Improve Your Self Image: Fit & Fabulous At 50!
With a big birthday approaching, Emily Evans chose to take control of her body and her health
It’s said age is just a number, but for Emily Evans, turning 50 motivated her to transform her “skinny fat” body into an image of fantastic fitness. “I wanted turning 50 to be positive, not depressing,” Evans says. “I needed to mark this birthday with some- thing out of the box—call it a bucket list. I needed to prove to myself that I can do whatever I want in order to change my body with no limitations.”
The first step the Wayne, NJ, resident took was to find a trainer to help her transform her thin body into a supertoned and shapely physique. After reading about another amazing transformation in Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine, it didn’t take her long to track down Angela Mraz, whom she met through her employer. Evans asked her if she would be interested in training her and, after a few months, Mraz thought she’d be a good candidate for the “Improve Your SELF Image” campaign. “I grew up a skinny girl and was not athletic at all,” Evans says. “I weighed only 114 to 116 pounds, but I was loose and flabby. I couldn’t take any more comments about my ‘chicken legs,’ so I knew I had to really shake things up.”
Working out wasn’t new to the part-time hairdresser. She spent endless hours exercising at the gym. Although friends said she looked good, she felt like she lacked muscle tone. She adjusted her exercise plan somewhat, but eating better was the biggest change Evans had to make.
“The hardest part of getting in shape is the diet,” the mother of three says. I was born and raised in Italy until I was 10, and my dad owned a restaurant for many years, so my life was all about food. Even as an adult, my husband and I ate out two or three times a week, which made it impossible to get in great shape.” But all that has changed. “No more wine and cosmos for this girl,” Evans says.
These days, Evans eats a healthy breakfast at 6 a.m. every day and takes MHP Activite multivitamins and NO-Bomb before heading to the gym for 90 minutes. After an intense workout of weight training and cardio, she drinks Dark Matter for recovery, takes a shower, and heads to work. Her job has little downtime, so often she has her meals while in the supply room mixing hair color! “I eat so many egg whites that it might be worthwhile to raise chickens!” she laughs.
Evans trains five days a week, with at least one day with Mraz (usually Sunday). They usually focus on legs because that’s Evans’ weakest body part. Mraz really pushes her and keeps her in proper form to avoid injury. The other four workouts include the back and biceps, chest and triceps, legs and glutes a second time, and then delts and traps. She includes abs in some of the training days and does cardio all five days, walking on the treadmill at a high incline and alternating speeds.
“This has been an incredible journey,” Evans says of her now 107-pound superfit body. “I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m embracing it and loving every second of it. I feel confident, healthy, and so much younger than my age. People are always asking me how I look so toned, and once I tell them what I do and my age, they are shocked and supportive at the same time. It gives them hope that they can transform their bodies, too. If you want to make a change in your life, you just need to take that first step and commit.”
MHP's Angela Mraz takes Emily Evans through a leg-shaping workout! Watch the video HERE!
> Angela Mraz is a personal trainer, IFBB figure pro, and health and fitness fanatic. For regular inspirational advice from her, log on to mhpstrong.com/improveyourself