Standing at the height of 5'11, Maria Wattel of Netherlands holds the record for the world's tallest professional female bodybuilder.
Meet Maria Wattel, world's tallest female bodybuilder
Wattel is also a certified personal trainer.
Wattel is a 41-year-old professional athlete, bodybuilder, personal trainer and a specialist model.
Born in the Netherlands, Maria resides between her home country and Greece. At 19 after a childhood spent playing football with the boys, she discovered her passion for bodybuilding and entered her first competitive event in March 2005.
She thought that, through weight training and fitness, she could really do something out of the ordinary - she could become invincible.
"I wanted to do something extraordinary because that's the kind of person that I am," said Wattel in an interview with the Guinness World Records.
However, the world of competitions proved to be challenging. Due to her height, Maria recalls that she would often be defined as "too tall". At times, the jury didn't know how to judge her or where to place her next to the other female contestants.
"I had competitions where I was not judged or judged only through something genetic that I cannot help, like being tall," she said.
Proud of her strength and figure, Maria follows an intense diet and training regime. Her weekly routine includes weight training in the gym five days a week, along with 30 to 60 minutes of cardio five days a week.
The number depends on which phase of training she is in at the time, but you’ll never catch her slacking off! The rest of her day consists of eating, rest and admin work.
However, her healthy lifestyle doesn’t only consist of training and keeping herself fit: Maria also takes care of her body with massages and physio treatments as needed.