What It's Like To Be A Female Bodybuilder

MUMBAI, INDIA - DECEMBER 7: Women bodybuilders showing their muscles during the 6th World Body Building and Physique Sports Championship at NESCO Ground on December 7, 2014 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Sanjay Solanki/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - DECEMBER 7: Women bodybuilders showing their muscles during the 6th World Body Building and Physique Sports Championship at NESCO Ground on December 7, 2014 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Sanjay Solanki/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Sonia Ryan stood alongside the five other women in her category at the Fitness America show last October, sparkling in her emerald-green, sequined bikini under the bright stage lights. A little bit of that sparkle went out as she was announced last in her group, but disappointments like this have never been strong enough to get her out of the game.