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.
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.