Features Clarence on Facebook
Hard, Mind Body and Soul"
Remembers Bill Pearl
Bill Pearl one of the wisest men in bodybuilding, Clarence called him
to discuss a problem they share: troublesome lower backs.
They both have
fused lumbar spines, which can disrupt training and sleep. "How do you deal with it," Clarence
inquired. Bill's answer was short and sweet: "I live with it."
The key is to avoid compressing the lower back. Once having
squatted over 600, Bill now does
up to 50 reps with far less resistance. Clarence's best single was 485, and he now
does 20 reps or more with far less on a
Hip-Belt Squat machine.
Clarence went away feeling better
problem. If Bill can handle it at
90, Clarence felt more optimistic at 83.
working on his Facebook page when Clarence called, but he
had no idea that the call would prompt Bill to feature him on
Facebook the next day.
practically unimaginable when you consider that Clarence was 15
when he and his father saw Bill win the Mr. America title in
In the mid-60s
Clarence and his training partner drove to Denver to see a thrilling exhibition by Bill. He was Godlike simply standing
upright--no posing necessary--in his specially made posing booth.
They've never stopped talking about it.
Bill was the
Eugen Sandow and
Arnold of his time.
He has given
back more to bodybuilding than any other man, publishing books
on every aspect of the Iron Game. His book Keys to the Inner Universe is a 638 page
encyclopedia of bodybuilding. His Beyond the Universe is
the the most uplifting autobiography ever by a
inspiring photo was taken from Beyond.
There's more, but his crowning achievement is
publication of the three
volume Legends of the Iron Game, which tracks the history
of strength training from the Ancient Greeks to the
Every one of
significance--EVERYONE--is chronicled in detail.
Only Bill Pearl
could take on such a task and complete it so magnificently.
feature on Clarence is largely taken from the
four pages on him in Legends.
We can't tell
you how honored we are to call Bill Pearl our friend.
Remembering Bill Pearl
In 1978, my
wife and I worked out at Bill's Pasadena health club.
I think he was
getting ready for an exhibition on the 25th anniversary of his 1953 Mr. America victory. He looked
unbelievable down to his perfect skin.
He was very
humble and made it a point to say hello to everyone in the gym.
I grew up in Cincinnati, and working out in the presence of Bill
was like working out with Pete Rose.
I remember him
telling a few fellows to study hard in school as the weights
would always be here.
I spoke with
his brother Harry, who was a sight to behold. I remember him
doing shrugs with 225 pounds. I asked him what to eat to get
large and he said make a shake with cottage cheese and tuna
fish. I tried it for a few weeks. Tasted awful so I went back to
milk with protein powder.
Harry drove a
land cruiser and went panning for gold. A unique fellow.
Bill was always in the gym by 5AM so it filled up early as we
liked to train in his presence.
I thought you
would like to hear this.
Thanks for your site and insight. I have learned much from you.
To a long, healthy and happy life.
Your friend, Neil Katz
March 1, 2021
Schwartz Is Back with Pan-X
article on this website is about Dr. Len Schwartz and his
ground-breaking creation: Heavyhands.
Heavyhands (Dr. Schwartz's registered trademark)
is a system of exercise using light dumbbells, 1-15
pounds for high repetitions, up to 30 minutes or more. We've all
seen walkers pumping hand weights. Well, they probably got the
idea from reading Dr. Schwartz's Heavyhands book, published in
1982. His basic contention is that four limbs are better than
two for training the body; that you can
continue exercising longer at the same intensity than you can
using only the legs or arms.
It's an all-in-one way to total fitness.
If you are not familiar with Heavyhands, you'll
find more details in our article:
You'll find more articles about Len and his
unique approach to total fitness in our Fitness Personalities
Physical therapist John Cusic has brought Len
back to life on YouTube, demonstrating the last permutation of
his approach to fitness: Pan-X. No weights, just an adjustable
rack allowing you to build total body "strength-endurance."
Resistance comes from positioning your body in different
You'll see what we mean in the new YouTube posts.
And be amazed.
You'll find three presentations. We suggest that
you start with the video which runs a little over an hour. Len
explains while using his Pan-X rack--an
impressive demonstration of fitness in itself--and ends with a
delightful segment with his 13-year-old grandson using
the apparatus while Len talks and makes suggestions.
You'll love it.
