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Grandmother puts her body on the line for new job

GO GRANNY: Grandmother Gabrielle Mason has just gained her certificate to become a qualified personal trainer.
GO GRANNY: Grandmother Gabrielle Mason has just gained her certificate to become a qualified personal trainer. Rob Williams

GRANDMOTHER Gabrielle Mason is iron-pumping proof that you are never too old to get into fitness.

The 51-year-old has recently become a personal trainer and is working in Booval.

Gabrielle has held jobs at supermarkets and even as a photographer, but fitness has always been a constant passion.

"Before I always thought I was too old to become a personal trainer," she said.

"I stepped out of the gym scene for a while and worked out at home."

"After coming back into the gym scene I noticed there were some older PT's so that was a lot of encouragement for me to go ahead with my studies."

The grandmother of two has had her fair share of injuries but hasn't let that stop her.

"I have had some problems in the past with my knees, I have articular cartilage damage mostly due to wear and tear and my age," she said.

"I am quite active for 51 so my physio was not surprised about my knees and said that I can keep working out, I just need to keep an eye on it."

Exercise, she says, is the key to living a long and healthy life.

"Fitness becomes even more important as you get older, it's important to keep your bones strong and keep your muscles working because it helps to slow the aging process.

"You don't need to be an athlete but for general fitness exercising three to four days a week is definitely a great idea."

Gabrielle has a keen interest in body sculpting with a goal to enter competitions in the future.

"What I love most about fitness is that it's a helpful remedy for a lot of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and anger," she said.

"Just get up and do some exercise. It makes you feel great physically and mentally and it's the best thing you can do for yourself."

The personal trainer has advice for anyone who thinks they are too old to join a gym.

"If you've got a back problem or bad knees a lot of issues can be worked around by professional rehabilitation you just have to give it a try.

"Don't ever think you're too old to exercise," she said.

Anyone wanting to book a session with Gabrielle can reach her on 0447 824 420.

Gabrielle's Breakfast Protein Shake:

  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

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