“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

This quote by George Elliot sums up the life of Liz Fichtner. She is a mother of three, a grandmother (yes, a grandmother!), and is a NPC National bikini competitor.  This grandmother also became a third degree black belt in Taekwondo after starting six years ago at the age of 45. Liz Fichtner knows no boundaries.

After raising her three children and getting them through college she attacked life and started doing the things she always wanted to do. Age played no role in her striving for greatness whether it be in martial arts, competing in bikini contests, photography, or writing. Whatever Liz decides to do, she does with vigor and passion. She teaches Taekwondo, is a kickboxing and U-JAM (hip hop) exercise instructor, a boudoir photographer and is currently writing a novel; aspiring to be a published author one day.

“Most women have such a difficult time with growing old. They believe they are past their prime at the age of fifty. I say, fifty is just the beginning. It’s a shame, really, that so much focus is dedicated to the young. We are more beautiful as we grow older. We have such rich life experiences to draw upon and a beauty that truly radiates from within,” she says. “We can be fit, healthy and in some cases, better looking than we were in our youth. The only thing stopping us is ourselves. We, as women, need to believe in our beauty again; work a little harder at being fit, and never, ever give up on the dream.”

Liz would love to be a fitness model to reach out to more women in their fifties. She takes great pride in being an inspiration to many. It is what keeps her going after what most say is the impossible.  A grandmother competing in a bikini? Against twenty year olds? At the National level? After all, it’s never too late to be what you might have been! Just ask Liz.