Redefining Age - Setting World Records at Age 75
Phil Campbell -
Ready, Set, Go! Synergy Fitness for Time
At a recent masters track meet, I saw Bill Daprano
run a strong 200 meter sprint in just over 30 seconds. Michael Johnson made the
200 meter event famous by setting a world record during the
Olympicsthats great, but hes a young guy.
Bill is 75
years old. He looks 40. From a distance, to see Bill run, you might say,
"Thats a fast high school or college athlete."
Bill has set 6
World Records and two of them in the Pentathlon for his performance in five
events (long jump, discus, 200 meter sprint, javelin, and the 1500
I was throwing
the discus when the starting gun sounded. I glanced and saw Bill take off from
the starting blocks and I watched him run as I always do at track meets for
inspiration. When he came out of the turn and headed into the straight way, he
looked strong, young, and fast.
I made the
comment to 30 or so discus throwers, "that guy out in front is 75 years old."
Everyone stopped to watch Bill run.
is art in motion! No painting has ever inspired me like watching Bill Daprano
is also art in motion. She holds eight World Records. And theyre in the
tough mid-distance races.
In the group,
age 60-64 women, Jeanne set a world record in the 1500 meters, (just a little
short of a mile) in 5:46. (Thats four laps around the track minus 200
meters in less than 6 minutes).
In the 65-69
womens group, Jeanne set another World record in 2002 by running 1500
meters in 5:48. This beat the former world record by 9 seconds.
many high school students can run 1500 meters in less than 6 minutes?
this for a moment. Heres a woman over the age of 65, and she can probably
out run 98% of all the high school students in the country.
Jeanne Daprano motivate me.
me to get the message out that middle-age and older adults are cheating
themselves out of the quality (and the quantity) of their life because they
dont do anaerobic, high-intensity, Ready Set Go Fitness type training.
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this mean to you?
can only be answered by you. Are you going to start the fitness program and
stick with it? Only you can answer this question.
As I watched
Bill finish his race, I thought of my dad, who died at 50 with a major heart
attack. Bill and my dad would be about the same age. My dad missed 25 years of
his life because he didnt have the health and fitness information we have
today about how to perform high-intensity exercise.
seeing three grandchildren born. Oh, how he would have loved my children. But
thats gone. It doesnt have to be this way for youif
youll make the decision today to add fitness training to your
and keep it there for a lifetime.
The take home
Develop a Bill
and Jeanne Daprano attitude. Youll understand what I mean when you read
this I asked Bill if he was going to the World Masters Championships in
Puerto Rico, and he told me that they arent offering the five event
pentathlon, but only the 10 event decathlon.
So what is
Bill going to do, not go? Dont be silly! Bill told me that he is going to
learn how to pole vault so he can compete in the decathlon.
This is the
Bill and Jeanne Daprano attitude.Are you cheating yourself
from a Daprano full-of-energy lifestyle?
Have a great
M.S., M.A., FACHE Author
Ready, Set, GO! Synergy Fitness
National Institutes of Health research cited in newsletter,
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fitness as an informational source for readers, and is not medical advice.
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liability warning; it's wise to have a baseline medical exam before beginning a
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