THIS bodybuilding champion has proved docs fallacious as she continues to carry over 40 years after a devastating analysis.
Rebecca Woody, from Missouri, was advised she ought to cease lifting weights after it was revealed she had a debilitating immune dysfunction.
In 1982, Rebecca was identified with rheumatoid arthritis, however has since change into a bodybuilding champ and remains to be going robust at 73.
At solely 4 ft 9 inches, she’s nonetheless a dimension zero and her athletic background impressed her to maintain going.
She advised The Mail: “I grew up with a father who was a coach at local people centre.
“My neighborhood was a close-knit one and within the early sixties there wasn’t the chance for feminine athletes as there may be now.
“My brother was a Golden Gloves boxer, and he got here to reside with me within the early eighties for a short while. He had a number of weights that he would carry and when he wasn’t residence, I’d carry them.”
Regardless of her physician pleading together with her to not carry weights, Rebecca has continued to defy the percentages and show doubters fallacious.
She continued: “Mainly, I’ve by no means stopped lifting weights. I competed within the late eighties and early nineties in power-lifting, which in turned bulked me up.
“I spotted pound by pound that I used to be robust. In one of many power-lifting contests, I weighed in at 107 kilos and I may squat carry at 111kg. I used to be all the time the oldest on stage and I nonetheless am.”
The very best half is her weight lifting has helped Rebecca’s arthritis signs – and spiced up her marriage with husband Steve, who’s 14 years youthful.
Rebecca stated: “I have been doing this for thus lengthy, it is change into a behavior to eat nicely and get to the gymnasium, identical to washing my face and brushing my teeth.
“Do not get me fallacious, I eat pizza and Mexican meals and revel in a margarita and love good wine but it surely’s all moderately.”
Because of her balanced life-style, Rebecca has received a number of competitions and is ready to mentor others.
One other older bodybuilder did not start her journey within the sport till she was 56 – now she’s 86 and a resounding success.
Ernestine Shepherd started to work out and eat healthily day by day which led her to change into assured sufficient to start competing.
She stated: “I’ve performed eleven marathons and three weeks in the past I did a half marathon. I don’t really feel like I’m 85. Age is completely only a quantity.”