Vegan bodybuilder, 37, hits back at trolls who say she’s ‘too old to compete’

A VEGAN bodybuilder has hit back at trolls who say she's "too old to compete" at 37.

Australian Emma Hurst started hitting the gym to gain weight and lose muscle.

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But she soon caught the bug and decided she wanted to "go all the way" with competitions – getting the gold medal in her first even competition.

The fitness fan told news.com.au: “They said it would be too hard to go into a bodybuilding competition as a vegan — so I wanted to prove them wrong.

“I was also told that being 37, I was too old to compete — and I ended up winning three out of four competitions.”

Bodybuilding diets are notoriously restrictive, but Emma says being vegan allows her to eat a range of foods like oats, berries, scrambled tofu, avocado, brown rice and quinoa.

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Her competitors, meanwhile, survive on nothing but fish, chicken and broccoli – which Emma says is incredibly "draining".

She added: “I didn’t feel like I needed to eat a pizza and chocolate or treat foods (afterwards) because I’d been eating a bigger range of food the whole way through.

“It wasn’t such a shock to my body.”

Emma's partner Damon Salakas is also a vegan bodybuilder.

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A keen runner, who's planning on competing in an 100km ultra marathon, Emma has been veggie since childhood and became a vegan at 18.

Emma explained : “I remember I was hugging a chicken once and realised it was purring in the same way my cat purrs when he’s happy.

“I realised if I couldn’t eat my cat, I couldn’t eat this chicken.”

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She added: “The myth of the sick, malnourished vegan simply isn’t true.”

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