Imagine walking into a gym to build up on your body’s general strength and endurance levels only for it to turn into a profession that is now pitting you against male chauvinism! That is the story of 33-year-old Doreen Kumbatira, who loved cycling all her life and walked into a gym in 2015 to improve her strength and endurance only to later turn out as a bodybuilder.
The only reason she was in a gym in the first place was to improve on her cycling, but she soon realized that “there are other avenues in bodybuilding especially for women, like, competing for fitness shows, and that’s how I got more interested in bodybuilding, to see what else I can (do) with it.”
The only Female Bodybuilder from Malawi
From just a girl looking to up her cycling game three years ago, to represent her country Malawi at an international bodybuilding contest in South Africa. Kumbatira initial intentions were clearly not to become a professional bodybuilder.
Standing at 175 centimeters (5 feet 8 inches) and weighing 72 kgs (158 pounds), Kumbatira has jumped in with full throttle into the male-dominated …read more