LINCOLN CITY, Ore. -- They say age is just a number, and two grandfathers in their sixties took that advice to the stage of Oregon’s premier bodybuilding show in Lincoln City.
The 2013 Oregon Ironman bodybuilding competition drew 244 competitors, and Mike Huard and Felton Campbell are the oldest ones.
Huard, 62, owns a supplement store in Medford.
Felton, 61, is a personal trainer from Beaverton.
“Here’s where it works to our advantage - it’s because we’re mature, we’ve been through all the testosterone spurts, we’re having fun and it’s keeping us really healthy,” said Huard after pre-judging was over.
“And you never know what age you’re going to run against,” said Campbell as he stood next to his friend and number one stage competitor. “Right now, our goal is to beat someone in their 40s, which is going to happen this year.”
About 1,000 people filled the events room at Chinook Winds Casino
in Lincoln City
where the National Physique Committee qualifying bodybuilding show was held on Saturday.
“You’re never too old,” said Felton. “Bodybuilding keeps me healthy.”
“But don’t forget the plastic trophy,” joked Huard.
“Never leave without the plastic trophy,” joked Campbell after a good laugh.
Felton started bodybuilding in his 50s and said it’s a lifestyle that keeps him on the straight and narrow.
“People always ask me, do we party, and I say yea, we party sometimes,” said Campbell, “but this is the lifestyle I choose and it’s worth more than a life filled with partying.”
Campbell said the sport of bodybuilding is 80 percent nutrition, 10 percent hard work in the gym and 10 percent genetics.
“Felton got all the genetics, and I put in all the hard work,” said Huard.
“Nutrition is the key thing right now,” said Felton, “and get away from all that refined stuff, get away from refined food. It’s not doing you any good.”