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At 50 Years Old, Fitness Expert Gingi Ray Shows The Guys How It’s Done!

Fitness over 50 isn’t only for men, just ask Gingi Ray.

bmf.c:  Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

Ginger Ray shows men over 50 how it's done!

Gingi Ray shows men over 50 how it’s done!

Gingi: I love lifting weights! I compete in the NPC bikini division. In the past, I have completed the Chicago Marathon (2010) and the Florida Four half marathon series. I would like to be able to devote more time to learning tennis and this week, I am taking a swimming lesson. (I cannot swim) !

bmf.c: Why the interest in this area?

Gingi:  I started competing after seeing another girl, who was also a little older at the gym. I asked what she was doing and she referred me to Team Bombshell. After seeing the photos of the incredibly strong and beautiful women, I knew that I wanted to compete. It is challenging at 50 to hang with the girls in their 20’s, but a lot of fun!!

bmf.c: How do you stay in shape for your activities?

 Gingi: My coach creates a monthly plan for me that includes weight training and cardio. I do both five days a week.

bmf.c: Tell us about your workouts. What do you do? How often?

Gingi: My plan trains a different muscle group each day. I also have a plyo day. My cardio is all strength building and I use the treadmill, Arc Trainer and Stairmaster.

bmf.c: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Gingi: I love reading motivational stories and seeing pictures on Facebook of my team competing and winning! I also send progress pictures to my coach weekly, so there is no hiding from staying on track! Overall, it is motivating to me be able to wear what I want, be able to do things physically that many women my age cannot and to surprise people when they find out how old I am. It’s not bragging if you can back it up!! 🙂

bmf.c: What is your biggest personal challenge to achieving and maintaining fitness over 50? How do you overcome that challenge?

Gingi: I would say that the major challenge is time management. It is difficult to get it all in each day. As a wife and mother, it is also hard to take this time for myself and not feel selfish. I have talked to many women who have the same problem.

bmf.c: How do you approach diet and nutrition? What are your meals like? What kind of supplements do you take, if any?

Gingi:  My coach prepares a monthly menu for me. Basically, I eat 5-6 meals per day. They all consist of lean proteins, high quality carbs and vegetables. I have a hard time swallowing pills, so I make a protein shake each morning with all my supplements in it. I take calcium, glucosamine, a mega multivitamin, collagen and sometimes some extra vitamin C. I also like a pre-workout drink once in awhile, as I am not a coffee drinker. I LOVE the BodyFX line that has just come out.

bmf.c: Have you overcome injuries and/or surgeries? What were they? How did you overcome them?

Gingi: Oh yes! Right now I am sporting kinesio-tape in bright pink on the right arm and shoulder. I have a detached scapula that is a healing work in process.

bmf.c: Do you have a target weight and/or body fat level you maintain?  What is it? How do you achieve it?

Gingi: I compete around 127 lbs. I stay around 130 lbs without too much effort. I really enjoy doing cardio and I think that, along with a healthy diet helps me maintain my weight.

bmf.c: What are your health and fitness goals for the future?

Gingi: I am learning something new everyday! I started working on a Master’s degree in Nutrition last year and I am fascinated by sports nutrition and anti-aging science. I would like to continue to compete and hope to win a pro card at a Master’s event. Eventually, I want to tie it all together and write a book dedicated to empowering and encouraging those fifty and greater to improve their health and wellness.

5 Responses to At 50 Years Old, Fitness Expert Gingi Ray Shows The Guys How It’s Done!

  • Patricia says:

    I have been working in the gym, I do cardio clases, I run but I can’t define my abs, I still have a bit of belly. How long for should I do abs work every day? what else should I do?

  • Denise says:

    I’m coming up on 52, I have a 23 y/o, 21 y/o and a 4 y/o! Because of my 4 y/o, I find it very difficult to have any time to work out. The gym has no play area that I can leave my daughter so I can exercise. My husband works out of the country a lot so I don’t have the backup sitter. My day starts at 6am and by the time my day ends, it’s 9pm. how does a working mom make room in her day for exercise? I’m at a desk job 8 hours a day which doesn’t help. What would be the best diet for me? I can feel my strength ebbing away and I’m always tired now.

    • admin says:

      Denise, shop for a gym that does have childcare – many do these days, you are the customer! For your diet, find the right calorie count for you basal metabolic rate, then balance carbs / proteins / healthy fats at about 50% / 40% / 10% respectively.

  • Karla says:

    it is so few and far between that I find a fit women over fifty! There is no date on this article so I am not sure of your age. I did not even start working out until my 50’s. I love finding women that live a fit and healthy lifestyle in their 50’s!

    • admin says:

      Hi Karla, this article just went up, Gingi is 50 right now, we plan on adding more content about and for women over 50, tell us more about your personal fitness journey!!!

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