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Body Transformation: Feminine Muscle

Karina was unsatisfied in a skinny body that made her uncomfortable. But she wanted more than muscles. This Latvian beauty had a checklist that included healthy and sexy too!
Name: Karina Akmens
Email: karina.akmens@gmail.com
BodySpace: missKarina

Karina Akmens Karina Akmens
AGE 22
HEIGHT
5'2"
WEIGHT
106 lbs
BODY FAT
22%
AGE 24
HEIGHT
5'2"
WEIGHT
139 lbs
BODY FAT
13%

Why I Decided To Transform

I never felt satisfied with myself, and even though I was skinny, I always felt fat. I felt sick, at a loss for energy, and would faint often when I was underweight. I found new crazy diets that just harmed my body.

Everything changed when I saw a photo of a random fitness girl on the internet. She looked so healthy, fit, and sexy. I realized that I wanted to be healthy, fit, and sexy. I started searching for info and Bodybuilding.com came up. That's the day my transformation began.

Now, I'm a fitness model and a figure competitor. I must say, I'm new to this industry. I started training a year and a half ago and decided to compete. I've been active all my life. During childhood, I was involved in aerobics and performed as a dancer.

It took me a few seconds to fall in love with weights. Bodybuilding and fitness are definitely the passion of my life. It makes me feel alive. Since the first time I did a heavy squat, I was hooked. There was no going back for me.

How I Accomplished My Goals

It took me approximately a year and a half to transform my body. I bulked for six months and leaned out for 16 weeks. What can I say, it was hard, but I'll never stop. I love how I feel, how I look, and know my life has just started.

There were days when this lifestyle seemed too hard and I was tired of feeling sick. However, the joy of finally loving my body and being proud of myself was a powerful feeling, so I got up and continued. The further I went, the easier it became. I love being part of a healthy and fit community all over the world.

I finished my first season and I'm very pleased with the results. I can clearly see that my body is transformed. The best part about competing is being in total control of myself. Before getting on the stage, I was already a winner. It's about becoming better, stronger, and wiser every day. All of this comes through hard work. I participated in 2012 NAC Latvia Open and placed first in figure and in another commercial contest I won silver in fitness.

Karina Akmens NAC Latvia 2012 Bodybuilding and Fitness

Watch The Video - 01:26




Other people inspired me at first. Now, I'm the biggest inspiration to myself. I know I can achieve a lot, and I'm going to do this without backing down.

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey

I try to keep it simple without mixing things up. However, I must say that supplements are of great importance along with proper nutrition and hard training. I change supplements depending on my goal.

Now, I'm starting to lean out, but gently, because I'm hoping to pack on a few pounds on muscle. Later on, I'll include fat burners and maybe a pre-workout drink when I eat less carbs.

With Meal 1
With Meal 2
With Meal 3
Pre-workout
Intra-workout
Post-workout
With Meal 4
With Meal 6

Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4: Pre-workout
Meal 5: Post-workout
Meal 6

Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track

Training Hard with Bexta Williamson and Karina Akmens



I like to use very free weights and to go heavy (lots of base). Leg and back days are my favorite.

Day 1: Back
Day 2: Quads/Calves
Day 3: Delts
Day 4: Arms
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Glutes/Hamstrings
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

I find it easy to train hard; it's just something I love to do; the harder, the better. It's really challenging for me to keep a diet clean. I cheated at first and later on I'd feel bad about it. Now, I include cheat meals so there's no need to feel guilty.

I play with insulin spikes to ensure I grow as fast as possible and stay as lean as possible. I'm just a human being just like anyone and sometimes being weak is normal. You just have to do it right.

My Future Fitness Plans

I'm planning to compete at the WBFF in Dallas on October 20. I'll see where it brings me. I'm ready to compete and can't wait to show my results to others.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers

Very often people say to me, "I wish I was so strong and my will could be as powerful as yours." That's something I don't really like to hear. We can all do whatever we want; it's just about doing it. You want it, go take it. Don't try, just go and win it.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

I enjoy the articles on diet and nutrition. I like trying new ideas on Bodybuilding.com because it always has new and tested theory. I really like Jamie Eason's articles. She's one of the most inspiring people on the planet. Thank you for the super collection of articles, guys. You keep me motivated.

Additional Information

Interview With Karina Akmens NAC Figure (Latvia) (Muscle Factory)



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Feybee

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Feybee

Great Transformation! Wish you all the best :)

Oct 6, 2012 2:14am | report
 
Heroboy107

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Heroboy107

Sexy ! is A Small Word To describe You ! <3

Oct 6, 2012 3:08pm | report
 
mcb34b

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mcb34b

Hi there!

I am that TOO SKINNY girl. I suffer from anorexia and ran off all my muscle and got grotesque! I hate looking skinny. It's disgusting to see myself. Truthfully, I want what you have, GORGEOUS STRONG BEAUTIFUL MUSCLE! What did your bulking meals look like so you could put the weight on???? I need all the help I CAN GET!!! INSPIRATIONAL!!! I am also interested in CROSSFIT as well.

Oct 6, 2012 7:52pm | report
 
rover64dd

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rover64dd

Dont go from one extreme to the other. Just work out and eat right and go from there.

Oct 6, 2012 8:26pm | report
longhaired

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longhaired

look up Furious Pete. He is one of the sponsored athletes for bodybuilding.com he has a video online talking about going from his anorexia all the way to his bodybuilding/competitive eating. great story and i'm sure it would help you out!

Oct 6, 2012 10:49pm | report
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RippedAnatomy

She looked so healthy in the before picture.. The first paragraph is so unbelievable, literally.

Oct 7, 2012 12:12pm | report
 
BOOGADA

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BOOGADA

Excellent work Karina!

Oct 7, 2012 5:41pm | report
 
bigred1976

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bigred1976

Awesome Job! You look amazing!

Oct 7, 2012 8:57pm | report
 
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Qotu79

Great form. Purely awesome!

Oct 12, 2012 11:53am | report
 
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Qotu79

Awesome transformation!

Oct 12, 2012 12:06pm | report
 
straightbangin

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straightbangin

Good job but you are taking way too much Vitamin C. The upper tolerable limit for it is 2000mg per day including what you take in with food and drink. Be careful. Keep up the good work. Vitamin limits here: http://frantzmd.info/Alternative%20Medicine/Tolerable%20Upper%20Limits.htm

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RockStar1031

Your gorgeous!! Thank you for the motivation. Kepp up the awesome work!!!

Oct 21, 2012 8:11am | report
 
leolouro

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leolouro

Really good work!!
Keep this way!!

Nov 11, 2012 10:58am | report
 
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xtinataguba

i prefer her old body. :(

Nov 17, 2012 10:12am | report
 
KenzieMorgan

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KenzieMorgan

This is amazing! I would love to build muscle in such a short time. I don't want to build that big, but this is awesome for you! Good work!

Nov 22, 2012 10:08am | report
 
sanname

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sanname

Great transformation! But for a woman to put on about 40 pounds of lean muscle in 1,5 years, how is this possible?

Nov 26, 2012 12:56pm | report
 
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merritboyle123

Great work! best of luck!

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Great work! best of luck!

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great job

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LetisiaSmit

**** girl you look stunning, I recently started training and eating clean 6 weeks in and I love it. I am petite and on the skinny side and your transformation is amazing exactly what i want to achieve and so helpful for the few that don't need to loose weight but gain and build muscle!! THANK YOU :)

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1Lassy

Great Article, thanks for the help, I will deffinitly use it.

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