From Data Entry to a Guinness World Record
Edith Wilma Connor’s incredible journey from owning her own data entry company, to becoming a world-renowned bodybuilder.
When Edith Wilma Connor was in her early 60s, she was spending 10 hours a day sitting at a computer. She and her husband ran a data entry company together, and the long hours of desk-work left her feeling drained every day. That’s when she started lifting weights as a way to relieve tension and get more active.
Today, more than 20 years later, Connor is recognized by Guinness World Records, having earned the title “Oldest Living Female Bodybuilder” in 2012. She calls bodybuilding her “salvation”.
In the year 2000, on her 65th birthday, Connor entered her first bodybuilding competition, the Grand Masters in Las Vegas. Even though it was her first taste of competitive bodybuilding, she won the event. “At that point, I was hooked,” she said after her first victory. She then grew her hobby into a passion and profession as a certified personal trainer, offering a special focus on training and strengthening the mature body.
Now, at the age of 82, Connor still works out at least three times per week. She does not diet, but instead, she has developed her own nutritional regimen to complement her weight training. She’s quoted as saying, “at my age, I still like to move. I’m not the sedentary type. [Bodybuilding] gave me a good way out.”
She then grew her hobby into a passion and profession as a certified personal trainer, offering a special focus on training and strengthening the mature body.
Many of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have joined the family tradition of personal training as well.
Edith Wilma Connor is an excellent example of how anyone can become #BestWithAge. Her spirit has truly shined brighter with each passing year, as she took herself from inactive office worker to world-record-holding champion bodybuilder and personal trainer. Her story is all about the power of her will and the amazing things that can happen when we commit to change.
Photo Credit: Guinness World Records
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