Thóra Thorsteinsdóttir, a roentgen technician, zone therapist and mother of four from Stokkseyri, south Iceland, earned the title Iceland’s Strongest Woman in a weightlifting competition held in Mosfellsbaer on November 24.
“It was first and foremost incredibly fun—much more fun than I expected,” Thorsteinsdóttir told Fréttabladid.
“It has always been my dream to excel in strength,” she added, however admitting that she hadn’t taken the competition seriously until it began—and then anything but victory was out of the question.
Her friend and training buddy Rósa placed fourth. They practice inside Thorsteinsdóttir’s living room which they have changed into a weight room.
“When the gym at Selfoss closed we had a choice between driving to Hveragerdi or Thorlákshöfn to practice,” Thorsteinsdóttir explains. “So we figured it would be better just to buy some light gear and do it at home.”
“But then I didn’t buy light gear at all but a weight lifting poll, a bench for bench presses and a lot of weights. And my husband made a rack for knee bends,” she said.
“We have practiced hard and are very enthusiastic,” Thorsteinsdóttir added. “We find weight lifting really fun. It is good to see what you’re capable of.”
The family isn’t bothered by living in a makeshift weight room. “They think it’s normal. It doesn’t bother them,” she laughed. “The guys are always trying it out, trying to pull themselves up and stuff.”
When asked whether her husband doesn’t feel threatened now that his wife has become the country’s strongest woman, Thorsteinsdóttir replied, “No, he will always be much stronger than I am. It doesn’t matter what I do.”
“It takes someone with real muscles for a woman like me. That’s just the way it is,” she concluded. Thorsteinsdóttir has no problem hoisting her husband up to her shoulders, though, as she did when posing for Fréttabladid’s journalist.
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