By Emma Pearson @emma_pear
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Twelve stone Lorna was still bench pressing 100kg right up to her due date and admits she defied medical advice to slow down from her six-hours of weightlifting a week.
And the mum-of-four qualified for the British Female Bodybuilding Finals just ten months after giving birth to her one-year-old daughter by caesarean section.
Now the 40-year-old, who munches 4000 calories a day, says she wants to keep getting bigger and admits she will never be happy with her size.
Lorna, from Hamilton, Scotland, said: “In bodybuilding you’re always striving to be bigger and better after each competition.
“I never feel big enough so I’m always in competition with myself to improve my size and condition.”
During the labour with baby Quinn, surgeons discovered Lorna had a seven inch abdominal tear - which is common in muscular women as their taught stomach muscles can't stretch to accommodate the growing baby bump.
But fitness-mad Lorna was back in the gym six weeks later.
Lorna said: “My midwife said I should calm down my weightlifting regime but I felt I knew my body best and I carried on as normal.”
Now she juggles her gruelling fitness regime with being a mum to four children and she also works full time as a firefighter.
Lorna, whose partner Steven, 32, is also a bodybuilder, wakes up at 5.30am every day to fit in an hour of cardio before starting the school run.
Her day is then a frantic cycle of washing, cleaning, baby feeds, and changing nappies – with firefighter shifts and weightlifting crammed in between.
As well as cooking for her hungry brood, Lorna also prepares six separate high protein meals for herself and a separate strict menu for Steven.
And at the fire station, Lorna, who has 14 years of service, commands incredible respect from her male colleagues – who are considerably less muscular than the beefy mum.
Lorna said: “It is chaotic and when I’m going mental on the stepper with wild bed-hair at 5.30am the neighbours must think I’m nuts.
“It is a manic lifestyle but I love it and I’m completely dedicated.”
Lorna’s impressive biceps measure a staggering 14 inches and her thighs measure in at a whopping 23.5 inches.
Since taking up weightlifting in 2013, Lorna has won Muscle Xcess Classic 2013, NABBA Miss Scotland Trained Figure, Muscle Xcess Classic 2015 and NABBA Scotland 2nd place 2015 and dreams of winning a universal title.
And her children couldn’t be prouder of their mum-mountain.
Lorna, who is mum to Taylor, 15, Marlee, 13, Reid, eight, and one-year-old Quinn, said: “Marlee and Reid are into their fitness already and they’ve said that they want to get big muscles when they’re older.
“I think Steven and I are setting a good example by showing the kids how to look after their bodies.
“People do stare at me when I’m out and about and I’ve seen kids grab their mum’s hand when they’ve caught sight of me in the supermarket.
“But my children and Steven couldn’t be prouder.”
Lorna began weightlifting in 2012 after suffering from a knee injury during a charity football match.
She started training in an attempt to build muscle around the joint but soon found herself addicted to pumping iron.
Lorna, who is 5ft 7, and weighs 12 stone of solid muscle, said: “The change in my body was dramatic and I loved seeing my muscles strengthen and grow.
“Within six months I’d gained a stone in muscle and went from a size 10 to a size 16.”
And it was Lorna’s new hardcore hobby that helped her find love, with fellow bodybuilder Steven.
Lorna’s statuesque physique caught the eye of Steven, a asbestos removal supervisor, at a bodybuilding competition in 2013.
And their mutual love of the weights bench led to romance outside of the gym.
Lorna said: “It’s great to be with someone who understands the level of commitment and dedication and won’t try to tempt you away from your diet with a pizza.
“Sometimes I can be snappy with Steven when I’m on a shredding diet and I’m hungry but he understands where I’m coming from because he might have been in the same situation a week before.”
Lorna currently eats six protein-packed meals every day including six egg whites and plenty of chicken and steak – totalling 4,000 calories.
Now Lorna wants to encourage other females to take up bodybuilding, and says that with the right dedication and commitment, women can have it all.
She said: “Women are just as capable as men and female bodybuilding is becoming much more mainstream.
“I’d challenge anyone who says bodybuilding is a men’s sport to come and train with me in the gym – they wouldn’t be thinking that way for long.”