Here's the link:
PS: Len's patent on the Pan-X rack expired in
2010, but no one is marketing it at this time.
John Cusic tells
us that he will be posting more videos with Len in the near
January 1, 2021
Search of Lost Mojo Interviews Clarence
The podcast title speaks volumes.
Tim Zak is a retired professor at Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburg, and a human performance coach. He's also a lifelong
athlete with ups and downs. His podcast interviews senior
athletes and global experts on unlocking the secrets of lifelong
Clarence enjoyed the interview. Professor Zak explored
what's he's about, from lifting his first barbell in the 5th
grade to training at 82. It may be the most complete verbal
presentation ever of Clarence's thoughts on diet and exercise.
You'll find more about Professor Zak and an
outline of topics covered in the interview with time markers.
The interview runs an hour and eleven minutes.
November 1, 2020
Ric Drasin Dies at 76
Visitor Comment Below
We didn’t know Ric Drasin well. Our only
engagement with him was Clarence’s 2015 appearances on RIC’S
Corner, his online interview program.
Ric was one of the elite group of bodybuilders
who trained with Arnold at the original Gold's Gym in Venice in
the early '70s. What set him apart is all that he did after
that. In addition to creating iconic logos for both the original
Gold's Gym and World Gym, he had been a wrestler, actor, author,
producer, and the originator of RIC's Corner, an online
interview program with millions of viewers.
Just about everyone of significance in
bodybuilding has been on RIC's Corner. Clarence was honored to
He was clearly a very fine and accomplished man,
admired by those who knew him well.
His children issued this moving statement upon
This is Sami, Adam, and Shane. It is with great
sadness and a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing
of our father. He was everything to us. A father, role model,
and friend. Not only was he an inspiration for countless people,
but he truly cared for those around him. His life was steered by
the desire to uplift and share his positivity. He always found a
way to brighten the room with his humor. Ric’s immeasurable
presence will be with us all forever.
Our sincerest condolences to his family and those
who knew and loved him.
October 1, 2020
In the wake of Ric Drasin’s
untimely death I’ve been going through his Ric’s Corner
videos. I thought your interview was just terrific. One of Ric’s
strengths was in letting his guests talk without needless
interruptions. Obviously one of your strengths is the depth of
understanding your lifelong commitment has given you. The length
and depth of the conversation was and is a testament to the
greatness of two articulate legends of the golden age of
As usual, all I can say is
thank you for all you’ve done for so many of us.
November 4, 2020
The Blond Bomber's Book Just Out
Dave Draper is one of a kind: a man who sees the
world thru the prism of the Golden Era of Bodybuilding and has
an unparalleled manner of expressing himself.
Here's an example from a chapter titled YOU'VE
GOTTA BE KIDDING:
Well, three heart doctors - cardiothoracic
specialists known for their genius, advanced learning and
meticulous skills - determined that I was close in my suspicions
(it's the heart), but not exactly my diagnosis (needs more than
aspirin and a good night's rest). Get this: Curly,
Moe and Larry, as I have affectionately named the amusing
threesome, agreed the best fix is quadruple bypass surgery, and "and
while we're at it, let's repair the leaky valve. What the
Rats! Just when I was hitting my mid-60s
stride, I thought.
* * *
Most of the book is about people and places in
the Golden Era of Bodybuilding thru the eyes of an astute
participant and observer at the epicenter. Even casual observers
will enjoy the inside stories of people and places
they've heard and wondered about over the years. His chapter on
the current bodybuilding scene is priceless: "Locked In A Time
Zone Without A Clue."
He begins with a top-to-bottom description
of The Dungeon, a basement gym four blocks inland from the
famous Muscle Beach, calling it "unquestionably the greatest gym
in the world."
"Here bodybuilding began, embryonic: the
original, not the imitation."
The final chapters are about his open-heart surgery
and waking up with a breathing tube down his throat and the
horror of being unable to communicate.
After that rude awakening, he was on a bumpy -
and inspiring - road to recovery.
He was soon topping out on the breath meter at
5,000, up from 1,500 before surgery. "I'm a regular bag of
wind," he exulted.
After several weeks of rest and careful eating he
was back in the gym, but also ramping up walking and
biking little by little.
Feeling back in control of his health and body,
"That we are aware of what we must do places us
well above the rest."
"That we practice what we must puts us on top."
