Sunday, March 18, 2012

Former Mr. Universe Turns 100

Manohar Aich, Former Mr. Universe turns 100:
"In this Friday, March 16, 2012 photo, Indian body builder Manohar Aich flexes his muscles as he poses for a photograph in Kolkata, India. Aich, who is only 4 foot 11 inches tall, won the Mr. Universe title in London in 1952. He turned 100 on March 17.

Aich says his ability to take his troubles lightly and remain happy during difficult times are the secrets to his long life.

"I never allow any sort of tension to grip me. I had to struggle to earn money since my young days, but whatever the situation, I remained happy," Aich said.

I was looking for an older photo of him and found this about his diet:
"Aich's diet: rice (along with other starches), pulses (dal), vegetables, fruits, mango, banana, jackfruit, and guava. Among non-veg items, he likes to have fresh-water fish."
And this about how he sculpted his body prior to using weights:
"He started bodybuilding exercises such as push-ups (earlier known as dips), pull-ups (known as chinning), squats, crunches (sit-ups). He used to do only free-hand exercises with thousands of repetitions in every set."
The site where the photo on the right came from said he was in his 50s here. That would be a little over 10 years after winning Mr. Universe, a title he took at age 40. Look at that waist.

1 comment:

Bix said...

Thousands of repetitions. Dear God.