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Kathryn Zent: Fit at 50

Kathryn Zent is a figure competitor who has competed in both Musclemania and Fitness America competitions. This wouldn’t be anything unusual – if she wasn’t 50 years old. The ‘soccer mom’ from Maryland is obviously in great shape for her age – any age really – and a great inspiration.

Photos by George Legeros

64 Years Old….

And yes I am serious.

Dee Lazard is an NPC bodybuilder who at 64 years old, or really I should say young, still competes in the open classes – and places well too….


Trudy Ireland

51 year old NPC bodybuilder Trudy Ireland talks and flexes below. Trudy won the Heavyweight class and the Overall at the 2007 NPC Masters Nationals.

2009 NPC San Diego Masters Champ

Wendy Ida entered her first figure contest this year and ended up winning the masters division of the 2009 NPC San Diego Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championship on March 21, 2009.

Working out is my cup of coffee in the morning,” she says. “I love how it makes my body smile. But my greatest reward is seeing how I inspire others to step up their game. It’s a wonderful thing to see how the power of fitness can set you free.”

What’s so unusual about this? Wendy just turned 57 in May.

images via Blacknews.com

Elizabeth Rohde


Elizabeth Rohde started bodybuilding at age 53 and now competes in Figure shows.

The hairdresser by trade has been on a pursuit of physiological perfection ever since a local bodybuilder introduced her to the sport two years ago.

“I want to be like a sculpture,” she said. “I think you can accomplish that … I cannot give it up. I’m addicted. I love it. I just love the sport.”

It comes with sacrifice. In addition to keeping a meticulous diet, Rohde had to gradually stop most food and water intake in the days leading up to the competition. She drank just eight ounces of water the day of the event to achieve a look that is dazzling to the eye.

Image and text via an article on the Patriot Ledger, click the link to read and view more photos.

Mountain Climbing Figure Champ

Susan Ershler climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest on May 16, 2002 with her husband Phil becoming, “The first couple to climb the Seven Summits together” which is the highest peak on each of the world’s seven continents). She also became the 12th American woman to climb Mt. Everest.

And to top it off, this past weekend she won the over 50 year old category of the NPC Emerald Cup:

image via MD, click here for their full Emerald Cup gallery

The Gun Show: Madonna

Well I’m impressed by the mainstream media getting all hip with itself talking about “guns”, here is the caption for the photo below from their site: “Madonna smuggled a gun show into Elton John’s Oscar bash – and we’re not talking about weapons.”

The NY Daily News has a slideshow with almost 20 photos featuring a look back at the Material Girl’s ever-expanding biceps with commentary and all. Click here to check it out


I cannot say this photo from the slideshow below was my favorite. Madonna looks beyond fabulous for age 50, and also did so much with popularizing the “buff look” with the mainstream, more then we as bodybuilders could ever do – but still I am getting a cadaver feeling for the photo below.


Still, the gallery they did up is cool – so check it out

First Woman to Swim Across the Atlantic

Jennifer Figge became the first woman to swim across the Atlantic, finishing this month. From Aspen, Colorado the mother of one swam in a shark cage which she described as “my playpen. It’s like a big french fry basket.”


Photos and text from the Associated Press: Reaching a beach in Trinidad, she became the first woman on record to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

The 56-year-old left the Cape Verde Islands off Africa’s western coast on Jan. 12, battling waves of up to 30 feet (9 meters) and strong winds

Figge woke most days around 7 a.m., eating pasta and baked potatoes while she and the crew assessed the weather. Her longest stint in the water was about eight hours, and her shortest was 21 minutes. Crew members would throw bottles of energy drinks as she swam; if the seas were too rough, divers would deliver them in person. At night she ate meat, fish and peanut butter, replenishing the estimated 8,000 calories she burned a day.


Sounds impressive? Well it is, but not the most prolific example of distance swimming. The AP also reports that French swimmer Benoit Lecomte made the first known solo trans-Atlantic swim about 10 years ago, covering nearly 4,000 miles from Massachusetts to France in 73 days. No woman on record has made the crossing.

Do these people not know instead of taking two months to swim across, you can catch a flight in 7 hours?

Tina Turner: Going 70 This Year

One of the world’s most prolific artists – Tina has sold nearly 200 million albums worldwide and has the distinction of having sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in music’s history. Now living in Europe, Tina will be 70 years old later this year.


Also known through time for her legs, Tina is pretty ageless as both photos as well as videos of her performances of her 2008 World Tour show. She says she doesn’t exercise per se, says dancing 2-3 hours on the stage almost every night for almost 45 years is her secret to staying in shape, as well as eating a diet rich in seafoods and salads.

72 Year Old Wanja Sjödin

72 year old Swedish fitness enthusiast Wanja Sjödin defies all concept of age. A former model, she started weight training at age 47 and ran her first marathon when she was 50.

image via zonecapone

The pic doesn’t begin to show her fitness level – the video below she is popping out dips and pushups showing a very good fitness level for any age – let alone 72. Impressive!

Hudson Hero: Wife a Fitness Expert

Anyone who isn’t living under a rock is aware of the ‘Hudson Hero’ – Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger who landed a US Airways plane in the Hudson River after engine failure. This has been saturating all the news channels, deservedly so as his unprecedented actions saved the lives of every single passenger onboard.

His wife Lorrie, who has been seen on various news clips and quoted as saying “I am not surprised, this is the man I know“, is a fitness expert who runs her own business in California.

image via fitandfabulousoutdoors

50 year old Lorrie is a certified personal trainer, gym owner and creator of the “Fit and Fabulous Outdoors” TV Show. Click here to visit Lorrie Sullenberger’s Fit and Fabulous website.

Arnold Classic: No Lisa Auckland?

Looking over the 2009 Arnold Classic Invite List, there is one thing sticking out to me – no Lisa Auckland? Lisa made her pro debut at the 2002 Arnold Classic, and is a normal fixture in the contest as well as a perpetual top placer. The only Ms International she has missed since she became a pro was in 2004.

Her prior placings at the Arnold Classic’s Ms International:

2008 Ms. International: 3rd place
2007 Ms. International: 4th place
2006 Ms. International: 8th place
2005 Ms. International: 4th place heavyweight
2003 Ms. International: 8th place heavyweight
2002 Ms. International: 6th place heavyweight

Coming off a win at the 2008 Atlantic City Pro Lisa is easily one of the top pros and I really do wonder why Lisa was not invited? Perhaps she didn’t apply but either way she will be missed onstage.


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