It’s commonplace to hear women throw about the term that “strong is the new sexy,” but while many fit females are happy to look and act fit, it’s another thing entirely to actually provide proof.
Female fitness has changed irrevocably over the past two decades, and the boundaries are now being pushed further than ever before in terms of what we can come to expect from the fairer sex.
Sure, we can just hop on Instagram and bear witness to any number of “fitspirations,” girls who dutifully work out, eat well and get in their cardio—but how many of said athletes have the strength to back it up.
As we mentioned earlier, the face of female fitness is changing, and up ahead we have a selection of some of the women flying a flag for what strength really is when combined with sexy.
A name not many out there might have heard considering she’s still relatively new to the Instagram elite, but Ukrainian model Bakhar Nabieva will only be causing bigger and bigger waves; trust us.
In terms of size-to-strength ratio, there’s a case to argue no other female fitness model in the world holds quite as much power in her lower legs, and “The Beast From the East” even looks slightly out of proportion if anything.
However, in a 21st century where legs rule above all, who cares?
The “Russian Doll” we’ve all heard of but have perhaps never taken the time to really appreciate just how strong she really is.
Julia Vins has popped up everywhere in the past couple of years, gaining notoriety for boasting the frame many men would be jealous of, all while maintaining the most feminine of facial features.
The Russian is “all grown up” now she’s a ripe old 20 years of age, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see her making an impact on the professional circuit in the years to come.
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Were you ever afraid there wouldn’t be a life after 40? Fret not, Claudia Bonavoglia is here to let you know the magic milestone is nothing but a number thanks to the fact she possesses the body of someone half that age.
While Nabieva had the legs and Vins brought width to the table, Bonavoglia is best known for her killer abs and one of the strongest cores you’re likely to see on someone who competes in the veterans category.
The best South Korea has to offer, Jhi Yeon-Woo is what aesthetics are all about, combining a relatively tall frame of 5’7″—for a female, at least—with some of the best defining features around.
What tends to stand out most about Jhi is the size of her arms in comparison to the rest of her sleek-but-sturdy physique.
If you’re a woman and you’ve taken any steps toward even feigning interest in CrossFit, there’s an extremely good chance you’ve heard of Brooke Ence.
The 27-year-old is yet to really have a major impact on the CrossFit Games in any of her years taking part, but Ence has nevertheless gained a huge standing in the sport’s community due to her strength and appearance.
When you look up “strong is the new sexy,” you’ll see a picture of her.