A Fife grandfather has worked out his way to the top after being declared a world champion bodybuilder.
Ronnie Cooney, 70, has just returned from Miami where he was declared the winner of the over-70s category at the DFAC World Finals.
Already a British champion, Mr Cooney, from Cupar, said he had been overwhelmed by the response to his latest success.
The video above shows Ronnie working out last year at five in the morning when most people half his age would struggle to get out of bed.
Describing his latest success, he said: “I had people coming up to me wanting photographs with me as I carried my trophy.
“I’ve had a lot of support from people back home as well and they were all emailing me and congratulating me. It’s just been incredible.”
Organised by the Drug Free Athletes Coalition, the event in the sweltering Miami heat is the pinnacle of the sport for bodybuilders.
Competitors are regularly tested to ensure that all are free of any banned substances, with athletes relying on rigorous training regimes and strict diets to achieve peak condition.
Despite his age, Mr Cooney trains six days a week, though his “rest” day still incorporates a trek around the Hill of Tarvit.
In addition to intense workouts on all of his major muscle groups, his diet is strictly controlled to give him the fuel he needs to train and the proteins required for his muscles to repair and grow.
Typically this sees the grandfather of three eat seven meals a day, including a seven-egg omelette and three bowls of porridge.
“I never stop eating,” he joked. “I love porridge anyway, which is a good thing, but I’m having less protein and more carbs these days.”
A former distance runner who has taken part in more than 100 marathons, Mr Cooney took up bodybuilding after hanging up his running spikes.
As he continues to go from strength to strength, the former auxiliary nurse said that he hopes to inspire other people his age to take fitness seriously.
“People should not get hung up on age,” he added. “If I talk to someone then they think I am about 30, but when they see me and I tell them I’m 70 they can’t believe it.
“There’s no reason for people not to get into exercise. You don’t have to run a marathon just go for a walk or a swim.”