Anna Watson is not your average girl. She can bench press 155 pounds, she eats 900-calorie mass-gainer shakes and she has four inches of muscle on her biceps. Watson's muscles raised eyebrows after a photo of her flexing began circulating on the Internet.
Some were shocked by her appearance. Usually when we write about cheerleaders (like here, here, and here), it's for one reason and one reason only: Because they're hot. Not the case here, wrote Complex blogger Chris Yuscavage. Sure, Anna Watson has a pretty face and probably cleans up pretty nicely. But we're interested in her because she could also probably power clean, bench press, squat, and dead lift us if she wanted to.
However, Watson does not care about the physical. She even turned down a $75,000 fitness-modeling contract because of the extreme requirements and the need to take Anavar, a legal anabolic steroid.
On Thursday, Anna Watson sat down with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts to talk about her muscles and the decision to turn away from those who pressured her.
In regards to the $75,000 contract, Watson said, It was tempting at first.
The agent came at me from all different kinds of angles and tried to make it look as good as possible, she said. But she said that, by growing up in the Church, she knew that this was not something God wanted.
My body was created the way it is supposed to be and that it's a temple. Putting artificial things in it was not what I was supposed to do, she said. Watson compares her story to the story of Daniel, in the Bible, who goes to war and is tempted with wine and decadent food but turned away from that.
That's kind of my story. At the end of it I might not be where I hope to end up but I know that in the Lord's eyes He is pleased, she said.
Watson discussed how when she started weight-lifting, after years of gymnastics, she became obsessed with it.
Anything can be an addiction... Passion becomes an obsession, then you know it's too much, she said. Her message is to have balance.