84-year-old great-grandfather is world's oldest male bodybuilder

By Daniel Uria  |  Sept. 7, 2017 at 2:28 PM
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Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A great-grandfather from California will enter the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest male bodybuilder.

Jim Arrington was born in 1932 and continues to train for and compete in bodybuilding competitions at the age of 84.

"All my life, I have wanted to excel at something. To be World Class (top 100). In bodybuilding, my true love, becoming the best over 80 and earning my Pro Card, was that goal reached," Arrington said. "Gaining a Guinness World Records title must therefore, be 100 times better! My friends and family are all delighted. Everyone wants to be photographed with the certificate!"

Throughout his 70 years of bodybuilding, Arrington has competed in 62 competitions and won 16.

He first registered the record in 2015, but plans to break it again by participating at a competition in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Arrington's workout routine adapts to his specific goals, and he tries to stick to a high protein, moderate carbohydrate and fat meal regimen to stay lean.

"Just about anything works for a while, then your body adapts and requires new challenges," he said. "Bodybuilding is hard work! You need to set goals, but most of all, you need to love the training. No bodybuilder is satisfied with how they look. If you want to compete, compete! If you don't, you never will."

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