Working out consistently takes a lot of motivation and determination. It seems like there’s always a reason to put it on the back burner and save it for a different day, especially as we grow older.
One man in Japan is taking things to a new level, however, by not only exercising in his old age but participating in fitness competitions!
86-year-old Toshisuke Kanazawa came out of retirement as a bodybuilder and ended up breaking the record for being the oldest to compete in the Japan bodybuilding championship that was held in Osaka on October 9.
While he didn’t advance to the final round, the fact that he made it on the stage is an impressive feat in and of itself!
Getting stage-ready for a bodybuilding competition takes so much time, effort, preparation and dedication. Despite not winning, Kanazawa was happy with his performance. According to The Mainichi, he said, “I’m grateful for just being able to participate. I hope I can reach the hearts of others when they see me take on a challenge even in old age.”
According to the outlet, he started bodybuilding at the age of 20 and continued to compete until he was 34, when he officially retired from the sport. However, he came out of his fitness retirement at the age of 50 in hopes of inspiring his wife to live healthier.
He added: “I want to compete until I’m 90. And I’d like to set myself as an example to other grandpas and grandmas in the world by living healthy until 100.”
He has been invited to the world championships that’s taking place in Spain in November, and he plans on participating.
You can keep up with Kanazawa on Instagram, @toshisuke.kanazawa.