A 63-year-old woman who became a bodybuilder in her 70s aims to prove that life doesn’t end after 50 for women.
Elaine Block, of Maui City, Hawaii, has spent most of her life on diets and following fads in an effort to get the perfect body. But in 2020, at the age of 61, she decided to devote herself to bodybuilding to keep fit.
Elaine, who now trains six times a week, has competed in duets and is currently preparing to compete in more next year.
The sexagenarian won the bodybuilding competition thanks to her physique. She said that being on the show changed her view of what women in their 60s could accomplish
When she turned 60, Elaine decided that in her 60th year, she wouldn’t go on a diet, which led to her gaining up to 30 pounds.
But after impressive before and after photos of Joanne McDonald, a 76-year-old fitness fanatic, surfaced on social media, Ellen says it caught her eye and she knew she had no excuses as her 61st birthday approached.
Elaine, who now trains six times a week, has participated in double-digit competitions and is currently preparing to compete in more next year.
Elaine added: “Joanne started her fitness journey at the age of 70, so I had no excuses as my 61st birthday approached.
Elaine Block, of Maui City, Hawaii, gained 30 pounds in the year she turned 60 after giving up the fad diets. But in 2020, at the age of 61, she decided to devote herself to bodybuilding to keep fit. pictured before
Now 63, Elene shed 40 pounds after taking up bodybuilding in 2020 and feels more confident than ever
So in February 2020 I signed up for a macro based program and decided it didn’t matter how long it would take as long as it worked.
Within a year I lost 40 lbs and felt great.
I’ve always wanted to do a bodybuilding show, but because of my busy career as a lawyer and raising my kids, I could never commit to doing it through my 30s because the preparation is so intense.
So I decided to reach out to a trainer who helped prepare women in their 50s and asked him if he would be willing to coach a woman in her 60s to get ready for a show and it all started from there.
Since then I’ve been to a couple of bodybuilding shows, and I’m currently preparing my body for more shows next year.
After turning 60, Elaine, pictured, who has spent her life trying variously to stay skinny, decided to give up her diet altogether.
The 63-year-old, who has been previously photographed, felt inspired to make a change after coming across the social media accounts of a 73-year-old fitness fanatic.
Filmed before, Erin admits she’s always wanted to be in a bodybuilding show, but life has taken over.
Until now, I can’t believe I managed to do this. When I was walking on stage, in a bikini, posing and feeling confident, I was thinking to myself, Am I really doing this?
something amazing. A friend of mine told me that a woman becomes invisible after she turns 50, and I don’t agree with that at all.
I want to prove that stereotypes are not true and that women can do whatever they want at any age.
I started preparing for my shows in January 2022 with a little muscle building and by June I started cutting.
I lost 24 pounds in 25 weeks while preparing for the show and was down to 120 pounds by the time I got on stage.
Ellen began slimming her body down, left, before reaching her bodybuilding goals, and getting back to the weight she was when she got married decades ago, right
I didn’t believe it. I was about 120 pounds when I got married in my early 20s and I couldn’t believe I got back to that weight.
Elaine decided to participate in two shows in the space of two weeks and was the biggest competitor in both.
Competing in bodybuilding shows in her sixties changed Elaine’s view of what was possible for women when they reached a certain age.
‘Even though I was working out,’ she said, ‘I never really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and was really stuck with what I was doing.
Elaine’s body has become more toned, as she has lost 40 pounds in a matter of weeks of taking bodybuilding
Elaine shows off the weight she lost shortly after taking up bodybuilding as a hobby in 2020, at the age of 61
Pictured, the 63-year-old, whose workouts include weightlifting, said she feels fitter than she did before.
Now, I train six times a week, with an emphasis on lifting weights. It’s amazing to feel fit and healthy at this age.
I am fitter and healthier now than I have ever been in my life. How exciting is that?
When I was about to go on stage for the first time, I felt a moment of panic.
But I worked my butt off to get to the position and wanted to celebrate my moment.
“I also had a lot of practice with my posture because I wanted to feel confident and comfortable and that I belonged there when I was on stage.
Now pictured, Eileen, who works out six times a week, said she was amazed she felt so “fit and healthy” at her age.
The 63-year-old said it was ‘fantastic’ to see how her body responds to the training, despite being in her 60s and post-menopause.
After participating in bodybuilding competitions in 2022, Elaine wants to spend this year toning her body, with the goal of participating in new competitions in 2025.
I couldn’t believe I was really doing this because I thought it was something I had missed out on years ago, but here I was, in my 60s and just getting started.
“Even though I’m older and post-menopausal, it’s so cool to see how my body responds to training and my diet, and I can’t wait to see what I can achieve with the next show.”
“I’m going to spend this year focusing on building up my body before I cut again for shows that will be near my 65th birthday.”
Elaine wants to challenge society’s view of women in their sixties, that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.
She said, “It’s never too late when you’re not too old. I want people to know this
The exterior now matches how I feel on the inside.
Women are reaching out to me and saying they like how I looked in my ex photos and that I gave them hope, so I’m on a mission to change older women’s perspectives and inspire as many people as possible.
I have friends who spend their days playing word games, cooking and eating, and while there is nothing wrong with that, I am embarking on a new adventure in my life and there is so much to discover and achieve.
Life doesn’t stop after you’re 50.
“Whatever society and social media are telling you, figure out what you want for yourself and put your mind to it.”
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