The Mineola, Texas, mom and bikini model Lori Vick says she is flooded with praise and attention from both men and women who can’t believe her age and ask how she got in such great shape.
“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 to the Daily Mail.
“For the most part people are intrigued that I am 52 thinking I am younger. But I will say that at age 52 it requires a lot more self-care than at younger ages so it is a constant effort to maintain a healthy appearance,” she added.
The certified fitness trainer and nutrition coach says she has always been athletic – running in half and full marathons throughout the years – and working as a trainer for more than 30 years. However, it was not until she decided to give bodybuilding a try in 2014 that she was able to sculpt her body into the impressive physique she has now. Vick has since competed in several competitions, placing first and second.
Vick said she maintains her body by working out five to six days a week and focusing on eating a “super clean” mostly plant-based diet and avoiding gluten and all fast food.
“I have always been very naturally athletic so [fitness] came much easier to me than most. As I have gotten older it is no longer 'easier' for me,” she said.
“What has worked for me over a lifetime of fitness has been the three Ds — discipline, determination and dedication,” said Vick to the Daily Mail.
Vick spends hours in the gym, beginning with cardio in the early morning – like a quick 7-mile run – followed by strength training with weights, and then more cardio.
Her goals have evolved with her fitness regime, Vick explains.
“So my initial goal when I began bodybuilding was always to become a fitness model.”
Now, at 52, the athlete takes pride in her portfolio, which showcases not just her competition photos, but her lifestyle. She hopes to continue bikini modeling into her 60s.
“We should be reinventing on some level until we're done living. We definitely all have to go out sometime, but I for one am certainly not going down without a fight,” she said.
The health-conscious woman also encourages others to chase their goals, regardless of age.
“As far as someone who wants to reinvent themselves in their 50s, I'd say wholeheartedly to go for it,” the coach says, noting that she offers guidance for those interested in changing their lifestyles as a certified nutritionist and trainer.
“I have fought and overcome much - as most humans have at this age - and I believe it is a good thing too because it is for this reason I am so grateful for every single aspect of my health and fitness and performance as an athlete at 52,” she said.