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"It's never too
late to become what you might have been"
- John Pasco
The Extraordinary Story of John Pasco, Who Started BodyBuilding at the
Ripe "Old" Age of 72....
The following are highlights of the
remarkable bodybuilding career of an even more remarkable man - Mr. John Pasco -
proud member of Steroid-Encyclopaedia.com... John, now 75, surely has the most
awe-inspiring physique of any gentleman his age, and let's get real - he looks a
hell of a site better than most 30 tear old guys !!!
Below you can read some revealing
insights into this amazing "Grandfather".
"I came late into bodybuilding, at 72 years of age, when
I found myself to look old, think old and act old. I found that bodybuilding
not only improved my physique, but it also gave me a healthy perspective on
people and the world. I found that it rejuvenated me, made me feel some 40
years younger than my years. It also enabled me to deal with my cancer (now in
remission) so that it is no force in my life.
I bodybuild and compete
now because it keeps me rejuvenated. I also bodybuild and compete so that my
accomplishments may motivate others of advancing years or some poor medical
condition to take charge of their lives and banish fear of years and
- John Pasco
John Pasco, 75
years "old" - a truly outstanding example of what can be
"In my career I have
trained MANY guys in their sixties and have been impressed by their drive and determination and the will to win - which never wanes. However, I must say that in all of my
career I have never seen anyone in the condition that you have achieved,
especially at 75! - you are to be commended.
An excellent physique - well done sir!"
- Mick Hart
Bodybuilding Author, Trainer and Publisher of the
Bodybuilding and Steroid Mag - the "No Bull Collection"
- Why Do I Bodybuild?
I came late into bodybuilding, at 72 years of age,
when I found myself to look old, think old and act old. I found that
bodybuilding not only improved my physique, but it also gave me a healthy
perspective on people and the world. I found that it rejuvenated me, made me
feel some 40 years younger than my years. It also enabled me to deal with my
cancer (now in remission) so that it is no force in my life.
and compete now because it keeps me rejuvenated. I also bodybuild and compete so
that my accomplishments may motivate others of advancing years or some poor
medical condition to take charge of their lives and banish fear of years and
"pre-bodybuilding" aged 72
- Think You Can't Be
I am convinced, no, I know it for sure: Out there
where you are reading these words there are folks who never have thought they
could work out and get a muscular physique. They have allowed this belief to
keep them from even trying workouts. They are not content to see the years
passing and their weak physiques growing even more frail, but they resign
themselves to it, believing "this is what happens when you get old." I am here
to tell you to tell you that it does not need to happen.
I know this to
be true from my own life experience. I had the excuse, "I can never become
muscular" and I allowed it to keep me from even trying. My military service,
however, compelled physical development and the self-esteem which came with it.
My civilian pursuits after leaving the military brought back poor physique and
lack of self-esteem which persisted for decades until I finally, at age 72,
began regularly working out.
- My Regrets
My only regret is that I waited so many
years in the darkness of physical weakness before setting my mind and body to
work at improving. After just a couple of months working out again, I had vigor
and will to play strenuously with my grand nephew, then six years
I found him looking at me and then at my
hands when he said to me, "Why are your hands old?" He could not understand why
I had hands wrinkled with age while I had the endurance of a younger man. His
words told me that I was again on the right path, although with a long way to
There is nothing on earth that cannot be
improved with the abilities with which we humans have been granted. To resign
yourself to having a poor physique at any age is to refuse to use the ability
that lies within you to improve that which can be improved. The first step is to
desire improvement, and I maintain that every mentally intact person has that
desire. You have it already or you would not be reading this article.
- Stimulate Your
Stimulate your mind to work on your
body, your muscles. Remember the half-time invigorating talk the coach gives his
team to motivate them toward victory in the second half? Well, if you have
reached the age when your physique is faltering, then you are at your
'half-time'. So, talk to yourself. Remind yourself that you really want a
physique you can show in pride. Tell yourself that you can do it. Tell yourself
that you will do it.
Let the understanding sink in that it is
humiliating to be in poor condition and that you can and will make huge
improvements. Think of the pleasure you will have when others stare at you in
disbelief when you tell them how old you really are. Know that you can defeat
the years for they are the opposition you will conquer in the second half. Know
these things and believe them and the victory will be yours. I have not taken as
my screen name Mindrulesmuscle for no reason at all. Mind can and does rule
muscle when you require it to do so.
No time to go to the gym? Oh yes there
is! Surely no one is active 24 hours each day of the week. We all find or make
time for what we really need to do. Rejuvenation through bodybuilding is what
you have a real need to do. You will have the time. You will make the time.
