Clarence, let me just start out by saying I think you are one of
the most important human beings we have on the planet at the
moment. You have truly proven that what everyone thinks is not
possible, quite surely is. You are more muscular than most
people in their 20s. I know, that alone is freaking INSANE.
is your secret, to that amazing lifetime of muscularity and
You are truly incredible!!
I might start believing it; Carol warns against getting a big
To answer your
query, my secret, if there is one, is always looking for ways to
improve; building on success one step at a time. See Outlook
for your very kind comment.
Gift of Inspiration
HELLO MR. BASS!
I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU I USED TO FUMBLE THROUGH
THE MUSCLE MAGAZINES AT LEAST 25-30 YEARS AGO AND I'D SEE YOUR
FACE ALL THE TIME. I WAS FASCINATED TO SEE YOU SO RIPPED AND
HEALTHY LOOKING. YOU WERE THE ORIGINAL OF THE RIPPED GUYS AND
YOU INSPIRED ME TREMENDOUSLY TO STAY LEAN.
I'M 47 YEARS YOUNG NOW AND WILL CONTINUE ON WITH
LEGACY THAT YOU SHARED WITH THE WORLD.
THANK YOU SIR FOR THE
GIFT OF "INSPIRATION."
You are really an idol for
I am sure it
is true that lifestyle (eating Whole Foods minimally
processed and exercising regularly) has kept you at a low body
fat your whole life. I mean, I would be overjoyed, if I
could stay at the 10-12 range for my life by following your
Lots of love and support from Denmark!
Hey! from UK
Just been looking through your website
while having my coffee on my night shift here in the UK. It's a
little after 0240hrs and I've been reading some articles on Vince Gironda and looking through yours and Frank Zane's old photos from
back in the day! I've gotta say bodybuilding and physique
has really lost its way over the years. The Anabolics have completely ruined the physique. Your
conditioning was insane Clarence! I mean you really came
into your top form in your 40's. You gotta love the fact
you've held your condition all these years. Phenomenal physique and
really inspiring. I think a lean athletic physique is the
way to go for sure! I'm 38 and seeing the levels of
conditioning you achieved after the age of 40 is something to
behold. Thanks for the inspiration, and thanks for the
great content on your site also!
Good day to you Sir!
Pharmacist Thank You
I just want to drop you a short note of
thanks. I'm a recently retired 70 year old pharmacist.
I first started reading your work way back in my old drugstore
days when I could steal a few minutes and goof off. Thanks
to you I'm still working out with high intensity and strength
training a few times a week as you recommend. And I have
read all of your books. I cannot tell you how valuable
your writing have been to me during my career as a working
pharmacist. I knew I could always count on your
recommendations as being well researched and up to date. I
hope I (we) have helped some patients along the way. So I
just wanted to thank you and wish you continued Health and a
long life. I am sure there are many more people just like
me that feel the same way that I do.
Perspective of a Minimalist
Clarence: At 59, I have spent my life making things
simple. I have maintained a 5'10" 160 lb physique for 40
years. I take no medicine, supplements or vitamins and
have a simple diet of fruit, vegetables, oats, rice, peanut
butter, yogurt and chicken.
workouts are just under 40 minutes 5 days a week and I use a
minimal of equipment along with bodyweight exercises (sit-ups,
ab wheel roll outs, pull ups, push ups and dips). I have
good muscularity and flexibility along with a resting pulse of
50 and average BP of 120/65.
have been inspired by Jack LaLanne and Clarence Bass. My
success in marriage, family and business is in many ways
attributable to my fitness and I can credit my fitness to my
Spartan home gym and simple exercise regime.
Thanks for being an inspiration and like Jack Lalanne before you
a national treasure.
David Helms, Dallas, Texas
Good afternoon. Nice to meet you via e-mail. I have
followed your career in bodybuilding and bought one of your
books, Challenge Yourself. The book was very well
written and informative.
You truly provide superb scientific information and wonderful
practical knowledge to us the readers and followers. At 58
and heading toward the "golden years," it is very reassuring to
have all the information you provide. It is also inspiring
to see that with hard work and sensible eating patterns you can
be healthy and strong later in life.
incorporating many of the principles you discuss, such as
walking. I have two medium sized dogs and except for
lightning, I walk them every day for two to three miles, do one
intense cardiovascular sessions a week and two full body
sessions of weightlifting a week, with one being traditional
lifting and the other being more circuit training.
very grateful for all your advice on training, nutrition and a
healthy lifestyle. I hope our paths cross one day so I
can personally thank you for your excellent work.
