BodyBuilding for Women Over 50 (and 60, or 70) or Life Building

Bodybuilding for women over 50. No matter who you are, you probably got an image in your head. What was it? I can’t wait to introduce you. 

I have 5 guests today. And there’s a video version if you’d like to see them. You might want to. They’re not your grandma but some are grandmas. They’re not what you thought 60 or 70 would look like when you were 20.

For one of them… she didn’t know if she’d have a 60. She realized at the point she’d been gifted 30 years she wasn’t guaranteed from an organ donor, she better get on with living her life as if she were grateful for the body she had. 

Another, has Leukemia fueling her, not stopping her. 

They chose this sport because of the challenge, maybe because it scared them just a little. But it’s not the bikini on stage that kept them in it. 

I asked them these questions: 

  • What got you started in this sport after 50? 
  • How is the training “diet”? 
  • Is it hard to follow, and is it hard to eat enough? 
  • How does it work? Who are you competing against? 

What about you? Would you be interested in competing as a bodybuilder? 

Here’s why I asked these women to join me here. Bodybuilding for women over 50 isn’t a common topic. But it’s common for women to accept that aging comes with weight loss and I don’t talk about that either so there’s that. 

It wasn’t the picture of them all on stage.

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Renee Landers


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