A ripped gran continues to take the fitness world by storm.
Anca Nicoleta Ward scooped the title of Social Media Personality of the Year at the prestigious Pure Elite bodybuilding competition this weekend.
She wowed judges with her rippling muscles and toned abs, which she flaunted in a plunging white gown.
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The 39-year-old, who moved to England from Romania two decades ago, was crowned with a sparkling tiara and proudly clutched onto her glass award.
Anca celebrated with tequila shots and took the dance floor by storm – so it’s safe to say she felt a bit fragile the next day!
But responding to her victory on her Instagram Stories, she declared that she has a “happy heart”.
So how did Anca get into the industry?
After moving to England from Romania 22 years ago, she started competing in bodybuilding competitions.
She said: “I’ve always been into sport. I’ve done karate since the age of seven then I did dance back home.
“When I came to England, I carried on doing running, even did a few marathons.
“Then I went to the gym and saw these huge people. I thought, ‘I don’t look like them – why don’t I?’”
Anca added: “I spoke to a trainer, and he said weight training is the way to go, but I knew nothing about nutrition – I didn’t know what not to eat or how to rest my body.
“Then I got into weight training – I used to watch bodybuilders in America and thought ‘I can do that.”
Despite having one son, two stepchildren and even a grandson, she’s still determined to be a world champion.
Over the years, she's scooped victory in the ‘Mums that lift’ and ‘Bikini Wellness’ categories.
She’s got a giant cabinet packet with other trophies too – including multiple ‘Bikini Wellness’ titles at the World Championships and podium places at dozens of other competitions.
Anca eats plenty of protein to build muscle and carbs to fuel her workouts – such as rice, fish, potatoes, and chicken.
That's not all that goes into her bikini bodybuilding career either.
She spends hours pumping iron, practicing her poses and getting glammed for show days.
As a result of her hard work, Anca believes she looks better than ever.
She added: “My first competition was after I had my son.
“After having Teddy and starting weight training and I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I looked better in my thirties than I ever looked in my twenties.
“It’s all about training hard and turning it into a lifestyle.
“I don’t drink, I don’t smoke – a lot goes into it.”
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