Grandpa wins body building contest at age 69

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

TUNICA, MS (WMC-TV) - It takes a lot of guts to go out in front of hundreds of people in nothing more than your underwear. But that's exactly what James Boyd is doing with a new hobby he never thought he'd take part in.

"I told my wife, I've been called many things, but never an athlete," Boyd said.

Boyd admits is no spring chicken - he turns seventy years old in January!

"Kinda like I told my doctor, a lot of times you deal with old folks in your practice and you have to realize that old folks do some really crazy stuff," he said.

Stuff, in Boyd's case, like body building.

It all started last summer while Boyd was at a convention. Tired of gambling, he stumbled across the 'Battle on the Bluff' body building competition.

"I watched it and thought it was interesting - a personal challenge," he said. "(I thought) You know if I put my mind to it, I should be able to do this."

So he got to work, and after a year of intense workouts and a strict diet, Boyd entered this year's competition.

"They started the music, and you do eight specific poses," he said. "So I started my first pose, the double front bicep. The announcer said, 'What do you folks think about this?'  The people went crazy! They started applauding and cheering!"

Three years ago, Boyd weighed 228 pounds and had high blood pressure.  His doctor told him to lose weight and exercise.  That's when he hit the gym and started following a low fat, high protein diet.

"I think anytime you set a goal for yourself and you're able to achieve that goal, certainly you're gonna be proud of yourself," he said.

Boyd worked out five days a week to get ready for competition.  Once he realized what he had to wear on stage, he knew it wouldn't leave much to the imagination.

"It's actually called a posing suit, and its not too much to it, I grant you that," he said.

Boyd competed against eight other men in the 'Over 50' category.  He was the only competitor over 60!

"The night posing to the music, hearing the applause of people...I felt like a rock star," he said.

Boyd came in 5th place at competition. He hopes to place higher next year, and is already thinking about next year's wardrobe.

"They're proud of these things," he said. "They cost forty-five dollars a piece, and it's not much material for forty-five dollars."

Boyd didn't take his family to last year's event, but he wants them all there next year as he's bronzes himself up for the gold!

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