MISSOURI CITY, Texas (FOX 26) - If you've ever had a dream and thought it was too far-fetched to come true, maybe this story will make you change your mind. Stephanie Hill-Polk has amazing arms, an unbelievable body and she's 57 years old. Approaching the age of 60, she's training to take part in her first bodybuilding competition.
"You know why I'm doing this at this age, because I want to be an inspiration to someone else," says Hill-Polk with a smile.
A personal trainer, Hill-Polk decided in November that she was going to become a bodybuilder. The gorgeous grandmother will have her first bodybuilding competition in Dallas in March.
"For her particular division, she's doing bikini," says Stephanie Trevino, coach of Team SBM and a fellow bodybuilder. "What they're looking for is an athletic look. They're really focused on the lower body. Nice quads, nice hamstrings, glutes. Glutes are everything." SBM is an acronym for strength, body, mind.
"I was never an athlete growing up," explains Trevino. "I had my son. He's 13 years old. I was about 200 pounds, so somebody really pushed me to work out. What it gave me was the mental strength that I never had before because I felt like if I could do that, I could do anything."
Team SBM trains at Mo City Fitness and Sports Gym on Cartwright Road in Missouri City.
"You have to want it," adds Hill-Polk. "If you don't want it, this is not the place for you. If you think you want it, this is not the place for you. I want it and I want it bad."
These ladies are so encouraging, they're motivating me to work on my muscles although I'm pretty sure I won't qualify for any professional competitions anytime soon.
"Anybody can do this," adds Trevino. "We were able to take a couple of our girls. They wanted to do bodybuilding. Technically, their body fat was in the obese category. They were ready for a show in five months."
"The nutrition is harder than working out," adds Hill-Polk.
It seems commitment pays off and another element may not hurt either.
"Pray for me," says Hill-Polk with a laugh. Good luck to her in the big bodybuilding competition!
If you would like to train with Team SBM, I'm told the members come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Learn more about the group by visiting https://www.facebook.com/teamstrengthbodymind/.