Bikini Fitness athlete, Karen Gräbe (40) won a gold medal and a silver medal at the IFBB Body Building Sunfest held in Durban on December 4, 2021.
By doing so, she qualified to participate in the Arnold Classic Africa 2022.
It was one of five competitions Karen has entered throughout 2021 and she has perfected her legs each time.
“My goal last year was to get my provincial colors,” said Gräbe.
She participated in the IFBB Mpumalanga Provincial Championship in August and obtained two second places in her Bikini Fitness category.
She claimed her provincial colors and was placed in the top 10 SA Masters over 40 years at the SA National Championship.
Competing at Sunfest at Witbank on November 13, she again clinched gold and silver, and also qualified for the Arnold Classic Africa which took place the same month.
The love for sport came when Gräbe was diagnosed with autoimmune disease, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis nine years ago and turned to the gym and healthy eating as a form of relief.
“Exercise helps me a lot with my joint pain and muscle stiffness.
“It was the first year where I really participated in competitions and trained myself. The previous years it was only to stay in shape,” said Gräbe.
She has experienced phenomenal growth, not only as an athlete, but also in herself.
Her diet is prepared and cooked by her husband Theo.
Gräbe owns AlphaFemme Health and Fitness and helps women with their transformations.
“I help women who don’t know where to start to transform their bodies. You will be amazed by the results within four weeks,” Gräbe said.
She said there is no “silver bullet” to losing weight and getting in shape.
The only way is to eat healthy and exercise.
Gräbe has already set a goal for the new year to participate in the BBSA national championships.
A bikini is quite expensive and the costs add up when it comes to entrance fees, travel, preparation of hair, nails and other necessities.
Thus Gräbe welcomes anyone on board who wishes to sponsor her.
You can contact her via WhatsApp on 082 770 5704.