This mum is in the shape of her life at fifty-two and often gets mistaken for someone decades younger with men and women to flood her inbox with DMs begging to know her secret.
Lori Vick is a 52-year-old fitness trainer from Texas. She has always been naturally athletic and a keen runner, running seven marathons and countless half marathons between 2010 and 2014.
Then in 2014 she fancied a change and decided to give competitive bodybuilding a try as she was interested to find out how switching up her diet and training could sculpt her physique.
Now the ageless mum to three children, Lexi (25), Logan (19) and Lawson (17) has opened up about how she keeps so fit.
“What has worked for me over a lifetime of fitness has been the three ‘Ds’ - discipline, determination and dedication,” Lori said.
“I have a lot of self-discipline when it comes to my own fitness. I am very determined in everything I do, if I set my mind on something I go ‘all in’.”
Lori has competed in several bodybuilding competitions at a national level, placing first and second over the years. She’s also become a fitness bikini model and takes part in regular photoshoots – her goal is to still be bikini modelling when she is 60.
“I love choosing outfits and shoes and making amazing images. When I'm shooting photos I forget anything else exists for that brief time. I also love that modelling has really helped me connect with myself,” she said about modelling.
“I have really made an effort to create photos in several physique styles, some are immediately following or preceding a competition, but many photoshoots I have done are just me in my ‘walk-around’ physique.”
Lori’s incredible figure is the result of years of consistency and hard work which sees her train between five to six days a week which she fuels through eating ‘super clean’ which means Lori never eats fast food, or foods with chemicals in them, she eats gluten free and an 80 per cent plant based diet.
“I would say super clean, and I mean super clean eating is everything at age fifty-two to maintaining the physique I have,” she said.
“I never eat like the majority of the people. Eating ‘regular’ food simply does not serve me well either in performing the way I choose to or in looking the way I want to.
“Showing discipline when I eat. Although I eat super clean it is still possible to eat too much clean food.
“It is required after all that I eat a certain amount of calories--and not more than that--in order to maintain a certain level of lean mass. It is a balancing act between eating to perform and eating to stay lean. I am always looking to improve.”
Despite being in the shape of her life at 52 and having people mistake her for being decades younger than she is, Lori, who believes that it is never too late for someone to reinvent themselves, says she will never take her health and fitness for granted.
“For the most part people are intrigued that I am fifty-two thinking I am younger. But I will say that at age fifty-two it requires a lot more self-care than at younger ages so it is a constant effort to maintain a healthy appearance,” she said.
“Fitness gives me a daily pattern for my life, every single day, even when times are difficult, I still know I can rely on fitness in my life.”
“I am very confident now, but I consider myself humble in a healthy way so I take not one single day for granted, every time I am able to go out for a run with the sun shining on my face I am grateful.”
A typical day of training for Lori when she is at her peak consists of an early morning fasted cardio run of up to seven miles, followed by a protein rich meal and an hour of weight lifting, followed by further cardio either on her road bike or on the Stairmaster machine or treadmill.
Lori’s sensational modelling pictures garner a lot of attention on social media and she is frequently inundated with messages from men and women complimenting her on her figure and asking her for tips on how they can achieve similar results, the secret to which she says is in her diet.
“I find most of the messages I receive are positive and complimentary, not inappropriate. I try to handle each one on a case by case basis, but I really try to respond or at least acknowledge each message I receive,” she said.
“I appreciate the people who follow my journey and take the time to reach out to me.”
Additional reporting by Media Drum World/Australscope