The Blind Champion Of Bodybuilding Uses His Power To Inspire Others: In July, the 62-year-old Canadian National Championship was held in Quebec and was organized by the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation, winning a bronze medal. This is a praiseworthy feat in itself, but it is even more impressive if we consider that Newcombe has only pursued bodybuilding in the last three years.
The Wall Street Journal interviewed Newcombe at the Los Angeles Fitness Center to learn the motivations for his body sculpture challenge after most of his age group retired to the couch. This interview has been edited and condensed.
A man from Bonita Springs is one of the best bodybuilders in the world.
But what is more powerful than your muscles is your message.
Greg Rando was born with a rare genetic disorder, but is not considered disabled.
“I won all the space contests of winning American teams, we went to Malaysia and represented the United States in the World Championship,” said Rando.
Competing professional bodybuilding competitions are already a challenge, but Rando faces obstacles that most athletes do not have: retinitis pigmentosa.
He said: “This really started from high school.” At that time, I began to notice the return of a great loss.
At the age of 15, the doctor did not encourage him to participate in sports, so he started lifting weights while waiting for his friends to complete the exercise.
“I immediately knew that this was something I could do, and immediately I felt strengthened, and soon I felt safe and my self-esteem improved,” she said.
During his time at the University, Rando participated in the best competition of bodybuilders in the country and in the best bodybuilders in the world over 30 years.
Recently, he won third place in the international Tampa Pro bodybuilding competition.
When he did not promote his improvement, he liked to train others.
“Do not just do it yourself, but do it yourself, but teach it, continue to teach me, tell me, I’m still learning, because I’m still learning, my physical and mental condition is improving,” Rando said.
He told them that the only restriction is our restriction on ourselves.
Q: How did you decide to do bodybuilding?
A: I got married in 2011 and I did not like my picture at the wedding. I saw a thin man who lost his hair. Overcome my father’s body. I’m back Then my wife suggested that I go to the gym together. At the beginning, we just arrived and made the weight and the treadmill. But then I started seeing this person Sam in the gym, which was a turning point for me. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. I asked him if he would help me, he did.
Q: Is it difficult to start?
A: I have been very active. I participated in the first triathlon competition in Canada in 1985. But I have no talent. I have to work for everything. But now, at this age, I’m getting better and better, nobody is hitting me. I started with a weight of 197 pounds. This is my first time on stage. After nine months of starting my gym, I was only 160 years old. All those little muscles are hidden underneath.
This is a picture taken by Rick Newcombe when he was 59 years old. He then participated in bodybuilding and won a bronze medal at the Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships in July. Offer / afternoon
Q: You recently won a bronze medal in the Canadian National Championship. What led you to the competition?
A: I like the competition to give me a reason to be better. I participated in the 55th Male Masters Contest of the International Bodybuilding Federation. I participated in the Laval competition in July and have already trained for the national show next year.
There are strict diet and exercise programs, this is not a balanced lifestyle. I train for five days a week for 90 minutes and I have a serious diet 12 to 16 weeks before the show starts. You have been working for a year and you compete for 17 minutes. This is really a beauty contest.
Q: What did bodybuilding do for you?
A: I like it. I think this is very interesting. It drives me every day. And there are muscles to pay a compound bonus. You receive praise from strangers and direct respect from the employer. It also makes it easier to eliminate garbage.
Part of my struggle is against age discrimination. I worked as a systems analyst for 25 years in the IT department, then I reduced and spent 11 months looking for work in my field. They have denied me finding a job, and some even said, “Look, Rick, this is a game for young people.”
I think, dear, not everything is a game for young people. Now, I am working on the maintenance of urban roads. When I requested, they asked me if I could do the work, I really spit out a bicep. Sometimes you have to look through different windows.
Q: What advice would you give to that?