July 25, 2023: Who is Jim Arrington and what’s his inspiring story? Is it even possible to be a bodybuilder at the age of 90? Keep reading to embark on this inspiring journey!
Jim Arrington has been declared the world's oldest bodybuilder by Guinness World Records. At the remarkable age of 90, he is inspiring gym enthusiasts all over the world.
He surpassed his own previous record, which he earned in 2015 at the age of 83, by competing in a recent event organized by the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IBBF) Professional League in Reno, Nevada. Despite Arnold Schwarzenegger's iconic status in bodybuilding, Arrington now holds the title for longevity in the sport.
He is living proof that age is merely a number and continues to motivate others with his achievements. Guinness World Records (GWR) recently released a video showcasing his life and also revealing the secret behind his longevity.
Here’s the link to the video-
What is the video about?
Guinness World Records posted a video of Jim Arrington on YouTube, stating that despite being 90 years old, he participated in a bodybuilding competition in 2022 and has no intentions of retiring. The video was posted on July 19 and has been gaining popularity rapidly. It has received nearly 29,000 views and numerous likes. The clip reveals snippets of his exercise routine and features Arrington discussing his childhood and the inspiration that led him to pursue bodybuilding. Additionally, he shares his secrets to maintaining good health throughout his life.
The video has left a strong impact, motivating many netizens to express their admiration and motivation in the comments section. Numerous people were wowed by Jim Arrington's dedication and determination, praising him for his incredible achievements at 90 years old.
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An inspiration to all
YouTube users expressed their admiration for Jim Arrington and his achievements. One person found his journey into bodybuilding inspiring, especially seeing someone in their 80's and 90's maintaining good health and strength. Another commenter praised Arrington's dedication to leg days, emphasizing the "no pain, no gain" mentality. Many users were impressed and called him incredible, insane, and a great source of motivation.
Against all odds
In the men's over-70kg category, the 90-year-old secured the third position and impressively surpassed all over-80 bodybuilders to claim the top spot. Despite his incredible physique, it wasn't always this way, as Guinness mentioned in a release. Jim Arrington was born prematurely, weighing only 5.5 lb (2.5 kg), and had a difficult start in life. He battled asthma and was considered an "unhealthy" child. However, at the age of 15 in 1947, he decided to transform his life and embarked on his weightlifting journey.
Even at 90 years old, Jim Arrington remains incredibly dedicated to his fitness routine, hitting the gym three times a week. Remarkably, he outperforms a significant portion of his trainer's clients, despite not being entirely satisfied with his physique. However, this dissatisfaction serves as a motivation for him to keep working on improving himself.
Arrington says that the secret behind his longevity is his ability to adapt. He emphasizes that a bodybuilder's diet doesn't have to remain consistent throughout life, as what may have worked for someone at one point might not be effective as they grow older. His adaptive approach to fitness and nutrition has been a key factor in maintaining his active lifestyle and achieving remarkable success as the world's oldest bodybuilder.