Women’s History Month is an annual celebration in March that highlights the contributions of women to events in history, as well as their outstanding landmark achievements.

At Guinness World Records, we have seen our female record holders reach remarkable milestones, so to mark Women's History Month we're running a series called "HER Story." 

We've spoken to some of these women about their records and their lives, to help celebrate their achievements and inspire others.

We continue the series with Wendy Ida, a woman who is pushing her limits to prove age really is just a number.

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Who is Wendy Ida?

Wendy Ida is a fitness trainer from California, USA, and the 65-year-old holds Guinness World Records titles for being the Oldest active fitness instructor (multiple disciplines) and Most burpees in one minute (female).

While Wendy’s physique and stamina are certainly impressive, her story shows that human strength first comes from within.

Leaving her home state of New Jersey due to an abusive relationship, the now-certified master trainer had to lose everything before rediscovering herself through fitness.

After losing 80 pounds, becoming a bodybuilding champion, pilates instructor, nutritionist and motivational speaker, she currently lives with a positive outlook on life, determined to better herself and inspire other women who require the encouragement she once needed.

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On becoming a female record holder

"I was over the moon when I achieved my first Guinness World Records title! It was at the top of my bucket list.

"I’m more confident and I feel so proud of myself. Accomplishing this goal has confirmed that I can do anything I set my mind to. In fact, it was so much fun the first time around I set second record.

"Now as a two-time Guinness World Records holder, I’m working on a third."

"I know it inspires and motivates other women to step up their game. I also know that in order to help change other lives you have to change your own first and become the example."

"When you go above and beyond and prove what is possible regardless of age, where you come from or what you’ve been through, there can be no excuses left for anyone to use.

"It’s important that women see that and they know it must be possible for them too.

"The journey however is not always easy. I’ve had my own challenges. I am a domestic violence survivor and was a victim in that marriage for more than 13 years.

"On several occasions I almost lost my life. I felt trapped and was a prisoner in my own home along with my two babies.

"But by the grace of God I pushed through. On my third attempted escape, I ran across the country with my babies and only the clothes on our backs and started a new life.

"Now I am living my truth, following my heart and helping other women reinvent their lives.

"My biggest accomplishment to date is the fact that I found me.

"Through my journey from despair to triumph - I found the courage to live the life I deserve, go after what I want and trust my instincts. With that I can do anything! And I am. Everyday is a party!"

"If you desire a Guinness World Records title don’t let fear of failure stop you and never let age or your past define you. Do what makes your heart sing. Live and play on your own terms."

"If I can do it anyone can!"