On this newest edition we’re joined all the way from Russia by the beautiful Nowegian ‘barbellina’ Anja Jordalen. Anja is a perennial Norwegian champion and placed 5th in Europe last year yet is one of the most modest people we’ve ever spoken to. In fact it’s a miracle we even got this interview as Anja was reticent to do it as she didn’t think anyone would be interested to hear her story. In the end Anja gave us one of the most fun interviews we’ve ever done. She talks about her early days in the sport, her international career and her training philosophy at length. It’s hard to believe that Anja was born 11 weeks premature weighing only just only 2.5lbs (1.1kg)! Anja is also deeply passionate about the LGBT rights cause, especially as it stands currently in Russia. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know one of the World’s elite lifters on a truly personal level.

We’re proud to support such a great cause alongside Anja, so please have a look at the following web pages for more information on LGBT rights in Russia:

www.lgbtnet.ru

http://www.beigeuk.com/2013/08/what-you-can-do-to-help-lgbt-russians

Anja would also appreciate it if you could like the following pages on Facebook and send any messages of support to the people at 404:

www.facebook.com/MyGayDay

https://www.facebook.com/children.404