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Clarence at 81

Six Years into the “Inevitable” Decline

Selected Visitor Comments Below

Here we go again. The problem is to show the passage of time. Avoid duplication. With my body essentially unchanged, it took some imagination. We hope you’ll enjoy the new photos.

My lower back is bothering me a little more, but it doesn’t keep me awake or show up in my leg strength or muscle mass. It does cause me to be unsteady for the first few steps after sitting or standing for a period of time.  

Nothing much has changed otherwise.

Here’s what we’ve come to think of as the Bass Pose—at 76 and 81:


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While we didn’t plan it that way, it seems appropriate that three pieces in this update are about recently recognized or acknowledged benefits of strength training.

We have two new FAQs, the first about a long ago event exposing the Muscle Bound myth and a new challenge to the need for static stretching before or after resistance training. The second FAQ favors strength training over endurance exercise for maintaining or increasing the level of testosterone.

Our feature article discusses three new studies which uncover the benefits of strength training on heart health—separate and apart from aerobic exercise: a real bomb shell coming in part from the home of aerobics in Dallas, Texas.

Having lifted weights regularly for going on 70 years, we believe it’s fair to say that I’ve benefited from all of the above. I can’t help but wonder what the high school coach who cautioned me that athletes don’t lift weights would say now. Bet he’d be happy that I knew from reading Strength & Health magazine that coaches of his time were misinformed about strength training.

How thing have changed. Everybody and his or her grandmother are now doing resistance training.

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We'll end with three more of the photos taken by Carol in the past week. One is a little dark but we like it anyway. Shadows are a key element in physique photography.



For everyday condition each year after my 75th birthday:






December 1, 2018

Selected Visitor Comments

No One Else

There is no one in your class at 81.

I have some friends who still train hard and are in their mid to late 70’s, but no one comes in any way close to where you are.

Richard A. Winett, Ph.D.
Heilig Meyers Professor of Psychology
Virginia Tech

Living Longer and Happier

Congratulations once again for being in top shape at the age of 81. You look like you could be 20 or 30 years younger and it’s interesting to see you are not showing much in the way of sarcopenia.

It’s amazing that you have the knowledge and drive to stay in amazing condition and if more people took a leaf out of your book, people would be living longer and happier.

Andrew from Australia


You are an inspiration and your example truly gives me hope as I age.


Beginning to Buy Less Is More

You've really given me a lot to shoot for over the next few years....I am ... right now ... trying to convince myself that two really hard workouts beat four or five per week.  
It's all in my head, but I'm beginning to buy in.

Mike in Austin

Almost Unfair

It's almost unfair how your legs look.


A Misprint?

Misprint 81! Are you sure that's not 18???

You'd probably still get "Best Legs" trophy in the Mr. America show.

Richard in San Anton

"Parabens" from Portugal

Happy birthday (or "parabéns" as we say here in Portugal) on your turning 81 and looking so absolutely amazing. I can't get over how good the new photos are.


Life in Years

You are “fighting the inevitable decline” well!

Most importantly, you are showing us a great example to achieve “years in life, and life in years” as Dr. David L. Katz likes to say to earn the prize of being able to enjoy life for many years.


Cognitive Fitness

Confirmation...you continue to maintain excellent cognitive abilities which are demonstrated in your writings. You continue to maintain a writing style that is informative, entertaining, and sincere.



Congratulations on maintaining your excellent condition at the age of 81.


Diogenes was portrayed holding up a lantern against the darkness, his eyes piercing the gloom, searching for an honest man.

Diogenes remained very active throughout his lifetime. When asked to slow down he replied: "I know that when you reach old age it is a time to take it easy, but I compare myself to the last runner in a relay race. Would you have me slow down as I near the finish line?"

Clarence, keep pulling and pushing against resistance and don't slow down!



 John, AKA Mr. Nautilus

January 1, 2019

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