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Clarence Records Spot for Coming Gallasch Documentary
In between recording happenings at the 50th Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas and the Finland Bodybuilding Championship, Wayne and Tina Gallasch stopped in Albuquerque for their annual visit with Clarence and Carol. In addition to the 50th anniversary of Joe Weider's signature event, Wayne will soon start his 50th year of traveling the world (1966-2016), from Australia, filming and later videotaping the most important people and events in bodybuilding. His staff is putting together a DVD for release in 2015, covering the highlights of his career--seems fitting given that Wayne has spent his life recording others. (To learn more about Wayne's historic travels and their vast library of DVDs, visit their website: gmv.com.au.)
Obtaining short segments from various people in the bodybuilding and fitness industry, they asked Clarence to record a few words about his friendship with Wayne dating back to 1983. When they met for the first time Clarence had already been reading about Wayne in Iron Man magazine for years--he was 5 time Aussie national powerlifting champion and a Mr. South Australia winner in physique. They hit if off right away, co-producing three Ripped DVDs and working out together when Wayne was in Albuquerque. Clarence suggested that he try indoor rowing and possibly compete in the Concept 2 World Rankings, as Clarence had done for years. While he believed that Wayne's lifetime of training would give him an edge (Wayne retired from competition in 1971, but never stopped training), he never dreamed that in less than a year Wayne would rank number one in his age group and later set a world record in the 70-79 category. In his segment, Clarence praised Wayne's persistence and told about the folly of trying to keep up with him in rowing.
We eagerly await the documentary on Wayne's unprecedented
quest to chronicle the history of bodybuilding and physical culture in our time.
Clarence with Wayne and Tina Gallasch after recording his spot
for the documentary
After four long years in purgatory, we have a "tag free" Wikipedia entry. (Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet.) Heretofore, the information in our entry was accurate, but not in the form preferred by Wikipedia. For obvious reasons, we were not allowed to fix it; we wouldn't know how in any event. From the beginning, Wikipedia has asked for help bringing the entry into compliance, and numerous editors did make changes from time to time. Until now, however, no one has been willing or able to take on a full-scale upgrade.
Finally, an editor skilled in the ways of Wikipedia stepped up to bring the entry into full compliance. The changes are summarized under Revision History: "Clean up article, add information box and reliable sources.....Cleaned up information and organized in better subsections. Remove promotional wording."
It took a long time--too long--but that's how the Wikipedia editing system is supposed to work.
Take a look at the new and improved piece on Clarence and let us know your thoughts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Bass
Blind Interview Magic
A blind man interviewed Clarence--and it was wonderful.
Bill Kociaba is a very special man. A 55-year-old personal trainer/massage therapist from south Florida, he is a former gym owner and bodybuilding contest promoter. He is also a long time associate of Peter Potter, another gym owner and contest promoter from south Florida. Peter Potter was one of the prominent people in the bodybuilding world to whom we sent copies of the original manuscript of our first book Ripped for comment. Potter shared his copy with Kociaba, who was doing massage out of his gym at that time. A 20-something muscle head, Kociaba found it full of boring facts and figures. The passage of time has given him a new perspective.
Kociaba asked to interview Clarence for his new blog aimed at older people who still want to train hard, wheelchair bound athletes, and other underserved populations.
"Finally, I want to make my site much more user friendly and accessible to blind users," he explained. "I myself am totally blind and have been for the past several years. I have always had a vision limitation even back when I ran my gym and bodybuilding shows but for the past five or six years I have been totally blind. Most fitness sites tend to rely on photographs or video clips to demonstrate technique with virtually no text to support the visual. If after 40 years of training I can't figure out what they are talking about I feel a novice has no chance," he added.
If you're wondering how a blind man conducts an interview, as we were, the answer is "superbly." He has a marvelous speaking voice, asks clear sharp knowledgeable questions, and then gets out of the way.
The result is perhaps the most comprehensive, wide ranging interview Clarence has done.
To learn more about Kociaba Fitness go to www.kociaba-fitness.com and to listen to the two-part 90 minute exchange with Clarence click on "interviews." You'll find detailed outlines of each part.
