Iris Davis is no ordinary woman. At 75 years of age, she’s also a champion bodybuilder. The fact that she started on her path to champion bodybuilding in her 50s is already impressive enough. But what’s even more impressive is that all those muscles aren’t just for show.
There was a time when Iris managed to take down a car thief and pin him to the ground until police could arrest him. To be fair, no one was more surprised than herself at what she did.
Iris, who now works as a personal trainer, describes the moment she took down a robber who was involved in a car chase.
She said, “I was living and working in Florida at the age of sixty-five and I happened to watch a police chase that was going on by my office, so I came down to the street to see what was going on.
“I noticed there was a car going north in the southbound lane with about ten police cars following them.
“As soon as they reached where I was standing, they crashed into an oncoming car and four of the thieves got out and ran away.
“When one of them tried to pass me by, I had to make a decision within a split second whether I should let them run past me or whether I should try and hold him for the police.
“I remember thinking I must not let him get away and I reached out and stopped him in his tracks and the police were there about five seconds later.”
After the tragic death of her husband in Ireland, while she was only in her twenties, the mother of two decided to try her luck in the US.
A depressive spell prompted her to look for a way to cope and she discovered the joy of exercising. At first, she just did walking but eventually decided to enter the male-dominated world of bodybuilding.
She hasn’t looked back since.
At her first bodybuilding show at the age of 50, she came out second. And that inspired her to keep going.
Since that time, she has a long list of sterling achievements, including winning the Florida State Championship at 62 and again at 63 years old.
To celebrate her 74th birthday, she achieved a world record for doing 21 pull-ups in a row. Considering that a lot of people can barely do one, that’s quite a feat indeed.
She said: “It’s certainly changed my life. I entered my first bodybuilding show at age fifty in London and I came in second place – it was a great thrill for me just to complete it.
“Thirty years before, I wasn’t even allowed to go into the gym and here I was up on stage showing off my work and most of the people in the show were thirty years younger than me.
“In every show I’ve ever entered, I have always been the eldest lady in the show and ninety percent of the time I took home first place.”
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