She’s setting the bar high.
One lawyer from Hawaii is unrecognizable after becoming a super-fit bodybuilder — at 60 years old.
Ilene Block, who is now 63, had struggled with dieting and keeping weight off for her entire life. So, when she turned the big 6-0, she decided to take a step back from things and try to eat normally, without following any sort of plan.
However, in doing this, she gained 30 pounds, which bummed her out.
It wasn’t until she saw pictures of Joan MacDonald, 76, a mega-fit architect on social media, that Block decided to turn things around. She was inspired by MacDonald’s story, who began her fitness journey at age 70, so Block signed up for a macro-based program in 2020.
“Within a year I lost 40 pounds and felt great,” Block told Caters. “I’d always wanted to do a bodybuilding show, but because of my busy career as a lawyer and bringing up my kids, I could never commit to doing it during my 30s, as the preparation is intense.”
With her newfound passion for fitness, the Maui, Hawaii, woman decided to reach out to a coach to help her get ready to compete in bodybuilding shows, and things took off from there. She has since competed in not one, but two figure bodybuilding shows and plans on continuing.
“Even now, I can’t believe I have managed to do this,” Block admitted. “When I walked onstage, in my bikini, posing and feeling confident, I was just thinking to myself, am I really doing this?”
She trains six times per week, with an emphasis on weight lifting, and even boasts that before she stepped onstage for one of her shows, she was back down to 120 pounds, which is what she weighed at her wedding in her early 20s.
“Although I used to exercise, I was never pushing myself out of my comfort zone and I was stuck in a rut with what I was doing,” Block explained.
When she competed in the two shows, she was the oldest competitor at both, which took place in the span of two weeks. The lawyer showed off her toned and trim figure by wearing a bikini and posing for the judges.
She hopes to set an example for other women her age.
“I want to prove that stereotypes aren’t true and that women can do whatever they want at whatever age,” Block said.
Block emphasized that she’s still blown away by her own progress and what she’s been able to accomplish.
“Even though I am older and post-menopausal, it is so fascinating to see how my body responds to training and my diet, and I can’t wait to see what I can achieve for the next show,” she said.
This article was originally posted by The New York Post.