That barely scratches the surface of what The
Blond Bomber has to tell us. We trust that it will make you rush to
order your copy:
https://www.davedraper.com/ We had our
in about a week.
May 1, 2020
"History of Physical Culture"
We've long known that David Gentle is a highly
regarded writer and historian in the world of physical culture,
having written over 3000 articles on physical culture and
strength training. Legends of the Iron Game (Bill Pearl
Enterprises, 2010) devotes seven pages to telling his story.
But we had no idea that he is a regular
visitor to our website. Or that he is one of a talented team of
historians and writers preparing biographies for the "History of
Physical Culture (HOPC)" a website devoted to collecting and preserving the
history of physical culture.
HOPC, one of the largest and most comprehensive
online libraries of its kind, was originally founded under the
name Sandow Plus. Eugen Sandow (1867-1925) is the most
well-known and remembered strength and physique celebrity of his
time. He set the course of modern physical culture as we
Mr. Olympia winners are presented with the
"Sandow trophy," patterned after Sandow's image.
Importantly, physical culture is more than just a
bodybuilding, muscle, and strength training movement.
Originating during Sandow's time, the legacy of
the physical culture movement affects how many of us train, eat
and view health.
There are as many definitions of physical culture
as there are people expressing it. It is basically a lifestyle
devoted to achieving your own unique health, strength and fitness
Clarence boils it down to self help.
* * *
David Gentle tells Clarence's story in three
Start on the the very impressive HOPC front page:
"ENTER" the site, and scroll down to "Recent
Posts," to "Clarence Bass" and "Full Story."
That will take you to "About Clarence," and link
to his training pictorial from 15 to 82.
Gentle also includes a link to "view" Clarence's
books and DVDs:
Finally, here's a direct link to the page created
Thanks to David and his colleagues at HOPC. We
are delighted and honored to have Clarence recognized as having a place in physical
April 1, 2020
HeavyHands Is Back!
Our dear friend, Leonard Schwartz, MD, would
be pleased to learn that his invention is back in a slightly
different form with a slightly different name.
The very first article on this website (#1 in our Top
10 Aerobics articles) told about my
first direct contact with Dr. Schwartz:
The soft-spoken caller said, "You may or may
not remember me; this is Len Schwartz." With only a moment's
hesitation I responded, "Sure, I remember you; you're Dr.
Schwartz, the Heavyhands man. I first learned about whole-body
aerobics from your book." Heavyhands (Dr. Schwartz's registered
trademark) is a system of aerobic exercise using light
dumbbells, 1-15 pounds for high repetitions, up to 30 minutes or
more. We've all seen walkers pumping little hand weights. Well,
they probably got the idea from reading Dr. Schwartz's
Heavyhands book, published in 1982. His basic contention is that
four limbs are better than two for expending calories and
burning fat, that you can continue exercising longer at the same
intensity than you can using only the legs.
I laid out my understanding of the
unique underpinnings of HeavyHands--Verticality and
Strength/Endurance Fitness--along with my assessment:
I purchased my first set of HeavyHands at "Cook's
Sporting Goods" the leading sporting goods store in Albuquerque
at that time; I'd been shopping there since Grade School. The
owner used to call me "Coach" and told his people to give
me anything I
wanted. (He was a long time patient of my father.)
I believe the publication of Len's groundbreaking book Heavyhands was the highpoint for
the concept of Heavyhands.
It slowly passed from public consciousness. When Len passed away
HeavyHands went with him. The market slowly dried up.
That has changed! Entrepreneur and exercise
enthusiast Michael Senoff has introduced "Weighted Hands." You can
learn all about it on his website:
February 1, 2020
Rx Muscle Interviews Clarence
This may be the most challenging (and fun)
interview Clarence has ever done. We didn't know what to expect.
The man behind Rx Muscle, Dave Palumbo, shown here
at his competitive peak, has trimmed down and expanded his
sphere of interest. Looking fit and healthy under 200 pounds, he
covers everything in the world of muscle.
Three examples: He interviewed Ronnie Coleman in a hospital bed
recovering from corrective hip surgery, commented on
Shaquille O'Neal flexing after a weight workout, and showed a top competitor for the Ms Olympia
title doing heavy squats.
Dave is very well-spoken and has an eye out for what interests his audience.
That's where Clarence entered the picture. A
mutual friend emailed us asking if Clarence would be interested
in doing an interview with Dave. Knowing that Clarence is a
world apart from Mr. Olympia, we were hesitant. No need as
things turned out.
