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Spalding bodybuilder Vaiva going for glory in competition where Arnold Schwarzenegger made his name

She only started competitive bodybuilding four years ago, but since then Vaiva Sharman has become hooked on the sport and is now celebrating after gaining a coveted spot to represent the UK in the NABBA Universe bodybuilding contest in November.

As well as competing in the prestigious competition - previously won by Arnold Schwarzenegger - the 33-year-old has also earnt herself a place in the IBFA World Final, in Rome, this October.

“Training is tough, both mentally and physically and there are bad days,” says Vaiva, of Spalding. “In the run up to a competition I’m training six, seven days a week and often more than once as I do an hour of cardio and then an hour of weights.

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