Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Dave Baker

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How Did You Get Started?

I couldn't quit cigarettes. I tried and tried. Finally, I thought, "Think about something else." I bought some dumbbells and haven't put them down since 1980.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

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arrow Day 1: Abs & Chest: 1 Hour:
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arrow Day 2: Legs: 40 minutes:
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arrow Day 3: Swim:
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arrow Day 4: Shoulders & Triceps: 50 Minutes:
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arrow Day 5: Abs, Back & Biceps: 1 Hour:
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arrow Day 6 & 7: Swim:
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This may seem like a lot of exercises but I don't wait long between sets - usually 20 to 30 seconds and I reduce the weight each set, usually by 10 lbs. That's how I can complete the routines in a relatively short time.

Dave Baker
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Dave Baker.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Every day starts w/ 10 ounces of oatmeal, uncooked, soaked in 10 ounces of milk the night before. To this I add a banana, an apple, and a couple ounces of blueberries. Protein shake.

For lunch I eat a bizarre concoction which I cook in a big pot weekly. My wife has always wanted the world to witness the weirdness, and so now I'm opening the closet door and shining the light on this daily portion of my diet. My concoction includes: pinto beans, lentils, split peas, brown rice, barley, sweet potatoes, spaghetti sauce, olive oil, walnuts, almonds, pecans, avocados, corn, broccoli and winter squash. I wash that down with a protein shake.

For dinner I have a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a cup of nonfat cottage cheese, a cup of nonfat yogurt, usually a 20 ounce glass of chocolate skim milk. Dometimes I'll get carried away and eat a whole box of cereal in one sitting (probably not a good idea).

I have another protein shake before bed.

Occasionally I fall off the wagon and eat a pizza or a pound of chocolate or some such, but for the most part, reality conforms to the healthy diet.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have recently started using CytoSport whey protein and creatine. I just read an article in Iron Man (January '09) pg.114 about leucine and protein synthesis and I've decided that for a few months I'm going to try these supplements and see if I gain any weight.

Dave Baker
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Dave Baker.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I'm compulsive about weight lifting. I need to do it. It makes me feel fantastic. It's integral to my feeling healthy. I don't want to end up like so many people I see leaning on their shopping carts. They have gargantuan butts and crummy posture and if at all possible I don't want to join their ranks.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

A couple guys at my gym said I should enter a contest. They told me I could enter the 'grandmaster' class because I'm 50+. I'm basically pretty shy, so I thought I couldn't do it. Now, I'm having second thoughts. I need to learn about it. I should try it at least once for the experience of it. If it's not for me, fine. If I get laughed out of the place, that's okay too.

Dave Baker
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Dave Baker.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

The one tip I would give to other body builders is not to sacrifice form to the extent of promoting injury. I see a lot of guys lifting insane amounts of weight with crummy form and I think, "Geez, you only get one spine."

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Not to take anything away from any of the newer guys, but Jack LaLane has always had a front and center spot in my pantheon of favorite athletes. I remember LaLane from his TV days when he tried to entice suburban housewives to exercise along with him. I was a kid and he was the first muscled-up guy I'd ever seen. He made a lasting impression. Then of course, there's the mighty Arnold and Frank Zane. To me, Arnold is kind of a god. But I also admire anyone in the older crowd who gives it a go, regardless of their degree of fitness.

Because I started young, it's been a way of life for me for a long time. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to be a late-comer to exercise and have to lose a lot of weight and change lifelong habits. That's why I respect them, for making the effort. I'd also like to say that I was that kid on the beach in the Charles Atlas cartoon ad. I was sick of being skinny and I wrote to Charles Atlas for his "secrets." I think I paid about 20 dollars, which was a whopping amount for a 14 year old kid in 1970. (I also paid a dollar for the X-Ray Specs. I guess I've always been a little gullible).