Oliver J. Langstadt, Miami, Florida
Thanks for sharing the article on how
exercise slows down muscle aging and strengthens the immune
system. I've just turned 55 and having read this has
motivated me more than ever to exercise hard and eat well.
I really look forward to reading the informative articles you
put up on your website each month and I particularly like your
take on each article. You will always be my go to man for
health and fitness. Keep up the awesome work!
I just want to say thank you for the
fabulous information and site you have put together. I saw you
in the magazines I read as a kid. I've just turned 30, strong
but fat after getting married, having kids, getting lazy, etc.
You have motivated me to be my best self again and reduce my
weight. I always wanted abs like yours and seeing what you have
accomplished way down the line I have no excuses in my 30s.
You are a true representative of
physical culture, longevity and wisdom. A far cry from the
chemical Frankenstein bodies of today's bodybuilding. You
show balance, health and provide a positive role model to may
young and old. Thank you.
Excellent Health marker tests Clarence,
most people bury their heads and would rather not know at any
age. This attitude also allows one to continue along a
destructive health/lifestyle regime as in "if I am not aware of
any problems I do not have to solve them."
Regarding the testosterone reading of 788 at 80 years
of age without TRT - Incredible.
During the early 80s I used to see your advertisements
and articles in Muscle & Fitness and bypass them for more
heavily built stars of the day (Arnold and Sergio) but having
gotten older (51) I realize how much wisdom your methods hold and
can aid a person to attain good health and well-being for life.
Good health to you and yours.
Best Wishes from England.
Better than Amazon Prime!!
Thank you very much for the very fast delivery of your book Lean for Life. And it was autographed to boot!! Also, many
thanks for the bonus book The Lean Advantage 3. That was
unexpected and much appreciated.
But I have a confession to make. I have known about Clarence
Bass for many years. I am a lifelong fitness exerciser using
just barbells and a stationary bicycles at home (69 years old,
6’4”, 190). I have been VERY impressed by Clarence in the
muscle magazines over the years, but unfortunately never went to
Well, several weeks ago I was linked to your website through
another article I was reading on the internet. Boy, was I
SHOCKED!! I actually think I lost consciousness for several
minutes. It was just too much for my aging, feeble brain to
absorb all at once.
I immediately went to my Amazon Prime account and ordered brand
new copies of “Take Charge, Great Expectations, Challenge
Yourself and Ripped 1” (I have the receipts to prove it!!). I
noticed your website ordering section, but of course I thought
“it will take weeks for the books to arrive.” Now I know better.
And to think I could have probably had those books autographed
really hurts!! (I generally “jump around” a book looking for
relevant sections of most interest to me - I eventually read the
entire book). I have also been on your website every single day
since I discovered it.
Clarence looks “beyond comprehension.” He looks better at 80
than anyone else at 20. I feel like crying when I look at his
pictures. It hurts that bad!!
By the way, you should not let Clarence bask in all the glory.
You look VERY HOT!! yourself. I know there are millions of men
all over the world just waiting for your bikini photos to appear
on this website, YOUNG LADY!!!!
I was giving a public lecture on the beneficial health effects
of high intensity training. When addressing the "anti-aging
effect" I showed the audience the pictures of you from your
homepage (that show you at 30, 40 etc.). The people simply could
not believe their eyes. Even when I continued talking about the
next aspect of my lecture, someone asked me to switch back to
the slide with your photos and asked if such a condition was
really possible. How is that for a compliment!
All the best and many greetings from Germany
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Giessing, University of Koblenz-Landau,
Germany, author of High Intensity Training (HIT), 2016
[Your expanded training pictorial] is
incredible! You have likely done something with your life that
no one else in the world has ever done or probably ever will.
Through unfailing life-long consistency and careful
documentation you have shown what high intensity exercise,
endurance, and excellent nutrition can contribute to the
maintenance of maximum human physical function throughout the
life span. Your life is a superb case study that will be
probably be referred to forever. Congratulations, and thanks!”
Waneen Spirduso, Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas at
Austin, co-author of Physical Dimensions of Aging
[Your expanded training pictorial] is a dramatic example of what exercise and
nutrition and healthy living can accomplish over a life span. Thank you for
including me. I look forward to sharing this with my students.
Edward F. Coyle,
Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory, Department of
Kinesiology & Health Education, University of Texas at Austin
quote from [Dr. Spirduso] is well deserved... She is the recognized world
renowned expert. Besides your physical accomplishments, you are the only one I
know who has not seen their career diminish in their late 60's and 70's. Your
latest book shows you are at an even higher level than before.
Winett, Ph.D., Heilig
Meyers Professor of Psychology, Director, Center for Research in Health
Behavior, Director of Clinical Science Training, Virginia Tech