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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: John Pasco

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  • Name: John Pasco
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  • Age: 74
  • Where: Dallas, TX
  • Height: 6'
  • Weight: 170 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: no response
  • Favorite Exercise: no response
  • Favorite Supplements: Glutamine and Creatine

How Did You Get Started?

When I was 72 years old (I use that word 'old' advisedly since I really looked and felt old), I did not like my physique, my posture, my way of looking at things and people, and my negative view of almost every thing. I decided that I had to take charge of myself and make major changes. My nephew suggested that I go to a gym, and I followed his advice. Within a couple of months I liked the changes which I saw. One day a trainer at the gym asked me, "Why are you here all the time working out? Are you going to enter a contest or something?" My response came of its own will instinctively from deep within me and I answered, "Yes, I am." I then found a trainer, a competing bodybuilder himself, and he has led me down my chosen path of bodybuilding ever since.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

My plan is simple. Cardio and exercise of abs and calves five days a week in the early AM before breakfast, and exercise of the several muscle groups five afternoons a week. I do arms one day, shoulders one day, legs one day, back one day and chest one day. The order of these may vary.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I don't know which has given the greatest gains, but I use creatine, L-glutamine, L-arginine, HMB and ephedrine. I also inject 1cc of Vitamin B complex every two weeks.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it has brought me again to a vital, dynamic life, one of high self-esteem. I love it because it has enabled me to face down the seeming threats of advancing years and my cancer. The years no longer trouble me; instead I give thanks for the experiences they have given me. The cancer (for which I had a radical prostatectomy) no longer is a concern. The return of the cancer from remission was dealt with by radiation which I underwent for 12 weeks without loosing a day of workouts and the doctors attribute my lack of poor effects of the radiation to my bodybuilding workouts.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to compete as long as my presentation is credit worthy. I am preparing now to enter the NPC Masters National Competition in 2003. It is my intent that I use whatever I am able to achieve in bodybuilding to help me motivate others who may be threatened by the advance of years or some poor medical diagnosis to use bodybuilding for their own rejuvenation.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

I believe that there is a wide difference between those who work out and those who work out as bodybuilders. My "one tip" is for both, however. It is, in the words of Shakespeare, "To thine own self be true." If, in discovering just who you are, you look within yourself and find that your true self is a bodybuilder, then go at it full steam. Make it your point of full and total focus. Let nothing stand between where you are and where you can go as a bodybuilder.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite professional bodybuilder is Gunter Schlierkamp. This is so because I have found him to be a "real person" who has true interest in helping those amateurs like me. Although he has much to occupy him in his high position among professional bodybuilders, he has taken time to advise and encourage me.

My favorite who is not a professional is my trainer, Dror Erez, Mr Israel '95. He has taken me from knowing absolutely nothing about working out and what is required of a bodybuilder, to my present greatly improved knowledge and condition. He goes far and above that which one might expect of any bodybuilder to assist me reach toward my goals. He lives by his motto: "Your goals are my commitment". When I reach my goals, it will be because of his training.

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