Clarence Bass is an 80+ year-old writer, fitness expert, and the subject of one of the world’s most comprehensive long-term studies of human aging.
He burst onto the scene in the late 1970’s when he won the 40+ Mr. America and Mr. USA bodybuilding titles with a measured body fat of just over 2 percent; for comparison, world-class marathoners customarily top out at about 5-6 percent! His best-known book and DVD series, Ripped: The Sensible Way to Achieve Ultimate Muscularity, chronicled his unique-for-the-times training methods and lead to becoming a columnist for Muscle and Fitness magazine, one of the earliest bibles of the health and wellness movement.
Bass' fitness achievements continued after he retired from competitive bodybuilding when, in the early 1990’s, he started concentrating on indoor rowing, which culminated in becoming the 4th ranked rower aged 60 to 69 in the U.S. at 500-meters.
He’s been named "one of America’s greatest fitness visionaries” and has meticulously chronicled his almost 70 years of study and practice of optimizing human performance, much of which is found on his website cbass.com and at the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at The University of Texas at Austin.
In this episode, we talk about the keys to motivation, bucking conventional wisdom, the role of technology in fitness, adjusting throughout the aging process, the power of optimism, and much, much more.
Please enjoy this age-defying episode of In Search of Lost Mojo with fitness guru and living legend, Clarence Bass.
My long-time friend Chip Walter is an author, journalist, National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker, and was one of CNN’s first and youngest bureau chiefs whose travels have taken him to six continents. His books, including one co-written with the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, all explore scientific topics at the intersection of human behavior and technology’s rapid advances.
His latest book is Immortality, Inc.--Renegade Science, Silicon Valley Billions and the Quest to Live Forever, written for National Geographic Books. It's a fascinating read chronicling a new, audacious group of scientists, doctors, researchers, and entrepreneurs who are attempting to even the score and discover how we can all live at least hundreds of more years longer than ever thought possible. It’s the story of big money, big ideas, and big egos who are either really on to something or will soon get relegated to the junk heap of dreamers who came before them.
In this episode, we talk about why radical life extension might actually be possible this time, the great debates we should be having now if we really could live almost forever, whether madness and genius are inexorably linked, and what Chip has learned throughout his fascinating career. In addition, we talk about Chip and his wife’s audacious plan to embark on their own epic, once-in-a-lifetime, not-sure-ever-tried-before journey around the world.
Please enjoy this mind-bending and inspiring episode of In Search of Lost Mojo with the perhaps "The Most Interesting Man in the World", Chip Walter!