Friday, May 27, 2022

Anja Langer is Germany’s best female bodybuilder in history :

Anja Langer is Germany’s best female bodybuilder in history
Anja Langer was born in 1965 in Stuttgart in Southern Germany, where she grew up in the nearby town of Böblingen.  As an active child, her first passion was gymnastics.

She began weight training in 1980, at a local gym near her home in Germany. At the time she was the only girl weight training at the gym. This did not bother her since all the men at the gym were impressed by how strong she was. Little by little she increased her training, she put more attention to her diet and decided to compete in her first bodybuilding competition. In 1981 she competed in the Baden-Württemberg Championships and placed second to last. Langer was not discouraged and decided to train harder and competed again in the same contest and placed second. At this time bodybuilding was still a hobby for her and her parents, who disagreed with her bodybuilding, wanted it to remain that way. Because of this Anja had to keep her competition preparations a secret. It was later that her parents accepted her passion for bodybuilding and respected their daughter's career of interest.

    1981 Baden-Württemberg Championships - Did not Place
    1982 Baden-Württemberg Championships - 2nd
    1983 NPC German Championships - 4th
    1984 NPC Amateur World Championship - 2nd (with a partner)
    1985 NPC Junior World Championships - 1st
    1986 IFBB European Amateur Championships - 1st (HW)
    1986 IFBB German Championships - 1st (MW & Overall)
    1987 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 4th
    1987 IFBB World Pro Championships - 2nd
    1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 2nd

In January 1991, Anja Langer gave birth to her son, who she named Elija. Afterwards she put bodybuilding aside and worked with Bill Reynolds to write her book about bodybuilding, exercise and nutrition called Body Flex-Body Magic. The book was released in 1992 in the United States. She also returned to the bodybuilding stage as a guest poser showing a smaller frame than she had during her competitive days. During 1993 and 1994 she took part in two theatrical performances that were held in Stuttgart, Germany. From 1995 through 1998 she owned a gym and later turned to personal training, fitness consulting and modelling. In 2000, she decided to return to the public eye of bodybuilding and took on the role as a spokesperson for bodybuilding as a healthy sport. Langer was inducted into the 2011 IFBB Hall of Fame.

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