If you just saw her visage, you might think Russian powerlifter Natalia Kuznetsova was just another pretty face. But scan down below her neck, and you’re in for a staggering wake-up call, as the young woman has a physique that most of the guys in the WWE wouldn’t dare to tango with.
Natalia, who hails from the mid-size city of Chita in Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, had given up the sport recently after starting it at just 14 years old but says she cannot stay away from it. Sharing some of her incredible training videos and photos on Instagram, Kuznetsova’s jaw-dropping form is awe-inspiring, whether you love it or hate it.
“People definitely recognize me. An athletic body can be seen under clothes. Many people recognize me, ask to take a photo with them. Many people even know my name,” she says.
Kuznetsova had taken an 18-month hiatus, claiming she was retiring from the rigorous sport recently but decided to come back to it, as evidenced by her vein-popping physique. She holds three world records each for bench pressing and deadlifting weights. She also coaches others aspiring to her level of physical prowess.
Natalia originally started training at 14 just to put on weight when she hit the scales at a puny 84 pounds, but eventually, the challenges of the sport simply intrigued her to the point that she kept going. Besides hours of training daily, the Russian follows a strict high-protein diet, even putting powder onto her food for flavor to pack in even more.
With 194,000 Instagram followers, the weightlifter has obviously had her share of detractors but says she just brushes them off.
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