84-Year-Old Man Is World's Oldest Bodybuilder: 'I Will Keep Going'
He has been bodybuilding for 70 years.
An 84-year-old man is the world’s oldest bodybuilder and he has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
Jim Arrington, of California, has been weightlifting since 1947, when he was 15 years old, and today he continues to train and enter competitions.
“Up to now, I was just into bodybuilding and entering contests as long as I possibly could before I fall apart or die or something like that,” Arrington said.
Throughout his 70 years of training, Arrington has competed in 62 competitions and won 16.
Arrington has secured his spot in the record books with a distinction in the 2018 edition of Guinness World Records as the oldest, competing bodybuilder. His friends say he’s an inspiration.
“I want to grow up to be like him, ageless,” said Jerome Ferguson, a professional bodybuilder. “I mean, 84 years young with abs. Most people at 84 are dead.”
Arrington’s key to longevity is enjoying what he is doing, he said.
“You know it’s a great feeling to be in the gym, get blood flowing through your muscles and kind of pumped up,” Arrington said. “I will keep going as long as I possibly can as long as I enjoy it. I don’t think I'll really get tired of it.”
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