9 months later and
the signs of progress and there
You don't have the strength to lift
weights? Unless you are really physically handicapped you can lift light
weights. That is all that is required until you develop strength for greater
weights. In bodybuilding it is not the amount of weight lifted. It is the use of
any weight which can be lifted for as many time as you can lift it that develops
muscle. Lifting only five pounds and having to really work to do it will insure
that you will move to lifting other heavier weights. Your body will respond to
the demands you put upon it and develop, over time, the required muscle
You have an old injury that inhibits
exercise? Here I go again using myself as an example. When I began at the gym I
had arthritis aching in all my joints. I had continual pain in my lower back as
a result of a rodeo injury in my youth. Within four months of working out, the
arthritis was completely gone and the old back injury pain was not felt again.
There is ample medical proof that
supervised exercise not only eases or erases old aches and pains, but also
strengthens the muscular and nervous systems so that they can avoid new
deterioration. Note that I say "supervised exercise". I stress that no one,
young or old, should undertake starting bodybuilding without the supervision of
a competent trainer and should first consult with his physician so that he may
advise the trainer of any possible problem areas.
- I Can't Afford
You can't afford the expense of
training? If you are really desirous of developing your physique, you will look
at your limited income and find ways to cut out some things which you now do to
make the funds available. Which is more important, your new car, TV, computer or
your development of a good physique? If you are really going to be a good
physical specimen, you will quit smoking and/or alcohol if you use them now, and
that will provide extra cash.
Then, too, most gyms have less expensive
programs if you choose specific days and hours. Check out what you now spend on
various things and weigh their importance against your developing a great
physique. We are justly most interested in bodybuilders who began the sport
early in life and still have youthful physiques to show the results of their
dedication and hard work.
However, there are other bodybuilders
who have passed the years when they could be considered young. Some of these
began working out at an early age and have continued on to their present vibrant
- What Can
Then, there are others who, like me,
began rather late in life, but whose minds and spirits as well as their
physiques, now testify to what bodybuilding can accomplish. The rejuvenation
that I have experienced from bodybuilding has given me the motto: "It is never
too late to become what you might have been."
The regular entries on this site will be
a verbal and pictorial record of what I have and am accomplishing through
bodybuilding and reflections on the program that I follow.
It is my intent that this site may serve
to motivate others who think their age or condition precludes them from
bodybuilding to become rejuvenated through bodybuilding. As a background for
what this site's succeeding entries shall contain, let me now give you a sketch
of my life which has led me to my rejuvenation through bodybuilding. Perhaps
then you will understand why I place such importance on the sport. Perhaps you
will find some parallel of it in your own life.
- This Is
To You Out There, by John Pasco
Just the other day, my son, Hans,
was looking at some old photos in his collection of pictures taken as he
was growing up. He came upon a picture of me taken about 15 years ago and
showed it to his eight-year-old daughter, my grand daughter Lauren. It
showed me standing with him. She asked who that was in the picture with
him and he said, "That is your grandfather."
She said, "Oh, Dad, that's not my
grandfather that man is an old man!" You see, my grand daughter has only
seen me since I have been rejuvenated through bodybuilding. I cannot fully
express to you how much that child's eye view rewards me for the time and
focus I have dedicated to the sport in these recent years.
I believe that there are many "out
there" who would like to merit such comments by their children, grand
children and friends
- Growing Up
I was born in 1928, the last of my
parents' six children. It was the days of the "Great Depression", and my father
worked hard to supply all necessities for his family. Our food were simple and
sparse, but contained all the required food groups, vitamins and minerals. Still
I was a very scrawny youngster and so I was given such supplements as were
available at the time, such items as cod liver oil and something called "Cocoa
Still, I did not gain weight or
musculature. I looked in silent admiration at the ads of Charles Atlas and just
knew I would never be anything more than the boy in the ads who wished he could
look like Atlas. I was shunned by the youths of my age in their sandlot games,
withdrew into my own self and my secret, then unfulfilled, desires to be big and
- Benefits Of
The GI Bill
Upon graduation from high school at the
ending of World War II, I enlisted in the army primarily to benefit from the
benefits of the GI Bill, but more importantly to see if military training could
produce in me the long hoped for physical development. There was some early
development, but it was not enough.
When I attempted to be accepted for
paratrooper training, I was rejected on physical grounds. I continued in the
service and rapidly rose to be Sergeant Major for the Japanese island of Kyushu
in the occupation army days. In that duty the authorities recorded me as a
soldier with extreme patriotism, and that notice was to earn me future duty,
which duty was to develop my physique.
