I get questions often about workouts and exercises, but the email below is different. It’s a motivator…
“My name is Dave Van Til. I’m 78 years old and started competing in bodybuilding at age 60 at the encouragement of Frank Zane. (Photo below by Ralph DeHaan; Dave is in his early 70s in this photo.)
“I have been a long-time subscriber and follow Old Man, Young Muscle, but I’m a little amused when you refer to the “old” being in their 50s. Your old-man encouragement goes way beyond 50s.
“I recently called my old friend and competitor Jim Arrington (world’s oldest bodybuilder per Guinness), and we plan to meet at Gold’s for an “old man” workout and maybe compete at Muscle Beach on Labor Day.
“The main reason I’m writing is to tell you that I have been doing your suggested exercises and protocols for sometime—30 minutes and done—basically high reps, low weight, 20-second rests between sets.
“I get a regular body-comp Dexa Scan, and right now I’m at a sloppy 12 percent. I want to see if I can get that down to 8 percent with [more] muscle by Labor Day using primarily yours and Doug [Brignole’s] exercises and a little bike Tabata (and maybe a little less wine).”
Dave, thank you for taking the time to write and give the thumbs-up to OMYM. If you compete Labor Day, send me a photo update. I’ll post it here to motivate subscribers (and me).
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Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
Former Editor in Chief, Iron Man Magazine
What Would You Do to Protect Your Family?
Mike Westerdal is a renowned personal trainer and national best-selling physical preparedness author, but he’s also a father and a husband… who would do anything to protect his family.
He used to get pushed around when younger and spent years building up his body and becoming stronger, getting mentally and physically tough the hard way. As he got bigger, he learned to handle himself, and working in security, he learned first-hand how violence really plays out.
Some of the other guys online who show off their self-defense videos and books need to get a grip. The level of skill needed to pull off their basic moves is CRAZY for most ordinary people.
- If a defense system requires more than a few hours to master, it’s not a program.
- The only techniques you will ever use are the simple ones.
- They need to work for an ordinary person without prior training, technique, or ability.
- So even if you think you don’t have time to learn how to defend yourself…
- You don’t need to spend years training to be a martial artist.