Super-fit granddad of seven, 56, regularly gets mistaken for being in his 30s
If you looked at a picture of Andy Wilkinson, how old would you think he is?
Like many people, you might say he looks to be a bulked-up man in his 30s.
But Andy, from Coventry, is actually a 56-year-old granddad of seven. Yep, granddad.
Age-defying Andy works as a personal trainer, which keeps him looking young and healthy.
He’s even been mistaken for his daughter’s boyfriend.
Andy has words of advice for those who want to live longer and look great, which includes resting in a blacked-out room for high-quality sleep, working out no more than three times per week, and cutting back on carbs and portions as you get older.
The last thing, he says, is to remind yourself that ‘everything will be ok’.
The grandfather of seven has three adult children in their 30s but no one would believe it.
He said: ‘If I’m on holiday with my six-pack out, I get approached by ladies in their thirties and I’ve been mistaken for my daughter’s partner rather than her father on occasion, which is embarrassing.
‘My friends also think it’s hilarious when we go out to shock people with the fact that I’m a grandfather of seven!’
Andy shares his fitness journey on Instagram and regularly receives DMs from people asking for tips.
He says: ‘Genetics help but there is really no secret besides hard work and diet.
‘Stress is a massive age shower as well so I try to not get myself worked up about anything.
‘I have a personal mantra which is “everything will be ok” and that keeps me calm and carries me through.’
Breakfast: Medium slice of seeded bread with a slice of salmon, two poached eggs and half an avocado. Followed by a bowl of chia seeds, flax seed mixed with blueberries, hemp seeds and a tablespoon of peanut butter with almond milk.
Lunch: Cajun chicken, two to three tablespoons of rice and broccoli sometimes with a tablespoon of coleslaw.
Dinner: Slow-cooked stew of diced chicken, sweetcorn and frozen vegetables or Thai or Indian slow-cooked chicken curry with two tablespoons of rice.
Snacks: Usually no snacks but otherwise a handful of almonds/brazil nuts or an apple
Drinks: Three litres of water each day and an occasional coffee or glass of good quality red wine.
Treats: A small bar of 70% dark chocolate or profiteroles.
Andy pursued his passion for nutrition and exercise and become an online personal trainer five years ago.
He had been interested in weight training since the age of eighteen but he seriously began to commit in his early thirties.
Andy – who is now in a relationship with a 51-year-old woman – says: ‘I was always interested in looking good but it was in my thirties that I radically assessed what I was eating.
‘I realised there was no need to have protein shakes, bars or supplements to get that beach body look, it was about eating healthy foods, portion control and cutting down on carbs as you age.
‘I also drink plenty of water too – you can put all the creams in the world on your face but water is what matters most when it comes to good skin. And I might occasionally have the odd glass of red wine, but I don’t drink much alcohol otherwise.’
Andy also enjoys group exercises such as racquetball or tennis.
His biggest advice is to limit stress.
‘I think trying to limit stress is also one of the most important factors in aging well,’ he says. ‘You look at centurions and nothing bothers them – they’re so stress-free.
‘I know it’s hard to do but I try to focus on living in the now, enjoying the present moment and not dwelling on the past and future.’
‘I’m living proof that you can still be fit and toned in your fifties and I hope I can motivate inspire people. I feel very lucky to do what I do as a personal trainer and It’s my passion to help others.’