You may never have heard of the bodybuilder in Japan. After all, we are more used to hearing about this sport in the USA.
However, the sport there is growing and gaining supporters. One of the biggest records and which the country is very proud of, is having a bodybuilder who, at almost 90 years old, still competes.
In the year 2022, this 86-year-old bodybuilder broke his own record as the oldest person to compete in the Japanese championship on October 9.
Find out more about this story here. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of bodybuilding, you’re sure to find this story respectable and inspiring.
Bodybuilder in Japan at 86!
Toshisuke Kanazawa, who lives in the city of Hiroshima, participated in the 68th edition of the men’s Japanese bodybuilding championships in Osaka in the year 2022. In bodybuilding competition, you have to face with elaborate poses to show your musculature with people of different ages. That’s right, this gentleman faced people who were over 60 years younger than him.
Although he didn’t make the final among the top 12 entrants, he told the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, “I’m just grateful that I can participate. I hope I can reach other people’s hearts when they see me face a challenge, even in old age.”
Kanazawa started bodybuilding in earnest at age 20, and won the Japan championship for the first time at age 24. He won his second “Mister Japan” title at age 27 and retired at age 34. However, he decided to make a comeback. before his 50th birthday to encourage his wife, who was prone to illness.
The bodybuilder’s victories in Japan
His career is marked by victories. He has been champion of Japan 15 times in total, including a victory at the masters championships for bodybuilders aged 40 and over when he was 57 years old.
He finished second at the 34th edition of the Japan Masters Championship held in Hokkaido in August 2022, but said, “I’m still nowhere near the finish line. It’s important to keep setting goals and facing challenges, no matter how old you are.”
Kanazawa competed in the Japan championship for the second year in a row as a bodybuilder who has won twice in the past. He was invited to the world championship and should participate in the event that will be held in Spain in November. He commented: “I want to compete until I’m 90. And I would like to be an example for other grandpas and grandmas around the world, living healthy until 100.”
Surely he is already an example for both grandparents and grandparents as well as younger generations. After all, reaching 86 is already a reason for a lot of joy, and reaching that age competing and lavishing health is even better.