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World record-holding bodybuilder comes out as transgender

World record-holding bodybuilder comes out as transgender

World champion bodybuilding Janae Marie Kroc.

The world record-holding bodybuilder who invented the ‘Kroc rows’ has comes out as transgender.

Janae Marie Kroc, 42, describes herself as a ‘transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body’ on her Instagram account, where she has been posting selfies for more than a year.

However, she only recently announced her transition to fans in a now-deleted message board post.

‘Being a total alpha male and transgender definitely makes me unique even in the transgender community. And of course also makes me incredibly complex as a person,’ she wrote.

‘I often feel like two completely different people trying to share one body with both fighting over who gets to be in control.’

Kroc, who has three sons, said she lives as both genders and was still undecided about whether to fully transition and live as a woman full time.

‘Transitioning is a very difficult process and even tougher at an older age,’ she continued.

‘Your body doesn’t respond to hormones very well as compared to being in your teens or twenties and I have built a very good life for myself that I am hesitant to give up. And living as a transgender woman that is honest about her situation is very difficult and can be very dangerous.

‘I am a very realistic person and I don’t think the transitioning will magically solve all of my issues without creating new challenges. Whatever path I choose there will be sacrifices to be made.’

Fans responded in disbelief, but Kroc confirmed it was really her who had written the post in a second statement.

‘First, yes this is really me and yes I am transgender. Second, one does not “become” transgender you are or you aren’t. I have known this since I was five years old and it has been a very heavy burden to carry,’ she wrote.

‘I never asked for nor did I want this. For most of my life I would have given anything to not feel the way I do and at one point it drove me to consider suicide. Now I am perfectly comfortable with who I am and have been very open about this for many years.’

She added, ‘One thing that I am 100% certain of is that if I do eventually decide to transition I would never compete in powerlifting again.

‘I feel that would be a no-win situation and I would never want to do anything that would reflect negatively on the transgender or powerlifting communities.’

Kroc has held the powerlifting world record in the 220lb class since 2009.