Mr Muscles: Malaysian Bodybuilder Still Going Strong At 72
Umer Jamshaid 14 days ago Mon 29th March 2021 | 08:50 AM
Teluk Intan, Malaysia, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Mar, 2021 ) :Working out with ageing equipment in his modest gym, 72-year-old Malaysian bodybuilder A. Arokiasamy bench presses two dumbbells and then flexes his muscular arms.
Arokiasamy -- whose hero is Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie star and former Mr Universe -- started coaching aspiring bodybuilders in lifting weights and opened his gym in his hometown of Teluk Intan.
"Weightlifting and exercise can slow down ageing and keep you healthy," Arokiasamy, who has seven children and five grandchildren, told AFP.
"The deadly coronavirus pandemic is threatening us -- we can fight it by lifting weights to stay fit." While bodybuilding may not be commonly associated with the elderly, some research suggests it does have health benefits for those getting on in life.
A 2016 US study found that when people aged 65 and older did strength training at least twice a week, their life-expectancy improved substantially.
- 'A simple life' - The gym run by Arokiasamy, a member of multi-ethnic Malaysia's Indian minority, is a small building next to his home that is open to the public, charging the equivalent of just one Dollar a day.
However, he built up his strength by chopping firewood, and hit on the idea of trying bodybuilding.
"I headed to a gym near my house and began to build up my muscles," he said.
Even though he was a successful athlete, he still had a day job as a school gardener, and now works as a security guard.
As well as regularly working out, Arokiasamy says he has managed to maintain his health by eating well.
"I live a simple life and strive for a balanced diet... I grow my own vegetables," he said.
The biggest of these are "not meeting Arnold (Schwarzenegger) in person, and failing to make it into the final round of the Mr Universe tournament after five attempts", he said.