One thing led to
another--and the interview was scheduled for the following week.
Dave led off with a knowledgeable
introduction and they were off to the races. Dave asked about
everything from how Clarence got started lifting to what he is
thinking and doing in the present day. You'd think they were old
We believe Clarence knocked it out of the ballpark.
Last we checked "views" were approaching 50,000.
Dave asked insightful questions and Clarence gave detailed
The interview runs about 55 minutes. Take a look and let us know what you think.
February 1, 2020
Clarence Spotlighted on Joe Rogan Podcast
A neighbor alerted us that Clarence is mentioned
favorably on Joe Rogan's podcast with kettlebell guru Pavel
Tsatsouline. When we checked the views were 1,168,723 and
Pavel cites Clarence as a friend and an
example of intelligent training over a lifetime. Joe Rogan knew
the name immediately--the old guy with all the cuts--and flashed a montage of photos of Clarence
including one at 81.
The segment was about 30 seconds, but great exposure
on the most popular podcast on YouTube.
Pavel holds forth on the history of
progressive resistance exercise. Very impressive, especially
when he includes research coming out of Russia, his birthplace
and where the main popularity of the kettlebell started. He knows this
area as well as anyone on the world stage.
Lean, fit and handsome, he also presents a sterling
example of the benefits of intelligent kettlebell training.
The segment on Clarence comes about 37 minutes
into Pavel's learned discourse. Rogan asks a question or two
and lets Pavel talk.
If you'd like to watch, here's the link:
Here's what Clarence wrote about his experience
with kettlebell training:
January 1, 2020
Clarence Encores on Motivation & Muscle
Clarence avoided interviews for a couple of
months, but accepted Eric Fiorillo's invitation to do a
follow-up interview in December.
Eric billed this go around as "Just the Facts" on
Physical Culture--how we train and view life.
He focused on his strong belief in the synergy
between muscle and motivation. Clarence added key factors in
staying motivated over a lifetime, the most important being that
a goal achieved is a goal lost. We must keep finding new goals
that excite and motivate us as we move through life.
Eric's enthusiasm has driven him through 1200
podcast interviews in the last few years. Hard to believe but
This podcast runs 66 minutes (Clarence comes in
at about 7 minutes) and was posted December 11, 2019.
Here's the link to the interview promo and the
January 1, 2020
Motivation & Muscle Interviews Clarence
Clarence was about burned out on interviews, but
he couldn't resist the psychological focus of Eric Fiorillo's
The list of people Eric has interviewed over
the last five years includes many of the Who's Who of physical
culture. We didn't know them all, but those we do know are top
notch: Men and women, Highland Games athletes, coaches, strength
historians, authors, motivational speakers, strong man
competitors, kettlebell experts, medical doctors, Naturopathic
doctors, training equipment manufacturers, publishers, stone
lifters, on and on.
No big name bodybuilders that we recognized.
Eric's interviewing style is unlike anything
Clarence has encountered; more of a discussion than a Q & A. He
talks more than the person he's interviewing. Some will be
turned off by his over the top enthusiasm for the benefits of strength
training, but he enjoys helping people meet their goals.
Clarence sat back and took it all in. He was
rewarded with questions he'd never been asked before and an
opportunity to voice his enthusiasm for Positive Psychology.
It appears that Clarence made the cut, because Eric has
scheduled him for another interview in December.
Eric bills this interview as a "Welcome to the
family." It'll be interesting to see what he has in store for next time.
Here's the link to the expansive
Go to the bottom of the page to listen to the
interview. We'll warn you that it runs well over an hour.
October 1, 2019
Interviewed in Three Venues—in One Week
Ageless Timeless YouTube Channel, Isotopes Ball Park, and Keller
Williams Realty International Mega Camp
The Ageless Timeless website is
dedicated to those fifty years old and beyond who have continued
to challenge themselves physically. “You have defied society’s
conventions and expectations as you have aged,” founder George
Kattouf wrote in introducing his website. “You may be a
weightlifter, swimmer, runner, martial artist, tri-athlete,
bicyclist or yoga enthusiast. Whatever the chosen challenge, you
have never stopped competing with yourself. You are an
Ageless Timeless warrior and deserve to be honored.”
