My name is Eulalia. I was born and raised in a small seaside village in Portugal.
How did I become interested in bodybuilding?
Even when I was a child, I loved sports. My favourite activities were volleyball, jogging cycling, body- and board-surfing, and dancing. As soon as I was old enough, I took aerobics and jazz dance classes. However, I was not happy with my appearance; at 44 kg (about 90 pounds), I was too thin. One day my aerobics trainer, a retired bodybuilder and former president of the Portuguese International Federation of Body Building (IFBB), took me to his gymnasium because he thought that I could improve my bodybuilding performance. I was 21 years old and found that was a good time to improve my physique. As soon I entered in the gymnasium and saw the walls, covered with photographs of beautifully sculpted female bodybuilders, my life changed. It took one year to gain seven kg (15 pounds), but it was an important first step. While training, I read as much as I could find about women's bodybuilding. I always tried balance my secretarial position with my physical training, and within five years I was spending more and more of my free time on bodybuilding.
Soon a friend invited me to become his partner in a gym in the lovely seaside village of Ericeira, a pretty village, only 10 km from where I lived. By then I was looking for new professional opportunities. I decided to resign from my secretarial job. Because I was going to be the "image" of this gymnasium, I took some workshops and courses in bodybuilding, cardio fitness instruction, fitness, body pump, rpm, gap and some workshops. I worked as an instructor and then as the manager of this gymnasium.
Although competitive bodybuilding was virtually unknown in Portugal, a good friend encouraged me to try it. In November of 1999, I entered the Fifth Grand Prix, sponsored by MLO, a manufacturer of nutritional supplements.
In 2001 there was no national championship. The WABBA in Portugal had no money to take the athletes to the World Championships, so I was unable to compete that year.
I resumed competition in June of 2002 where I came in first in the national championship and first in the 7m MLO Grand Prix.
In Portugal I was the only professional female bodybuilder, so there was nowhere for me to compete. I was sad, but I continued to train and to spend more time working as a bodybuilding instructor.
In May of 2004 a new challenge appeared. I had the chance to participate in the IFBB World Championship at Santa Susana, Barcelona in September. It was a very good opportunity for professional recognition. Once again I trained non-stop, rarely seeing my friends or family. On the day the competition arrived, I thought that I was in better form than ever. Unfortunately, I came in sixth place. Although I was bitterly disappointed, a man named Rolland Walliser – appreciated my qualities and wanted to show me to the world.I am thankful for his persistence and investment in raising my profile in the world of bodybuilding.
This year I am looking forward to entering more competitions, especially in the USA, and to posing for more photographs.
I hope that the Portuguese IFBB learns to treat its athletes better.
1999 - 1st AT 5th MLO GRAND PRIX - LISBON PORTUGAL
1999 - 6th AT WABBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - ALZEY GERMANY
2000 - 6th AT WABBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - CUXHAVEN GERMANY
2002 - 1st AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - LISBON PORTUGAL
2002 - 1st AT 7th MLO GRAND PRIX - LISBON PORTUGAL
2004 - 6th AT IFBB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - SANTA SUSANA BARCELONA
2004 - 1ST AT IFBB LATIN CUP - TAVIRA / ALGARVE PORTUGAL
PLACE OF BIRTH Barril, Portugal
HEIGHT 5'3" (162 cm)
WEIGHT 143 lbs (65kg)
BICEPS 15.7" (40cm)
THIGHS 20" (51cm)
CALVES 15.5" (39.5cm)
LANGUAGE Portuguese, Spanish, French, English
Eulalia does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!