In a world often dictated by age-related stereotypes, Lesley Maxwell, a vibrant 65-year-old, along with her daughter Vanessa, whose age she prefers not to disclose, and 22-year-old granddaughter Tia, are shattering expectations as they bond over weight-lifting and matching workout attire. This multi-generational trio is proving that age is no barrier to maintaining a strong and healthy lifestyle.
Lesley Maxwell, affectionately known as the “glam bodybuilder,” works as a personal trainer and, remarkably, defies the conventional image of a grandmother. She challenges societal norms every time she enters the gym, where people are taken aback to learn that she is, in fact, a grandmother.
“People are always surprised to learn that we are actually three totally different generations of a family,” Lesley told Caters News. “They’re surprised to know I have grandchildren because I suppose it’s a bit out of character to think of a grandmother doing deadlifts and pull-ups at the gym.”
When Lesley poses alongside her granddaughter Tia, onlookers often mistake her for Tia’s mother, a testament to her youthful appearance and vitality.
Encouraging women of all ages to embrace physical exercise, Lesley advocates for weight-lifting as a means to strengthen bones and tone the body by adding muscle. She described weight-lifting as “an anti-aging way to train,” highlighting its numerous benefits.
Lesley, who also maintains a strong presence on Instagram with over 140,000 followers, inspires others to lead a healthy lifestyle through her social media posts and fitness journey.
Lesley’s fitness journey is inseparable from the support and camaraderie of her daughter Vanessa and granddaughter Tia. Apart from their shared weight-lifting routines, the trio enjoys swapping brightly colored workout clothes. Tia, an Instagram influencer and marketing expert, takes charge of selecting vibrant outfits that add a fun and stylish dimension to their workouts.
“I’m lucky I get to share clothes with my daughter and granddaughter. When we do shoots together, most of the clothes come from Tia’s wardrobe. She loves doing the styling and color-coordinating us,” the Melbourne-born grandma shared.
Maintaining an active lifestyle, Lesley trains four times a week and stays involved in the fitness community through her work as a trainer. Her daily activities include carrying weights and assisting clients, further contributing to her fitness regimen.
Lesley’s Instagram followers admire her dedication to fitness and often praise her figure and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Many comments express awe and inspiration, with followers noting the striking resemblance between Lesley and her granddaughter Tia.
Tia’s social media followers, too, are fascinated by her fitness videos featuring her grandmother, whom many mistake for her mother. The videos showcase both Tia and Lesley lifting weights and following the same workout routines while dressed in similar attire.
“They’re taken aback when I correct them and tell them she is my grandmother. I film my grandmother and me working out, and people love to see it,” Tia explained.
As the trio’s content continues to resonate with a wide audience, it remains to be seen whether the fitness craze will carry on to the next generation of the Christofi family.