Lorna Biggam, who is 5 ft 7 in and weighs 12st, was still bench pressing 100kg right up to her due date and admits she defied medical advice to slow down from her six hours of weightlifting a week.
A mother defied medical advice and continued pumping iron at nine months’ pregnant – and now says she is obsessed with getting even bigger after giving birth to her fourth child.
The mother-of-four even qualified for the British Female Bodybuilding Finals just ten months after giving birth to her one-year-old daughter by caesarean section.
‘I never feel big enough so I’m always in competition with myself to improve my size and condition.’ She said.
During the labour with baby Quinn, surgeons discovered Lorna had a seven inch abdominal tear – which is common in muscular women as their taut stomach muscles can’t stretch to accommodate the growing baby bump.
But fitness-mad Lorna was back in the gym six weeks later. She said: ‘My midwife said I should calm down my weightlifting regime but I felt I knew my body best and I carried on as normal.’
Now she juggles her gruelling fitness regime with being a mother to four children and she also works full-time as a firefighter.
Lorna, whose partner Steven, 32, is also a bodybuilder, wakes up at 5.30am every day to fit in an hour of cardio before starting the school run.
Her day is then a frantic cycle of washing, cleaning, baby feeds, and changing nappies – with firefighter shifts and weightlifting crammed in between.
As well as cooking for her hungry brood, Lorna also prepares six separate high protein meals for herself and a separate strict menu for Steven.
And at the fire station, Lorna, who has 14 years of service, commands incredible respect from her male colleagues.
Lorna said: ‘It is chaotic and when I’m going mental on the stepper with wild bed-hair at 5.30am, the neighbours must think I’m nuts.
‘It is a manic lifestyle but I love it and I’m completely dedicated.’
Lorna’s biceps measure 14 inches and her thighs measure in at 23.5 inches.
Since taking up weightlifting in 2013, Lorna has won Muscle Xcess Classic 2013, NABBA Miss Scotland Trained Figure, Muscle Xcess Classic 2015 and NABBA Scotland 2nd place 2015 and dreams of winning a universal title.
And her children couldn’t be prouder of their mother. Lorna, who is a parent to Taylor, 15, Marlee, 13, Reid, eight, and one-year-old Quinn, said: ‘Marlee and Reid are into their fitness already and they’ve said that they want to get big muscles when they’re older.
‘I think Steven and I are setting a good example by showing the kids how to look after their bodies.
‘People do stare at me when I’m out and about and I’ve seen kids grab their mum’s hand when they’ve caught sight of me in the supermarket. But my children and Steven couldn’t be prouder
Now Lorna wants to encourage other females to take up body building, and says that with the right dedication and commitment, women can have it all.
She said: “Women are just as capable as men and female bodybuilding is becoming much more mainstream.
“I’d challenge anyone who says bodybuilding is a men’s sport to come and train with me in the gym – they wouldn’t be thinking that way for long.”
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