Clarence was added to the list of “Ageless
Timeless” athletes in March of 2010:
George has now created a YouTube channel
featuring interviews with many of the Ageless Timeless
athletes. He honored Clarence by selecting him as the first
interview on the new channel.
“I was very pleased with the interview,” George
wrote later that day. “You were great!”
Starfleet Productions, Inc. is in the process of adding images to
the You Tube interview. We expect to have a link to the finished
product by the time this is posted. (See below)
broadcast booth again with Mike Capps
This is a repeat of last year when Clarence
shared the broadcast booth with Mike Capps during a game between
his Round Rock (Texas) Express and our Albuquerque Isotopes.
They talk fitness and related items between pitches and lulls in
the ballgame. Clarence got the hang of it last years and was
right at home doing it again.
Here’s what we wrote last year:
They stayed in touch and got better acquainted in
the past year. Clarence made suggestions for equipping Mike’s
new home gym. After years of long distance running, he’s moving
more into interval sprints and strength training.
He’s found that play-by-play is his forte; what
he was born to do. Seeing him use the stats and other info
spread out in front of him and paint word pictures of action on
the field is something to behold. His mastery has listeners
coming back game after game. Working Clarence in is smooth as
They talked about a wider range of topics than
last year, including movie making in New Mexico.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Karen, his
wife of six years. She and Carol enjoyed get acquainted during
the three hour broadcast.
feedback was as good as or better than last year:
I had a
whole bunch of positive response from younger and older
listeners and I am convinced you motivated at least a couple
dozen or so to get up off the couch and MOVE!!
Blessings to you and Mrs. Bass and we will be looking forward to
the next time we see you both.
really enjoyed her visit with Mrs. Bass!
* * *
We were on the same flight to Austin with Mike
and Karen. They were going home and we were headed for the KW
How we got to this point is a story in itself. If
someone was telling us about it, we’d say they must be
kidding. It’s almost too good to be true, a fairy tale.
It started with a voice message and then the
I represent Gary
Keller and he is a big fan of your books/coaching.
Gary is the founder
and CEO of Keller Williams Realty International. www.kw.com
KW is now the largest
residential real estate company in the world. We have over
150,000 agents working in over 825 affiliated offices throughout
North America and 22 other countries.
Gary would love a
chance to meet with you to better understand your systems and
He would also like to
discuss the possibility of a speaking engagement with his top
If this is something
you’re interested in, feel free to reach out at your
Our first step was to go online to learn more
about Gary Keller. Wikipedia confirmed everything in the note
and much more. Not only is Gary considered one of the most
influential people in real estate, in all he has published three
best-selling books on real estate and one business book that
have in total sold more than four million copies worldwide.
The next thing we did was look for KW signs in
our neighborhood. We spotted four right off, one marked SOLD.
Most impressive, KW had brought a long abandoned house in an
upscale neighborhood back to life.
Gary and KW were the real deal!
We responded without further delay, saying that
Clarence would be delighted to talk with Mr. Keller.
A few days later we received an inspiring email
from the man himself:
Hi Clarence! This is
Right up front please
let me just say that you’re one of my heroes! I believe we get
to choose our role models in our lives and you are my health
role model. Take Charge is probably one of the most direct and
powerful health books ever written. And as an author myself
with over 4 million books sold, my latest was titled The One
Thing, please know that I don’t say this lightly. I recently
went back and purchased all of your books and DVD’s (sorry I
used Amazon without thinking!) and am immersing myself in them.
journey you’ve taken with your life and all the help you’ve
given so many. Hope we can visit this next week!
An hour-long phone consultation with Gary went
well, ending with an invitation to come to Austin to speak to
their top leaders about healthy living. Clarence responded that
he is a reluctant traveler and prefers an interview format.
Gary surprised him by saying he is not big on traveling either
and also prefers a Q & A format. He said he would fly us in that
morning and get us home that evening.
Who could pass up an offer like that!
Gary said he’d get to work on it right away.
A couple of weeks later, we received an email
from a woman who works directly with Gary. She explained that
the event is a Mega Camp, a large training and coaching seminar
for their agents and leaders around the world. Clarence would be
paired with Gary talking to the top agents, who would be given
copies of our book Take Charge. Gary would interview
Clarence about the book on stage much like he did over the
She followed up with a speaker’s contract for
Clarence to sign. He signed and we shipped them 325 copies of
Take Charge shortly before the event.
