James Martin gobsmacked by fitness expert’s age
Celebrity chef James Martin was amazed when a fitness expert revealed how old she was. The chef, who runs The Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds, was in the Californian city of Santa Monica for an episode of James Martin’s American Adventure shown today (March 18) on ITV1.
During the episode, James visited the city’s iconic beach and also cooked with world famous chef Wolfgang Puck. During one of his trips to the beach, James met up with fitness fanatic Wendy Ida.
Leading into the meeting, James told the camera as he drove along a boulevard: “Now the director said to me ‘get here James about three o’clock, you’ll find a woman on the beach – a very special woman’. So here I am.”
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When he met Wendy, who was looking very fit and healthy, he then made reference to the fact she would actually qualify for a free bus pass. While taking a stroll along the sand during the episode which first aired in 2018, James asked how old Wendy was, to which she replied “65”.
A clearly surprised and gobsmacked James turns to the camera and expresses his shock, given how well Wendy looks compared to other people her age. Wendy also looked delighted and even did a little dance before saying: “I love it.”
Wendy, who is now 70 years old and still active, explained that she turned her life around at the age of 43, managing to lose around 80lbs. She explained that at the time she gained weight after having two babies, she was a sad soul.
However, she put her success down to positive thinking. She told James: “People ask me all the time ‘Wendy, where do you get your energy from? How do you do what you do every day and get up? I need some of that’.
“I’m like ‘OK, I can give it to you and I’ll show you how to do it’. But it really has a lot to do with positive thinking – clean out the negative energy in your closet.”