TOKYO - Glistening with sweat, Satoko Yamanouchi's biceps ripple and the veins in her neck throb as if about to pop as she strikes a fearsome pose at the Japan bodybuilding championships. An hour later, the pint-sized Nagoya housewife is close to tears after narrowly failing to retain her title from a field of 34 bronzed and impressively buff ladies, most of them in their fifties. A silver medal means nothing to me," said the sinewy ex-champ, who stands just 1. A self-confessed gym rat, Yamanouchi is the poster girl for Japan's growing number of female bodybuilders, helping break down gender stereotypes in the country.
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An hour later, the pint-sized Nagoya housewife is close to tears after narrowly failing to retain her title from a field of 34 bronzed and impressively buff ladies, most of them in their fifties. A self-confessed gym rat, Ms Yamanouchi is the poster girl for Japan's growing number of female bodybuilders, helping to break down gender stereotypes in a country obsessed with the kawaii cute fluffiness of its ubiquitous pop culture. The number of bodybuilders registered with Japan's national federation has almost doubled over the past six years to around 3,, with women making up 10 per cent as part of a nationwide fitness boom, officials said. In ageing Japan, female bodybuilding is dominated by women in their forties and fifties, as many usually start only after their children have grown up. Ms Yamanouchi, who takes around 10 different supplements a day to boost muscle growth and aid recovery, insists she knows where to draw the line, despite her bulging physique.
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