Qangl.com Names Clarence & Carol "Health Heroes"
Here's how they begin:
by Wade Smith MD. There is a huge amount of hogwash when it comes to health and fitness. In this age of electronic media, anyone can write a blog, ebook or website and promote beliefs or practices that may be helpful or destructive. At Qangl, we analyze the world of healthcare to share an insider …
To read more, go www.qangl.com
Live Life Aggressively Features Clarence on Weekly Podcast
Kettlebells expert Mike Mahler and "The People's Fit Coach" Sincere Hogan interviewed Clarence. It was an animated affair with all three having something meaningful to contribute on just about every topic. The style is conversational with lots of laughs. Mike and Sincere had review copies of Great Expectations and Take Charge and clearly did their homework. This was episode 86 of their long running Podcast and it shows. Mike and Sincere had stories of their own to illustrate many of the points. The commonality of views was remarkable.
A written introduction with many of the topics gives you a preview before the Podcast begins.
To tune in go to Mike Mahler's Aggressive Strength website: http://mikemahler.com/blog/live-life-aggressively-podcast/ep-86.html
Do it now!
To learn more about Sincere Hogan: http://newwarriortraining.com/
Clarence Does Christmas-Special Interview with Austrian Power-Quest
Jurgen Reis interviewed Clarence for the fifth time in six years on internet radio in Europe. Jurgen is the super fit Austrian sports climber who first visited us early in 2007. Literally a human fly, Jurgen can climb straight up a wall and across the ceiling, hanging on only by his fingers and toes; you can see and read about him in our Personalities category (article 181). A super dedicated lifetime athlete and author of numerous German fitness books, Jurgen combs the world for interesting people to interview. We are honored that he chose to interview Clarence yet again. This time the focus is on Clarence's new book, Take Charge, and how he has managed to stay in top shape for over 60 years. Like Clarence, Jurgen never stops learning. Listen in to their lively exchange: http://download.power-quest.cc/PQ-podcast431a.mp3 . The Homepage of the podcast is http://www.Power-Quest.cc
The English part begins at minute 19 and continues for about an hour. Enjoy.
No, this is not upside down. It's our friend Jurgen Reis climbing on the ceiling by his fingers and toes. Probably best not to try this at home.
Photo courtesy of Jurgen Reis
Super Human Radio Interviews Clarence
Super Human Radio interviewed Clarence on November 7, 2013. The SHR “Health Talk” show, hosted by Carl Lanore, is the first broadcast radio show dedicated to human performance, hardcore strength, fitness, and nutrition. Unknown to Clarence, Brooks Kubik, who writes novels based on Iron Game history, was interviewed immediately before Clarence. Kubik told the inspiring story of how Steve Stanko, the first man to total 1000 pounds in the three Olympic lifts, came back from a debilitating case of blood clots in his the legs to win the Mr. America title—and with a little prompting by Lanore, summarized Clarence’s history. A wonderful story teller, Kubik introduced Clarence in a way few others could. Taking up a substantial portion of the interview, it would be an understatement to call the introduction inspiring.
We’d never heard of SHR until Carl Lanore’s producer, Ginny RoBards, invited Clarence to be on the show. We didn’t have to wait long to learn about the reach of the program. Jurgen Reis, our sports climbing friend from Austria, congratulated Clarence on the interview the next day. We heard from Jurgen before we had a chance to listen to the podcast!
The Kubik and Bass interviews comprise almost two hours of compelling radio devoted exclusively to weight lifting lore and cutting edge fitness topics. The SHR # is 1306 and the link is as follows: http://www.superhumanradio.com/index.php (You can listen to as much or as little as you like.)
Enjoy and let us know what you think.
Early Feedback on the Take Charge Conference at The Stark Center, UT Austin
Our November 1 Update will include a complete report on the September 27th conference at the University of Texas. This month we’ll share some of the very early feedback from participants and people who were there, along with Clarence’s words of thanks at the private dinner at the conclusion of the conference.
We think it’s fair to say that the conference exceeded expectations, which were high.
The first comment is an email to organizers, participants, and special guests from Dr. Kevin Fontaine, who was a commentator on The Aerobic/Strength Alliance and the Forget Heavy, Think Effort panels:
I want to thank everyone for putting together such a
The next comment is from Dr. Eugene Bass (no relation) who, along with his wife, drove from his home in Mississippi to attend the conference:
Good morning Clarence:
Just a quick note to say hello and what a pleasure it
was to finally meet you and Carol.
