Social media platforms – especially ones that primarily focus on sharing photos and gaining recognition and praise for them – have really inspired people to take pride in their appearance.
Instagram, in particular, has really encouraged people to get into shape and showcase their toned bodies for the world to see.
Now, the skeptics amongst us might suggest that this is a very superficial way to spend your time online and can ultimately make you strive for perfection in a way that isn’t realistic or healthy.
However, the truth is, documenting your fitness journey on social media can actually be a very positive thing as people work hard on transforming their bodies, becoming fitter and healthier in the process.
One young woman who has social media to thank for motivating her throughout her fitness journey is 24-year-old Bakhar Nabieva from Azerbaijan.
She is being dubbed the “Girl with the iron bum” after bulking up to such an extraordinary degree.
The fitness fanatic has confessed to disliking the way her body looked before she began bodybuilding.
These days, however, she spends much of her day pumping iron at the gym and places special emphasis on her glutes, earning her that fantastic nickname.
The Azerbaijani athlete recently took to her social media page, reaching out to her followers to inform them that her physique hasn’t always looked the way it does now.
The young fitness guru posted an old photo of herself, writing this in the caption:
“I was a very skinny child, had thin legs, and all my classmates made fun of me. I started going to the gym, and had no idea how to build an exercise routine correctly so I just started working on the physical part, and one day I woke up and looked in the mirror and I saw some muscles. Once I saw the result of developing muscles nothing could stop me.”
Bakhar set up her Instagram page in order to document her fitness regime in the form of photos.
The page has gone from strength to strength, accumulating more than a million followers.
Local media outlets have gone as far as to hail her as a fitness goddess “an insane body, with curves bigger than the earth we stand on”.
Bakhar recently uploaded an old photo, writing: “I have never liked to be skinny, always wanted to change my body, as I find athletic bodies incredibly beautiful.”
Her inspirational words were an instant hit with her devoted followers. One user wrote: “Beautiful body, love it.”
Another added: “You look too good.” While a third simply commented: ‘Wooooow!’
Bakhar also revealed that her mantra is: “My goals don’t stop for anyone. Either you support me or I make it happen alone, either way it’s going to happen.”
In an interview with femalemuscle.com, Bakhar opened up about the very beginning of her fitness journey:
“I was a very skinny child, had thin legs, and all my classmates made fun of me. So I decided to change the situation, I was tired of people looking at me.
I started going to the gym, and I did not know what to do, did not count the reps and sets, doing squats every day, had no idea how to build an exercise routine correctly. I was just working on the physical part, started to read bodybuilding magazines and one day I woke up and looked in the mirror and I saw some muscles, once I saw the result of developing muscles nothing could stop me.”
Well done to Bakhar Nabieva for transforming her body beyond recognition, something many of us would struggle to achieve. She had always been insecure about her naturally skinny figure, but instead of wallowing in self-pity, she did something about it!