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.
Having spent nearly 40 years as a couch potato Idecided to do something about my fitness and diet so I took up body building and wake boarding at the age of 87.
Evidence of my physical achievements came at the 2010 Strenflex World Championships; I scored the highest number of points ever. My winning performance featured 57 dips, 61 chin-ups, 50 push-ups and 48 abdominal crunches, each in 45 seconds!
I became interested in bodybuilding at the age of 87 after introducing heavy weights into my training regime. At that time I noticed dramatic improvements in my rowing performance. Recently (since turning 90), I have undergone hypertrophy training, whereby the muscles are worked to exhaustion, and I have again seen substantial improvements. After the initial four week programme, my strength increased by up to 50%, as measured by the amount of weight I could shift with specific muscle groups.
In my home country, Switzerland, I have become a celebrity, appearing on prime time television as a subject of documentary features and as a talk show guest. I also appears as a speaker at conferences and other events. I am tri-lingual in English, French and German.