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Bodybuilding gran, 61, reveals men stare at her stunning six-pack

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 7/31/2019 Hayley Richardson For Mailonline

a woman posing for a picture: Lynda said men often comment that her biceps are bigger than theirs - but her husband doesn't mind © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lynda said men often comment that her biceps are bigger than theirs - but her husband doesn't mind A 61-year-old grandmother with an impressive six-pack claims her enviable physique regularly attracts admiring stares from people who even comment that her biceps are bigger than theirs - but she insists her own husband doesn't mind.  

Lynda Jager, 61, from Ontario, Canada, began hitting the gym in her thirties and says competing in bodybuilding competitions has helped boost her confidence.

The medical office administrator and personal trainer, who has six grandchildren, first started focusing on sculpting her figure when she was in her 20s, after setting herself a goal to get stronger.

But she didn't have the confidence to join a gym until 10 years later, which is when she first became interested in bodybuilding.

a person posing for the camera: Lynda Jager, 61, from Ontario, Canada, claims her stunning physique frequently attracts admiring stares from men © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lynda Jager, 61, from Ontario, Canada, claims her stunning physique frequently attracts admiring stares from men

From there, her interest evolved into a passion, and as she grew in strength over the next few years, Lynda was encouraged to take part in competitions by her fellow gym goers, and by her husband Mark, 55.

But it took her 20 years to actually feel confident enough to do her first show - by which point she she was 51. 

Once she took the plunge however, she discovered she had a natural talent for the competitions, and in the last 10 years, she has become a five-time bodybuilding champion. 

"My husband loves the way I look," Lynda said. "He knows that I get some admiring glances and comments from other men but isn't really bothered by them. He is very confident in our relationship."

a person standing posing for the camera: Lynda was urged to start competing in bodybuilding competitions by her husband Mark, 55, who is pictured with his wife at one of the events © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lynda was urged to start competing in bodybuilding competitions by her husband Mark, 55, who is pictured with his wife at one of the events

Lynda said her doctor urged to her to exercise more when she was in her late teens as she was often tired, had anxiety and was very shy. 

She didn't enjoy team sports so tried exercising at home in her parents' basement.

"I would follow shows on TV and learn from them," she recalled. "The more I started to see results, the more results I was anxious to see, and that kept me going. I enjoyed weight training the most and I continued this throughout my 20s and 30s. It made me feel strong and I began to feel more confident about myself. I became so interested I was constantly reading books and magazines about weight training and bodybuilding."

a woman holding luggage: Grandmother-of-six Lynda only found the confidence to join a gym in her thirties, having previously worked out at home

Grandmother-of-six Lynda only found the confidence to join a gym in her thirties, having previously worked out at home
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After a decade of working out at home, Lynda found the courage to join a gym, as she felt her weight training was limited by doing it at home. 

"I was always drawn to the images both in magazines and on TV of strong women that looked healthy and fit and really wanted to do the same to my body," she said. 

"I enjoyed the appearance of muscles on my body. I also wanted to set an example for my young children, so they could be strong and self-confident as well."

Before she began competing, Lynda did not like to be in front of large groups of people.

a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Lynda, pictured with husband Mark, said her doctor urged to her to exercise more when she was in her late teens as she was often tired, had anxiety and was very shy © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lynda, pictured with husband Mark, said her doctor urged to her to exercise more when she was in her late teens as she was often tired, had anxiety and was very shy a person standing posing for the camera: It took Lynda two decades to pluck up the courage to compete in her first bodybuilding show - by this time she was 51 (pictured with her husband Mark) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It took Lynda two decades to pluck up the courage to compete in her first bodybuilding show - by this time she was 51 (pictured with her husband Mark)

"The first time stepped on stage, I thought I would faint and almost didn't do it,' she admitted. 'The girl behind me actually had to give me a little nudge to get me to step on stage. After my first competition was over, I couldn't wait to do it again, as it gave me such a giant confidence boost."

Despite men flirting with her, Lynda said her husband, whom she married last year, is so confident in their 15-year relationship he doesn't even mind.

Her muscular physique has attracted a lot of attention, both good and bad.

a person posing for the camera: Lynda's incredibly muscular physique has attracted a lot of attention from men and women, both good and bad

Lynda's incredibly muscular physique has attracted a lot of attention from men and women, both good and bad
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While some admire her strength, Lynda said others aren't fans of her muscular frame, with some men feeling "intimidated" by it. 

"In the beginning I was a bit of a closet exerciser, as weightlifting and muscles on women were sometimes thought strange and not the norm," she explained. "I would hide my muscles to avoid the comments. We've come a long way since then, realizing that muscles on women is healthy."

"I get a lot of comments about my body actually; most of the comments are positive, with men and women saying I have great arms and shoulders," she said. "But occasionally I will get a negative comment, with someone saying that's it's just too much, or I'm 'too fit.' I went to a couple of modeling agencies a few years back and was turned down for that reason. I did however find an agency that liked the way I looked and was eager to promote my look."

"Sometimes I think that certain men are a bit intimidated by my appearance. I get comments such as, 'Your biceps are bigger than mine' and 'You look so strong, I bet you could beat me up.'"

Tom Holland et al. posing for the camera: Lynda, pictured with fellow gym goers, said she sometimes has people tell her she looks 'too fit'

Lynda, pictured with fellow gym goers, said she sometimes has people tell her she looks 'too fit'
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For her first competition, Lynda lost around eight pounds and has remained just slightly above that weight since.   

"I want to share my fitness experience and knowledge with others," she said."'I want everyone to understand that being fit for life is possible, without pain, restrictive eating or drugs. I hope to inspire others to get off the couch, get off the phones and tablets, and move."

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