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Standing alongside the Pacific shore in Costa Rica, Ralph Maxwell assumes a place imitating that of the well-known fifth century BC Greek sculpture, the Discobolus (“discus thrower”). He holds the discus in his hand and attracts it again, leaning ahead in excellent posture, posing for {a photograph}. Nonetheless, “there may be an apparent variance,” says Maxwell. “Modesty required me to put on extra garments than the unique mannequin wore.”

Maxwell is a observe and subject athlete, and within the 18 years that he’s been competing within the sport he’s collected a number of hundred medals (principally gold), holds six age-group world information—together with the decathlon, typically thought of the premier occasion in observe and subject—and 11 American age-group information.

Final yr, he was named “USA Observe and Subject Male Athlete of the Yr” and was inducted into the USA Observe and Subject Masters Corridor of Fame.

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Oh, and he’s 92 years previous.

From Slob to Superfit

On the age of 74, Maxwell took a have a look at his physique in disgrace and disgust, describing himself as a “flabby sofa potato slob.” By no means an athlete, Maxwell knew it was time to vary.

“It’s terribly unsuitable to stuff that sacred citadel with junk you already know darn effectively is unhealthy for you,” says Maxwell. “I got here to comprehend I used to be barreling pell-mell down the highway resulting in illness, incapacity and untimely destruction of probably the most treasured factor I might ever be given—my very own life.”

He now eats “Maxwell Mush” oatmeal for breakfast an unique concoction of oatmeal, All-Bran, raisins, bananas, cinnamon and chia seeds that he whips as much as endure his intense observe and subject coaching—a strenuous 3-hour exercise each third day. A exercise he says is so rigorous that it takes two days of restoration and restoration to totally rebound.

“I begin the session at dwelling by jigging,” says Maxwell. “Now don’t snigger, I’m not making this up. I like to jig, and it’s an amazing warm-up train. Then I do 20 to 25 minutes of stretching and lightweight calisthenics earlier than heading outside to run, leap, and throw. I do a number of reps of every of the occasions I’ll be doing at my subsequent competitors, beginning every sport gradual and straightforward. Each different observe session I conclude with a mile run.” (You'll be able to burn fats with easy runs, too. Attempt these treadmill exercises.)

However the man continues to be 92 years previous. When he’s not coaching he’s studying, doing each day crossword puzzles, singing old-time tunes whereas strumming his ukulele, engaged on family chores, and protecting up-to-date on politics. “I’ve been married to the loving diamond of my life, Liz, for 64 years, up to now,” says Maxwell. “We've six youngsters. Up to now.”

Harness the Energy of Competitors

“A prudent weight loss program and reasonable train is sweet,” says Maxwell. “It’s what I might advocate for most people who need to dwell a wholesome, lengthy life—however that’s not adequate for me. I've discovered that getting ready for an upcoming observe meet and the exhilarating thrill of competitors are highly effective motivators to remain in form.”

So what’s subsequent for Maxwell? He’s now coaching for the Nationwide Masters Indoor Championships subsequent month in Bloomington, Indiana. He’ll compete in his age group (90 to 94) in a number of occasions: 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, 1000-meter run, lengthy leap, excessive leap, triple leap, shot put, pentathlon, and maybe a few relays, he says.

And so far as nerves, well being considerations, or any worries earlier than the occasions? Maxwell says he has none. “I’m too busy loving each second of it,” he says.

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