A very friendly Black Car driver with a BASS
sign was waiting for us in the baggage area. He took us to the
loading area in back of the Austin Convention Center, where the
KW Mega Camp occupied all four flours. We were taken to a Green
Room in back of a packed auditorium with the presenter lit up on
two huge screens.
A catered lunch was waiting for us.
Clarence in front of KW booths in the lobby of the
Austin Convention Center
Clarence was a bit anxious, but Gary made him
feel right at home.
If the audience response is any indication, the
Keller-Bass dialogue on life-time health and fitness was a
success. The crowd exploded at the end, with everyone on their
It was an incredible experience from start to
finish. Gary and the wonderful people who work with him treated
us like royalty. We can’t thank them enough for making it all
As Gary would say, Onward…
We don’t have a record of the KW presentation,
but the Ageless Timeless interview covers much of the same
ground, and is now up on You Tube:
September 1, 2019
Clarence Interviewed on
Training for Lifetime Fitness & Health
Steven Fred Smith, a Registered
Dietitian based in New York, interviewed Clarence early in
May--on training. Sounds backward but it turns out that Steven
is a serious trainer who counsels clients at many levels of
fitness and health. He was full of good questions on all levels
Here's what he wrote in
requesting the interview:
My YouTube channel focuses on
healing the body and part of that oftentimes means training with
less intensity or less volume so we can recover. I think we have
mostly been brainwashed into believing that we all need to train
like professional athletes in order to be strong and fit, which
as Clarence shows is just not true.
I am interested in interviewing Clarence, because I believe his
philosophy about training to be extremely helpful for most
people. I have client caseload that includes people who have a
history of excess exercise or dangerous diets and as a result
find themselves with hormonal problems. Taking a "less is more"
philosophy with training tends to really help these individuals.
I think Clarence has a lot of very insightful advice about
training and his perspective would greatly benefit my channel
Steven asked many good questions
about short and long term success, giving Clarence the
opportunity to talk about many aspects of training over a
lifetime. Ways to begin training--and stay motivated--year after
year. Starting early or late, the benefits of healthy living are
unfolding year after year, by example and scientific
The hour flew by. Here's the
Tommy Kono Posthumously
Inducted into Sacramento Sports HOF
Tommy was on the nomination list
since the Sports Hall of Fame was formed in his hometown seven years ago, but failed to garner enough votes until
2019, three years after his death at 85. This was standard
operating procedure for Kono who was better known overseas than in the United States where team sports take
precedence. Beyond being named "Weightlifter of the Century" by
the International Weightlifting Federation in 2005, two other
events illustrate the gap in recognition at home and away.
He had been to Russia 5 times
during the "cold war" and traveled to Moscow in 1958 to compete
in the first "Prize of Moscow" tournament. Kono was the only
American lifter invited to compete. With no coach, teammates or
anyone to assist and translate for him backstage--against 7 other lifters, 5
of which were Soviet Union world record holders or Olympic gold
medalists--he won anyway!
The other illustration is closer
One of the greatest tributes Kono
felt bestowed on him was to be recognized by the city of York,
Pennsylvania, considered the Mecca of the weightlifting world. A
27 by 20 foot mural painted on the side of a 3-story
building had a painting of Bob Hoffman on the left side, John
Grimek on the right side, and Kono in the middle. Hoffman,
founder of the famous York Barbell Company, and Grimek, a
legendary bodybuilder, both resided in the York area. Kono had
been to York many times but never lived there.
Muscletown USA recognized Kono as a member of the
Kono was the best of the best on
and off the weightlifting platform. In the course of winning six
world championships and two Olympic Gold Medals, he became the
only weightlifter in history to set world records in four
different weight classes. He also won the Mr. World physique
title in 1954 and the Mr. Universe title in 1955, 1957, and
1961. He went on to coach the Mexican, West German and U.S.
Olympic teams, in 1968, 1972 and 1976, respectively.
Kono mastered the art of physique
display, as he did everything he attempted.
Photo courtesy of Tommy Kono
* * *
Tommy would not utter a word
about the unfathomable delay in his induction.
He would thank his supporters for
sticking with his nomination, and join his wife, Florence, and
their family in expressing their gratitude:
We are grateful to the fans of
the sport of weightlifting for their support and remembrance of
him. It is very special that his hometown of Sacramento has
bestowed this honor upon him.
