Dealing with body-shaming and reprogramming how women view their bodies when putting on muscle

In the first AFLW season, Erin Phillips stood out. And not just because she was the best player.

The then-Adelaide Crows superstar looked like she was carved out of granite.

And while some people simply have a genetic predisposition to looking jacked, years of training in professional set-ups in the WNBA and with the Opals could claim a lot of the credit.

Erin Phillips’ muscle tone set her apart from many players in the debut season of the AFLW. (Getty Images: AFL Media/Adam Trafford)

Only a few years later and Phillips is no longer an outlier.

An influx of money has allowed more women to pursue sport as a full-time career, or something resembling it, and the fruits of even minimal investment are visible.