Meet Iris Davis
At 78, Iris Davis is a self-taught bodybuilding champion and TikTok influencer. She’s won countless awards in her field including the Fittest Senior in the USA in 2006 by the Nintendo Corporation and a Pioneer Award by the World Women Leadership Congress.
She competed in her first bodybuilding show when she was 50, going up against younger male bodybuilders and coming in second. She went on to take 12 first place medals in National Physique Committee bodybuilding shows over the next 20 years.
She also became a pro with the prestigious International Federation of Bodybuilders. She was the oldest national champion in the USA and most likely the world.
“It took me 55 years to achieve. But the most important thing is I did it, and I broke down barriers while I was doing it.” –Iris Davis
In This Podcast
- First Competition at 50
- Training Others
Iris moved to America from Ireland with a 6-month-old son after she suffered terrible tragedy. She lost her first son at 2 months and then she lost her husband. Believe it or not, after the success of the movie Mary Poppins, the demand for nannies and babysitters was high here in America. She moved in with a Dr. in Massachusetts and became their nanny. On her days off work, she would go to the gym and work out and that’s when she realized her deep depression from losing her son and husband was relieved. And that’s where she began.
First Bodybuilding Competition at 50
In 1994, at the age of 50, she entered her first bodybuilding competition and came in 2nd place (and she was competing with men). She continued to compete and went on to be a pioneer in senior fitness. She persuaded bodybuilding competitions to add categories for women over 60 and women over 70. She went on to win 3 first-place awards.
Currently, Iris trains and coaches clients, we even talk to one of them on the podcast!! She is an inspiration to all of her clients and has built an amazing online community on Instagram and TikTok. Make sure to follow along and tell her we sent you!
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Meet Melissa Vogel
Melissa Vogel is an energetic keynote speaker, business owner, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a mother of three, and a podcaster.
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Melissa has also contributed to numerous publications and has been featured in the Trail Blazer Magazine, she was published in the April 2020 edition of Health Magazine as well. Her approach incorporates personal experience, energy, humor, and charisma.
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