Austrian Podcast Interviews
Oh my! What's left to
talk about? That's what we thought when we sat down to listen to
the new podcast. Austrian professional sport climber Jurgen Reis
has interviewed Clarence ten times since he visited here for the
first time in 2007. The last podcast was in January of this
We were pleasantly surprised.
Clarence has been finding something new to write about every
month since he started his RIPPED column in Muscle &
Fitness in 1980. Jurgen finds new topics in every podcast.
Successful training routines are
constantly evolving. Clarence looks for
new ways to challenge his body in every workout.
When Jurgen asked what's new,
Clarence began by explaining why he decided to stop doing the foothills
workout on Sundays. His resting heart on his
Fitbit told him that he was not fully recovering for his Tuesday
From there, Jurgen said that he
has stopped writing books for the time being, and asked if
Clarence is thinking about a new book. Clarence said
he thinks of his updates as gathering new material every month.
No new book until he has a theme that excites him.
That opened the gate for many new
topics to discuss.
When the time expired, Jurgen said he
couldn't wait for the next interview, that he wanted to continue
on and on, that there would always be something new to talk about. No limits!
The Podcast is # 676. You
won't be disappointed. English begins at minute 19:
You'll find Jurgen's story in our
"Fitness Personalities" category:
Here's a message from him along with a recent photo by Andreas
This photo of me this summer
was taken just before my 42nd birthday. Normal training day – no
special preparation done. I had the same bodyweight as when I
Reading Clarence Bass’ books
about two decades ago and visiting him and Carol three times
were some of the best things I've done in my life. My American
Grandpa (that’s how I call him sometimes) taught me much more
than “just” how to stay in shape.
For everybody looking for a
REAL mentor in all aspects of fit and passionate living, I
highly recommend his endless knowledge.
Oftentimes I ask myself “What
would Clarence do?” I don't always do it, but it shapes my
Thank you Clarence and Carol
for everything you gave me and your patience with me!
Jürgen Reis, Professional
Climber from Austria
Photo: © 2018 by Andreas Kempter
September 1, 2018
Laszlo Photo of Clarence
Early this month we were
surprised to take delivery of a photo Laszlo took of Clarence at
75 holding a kettlebell at his side. It was enlarged and
carefully wrapped. We were surprised and pleased to learn that it hung for a month at an art
gallery in Sacramento.
Here's the story in Laszlo's
Every year the Viewpoint
Photographic Art Gallery in Sacramento encourages its members to
enter a juried exhibition based on a theme. In 2017 the theme
was “Balance.” Some years before I had photographed Clarence
holding a kettlebell with his muscular and veined arm. It
epitomized the raw power and strength of a dedicated lifter.
When I took a second look at this picture I remembered it also
takes plenty of balance to lift a kettlebell, the clumsiest item
in the weightlifter's repertoire. Clearly the judge agreed and
selected it for the exhibition.
Our task was to find an
appropriate place of honor in Clarence's office at Ripped
Enterprises. Carol found a tripod to make it stand out from the
many other photos already there. Here it is on top of a book
case balanced between two Herculean sculptures.
Laszlo is pleased--and so are we.
September 1, 2018