World’s strongest girl dubbed ‘Girl Hercules’ now unrecognisable in new photos
The world's strongest girl, who could flip her 17st dad while wrestling, is now all grown-up and unrecognisable.
Now 30 years old, Varya Akulova went viral as a teenager when she could lift four times her own body weight despite having a slight frame and tiny muscles.
Once dubbed "Girl Hercules", the Ukrainian's parents first noticed their daughter's unusual strength when she was just a toddler and she began competing in and winning power-lifting competitions at the age of seven.
When she turned 10, she managed to flip her 17-and-a-half stone father Uri while wrestling.
Uri says that by the age of 12 his daughter was stronger than him and thinks his side of the family have a rare strength gene that few others have.
Varya's great-grandfather managed the astonishing feat of carrying 2,600lbs on his back in 1910 and her mother Larisa is also stronger than most women.
She set her many world records with relative ease as her father only let her show about 75% of her maximum strength for health and safety reasons.
Despite her astonishing strength, Varya was only eating noodles and water as that was all the family could afford at the time.
Incredibly she was just 5ft tall and weighed just over eight stone, but now looks unrecognisable as she goes from strength to strength in boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and circus juggling training.
Varya's diet has improved over the years and she now eats one egg, a glass of juice and bread for breakfast, bread and a cup of tea for lunch and for dinner she tucks into macaroni noodles and occasionally some meat.
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She also drinks one glass of milk a day for calcium, and despite her amazing success, Varya wishes she was bigger.
She said: "I do not take steroids, I only take multivitamins. I wish I could be big, really big: 190cm tall and weigh more than 100kg, like my dad."
On top of her physical strength, which she uses in regular circus performances, she is also a top student and learned to read aged just three.
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