A Sheffield mum has turned her dream physique into a reality by becoming a bikini competitor at 42.
Liz Poxon took to the gym three years ago when, after seeing little change from cardio, decided to pick up the weights.
When she got in touch with her now coach Michelle Brannan, stepping on stage was a huge challenge for the mum of two.
She said: “I never stuck to anything because I didn’t see any changes, however when I started weight training I took a picture of myself. A few months later I took another and put them side by side, and even though the scales hadn’t moved, my body composition had changed.”
Two years on and she’s competed 3 times, coming first in her category at the BodyPower bikini competition in May and earning her place in the finals. She’ll step on stage with the best in October.
During a usual four months of preparation for a competition, Liz trains daily and will do six hours of cardio per week.
To work towards such a lean physique, her diet consists of six meals per day with protein in every meal, making use of different spices and flavourings to add variety to her food.
Balancing family life alongside an intensive training regime is something many competitors struggle with - but summer holidays her husband and children still come first.
She said: “My family encourage me to compete and I centre it around my family life. I don’t do competitions over the summer because it would get intense if we were going abroad”.
Prep takes an extreme amount of dedication and consistency, but it doesn’t seem to phase Liz, who has advice for other women who might consider it too late to get in shape.
“I realised that women my age actually do competitions and you don’t have to be young to do this,” she added.
“When you’re glammed up and walk on that stage, it’s all worth it.”