Edith Wilma Connor, 77, and Tao Porchon-Lynch, 93, are now in the record books for bodybuilding and yoga

By Rennie Dyball
May 16, 2012 08:30 AM
Andrea Kurtz/Guinness World Records

Need to drum up a little motivation to go to the gym today? Look no further than these two ladies.

Edith Wilma Connor is a 77-year-old bodybuilder – and a record-holding one at that. The Denver resident has earned the title of Oldest Living Female Bodybuilder from Guinness World Records.

Connor, who calls bodybuilding her “salvation,” according to Guinness, got a late start on her fitness regime, entering her first competition on her 65th birthday. She won first place. From there, she was motivated to become a certified personal trainer with an emphasis on training the mature body.

With 16 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren looking up to her, Connor, who works out at least three times a week and does not diet, has made her sport a family affair.

And in White Plains, NY, 93-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch has been recognized as the Oldest Living Yoga Teacher by Guinness World Records.

With 400 students, she’s a busy one, too. Her interest in yoga began when she was just a child, but her interests and work have been all over the map – literally.

She worked as a cabaret dancer in London and modeled in Paris after winning a contest for the “Best Legs in Europe.” She later traveled to the U.S. and worked at MGM as a starlet. She also pursued an acting career, followed by script-writing and documentary producing.

Like Connor, Porchon-Lynch found her ultimate calling later in life. She embraced her interest in yoga at age 73 and turned teaching into her primary career. Currently, Porchon-Lynch teaches yoga four days a week at her local JCC.

“I believe that we can always reach just a little bit further,” she said in a Guinness press release. “I’m inspired to bring yoga into others’ lives along with helping people unearth new talents.”