It was a 10 hour drive one way and it was well worth
Doug McGuff, MD, co-author of Body by Science, picked up on Kevin Fontaine's response; Dr. McGuff was a commentator on The Aerobic/Strength Alliance panel :I second Kevin's sentiment.
It was a fantastic event. Thanks to the Todds, Dan Keating and everyone involved.
Lets do it again!!!
Editor's note:: Dr. McGuff also posted a amazingly comprehensive narrative (with photos) about the "Take Charge Event" dated Monday, September 30, 2013, on the Body by Science website: http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/ Suggesting the depth of McGuff's following, there were already 35 comments when we uploaded this link.
Dr. Joe Signorile, professor of kinesiology and sports sciences at the University of Miami and author of Bending the Aging Curve, was the next to write. Signorile led the Rise of Intervals panel:
I would also like to add my positive feedback about the conference. First I would like to thank Clarence and Carol for allowing me to be part of the celebration; second; thanks to Dan for his organizational skills, I can’t imagine the volume of work that he did to make this a success; third, special thanks to Jan and Terry for their hospitality and the care they put into hosting the event; and last but not least thanks to all the other presenters for adding their expertise to the conference.
Thank you all and be sure to come to visit us at UM if you’re down in the Miami area.
The most succinct comment came from Dr. Richard Winett, who led the Forget Heavy, Think Effort panel:
Terry, Janice, Daniel, Carol, Clarence: Thank you for one of the most incredible events of my lifetime. Terrifically organized and run, informative, and inspirational. The event showed, Clarence, the high esteem that we all hold him.
Finally, Clarence’s remarks at the dinner, which concluded the conference: (Waneen is UT Professor Waneen Spirduso, co-author of Physical Dimensions of Aging, who gave the Keynote Address):
TC Stark Conference Thank You Remarks
Thank you, Waneen, for that those kind and thoughtful comments. My check will be in the mail tomorrow. All kidding aside, I greatly appreciate your expertise and interest.
Thank you all for being here. I enjoyed the panels, and learned from each one.
You can’t top being honored for doing what you love.
Happiness comes from working hard at what you enjoy and do best. That’s what I’ve been doing for many years. With your help and support, I plan to continue along that path.
When I picked up a barbell for the first time—I was in the 5th grade—no one could have predicted that it would lead to an event like this.
I can’t thank each one of you individually. It’s been a long day, and you wouldn’t want me to do that. But I do want to thank the four people primarily responsible for organizing this event.
First: Dan Keating, who came up with the idea of this conference—and has worked tirelessly for over a year to make it happen.
Terry Todd offered to organize a book signing at the Stark Center for TAKE CHARGE when it comes out. Happy with the idea, I told Dan about it….and before I knew it he had expanded the book signing into a full blown conference.
Dan and I are both lawyers and lifetime trainers. His forte is short, hard and very efficient training. We became friends over the Internet and later in person. Except for Carol, he was the only one to read and comment on every chapter in TAKE CHARGE before it went to the printer. He understood the entire book before anyone else.
One more thing I can tell you about Dan—he can spot a typo from across the room.
Thank you, Dan, for being my
friend and for being the driving force behind this conference.
Clarence at the conclusion of the dinner.
Next are Jan and Terry Todd:
Terry was the first heavyweight national champion in power lifting. He was arguably the strongest man in the world. He retired from competition when he was about 30—and wisely lost about 50 pounds. He stopped competing, but never stopped lifting. He has stayed trim and fit ever since, a very long time….I know because we are the same age almost to the day. He claims to be younger, but it’s only by about a day.
Terry saw the potential in Jan and helped her become a champion power lifter. She was arguably the strongest women in the world. As you know, they are now co-directors of The Stark Center.
They are truly a power couple. How about “dynamic duo?”
I try to keep up with Terry as a wordsmith, but I don’t stand a chance. He reigns supreme.
Thank you, Jan and Terry, for putting the full resources of The Stark Center behind this conference. It would not have been possible without you.
Last but certainly not least, my wife Carol: Without her I wouldn’t be up here talking to you. She is my partner in business and life.
Thank you, Carol, for putting up with me all these years. Carol is a very patient person. But when she gets that finger out you better listen up. She means business.
Thanks again to all of you. I love being here with you.
