Last updated 05:00 02/09/2013
Georgina McConnell has faced criticism for her muscly physique, but no-one can doubt her commitment.
With her bulging muscles and intense fitness regime, Georgina McConnell is definitely not your average teen.
While most 19-year-old girls are mooning over boy bands and sleeping in till midday, she’s focusing on eating right and never missing a workout in order to sculpt her already sizeable frame.
The British teenager began training at a young age with the goal of getting “thin and toned.”
But her initial interest soon changed to a full-on passion for weights, a passion that has seen her undergo a massive body transformation.
Georgina competed in her first bodybuilding competition in May last year and took home second place.
In June this year she managed to go one better, and took home a gold medal in the UKBFF [UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation] North East Championships.
The sport of bodybuilding remains a fairly niche community which is constantly under fire in relation to drug use as well as its promotion of freakishly huge bodies, and Georgina is no exception.
The teen, who is a statuesque 170cm tall, says her powerful frame causes divided opinions among her friends, family and the opposite sex.
“My parents and friends are really proud of me and think I look great, but my brother is the total opposite – he doesn’t get the whole bodybuilding thing at all,” she said.
“I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment, but I don’t think my unusual hobby will put all boys off. Yes, some are a bit intimidated by my muscles, but others like them – I think it’s an acquired taste.”
Georgina admits her built physique has caused her some strife, but has stuck to her guns (both metaphorical and physical you could say) and continued to work toward her dream of becoming a professional bodybuilder.
She recently fired back at online commenters who made brutal remarks about her appearance.
“I’m happy with who I am,” McConnell wrote on her Facebook page. “I know what I’m doing and I’m doing it for me. I don’t see muscle as anything masculine at all.”
She also responded to the people who accused her of “taking copious amounts of this and that.”
“I never miss a meal,” she wrote. “I never miss a work out or cardio so get that straight.”