75-year-old Iris Davies - the real star of bodybuilding
• 75-year-old Iris Davies - the real star of bodybuilding
The life of each folded in different ways, and 75-year-old Iris Davies believes his life is quite normal. The fact that she was in her age continues to receive awards in bodybuilding, and last birthday noted podtyanuvshis 21 times on the turnstile, it is also considered normal. "If I can, then you can", - she says to everyone who helps in the gym.
Davis Iris (Iris Davis) is now living in Melbourne, Florida. In 1960, the city was still a woman can not go to the gym - it was inappropriate, and sometimes simply prohibited. Now, as Iris says she is the best proof that the times have changed - she is a woman, she was 75 years old, and she teaches other people, including bodybuilders men how to perform certain exercises and training.
Iris herself was born in the capital of Ireland. She was one of 14 children in the family, so that in 16 years, she moved to London in search of a better life, and the next year married. And then in a short period of her life gone awry: her first child died as an infant. Iris terribly experienced this loss, but almost immediately zaberenemela second. And now, her husband died shortly after birth. Iris was in such terrible condition that the depression literally pinned her hands. But her arms remained a child - her son, who just turned two months - and she had to look for ways to pull yourself together. When the baby turned six months, Iris moved with him to the United States. It was there that she first came to the sport.
"Then I was a very pretty girl, but very unhappy. My husband died because of the terrible accident, when I was only 22 years old, and I was a single mother with a baby in her arms without money and without work. " "Then I walked through the streets of the city, and wept, crying all the time. And that's when I first went to the gym. It was then an old smelling room with a bunch of men and where there was not a single woman. I somehow was lucky that they let me, because at that time in fact, almost all rocking the country did not allow women to be inside. "
It tells Iris, she was then completely still on the inflated if her muscles, whether it sootvetsvovat bodybuilding standards - at the time of the women did not exist. So she just went and trained, and this allowed it to escape from their painful experiences. Moreover, the training helped her gather thoughts and to find the energy to go on, do not give up, and fight for a better future for his son. And as a bonus has already passed a toned body, which, of course, appeared quite soon after the start of regular training.
"I like the way my body looked, and I gave myself a promise that I will try to maintain its shape. Of course, I could not imagine myself then that I'll still be engaged in the hall later in '51. But then I just liked the gym, like the fact that there I do not grieve, do not cry, and certainly can not engage in exercises and at the same time be in a depression. For me, you know, it was hateful own church, my shelter from adversity, my safe place where I could come at any time when it was necessary for me. "
At the time Iris had probably only woman in the whole city who would go to a rocking chair, but she did not connect her life with professional sports. At least 50 years old are not tied - and then decided to take part in bodybuilding competitions and won second place. "Just think, 30 years before that, I could not go to the gym, and then I was already on the scene, and around my 20-year-old young people, and I take second place!"
Then, Iris began to regularly take part in competitions. In her confession, she was always at such events the oldest among the participants, and in 90 percent of cases, took first place.
Once Iris even helped to stop the offender. Near her house crashed the car, which was chased by the police and the criminals fled in all directions, so that one of the men decided to run past the "harmless grandmother." A grandmother took and threw him to the ground and held him until the police did not come to help and do not have a criminal under their own responsibility.
"Now I'm 75 and I work with a personal trainer for clients from 18 to 80 years. I would say that what I have devoted my life to the sport not only saved my life and gave me a very good life. "
On the question of when it believes it is best to begin to engage in sports, Iris says: "Yes, never late. I've got women who start to train when they are at 70. And for two years, they have smart, beautiful, slender and strong, - says Iris. - I say, if I can do it, and you will be able to. "