Boasting rock hard abs, buns of steel and a generally toned and svelte body, Laura Gordon looks every inch the fitness fanatic at the peak of her powers.
But there’s something quite surprising about her – she’s pushing 50.
Unsurprisingly, Laura, who is in fact 48 years old, is proving a hit on the internet, gaining Instagram followers as quick as she builds muscle.
Laura has amassed 451,000 Instagram followers, who she regularly treats to pictures of her working out in tiny shorts and colourful clothes.
What most people don’t know, however, is that Laura, from Charlotte, North Carolina, is a real-estate broker and approaching her half-century.
However, she admits that working out is almost like a second job.
She said: “I’m not a fitness professional or fitness model and I’ve never done anything fitness for a career.
“I don’t love working out. It is like a job. Being fit is your pay check and the workout is the difficult job to do.”
Laura was 23 when she first started exercising. After working in an office for years and spending any time left on the sofa, she felt “things starting to sag”.
In order to enforce some damage control, Laura began doing home fitness DVDs.
Since then, she has been working out consistently.
The longest she has ever had off is a week.
The gym bunny doesn’t have any children, but has been married for 12 years.
She admits that her husband, 39, gets worried about unwanted attention or risk of someone stalking her. She has her own gym equipment at home for ease.
Three one-hour sessions of weight training each week. One upper body, one low, and one mixed. Then she does five sessions of video workouts.
Nutrition is vital to Laura, who eats only plain, whole foods. She insists that she does not eat processed food.
However, she does stress that it doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”, she just prefers to not eat any junk food at all.
“When friends and relatives see me, they will always say, ‘you’re so lucky you are thin and can eat whatever you want’”
“I explain that I eat healthy food all the time, that’s why I’m not fat. Please don’t call me lucky for making daily sacrifices that you are not making.”
Laura insists that none of her photos are doctored and that she does not use any products or supplements.
Laura set up an Instagram account after she saw that companies and sites were using her pictures without permission to falsely promote products.
“All over Instagram I saw my glute and leg photos that went viral – and this is at the age of 45! This was quite a shock to me. My photos were everywhere but when I searched my name nothing came up.
“Thousands of people were reposting my photos but not a single person listed my name or the fact that I was in my mid-forties.
“It is very important to me that people don’t use my photos to trick people into buying that nonsense. Fit teas don’t make a person fit, hard work and eating right does.”