Vins started weight training in 2012 in order to gain strength as well as confidence. Adding strength training to her fitness routine definitely did just that. She became physically and mentally stronger in no time. And in 2013, she switched to powerlifting.
At first, Vins started working out with no set plan at age 15. She had no personal trainers motivating her. But after a year, she was offered coaching by a powerlifting trainer, the only one available. Having no other option, she accepted.
It wasn't her first choice, but she grew to love powerlifting. So much so that she began competing only a few months after she started. She's very goal-oriented, striving to constantly better herself, win or lose at competitions.
She consumes around 150 grams of protein every day. Mostly fish, eggs, chicken and beef, which she pairs with broccoli, oatmeal and rice. She only uses supplements to enhance her performance in powerlifting.
Muscle Barbie trains five times a week. She prefers a long, high-volume routine and targeting muscle groups at least twice a week. It's a lot of work, but she says she enjoys spending a lot of time at the gym.
The only thing bigger than Muscle Barbie's gains is her online presence. She has 584,000 followers on Instagram. She's been in the public eye for a while now, but everyone is still blown away each time they see her phenomenal body.
Are you equally fascinated with Julia Vins? Then follow Muscle Barbie on YouTube. She posts videos and blogs about her workouts, diet, competitions and even motivation tips. And don't worry... there are English subtitles.
Julia Vins isn't the only woman who has been sculpting her body and adding pounds of muscle. There are several fit women on Instagram who have garnered thousands and even hundreds of thousands of followers thanks to their powerlifting fitness regimens.
Take Katie Ann for instance (pictured here). She has 111K followers on Instagram, and they love her badass gym selfies, her lifting videos, and her funny captions. She's one of many strong, confident women who want to share the power of powerlifting with the world. Keep reading to see more empowering women who powerlift.
Another kickass powerlifter Instagram loves is Ashley Svendbye, whose Instagram handle is @smashleysvendbye. (Get it? Because she smashes!) This Strongwoman competitor has nearly 40k followers. I'd say that's a pretty strong social media presence! He he.
Monet Bland (IG @live_and_lift) is the definition of #DeadliftGoals. Seriously. Check out her Instagram videos. Monet CRUSHES. (And I'm girl-crushing ON her. She's strong, confident, and crazy athletic.)
Natalie Hanson is a member of the USA National Open team, so she's a powerlifting champ. Literally. She's a world record holder and all around badass. And she describes herself as "thicc" and a "beefpuff," so naturally we are obsessed with her.
Desiree Morgan Clayborn ain't afraid to bulk up. She's a 56kg Elite Raw Powerlifter with muscles that will make your jaw drop. And she loves donuts and coffee, so we'd definitely get along with her. We just won't be challenging her to any pull-up competitions, though.
If you need a reminder that girls can kick serious butt, check out Cynthia Leu's Instagram. She's a US Marines Reservist and a powerlifter who kills it in the gym. And we already know she's cool, because her Instagram bio reads, "Probably eating or squatting." Girl, same. Minus the squatting part.
Kimberly Walford (@trackfu) makes deadlifting nearly 500 pounds look easy. Walford is an Open Raw World Champion, and she has almost as many medals as she does Instagram followers. Well, that may be a bit hyperbolic, because she has 33k followers on the 'Gram. She does have a lot of medals too, though. Just look at all that bling around her neck.
Amber Rayne Abweh isn't just cool because she can lift ridiculously heavy weights, but also because her Instagram handle is @swoleesi. We see you, Amber, we see you. And so do your 160K followers. Girl's got mad muscle and mad fans.
Ewa has almost 47K followers on Instagram, and people love her inspirational and motivating posts. Here's a quote she used in one of her captions: "The road to greatness is paved with boulders and mountains. How you navigate the trails says a lot about your outcome."
So what is one thing you learned today? Was it that women can be super strong and badass? Was it that women can have thick muscles and still look sexy AF? Because both of those are SO TRUE.
I also learned that the female powerlifting community has a HUGE Instagram presence. Some of these kickass females have way more followers than the recent Bachelor contestants, and that's saying something!