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Muscles aren’t always macho

Lesley Maxwell may be a 63-year-old grandma, but she’s also absolutely ripped. She works out five times a week, has won almost 30 titles at fitness competitions, and says her super toned body also helps her land much younger men.

Lesley, now a personal trainer and fitness professional, only began working out when she hit 48, winning her first figure competition just one year later. After working in promotions and as a makeup artist, the grandma was inspired to begin her fitness journey after seeing a promotion for a body competition on TV. She hit the gym for the first time the next day.

Lesley said, “I had always had a keen interest in fitness and health and I was determined to find a way to nourish my body to look and feel younger. I used to love being strong and winning bets with boys that I could lift more than them. My mum used to tell me “boys don’t like girls with muscles” – but I know they did!”

Lesley is currently single after splitting with her husband who was 13 years younger than her. She now says she regularly gets interest from much younger men.

“I’m always approached by younger men, I feel ageless so it works,” Lesley said.

“All of my partners have been younger than me, including my ex-husband, whom I had a 13-year age gap with. I’m much happier and confident in myself now than when I was younger, especially since I have made many friends through the gym and competing.”

Lesley sticks to a fairly intense workout routine, dedicating an hour to fitness five times a week.

Her workouts include plenty of deadlifts, squats, chest presses, and ab exercises. Food-wise, Lesley’s diet isn’t complex – she just avoids refined food and junk options and chooses meals that are nutrient-dense.

To anyone else wanting a body like hers, Lesley’s advice is simple, “Train with weights to create a younger-looking body, as it can really lift and tone bums and arms better.”

The grandmother hopes to inspire other women to get into weightlifting and fitness.

She said, “I don’t feel judged as I train just as hard as anyone else – it’s a fantastic community and I don’t think age comes into it. All I’d say is – don’t wait! I think every woman would like to bring their sexy back.”

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