.
    Keep Your strength and sty tuned, mats

  2. I've always admired your body, your face, your beauty, your explosion of femininity
    you are a top bodybuilder, and probably the most beautiful FBB of the world
    but your brain is your biggest muscle
    go on for your way Alina
    Female Bodybuilding will never die

  3. Those words are more powerful than anything that you have ever lifted. You have traveled a long road but it has been a successful one. I know that they're bigger, better things up ahead, but the one thing that remains is that you remain true to yourself.

    Also if there were any ladies reading this message too, all the better for them and determining what their goals are.

  4. Dear Alina Popa,
    Your words reflect the soul of a lovely and warm-hearted woman who attains goals through perseverance and true vision.
    You are as pure as a gold: gracious on the inside and a most beautifully scuplted body on the outside.