When Elaine Richard was asked by her bosses at the Weymouth Fitness Club to participate in the facility’s annual fitness competition, the 65-year-old balked. A seasoned personal trainer and Pilates instructor who competes in ballroom dancing, Richard knew she was in good shape for her age. But she was skeptical she could compete with 30- and 40-year-olds.
As it turned out, she surprised herself. After a rigorous 12-week training period, she held her own in a competition that included pullups, bench press, squats, and military sit-ups. In fact, she completed 95 sit-ups in 1 minute, more than any of her competitors.