Name: George Kirkwood
Weight: 217 lbs
Body Fat: 29%+
Weight: 160 lbs
Body Fat: 10%
Why I Got Started
I had a motorcycle accident that ripped my left foot almost off. The doctor told me I might never walk exactly right with it again. After the cast came off, my calf muscle had shrunk, so (as directed by the doctor) I started to exercise my left ankle with rubber bands.
Then I thought a gym might help me to better strengthen my weak calf (and lose a little weight at the same time). The day I went to join the gym, I couldn't even climb up the stairs to the treadmills without taking a puff on my inhaler. The next day I was on my way to the gym for my first time, but I could not go in.
I felt so embarrassed at my age and how fat I looked compared to all those young guys. So I drove around for a while and then went home without ever entering the gym. My wife asked me why I was back so early and I broke down with tears in my eyes and told her, "I felt too embarrassed to go in."
A few days past and I kept working with those little rubber bands trying to exercise and build that left calf muscle. Then while I was surfing the Internet for information, I happened to run across a website about this guy "Scott (Old Navy) Hults".
After seeing his picture and what he had accomplished at his age (62 at the time), I said to my wife, "Whoa, If that guy can do it, so can I. I look better than him now without training." So, that was the incentive that got me motivated.
How I Did It
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the greatest of them all? Guys in the gym told me never to watch the scale. Look in the mirror. That's easier said than done. But I tried hard to listen to what others had to offer. Because I have a heart condition, I have to be extremely careful just how much weight I lift.
The heart doctor told me that cardio is okay, but to be smart when lifting weights. Incidentally, my heart doctor is dead against me doing this bodybuilding thing. However, all my other doctors tell me, "Don't stop whatever you're doing."
I have to credit my wife for my progress as she has put all my diets together. She measures everything out for me.
Meal 3: Post Workout
I do a lot of cardio, mostly on the step machine and treadmill. 30-45 minutes first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, then 15-20 minutes again after my weight workout. Then when I was getting ready for the competition, I was going back at night for another hour of cardio.
Back, Biceps & Forearms:
Suggestions for Others
Never think you're too old. Don't get depressed just because you're getting older. Most of those young guys you see in the gym that look like Arnold are all cheating. Do it "Natural". Take the supplements, stick to the diet and exercise. Set a goal like I did and then go for it. DON'T QUIT. I'm not done yet! Keep watching.