I did not know that at the time,
however. I was discharged from the Regular Army, but immediately enlisted in the
Army Reserve and returned to active duty. During that duty, the same authorities
that had noted my patriotism indicated that I should enter the army's
cryptographic school to learn that skill, and I did. After finishing the
cryptographic training, it was further indicated to me that I should leave
active duty and pursue my own announced desire to graduate from college and
seminary to become an ordained clergyman. I did so.
John in a more
recent competition looking awesome
While in college, the Korean War began
and the authorities insured that I was not recalled to duty in that conflict.
Upon graduating from Penn State University with a BA in English and graduation
from General Theological Seminary with an STM, I went on to serve the
church-required two years in a civilian parish. My being recalled to Regular
Army service as a chaplain marked the completion of those years.
A brief period of 'testing' as chaplain
to a special Infantry battalion preceded my assignment to the 101st Airborne
Division where I qualified as a paratrooper, became a member of the Army's elite
STRAC Force, and received specialized training in the Office of Strategic
Services (OSS), the precursor of the Special Forces.
The needs of my future
assignment for a greatly improved physique were met in those assignments. At
last I had begun to move toward the physique wanted all my life.
I then learned that the special work for
which I had been selected as long ago as my early days in the army was to be of
the clandestine nature required in our Cold War day needs. I was assigned to our
forces serving in Germany where my specific duty required me to spend much time
in Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland, my clergy status and garb serving as a
cloak for my real work.
Duty required and enabled me to become proficient in
downhill skiing. Additionally, I became a member of a German fencing club to
condition me in the off-skiing months. This further enhanced my physique. By the
end of this duty in 1964, I was in excellent physical shape.
With my release from active duty as a
Regular Army officer that year, I returned to the civilian ministry. The end of
the military duty, sadly, was also the end of keeping in good physical condition
for almost 30 years. I entered into the sedentary life of a rural clergyman,
more devoted to books and philosophical/theological concerns than physical
condition. The 30 years saw a rapid and continued decline in my physique. In
1992, I retired from the active ministry and moved to Dallas from Oklahoma.
I was aware that my nature still called
me to edge play and I tried such, but my now-deteriorated physique did not
measure up to those extremes. I also was then diagnosed with cancer of the
prostate and underwent a radical prostatectomy.
That surgery was then thought to have
removed all the cancer. While still longing, as I had in my youth, to have a
good physique, I believed that I was now "too old" and should just take it easy
until "the end".
Then, my nephew, Robert Crosby, moved to
Dallas and encouraged me to begin physical training in a local gym. I heeded his
advice and began light workouts at a local sports club. After just a couple of
months, I began to see my former good physique trying to come back to me. This
so encouraged me that I began daily workouts. What might have been a set back
then occurred. My cancer came out of remission and required 12 weeks of
I told the oncology radiologist, himself
a black belt in karate, that I would undergo the radiation only if it would not
interfere with my workouts and he agreed to this. For the 12 weeks I went daily
in the mornings to the gym for workouts and then to the hospital in the
afternoons for the radiology.
Toward the end of the therapy, I asked the
doctor why it was that all the others undergoing the same treatment at the
hospital had bad side effects while I had none of them. He replied that I should
give the credit to my working out regularly. With the end of the period of
radiation, the cancer was again in remission and continues to be so now.
- My First
I now returned with a vengeance to
working out. A trainer at the gym asked me, in jest, "Why are you here so often?
Are you going to enter a bodybuilding contest or something?" I found the answer
springing to my tongue spontaneously from deep within me, "Yes, I am!" I knew
absolutely nothing at all about bodybuilding and certainly nothing about
I wrote to the
Chairman of the National Physique Committee for advice on how to proceed, and he
was kind enough to put me in touch with qualified bodybuilding trainers in this
area. Thus I met and engaged as my trainer/manager, Dror Erez, Mr. Israel '95,
and he remains my trainer to this day. I am indebted to him for the progress I
have made in the past two years and my accomplishments in contests.
"Congratulations. Everyone who
works out knows the desire, commitment and determination it takes to
achieve results. What you have achieved is one of the most outstanding
physiques that any 75 year old man who has ever walked the face of the
planet has produced. You have definitively taken away every single excuse
that anyone could ever have for not achieving their own goals. In a word -
A Final Special
Note: Many thanks to John for allowing us to
reproduce the above. All the Members and Web Team at SE wish you the very best
of success in your bodybuilding career, and may you continue to serve as such an
inspirational example of human achievement.
As John himself told
is my desire that whatever I have or do achieve in bodybuilding at my age and
with my health history may serve to motivate others who are threatened by the
passing of years or some poor diagnosis..."
don't think there's much doubt about that John.
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