Social media platforms – especially ones that primarily focus on sharing photos and gaining recognition and praise for them – have really inspired people to take pride in their appearance.

Instagram, in particular, has really encouraged people to get into shape and showcase their toned bodies for the world to see.

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Now, the skeptics amongst us might suggest that this is a very superficial way to spend your time online and can ultimately make you strive for perfection in a way that isn’t realistic or healthy.

However, the truth is, documenting your fitness journey on social media can actually be a very positive thing as people work hard on transforming their bodies, becoming fitter and healthier in the process.

One young woman who has social media to thank for motivating her throughout her fitness journey is 24-year-old Bakhar Nabieva from Azerbaijan.

She is being dubbed the “Girl with the iron bum” after bulking up to such an extraordinary degree.

The fitness fanatic has confessed to disliking the way her body looked before she began bodybuilding.

These days, however, she spends much of her day pumping iron at the gym and places special emphasis on her glutes, earning her that fantastic nickname.

The Azerbaijani athlete recently took to her social media page, reaching out to her followers to inform them that her physique hasn’t always looked the way it does now.

The young fitness guru posted an old photo of herself, writing this in the caption:

“I was a very skinny child, had thin legs, and all my classmates made fun of me. I started going to the gym, and had no idea how to build an exercise routine correctly so I just started working on the physical part, and one day I woke up and looked in the mirror and I saw some muscles. Once I saw the result of developing muscles nothing could stop me.”

Bakhar set up her Instagram page in order to document her fitness regime in the form of photos.