VIDEO: Watch Carol, the iron lady

Endless hours of pumping iron have paid off for a mum from Houghton Regis who has won a major bodybuilding competition.

Carol Taylor, 41, muscled in on the first prize at the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation competition at Becks Theatre in Hayes, Middlesex.

Winning the title means Carol, of Mill Road, has been crowned the South East Women's Bodybuilding Champion.

The next step for the busy mum, who launched her business Carol's Unisex Hair Design in Dunstable this year, is to enter the British final.

But before she takes on that hefty challenge, she's going to enjoy a break from her strict diet and fly off to Florida for a holiday.

Then she will be back to her tough training regime at the Active 4 Less gym in Dunstable, which she attends every day.