Dunyanews, TORONTO – 90-year-old Jim Arrington got into bodybuilding when he was 13 years old, and he has been keeping at it ever since.
At 90 years old, he holds the Guinness World Record for “oldest active male bodybuilder”.
Jim Arrington discovered bodybuilding when he was 13. He walked into a drug store and saw these big, bulky guys on the cover of a muscle magazine.
He immediately ordered a copy of a 25-cent book by George Jowett, a Canadian strongman, and started doing the exercises detailed in it using his father’s three-pound steel balls.
They certainly weren’t the most useful bodybuilding tools, but they helped him put on more than 10 pounds of muscle in a few months, so he kept going.
He has been going at it ever since, and even though his body is much more fragile now, at age 90, he has no plans of ever stopping weight training.
Arrington told Men’s Health last year:
“At my age, your body’s a lot more fragile.”
“You have to be more careful when you’re training, and you can’t abuse it — your tendons have a tendency to want to detach.
“In the past five years, my left bicep broke loose, and I had a little bit of a tear in my right bicep, too.
“So you can’t do things you used to be able to do. It’s really disheartening, but it’s important to keep soldiering away” …