Man wants to be first transgender person to win biggest bodybuilder competition

2017-09-22 15:32
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He hopes to become the first transgender person to win the world’s biggest bodybuilding competition.

Ajay Holbrook, from Texas in the US, grew up as female but started identifying as male from the age of 16.  

The now 20-year-old began exercising two years ago as a form of self-defense after being physically abused by a close relative. He went from weighing 51kg to a bulky 72kg.

“I was actually physically abused by a relative at the time and I never wanted to feel that defenceless again,” says Ajay. “So I began working out to be able to defend myself and not feel so helpless and small.”

The Texas native hopes to leave a legacy behind for all transgender individuals by competing in Mr Olympia  ?  the international bodybuilding competition Arnold Schwarzenegger won numerous times – as the first transgender male.

“Of course I would love to at least place if not win,” says Ajay.

The weightlifter, who was formerly known as Ambreia Jane, says he felt totally trapped in his body as a female and was desperate for a change.

“I absolutely hated myself, and could barely look at myself in the mirror,

“I hated waking up every day and I often times felt very suicidal without really knowing why,” he says.

That’s when he decided to make his happiness his top priority and started making steps towards transitioning.

“I took the first steps to getting on testosterone. In Texas you’re required to have at least six months of therapy with a gender specialist to be able to start hormone-replacement therapy,” he says.

The muscular young man, who’s an automotive technician, says now he can finally look at himself in the mirror again and is happier and more confident than before.

“I look forward to waking up every day and am able to deal with life's everyday troubles a lot more efficiently.

“I no longer want to die, but only want to live as much as I possibly can,” he says.

Ajay hasn’t yet undergone any surgery but accredits his amazing transformation to his weightlifting and strict diet – he now bench-presses 136kg and squats with 142kg weights.

But things aren’t all sunshine and roses for the young man, as his family still have a problem with his sexuality.

“A lot of my family doesn’t understand what it means to be transgender, therefore don’t accept me, and I just keep my distance from them,” he said.

Although it took his mom and grandmother a while to understand what he was going through, they’ve slowly opened their minds and accepted his transition.

“Over the years they’ve seen me blossom and are starting to understand just how important my transition is to my success, and I’m forever grateful that they were able to open their minds enough to see that,” says Ajay.

The bodybuilder now shares his story in the hopes people would be more accepting of the transgender community.

“I wish that more people would understand that it’s not as taboo as they may think,” he says.

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