Doll-faced bodybuilder, 21, wows the internet with muscular physique – Daily Mail
With her innocent looks and a cute hairstyle, Cheng Lu may appear like a doll-faced girl in a comic book.
But the 21-year-old student from China has stunned millions of web users with her super muscular physique.
The petite 5ft 1in fitness fanatic can squat lift 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds). That’s more than twice her body weight.
The 21-year-old student from China has stunned millions of web users with her super muscular physique. Cheng Lu, who was born in Fushun, is studying at the Shenyang Sports College
The petite 5ft 1in fitness fanatic, who is billed as the ‘King Kong Barbie’ on social media, can squat lift 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds), and that’s more than twice her body weight
Ms Cheng, who is dubbed ‘King Kong Barbie’, broadcasts her twice-a-daily exercise sessions on Chinese video platforms, including Kuaishou and Douyin.
She has so far gathered around 300,000 followers on both popular outlets since she started live-streaming her gym routine about three months ago.
Every day, thousands of people watch her doing squats, lifting weights and showcasing her muscles while wearing a corset.
Ms Cheng, born in the city of Fushun, used to be shy.
Like many girls and young women in China, she loves pink and often dresses in a ‘kawaii’, or cute, style.
Ms Cheng says people often tell her that she looks like Chun-Li, a character in video game Street Fighter. She is pictured in a Chun-Li costume (left) and in her gym wear (right)
Ms Cheng says she wants to improve the shape of her backside in order to attend the Chinese equivalent of the Miss BumBum competition. She has attended a similar local contest (left)
But her life was completely changed after one classmate took her to watch a bodybuilding competition when she was in secondary school.
She told MailOnline: ‘I thought the women in the competition were very beautiful. They displayed a different sense of beauty and looked very healthy. That game left a deep impression on me.’
And that was why Ms Cheng picked the major of bodybuilding about a year and half ago after entering the Shenyang Sports College.
She added: ‘Traditionally, Chinese people think women should look weak to be beautiful, but who says we can’t do things men can do, just like Mulan in the ancient times.’
Cheng broadcasts her daily exercise sessions on Chinese video platforms, including Kuaishou and Douyin. She has so far gathered around 300,000 followers on both popular outlets
Ms Cheng’s life was completely changed after one classmate took her to watch a bodybuilding competition when she was in secondary school. She found the female contestants beautiful
She decided to pick the bodybuilding major after entering the Shenyang Sports College
Apparently, Ms Cheng has been teased by some people after posting videos and pictures of her ripped figure online.
‘Many people say they can’t understand me, they can’t understand why a young woman like me would want to look muscular. They even say I wouldn’t be able to find a husband in the future.
‘But I think different people are exposed to different social networks, therefore we all have different sense of beauty and value.
‘I hope to achieve a healthy body and encourage people around me to do so too,’ she said.
Like many girls and young women in China, Ms Cheng loves pink and often dresses in a ‘kawaii’, or cute, style. She says she was also very shy before she started working out
Ms Cheng is pictured with her classmates at the Shenyang Sport College where she studies
Ms Cheng’s current goal is to attend more professional bodybuilding competitions.
Her best result so far has been the fourth place at last year’s Bodybuilding National Championship held by the China Body Building Association.
‘I have two work-out sessions every day to exercise different parts of my body, including my chest, shoulders, back, arms and thighs.’
In particular, Ms Cheng wants to improve the shape of her backside in order to attend the Chinese equivalent of the Miss BumBum competition. She has already took part in a similar local contest.
‘I don’t have any physical advantages compared to other bodybuilders. That’s why I have to try harder.’
Ms Cheng is not the only doll-faced bodybuilder who has impressed the internet.
In 2015, Russian powerlifter Julia Vins’ shot to fame with her unusual blend of wide-eyed beauty and Hulk-like torso.
The innocent-faced young woman, who was only 18 at the time, claimed to be able to deadlift 180 kilograms (400 pounds) – the average weight of a male lion.
Ms Vins, who was born in the city of Engels, said: ‘People know me as “muscle Barbie” – I like this comparison. It’s nice.
‘I have these big, beautiful eyes and wear make-up. But at the same time, I’m strong.
‘I can deadlift 180kg in training. I want to become as big as possible.’