Not your average grandmother: 39-year-old gran is prize-winning body builder and TV fitness expert who trains with Jodie Marsh
19:15 GMT, 15 November 2012
When women become grandmothers they are generally expected to start taking it easy and to spend their time baking, reading and enjoying the down time they have earned.
But Carmen Knights is not your average grandmother
Instead of bingo and knitting this glamorous gran spends her free time boxing and lifting weights. In fact, since joining a gym nine years ago the 39-year-old blonde has become a full time personal trainer, taken the top prize at the British Finals and even trained Jodie Marsh for the American competition she won on this year's bodybuilding documentary Brawn in the USA.
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Since joining a gym nine years ago glamorous grandmother Carmen Knights has become a full time personal trainer, taken the top prize at the British Finals and even trained Jodie Marsh
Carmen, who is single and lives in St
Alban's helped transform model Jodie's body and even travelled to America with her as part of the fascinating programme.
CARMEN'S TYPICAL DIET
She says: 'My diet varies across the season but my typical ‘off season’ diet comprises the 6 meals listed below., which include various LA Muscle products which help me achieve the bodybuilder
Meal 1: Whole eggs/oats/1 serving LA Whey Protein, 2 Capsules Sculpt
Meal 2: Chicken/vegetables/rice
Post Workout – LA Whey Protein Shake, banana, 4 Capsules 311 BCAAs
Meal 3: Cod/vegetables/potato
Meal 4: Chicken/vegetables/rice, 2 Capsules Sculpt
Meal 5: Steak and vegetables , 2 Capsules Sculpt
Meal 6: LA Whey Protein Shake, 4 Capsules 311 BCAAs
Carmen, who became a Pro in 2005 after winning the British Finals. says: 'Becoming a Pro opened many doors and led to guest spots, seminars,
competing abroad, appearing on the Active Channel and becoming a
personal trainer to a real mix of people who are all keen to improve
their fitness and physique.
Jodie was an experience I really enjoyed. This industry is male
dominated and it was so rewarding to spend time with another dedicated
'The three weeks we spent in America on the ‘Brawn In The
USA’ show really changed my life on both a personal and professional
When she's not in the gym shaping her own or clients' bodies Carmen likes to spend time spoiling her two grandchildren.
She says: 'I am 39-years-young: a mum with two grown up children who I love
dearly and two gorgeous little granddaughters who have brought so
much joy to my life over the last few months.
'I regularly babysit and
love taking my adventurous and mischievous little granddaughter to the
local toddler’s group.
'Being a grandmother is just one of the things
that helps keep me motivated nowadays. I refuse to be a stereotypical
grandma sitting in a rocking chair with tea and biscuits!
'I don’t think I’ve quite peaked and am not ready to throw in the towel
yet. I am aiming to do a few more shows before I hang up my suits.'
Before she discovered her love of
training Carmen found it difficult to carve a career doing anything
else, moving from job to job as she brought up her young family.
She says: 'Nine years ago I just went
to the gym with a male friend and basically copied what he did. I’d only
been a couple of times, and lifted a few weights when it was suggested
that I should consider training for a competition.
VIDEO: Carmen flexes her delts & pecs:
Carmen (left) helped transform model Jodie's body (right) and even travelled to America with her as part of bodybuilding documentary Brawn in the USA
Carmen says: 'My diet varies across the season but my typical 'off season' diet comprises the 6 meals listed below, which include various LA Muscle products which help me achieve the bodybuilder 'ripped' look.'
'I knew nothing about
competing and had never even seen a show but after a lot of persuading
and, just a few months after that first visit to the gym, I was hooked. I
competed in my first show in September 2003. Amazingly I placed 2nd.
was obvious to others that I had the potential to do well but
convincing myself was a huge hurdle that only I could overcome. I went
on to compete several more times and with every competition I
became a little more confident and the self belief improved, although
the nerves have never quite disappeared.'
Today mother-of-two is a full time
personal trainer and appears several times a week on TV fitness channel Active Channel as an expert and is filming her own show which will be broadcast next year.
She says: 'My professional aim in life is to train and encourage my clients to
achieve their own personal goals so I was absolutely delighted when I was offered my own show.
'The thought that anyone out
there watching the programme might also benefit from my training tips
and workouts and improve their own fitness really excites me.'
It's hard to believe this glamorous women is a grandmother of two
Carmen features on The Active Channel SKY 281