I came into bodybuilding at 72 years of age when I found myself looking, feeling and acting old. I found that it not only improved my physique, but it also gave me a healthy perspective on people and the world.


Why am I a bodybuilder? I came late into bodybuilding, at 72 years of age, when I found myself to look old, think old and act old. I found that bodybuilding not only improved my physique, but it also gave me a healthy perspective on people and the world. I found that it rejuvenated me, made me feel some 40 years younger than my years. It also enabled me to deal with my cancer (now in remission) so that it is no force in my life.

I bodybuild and compete now because it keeps me rejuvenated. I also bodybuild and compete so that my accomplishments may motivate others of advancing years or some poor medical condition to take charge of the lives and banish fear of years and illness.

He can be contacted at johnpasco@bodybuilders.com.

Vital Stats

Full Name: John Clinton Pasco
Location: Dallas, Texas
Birth: 29 March 1928, New Britain, Connecticut
Education: Public schools, Newington, CT; Penn State University BA English ?52; General Theological Seminary, STM ?55.
Military Service: Army Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces, Cryptographer.
Civilian Occupation: Priest, Episcopal Church, retired. Competing BodyBuilder.
Favorite Body Parts: Arms and Shoulders
Favorite Exercises: Legs because it is the greatest challenge and I love challenges.
Favorite Supplements: L-Glutamine, L-Arginine, HMB, Creatine, Ephedrine. I also take 1cc Vitamin B complex by injection bi-weekly.

Height: 6'0"
Waist: 30"
Bodyfat: Contest 6%, between contests 10-12%
Chest: 42" (now)
Weight: Previous contests, 140-150 lbs. Now 168. Going for 175 next contest!
Hips: 37"
Biceps: 14"
Thighs: 21"

Contest History
  • 2001 NPC SW Naturals, Masters 50+, 2d place
  • 2001 NPC Heart of Texas, Masters 50+ 5th place National Qualifier
  • 2001 NPC Red River Classic, Masters 50+ 3d place National Qualifier
  • 2002 NPC SW USA BB Championships, Masters 40+ 7th Place
Next Contest: 2003 NPC Masters Nationals.

Note: While I am in my 70?s, when there are not any others of that age, I compete in the most senior class there which can be as young as 40.

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Kill The OLD Myth!
I am here to tell you that the myth that we should surrender to 'old age', accepting without a whimper inabilities which we are told are inevitable, is dead wrong. I am a competitive bodybuilder at 74 years old!
Section: Mind :: Dec 02, 2002

There Is No Substitute For A Trainer
Whatever good advice you may get elsewhere, there is no substitute for your own personal trainer. My trainer helped me gain 34 pounds of muscle!
Section: Training :: Nov 04, 2002

Goals, The Impossible Dream
John Pasco, a 74 year old competitive bodybuilders tells you, "Don't dream the impossible dream. Do it! Learn how to look within yourself for the motivation."
Section: Mind :: Oct 30, 2002

Competing At 74? Oh Yes!
Now I will discuss rising from the level of working out for reasons of exercise for well-being to the level of being a competitor in bodybuilding contests.
Section: Contests :: Oct 08, 2002

Your Rejuvenation Starts Within Yourself
I am convinced, no, I know it for sure: Out there where you are reading these words there are folks who never have thought they could work out and get a muscular physique.
Section: Mind :: Sep 19, 2002

My Bodybuilding Journey
Some of these began working out at an early age and have continued on to their present vibrant seniority.
Section: Mind :: Sep 15, 2002

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