Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 7:40 am Post subject: A Bold Move: 79-year old champion bodybuilder competes again
A Bold Move: 79-year old champion bodybuilder competes against 40-, 50-, 60-year olds!
Released on: May 08, 2015, 6:33 am (EDT)
Author: Lisa Lucke
Industry: Healthcare, Sports, Media
Amador County, CA, May 08, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- A career spanning nearly 50 years isn’t over yet for Amador County veteran bodybuilder and one of the original Mr. Venice Beach competitors, Arthur Peacock. Peacock, who is turning 80 this year, takes the stage with 40-, 50-, and 60-year olds this Saturday, May 9 at the Contra Costa Bodybuilding Championship, to be held in the Chabot College Performing Arts Theatre.
“There is no doubt that this is a career turning point for me. It’s what I’ve been training for my entire life, but especially the last three years. I’ll have 60-seconds to prove myself—my physique and my poses—with competitors between 40 and 69. That’s potentially almost 40 years younger than me.”
Peacock chose to compete in three classes for a couple of reasons—no 70s bracket existed, and he has every intention of continuing his legacy to inspire others who want to follow their bodybuilding dreams.
“I want people to see me and say, ‘I can do that. Look at that guy up there at 80.’ I want to inspire to the end; I've done it all my life. I've had world champions come up to me and say, ‘I remember when you stopped and spoke to me as a teenager, and now, 20 years later, I'm the number one guy. Thank you.’”
It was in 1965, as an already athletic young man in his early 30s, an avid swimmer, surfer cyclist, and hiker, that Peacock went as a spectator with his friends to his first bodybuilding competition. “I knew I wanted to do that—that I could do that.” And that he did, taking home his first trophy in the 1968 Mr. Venice Beach competition, which gave rise to a half-century career with more than 50 major titles earned.
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