“I am a 91 year old bodybuilder”

April 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  13 Comments

I have two favourite parts of this article:

  1. He started at 85.
  2. He took up judo to learn how to fall properly.

Full story

“I’m not chasing youthfulness. I’m chasing health. People have been brainwashed to think that after you’re 65, you’re finished. We’re told that old age is a continuous state of decline, and that we should stop working, slow down and prepare to die. I disagree. To me, a 65-year-old is young. I turn 92 this year. It is a frightening prospect – the law of averages is against me, and, yes, one day something will happen and that will be it. But until that day comes, I’m going to carry on working on my abs.”

Responses

  1. Ginger Baker says:

    April 4th, 2011at 7:01 am(#)

    I may be in love.

    Aside from that :-) this is just SO inspiring. Can we post this EVERYWHERE??

  2. Tyne says:

    April 4th, 2011at 9:11 am(#)

    Crazy! I love stories like this and the record setting octogenarian for when friends try to convince me it’s just too late for them.

  3. Anne Rivas says:

    April 4th, 2011at 9:53 am(#)

    “I’m not chasing youthfulness. I’m chasing health.”

    That says it all.

  4. Gale says:

    April 4th, 2011at 9:56 pm(#)

    Too many people think becoming decrepit as you age is inevitable and it’s so not. This guy just proves it. Good for him. I hope I’m half as fit when I’m that age.

  5. Sara says:

    April 5th, 2011at 11:57 am(#)

    I want to start competing in o-lifting next year, but was a little concerned because I’ll be 42. This really helps me to see that the age thing doesn’t matter.

  6. simma says:

    April 5th, 2011at 3:18 pm(#)

    Oly. lifting has a big masters scene, Sara. 42 is definitely not too old. Teams are generally really happy to get masters women lifters. Go for it!

  7. Jennifer says:

    April 6th, 2011at 2:36 am(#)

    “I’m not a particularly talented sportsman, but I’ve always been a great trier.”
    This is like sunshine to my soul.

  8. Victoria FERAUGE says:

    April 7th, 2011at 8:28 am(#)

    That is so damn WONDERFUL!

    Wow and here I was wondering if starting an exercise program at 40 was “too late.”

    Obviously not :-)

  9. Kat says:

    April 7th, 2011at 12:03 pm(#)

    My grandmother is 86 (somewhere up there) and works out every morning. Around 85 she finally agreed to stop skiing by herself, as everyone was worried she might have a bad wipeout and might not be noticed. She is still incredibly active, and very healthy.

    I should follow her example — pretty sure she is more fit than I.

  10. Susie says:

    April 8th, 2011at 5:42 am(#)

    This article made my day.

    I can only imagine what went through the judo instructor’s head when an 85 year old man walked in to class and said he wanted to ‘learn how to fall’.

    Living in an area largely populated by generations of orchardists and wheat farmers, it’s become evident to me that the “use it or lose it” aphorism holds true. I’ve shared breakfast at the diner counter with some wiry and spry 80+ year olds who’ve never been to a gym, and haven’t spent much time on the couch either.

  11. Linds says:

    April 8th, 2011at 9:49 am(#)

    What a great article!

    I really encourage both men and women of all ages to try out fitness. Age is just a number and it is never too late to start.

    My mom is in her 60’s and is more active now then she has ever been (i love to brag about her). She started rowing in her 50’s when a group at work did the Dragon Boat for breast cancer. Then she decided to take up bike riding and has been doing the MS Bike Ride every year. She also does a lot of walk-a-thons like the weekend to end breast cancer and other similar long walking events.

    She just retired last week and is telling everyone that she has to get up early to go to her new job: The gym :).

  12. leila says:

    April 17th, 2011at 11:56 am(#)

    Hello there! I absolutely LOVE your blog and have been reading it religiously for a while now. I just started a new blog about fitness, celebrity fitness, fashion, healthy eating, and just plain fun. I would love it if you checked it out sometime. You can find me at fitsavvy.blogspot.com. Thanks! You’re awesome!
    -leila xoxo

  13. john mac says:

    November 13th, 2011at 3:34 pm(#)

    i am 53.and this article it utterly changed my outlook.this man is amazing and an inspiration,i fully intend to have visible abs in my 53rd year,


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