March 1, 2019
Why Full-Fat Milk Is Booming
The above is a headline in the October
1, 2018, issue of TIME magazine. Carol read the article aloud,
to my delight.
Could they be logging on to this
website? Probably not, but it is very good news.
After some positive marketing details, the
magazine gets to the scientific underpinnings.
While the U.S. dietary
guidelines still recommend low- or no-fat dairy, new research
suggests that full-fat dairy may be a healthy choice... People
who eat full-fat dairy are no more likely to develop heart
disease than those who eat low-fat versions, and may even be
less prone to Type 2 diabetes and weight gain--probably because
they stay full longer. Studies have also found that people who
cut their fat intake tend to replace the missing calories with
unhealthy refined carbohydrates.
"The research that has been
evolving and has been in the general press has given consumers
permission to choose products they like," a spokesmen for the
International Dairy Foods Association told TIME.
A longtime friend, a competitive
bodybuilder, told us that he'd been drinking skim milk for so
long that whole milk tasted like ice cream--and didn't smooth
out his cuts.
It's good to know that the
mainstream media is catching up:
Last year and the year before,
the big supermarket down the street from the Cooper Clinic only had one brand of whole milk and it
seemed to be in hiding. Perhaps it will be different when I go back next year.
December 1, 2018
Austrian Podcast Interviews
Oh my! What's left to
talk about? That's what we thought when we sat down to listen to
the new podcast. Austrian professional sport climber Jurgen Reis
has interviewed Clarence ten times since he visited here for the
first time in 2007. The last podcast was in January of this
We were pleasantly surprised.
Clarence has been finding something new to write about every
month since he started his RIPPED column in Muscle &
Fitness in 1980. Jurgen finds new topics in every podcast.
Successful training routines are
constantly evolving. Clarence looks for
new ways to challenge his body in every workout.
When Jurgen asked what's new,
Clarence began by explaining why he decided to stop doing the foothills
workout on Sundays. His resting heart on his
Fitbit told him that he was not fully recovering for his Tuesday
From there, Jurgen said that he
has stopped writing books for the time being, and asked if
Clarence is thinking about a new book. Clarence said
he thinks of his updates as gathering new material every month.
No new book until he has a theme that excites him.
That opened the gate for many new
topics to discuss.
When the time expired, Jurgen said he
couldn't wait for the next interview, that he wanted to continue
on and on, that there would always be something new to talk about. No limits!
The Podcast is # 676. You
won't be disappointed. English begins at minute 19:
You'll find Jurgen's story in our
"Fitness Personalities" category:
Here's a message from him along with a recent photo by Andreas
This photo of me this summer
was taken just before my 42nd birthday. Normal training day – no
special preparation done. I had the same bodyweight as when I
Reading Clarence Bass’ books
about two decades ago and visiting him and Carol three times
were some of the best things I've done in my life. My American
Grandpa (that’s how I call him sometimes) taught me much more
than “just” how to stay in shape.
For everybody looking for a
REAL mentor in all aspects of fit and passionate living, I
highly recommend his endless knowledge.
Oftentimes I ask myself “What
would Clarence do?” I don't always do it, but it shapes my
Thank you Clarence and Carol
for everything you gave me and your patience with me!
Jürgen Reis, Professional
Climber from Austria
Photo: © 2018 by Andreas Kempter
September 1, 2018
Laszlo Photo of Clarence
Early this month we were
surprised to take delivery of a photo Laszlo took of Clarence at
75 holding a kettlebell at his side. It was enlarged and
carefully wrapped. We were surprised and pleased to learn that it hung for a month at an art
gallery in Sacramento.
Here's the story in Laszlo's
Every year the Viewpoint
Photographic Art Gallery in Sacramento encourages its members to
enter a juried exhibition based on a theme. In 2017 the theme
was “Balance.” Some years before I had photographed Clarence
holding a kettlebell with his muscular and veined arm. It
epitomized the raw power and strength of a dedicated lifter.
When I took a second look at this picture I remembered it also
takes plenty of balance to lift a kettlebell, the clumsiest item
in the weightlifter's repertoire. Clearly the judge agreed and
selected it for the exhibition.
Our task was to find an
appropriate place of honor in Clarence's office at Ripped
Enterprises. Carol found a tripod to make it stand out from the
many other photos already there. Here it is on top of a book
case balanced between two Herculean sculptures.
Laszlo is pleased--and so are we.
September 1, 2018