One look at world champion powerlifter Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski's website and you'd be hard-pressed to see anything other than an elite bodybuilding alpha male - which, to hear Janae Marie Kroc tell it, is exactly who Matt is. But that's where your preconceived notions about Matt and Janae should end, because Matt is Janae and Janae is Matt, both a "Transgender/genderfluid Alpha male" and a "girly girl Lesbian in a male body," all at once, according to her Instagram account.
Kroc, a well-known star in the bodybuilding community, announced recently that she has transitioned genders from male to female and has chosen to go by the name Janae Marie Kroc. (h/t to Outsports)
"Being a total alpha male and transgender definitely makes me unique even in the transgender community. ... Gender identity and personality tests that I have taken in an effort to figure myself out always indicate that I am both hyper-masculine and hyper-feminine," Kroc wrote as part of a statement announcing her decision, via GymFlow100.com. "Exactly what I need to do to be at peace with myself is something I am still not 100% certain of. Transitioning is a very difficult process and even tougher at an oder age (I'm 42). ... And living as a transgender woman that is honest about her situation is very difficult and can be dangerous. I am a very realistic person and I don't think the transitioning will magically solve all of my issues without creating new challenges. Whatever path I choose there will be sacrifices to be made."
A photo posted by Janae Marie (@janaemariekroc) on Jul 5, 2015 at 2:24pm PDT
Kroc's Instagram profile, where the above picture was taken from, has many other pictures of her post-surgery. Kroc was the "2006 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic WPO Powerlifting Middle Weight Champion and in 2009 became the all-time world record holder in the 220lb class posting a 2551lb total via 1003lb squat, 738lb bench press and an 810lb deadlift," according to her website.
Kroc joins Caitlyn Jenner, who recently transitioned from male to female on a much greater, much more highly visible scale, as another powerful, seemingly hyper-masculine male to make the transition to female this year. Questions of Jenner's acceptance levels by the general American viewing public have come up of late. It will be interesting to see how Kroc, as a bodybuilder, is viewed.