Yes indeed, the older woman can have a fabulous physique that looks smashing in a swimsuit.
I don’t know what the older woman in the photo above does for exercise, but I’ll bet an arm and a leg that she does strength training. Now, the strength training isn’t necessarily with barbells and dumbbells. It could be with tension bands (intense resistance), kettlebells or Pilates equipment. It could be with machines or cable equipment.
It’s not impossible for a great body like this in an older woman to come from hardcore lap-swimming or rock-wall climbing.
However, chances are, this older female model does some pretty serious gym workouts with resistance. An older woman will not naturally have a body like this. No way. Look at those arms. Look at the muscles in her back.
Though it’s not difficult to find older women who can fit into this model’s swimsuit, this isn’t about size. It’s about BODY COMPOSITION. This model has a high degree of muscle mass relative to fat mass, compared to other women in her age group.
Yes, many 50-plusers could fit into that black swimsuit, but the vast majority would have the so-called flappy upper arms, no muscle definition in the back, but instead a soft and doughy looking back; and just an overall unfit, soft, untoned appearance: a “skinny fat” appearance.
The younger a woman is when she begins serious strength training, the greater her potential for achieving the best physique and fitness possible. To achieve a physique such as pictured here, the secret is intensity, not duration.
Thirty minutes of resistance training, four times a week, that induces sweat, heavy breathing to near-breathlessness, and “burning” muscles will produce a body such as the one you see here. Of course, the diet plan must accommodate the training and the goals. If you eat too much, you’ll have the toned, shapely muscles alright—but hidden by a thick layer of fat.
The following exercises are superior fat-burners, muscle-toners and strength-givers:
deadlift, squat, leg press, bench press, kettlebell swing, lat pull-down, seated row, barbell or dumbbell row, pushup, seated dip, pull-up and chin-up.
Though an older woman who’s not well-trained with weights will struggle to perform the pushup, dip, pull-up and chin-up, she can do the deadlift, squat, leg press, bench press, lat pull-down and rows right out of the gate. The deadlift and barbell squat, however, will require patience and practice to nail the form. Squats can also be done holding dumbbells at one’s sides.