Hiya. Thanks for being our cover star! What do you do?
I'm Danielle Findlay and I'm a 43 year old mother of three. I'm also a champion Trained Figure model.
 
Have you ever won anything?

I've won lots of titles, and placed at the National Amateur Body Building Association finals this May.


 
Why did you start?
I hurt my leg and got in to training to help my rehabilitation. That was 5 years ago.
 
What else do you do?

I used to work at a university but had to leave after my bosses started making rules like no short-sleeved tops or shorts. They said people were offended by my body.

Yeesh. You should have sued them. Have you always been a fitness fanatic?
I used to be a size 24. After I lost a lot of weight when I began training, I had to have an operation to remove all the excess skin so you could see the muscle definition on my stomach.
 
That's extreme. Can we see the scars? Thanks!  So, what's your daily routine?

Get up, eat, get ready to go out, go to the gym, workout, have a post-workout shake, work, then after I’ve started working I’ll eat again, then I’ll eat again, then I’ll eat again, then I’ll get the train home, and then I’ll eat again, and then I’ll go to bed. I eat mainly protein, but what I eat depends on where I’m at training-wise.

What's it like backstage at an all female muscle show? Is it a huge dose of bitchiness delivered with a massive meaty punch?
No, it's really nice, it’s more of a sisterhood with people helping each other get ready and tying each other’s bikinis, it’s fun.
 
Awww, that's sweet. What else do you like doing?
I love sewing, I've been sewing since I was a young girl. I make all my own costumes, and costumes for the other girls too.


 
That is handy! Anything else?
I used to breed ragdoll cats, but I haven't done that for a number of years now. It's one thing that you have to be dedicated to. Cats take up a lot of your time and at the moment sports are my number one priority.
 
Thanks Danielle. Keep on winning!
 

Words Kara Simsek
Pictures Benito Fussolini