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Weight-lifting grandmother, 58, defies critics told her women over 50 can't wear bikinis by flaunting her incredible body on-stage in a TINY two-piece for professional competitions

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/14/2019 Dailymail.com Reporter

a woman wearing a swimsuit: Inspirational: 58-year-old Terry Coulter (pictured) is defying those who told her that women over 50 shouldn't wear bikinis as she enters competitions and flaunts her fabulous figure  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Inspirational: 58-year-old Terry Coulter (pictured) is defying those who told her that women over 50 shouldn't wear bikinis as she enters competitions and flaunts her fabulous figure  A grandmother is defying those who have told her that woman over the age of 50 "shouldn't be wearing bikinis" after entering competitions and flaunting her toned physique.

Personal trainer, Terry Coulter, 58, from Tennessee, was brought up in an active environment with her parents committing to running every single day.

She picked up on this habit as well as taking up various sports including horse riding, cheer-leading, softball, cycling and hiking. 

While she was in her 20s, she was roughly 112 pounds and was a U.S. size 4.

After graduating from high school, her activity levels slowed down due to starting a full-time job but didn't let that stop her from her dedication to staying fit. 

Terry now has two grown children, Hannah, 31, and Seth, who has a three-year-old daughter named Paislee.   

a woman standing in the grass: Grandmother: Terry now has two grown-up children, Hannah, 31, and Seth, who has a three-year-old daughter named Paislee © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Grandmother: Terry now has two grown-up children, Hannah, 31, and Seth, who has a three-year-old daughter named Paislee

The 58-year-old is told by strangers that they would be intimidated if they had a mom like her.

Despite hearing people say that women over 50 shouldn't be wearing bikinis, Terry has shown off her body on stage for bikini competitions.

"I've been active all my life. I love the outdoors, so I played kickball, softball, rode horses, rode my bike, climbed trees and hiked," she said.

"My dad loves to tell me the story of how he was picking me up from my grandmother's house one day and several boys were outside just running back and forth for no apparent reason.

"So, he asked what they were doing, and they replied, 'we're practicing running so that we can outrun your daughter," she added. 

Terry said that after she graduated high school, her activity level slowed down slightly, as she began working full time as a legal secretary.

She added that the only activity she continued to play was softball, which she would play in the summer.   

When she was 19, Terry got married and moved to Houston. 

It was in Texas that Terry realized how unfit she had become since ditching most of her activities after high school.  

a woman posing for a picture: Good times: When Terry was in high school, she was very active as she had various hobbies including cheer-leading and softball. Pictured in her twenties, she weighed around 112 pounds

Good times: When Terry was in high school, she was very active as she had various hobbies including cheer-leading and softball. Pictured in her twenties, she weighed around 112 pounds
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She explained: "I remember that we were working on putting up a fence for our horses and my husband needed a tool and asked me to hurry back to the house to get it.

"I took off running and to my surprise I couldn't believe how out of breath I was. I was 21 at the time; that was my 'a-ha' moment, my wake-up call."

Terry then decided to get her fitness back on track, and regularly exercised.  

Hobbies: Terry (pictured recently) took up running to get back on track, and she started teaching aerobics when her son, who she had when she was 23, was one year old  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hobbies: Terry (pictured recently) took up running to get back on track, and she started teaching aerobics when her son, who she had when she was 23, was one year old 

She said: "I remember driving our truck around the pasture to clock the distance. Then I started running around the pasture until I completed two miles. I did this about three times per week.

"I think when you're young you really don't think that you will get out of shape so quickly. We're young, right? We also don't think about the food that's going into our bodies and that we can eat whatever we want."

Terry said that she continued to run during her pregnancy with her son who was born when she was 23. 

"I remember working hard to get back in shape by doing floor exercises and going for a quick run whenever my husband, Terrell, got home from work. I became a stay-at-home mom," she said.

"I started teaching aerobics when my son was 1. I continued for eight years and then took up running again.

"I stopped teaching aerobics and got a part-time job. At this point I picked up running again. I was 30. I loved running. I remember saying that I was going to run as many years as I could.

"I was competitive, so I participated in five kilometer, 10K, half and full marathon runs. I also did some strength training because in our aerobics classes we had used weights and I wanted to continue," she said. 

Terry says that while she has always been sporty, defining her muscle tone was a happy accident when she had knee surgery.

"The decision to bulk up happened by accident; I always had pretty good muscle tone because of playing sports, twirling the baton and also teaching aerobics classes one year after my son was born," Terry said.

a person wearing underwear: Fit! She became so dedicated to running that she began completing 10 kilometer races, as well as half and full marathon runs

Fit! She became so dedicated to running that she began completing 10 kilometer races, as well as half and full marathon runs
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"In 2010 I had knee surgery and afterwards the doctor recommended that I did not run anymore unless I wanted to soon be having a knee replacement. So, I stopped running.

"I was up late one night watching TV when I ordered a DVD of a weight training workout that I could do in my home. Since I was on crutches for nine weeks this was perfect.

"I purchased some dumbbells and only focused on the upper body workouts. After nine weeks of consistent weight training, I noticed a big change in my upper body and so did other people when I went back to the gym.

a woman smiling for the camera: Trainer: Terry (pictured with a personal training client) started training people after women began asking her to train them in order for them to have arms like hers  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Trainer: Terry (pictured with a personal training client) started training people after women began asking her to train them in order for them to have arms like hers 

"Everyone was asking, 'what have you been doing?' Of course, when people notice, it's motivating to do more, and so I did.

"My arms were sculpted and looked great and that's when women would say, "I want your arms, would you train me?" Looking great and feeling strong just fueled me to do more."

She used to run 30 to 50 miles a week with a bit of weight lifting between the ages of 30 and 50, whereas now she weight-lifts four to five times a week with around 30 to 45 minutes of cardio at the gym.

For breakfast she would usually have one egg with two egg whites, half a cup of oatmeal and half a cup of blueberries. 

For lunch she usually eats chicken with one cup of Brussels sprouts and sometimes half a sweet potato. 

Dinner usually consists of fish or pork chops and green beans and she snacks on almonds or cashews and dark chocolate. 

Terry said that she is stronger now than she was during her teenage years and her 20s.  

She said: "All these years of consistency have paved the way to where I am now.

"Also, I remember thinking, reading and hearing that women over 50 shouldn't be wearing bikinis. Well at the ripe old age of 56I did my first bodybuilding bikini competition. Really? Who would've thought?

a woman posing for a picture: Motivation: Terry's current fitness regime involves weight-lifting four to five times a week with around 30 to 45 minutes of cardio at the gym 

Motivation: Terry's current fitness regime involves weight-lifting four to five times a week with around 30 to 45 minutes of cardio at the gym 
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"People have compared my daughter to me and said that we are both fit, attractive and in good shape.

"I actually had a friend meet my daughter recently and she said to her, 'I would be intimidated to have your mom as my mom,' my daughter said yes, it was a little intimidating to have me as her mom at my age and so fit.

"My daughter told the person that she's very proud of me for what I've accomplished and looks up to me. She also tells me that she shows my pictures to her friends, who can't believe my age," she added.

Terry's advice to anyone trying to maintain a youthful figure is to keep moving.  

She said: "f you sit all day then set a timer and get up and move every hour.

"Learn how to use weights by hiring a trainer so that you can become knowledgeable about your body and how it functions.

"This knowledge empowers you to do it yourself. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people who want to transform their lives is vital for your success.

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