Clarence Addresses 2013 ABQ Strength & Conditioning Clinic
Clarence was one of five presenters (mostly academics) at the Albuquerque Strength & Conditioning Clinic on September 7th. The clinic was sponsored by The Fitness Superstore, the oldest and largest store of its kind in Albuquerque. He was the second presenter. An Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of New Mexico spoke before him. Clarence talked about how he his fitness career evolved over many years--and explained the three new developments in fitness training that inspired him to write Take Charge, published earlier this year.
The audience was made up primarily of personal trainers and a few coaches, with a few individuals scattered around. At the end of his talk, not knowing what to expect, Clarence offered to sign copies of Take Charge and his first book, Ripped (published 33-years earlier). To our delight, a substantial percentage of the audience lined up to buy books--and be photographed with Clarence and Carol. It was a surprisingly warm and enthusiastic response, considering the overall caliber of the presenters.
When they were about finished, the owner of The Fitness Superstore introduced himself and said he would be adding Take Charge to his stock of our books.
The Stark Center Presents a Special Conference: TAKE CHARGE
Clarence Talks Fitness on John Aberle's Syndicated Radio Program
On August 10, 2013, Clarence was interviewed for the second time on John Aberle's Philadelphia-based "Life Unedited" radio program. They were joined by John's talk show colleague Ron McNeil, who began competing in physique contests at 69 and, at 77, is still competing. The lively conversation covers lifestyle, diet, medications, supplements, water, aging, genetics, weights training, cardio, testosterone replacement, sex, and more. It runs about 57 minutes, including commercials:
In his first "Life Unedited" interview (May 27, 2013), Clarence tells how he began lifting weights and what led him to fitness as a career. He also talks about his new book, Take Charge. The interviews run about 55 minutes.
JOIN US IN AUSTIN: Celebrate Clarence Bass’ New Book and His Lifelong Contributions to the Field of Health and Fitness
A group of Clarence’s long-time friends have joined forces to highlight the release of his new book and celebrate his lifelong contributions to health and fitness by organizing a one-day conference bringing together some of the best minds in the exercise field. Bass just released his tenth book, Take Charge: Fitness at the Edge of Science, which spotlights the increasing role of science in prescribing the optimal approach to exercise and diet regimens for each individual. The book has already received rave reviews from some of the most respected fitness experts in the world.
The conference will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Stark Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. The Stark Center is a unique museum and world-class research center that chronicles the history of physical culture and occupies more than 27,000 square feet within the football stadium complex at the University of Texas. The conference will feature three panels on topics from Take Charge where the science-exercise connection is particularly strong. Each panel will be led by a world-renowned scholar who will present the most current thinking on that subject, followed by comments from two other experts in the field. The panels will include a mix of perspectives, from university researchers to leading strength-training professionals.
The three conference panel sessions, beginning at 10:30 a.m., are open to the public free of charge. The public is also invited to tour the Stark Center, and visit with the panelists from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. During the 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. afternoon break, Clarence will be available to sign copies of his new book, which will be available for purchase during the book-signing.
Panel topics will be the Aerobics/Strength Alliance; The Rise of Intervals; and Forget Heavy, Think Effort. The first panel, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, will be led by Professor Edward Coyle of the University of Texas. Professor Coyle will focus on recent studies suggesting that the traditional bright line between aerobics and strength training may not be so clear after all. The second panel, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., will look at studies comparing the effectiveness of interval training and steady-state aerobic training; it will be will be led by Professor Joe Signorile of the University of Miami. The final panel, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., will highlight recent research indicating that the amount of weight used is not as important for muscle growth and retention as the amount of effort expended. The last panel will be led by Professor Richard Winett of Virginia Tech University. Time will be allotted at the end of each panel for questions from the audience.
Panel commentators will include Professor Kevin Fontaine of the University of Alabama-Birmingham; Dave Goodin, MS, a personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder; Dean Brignac, a gym owner; Parker Reed, a recreational runner and lifter; Professor Wade Smith, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine; and Doug McGuff, MD, a gym owner and author of the book, Body by Science.
Conference organizers include Professors Jan Todd and Terry Todd, Co-Directors of the Stark Center; Professor Winett; Professor Smith; and Professor Dan Keating of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
The AT&T Executive Education Conference Center hotel is within walking distance of the Stark Center. Rooms can be reserved online for this on-campus hotel through the following link: http://www.meetattexas.com/
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