Motivation for Natural Bodybuilding Over 50

Inside Over 50′s Natural Bodybuilding Part 1

This is part 1 in a series of 5 interviews with bodybuilder Tomas de la Milera.  He is a 51 year old bodybuilder with a classic physique like Frank Zane.  Peek into his world as he prepares for competition and he shares what it takes to be a natural bodybuilder. You can read the transcript or watch the embedded video below.

Motivated by Tarzan

Motivation for Natural Bodybuilding over 50

Tarzan by Neil Adams

Tracey: Why did you decide to get into bodybuilding?

Tomas: What actually got me into bodybuilding is very interesting.  When I was about eleven years old, I went to the library and came across some Tarzan books.  It was very interesting because of the covers of them (I later found out they were created by Neil Adams). I liked the body composition of the Tarzan.  It was a lot more muscular, a lot more defined.  So I was fascinated.  I thought, it’s interesting because I thought then bodybuilding wasn’t about weights, even though it was the Golden Era where it was actually all about hypertrophy and getting bigger and less on fitness.

So I started bodybuilding by reading Tarzan books.  My understanding was swimming, running, calisthenics, I thought that was the way you became bigger.  Later on in the ’70s, I found out, when I incorporated weight training, that you needed a little bit more concentric movement to actually build those kind of bodies.

Arnold and Frank Zane

Tracey: When did you start bodybuilding and how old were you then?

Tomas: Well I’ll tell you, I started bodybuilding about ’78, 1979.  I got into that whole Muscle and Fitness, the Golden Era, Arnold, Frank Zane. I related a little bit more to Frank Zane than any of the other bodybuilders because he had a little more of that Tarzan feel that I wanted.  So it was about ’78, ’79!  Not much experience.  There was a lot of hit and miss!  Not like today, there’s so much information, you can progress quicker.  So I was more into the more weights you lifted, the bigger you would get.  I was very unfamiliar with the chemical aspects of bodybuilding like they have today.

It’s never too early, it’s never too late

Tracey: So you were obviously younger when you started.

Tomas: Much younger!  I mean I was fascinated, again, at eleven.  I moved into the bodybuilding world around 15, 16, 17.  And I always stayed physically active, not so much in the weight room, more outside and stuff.  I carried on that whole concept of more fitness in the sense of running, cycling and swimming.

At 47 I did my first bodybuilding competition and I went into a natural division. From then, I’m 51 now, so I’ve been actually competing in the bodybuilding world for about 4 years.

Using natural hormones

Tracey: What’s the difference between the way your body responds to training and diet now, compared to when you first started?

Tomas: It’s interesting, because of course if we can take the advantage of our HGH (human growth hormone) levels at such a young age, we understand our human growth hormones are very productive during our puberty stage and our younger period and starts to decline, your metabolism starts going down and so forth (as we age).

I found out that my past body building experience, keeping my body, my muscles fuller and of course my muscles had that opportunity to grow a little bit more by using the benefits of my natural hormones.  Coming across to now, I have to be a little bit more careful with diet and have to be a little more conscious about my joints.

Natural Olympia

Tracey: What’s the highest level you’ve achieved in bodybuilding?

Tomas: You know I’ve won a lot of 1st places in my division.  I have taken, in the Novice, I’ve accomplished and taken first place against young adults half my age.  I’ve won, in my division, Mr. Los Angeles, Mr. San Diego.  I actually took the Silver in the Natural Olympia about a year and a half ago.

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Over 50′s Natural Bodybuilding – Grand Masters

September 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles, Fitness Articles, Strength Training Articles

Rudi is 53 years old. One and a half years ago he decided to put his body to the test to find out whether he could get it into competition-ready shape without the help of testosterone, growth hormone or anabolic steroids. Added to the challenge – no artificial sweeteners, colors or additives were allowed in his diet and there would be no beef, chicken or turkey products (staples in most bodybuilding diets).

The last time Rudi trained and dieted as a bodybuilder was in his thirties. So, with a 20-year break, he began his adventure.

Here is a pictorial summary of his journey so far.

1993, Rudi was 34 years old and ready for the NSW Natural Bodybuilding competition.

Rudi, age 34, with his daughter Tia

June 2011 and with nearly 20 years off from any serious training, the experiment begins. Will Rudi be able to whip himself back into the kind of shape needed to compete as a natural bodybuilder?

Rudi in June 2011, aged 52

Rudi in Aruba, October 2011

By October, 1 month away from his first bodybuilding competition, Rudi is looking leaner and stronger. Hardest fat to move? Abdominal fat – decidedly stubborn, especially in the 50′s. Hardest area to build? Legs.

Move forward to 2012, nearly a year later. Daily training, strict dieting and supplementation. The abdominal fat is gone. Rudi is looking pretty good. Keep in mind, he’s 100% natural and has been all his life.

Natural bodybuilding supplements - no additives

Bodybuilding posing practice. August 2012

Carb depletion meal - 1 week out from competition

Fat testing. 1 week out from competition

Carb loading breakfast right before the show. Pancakes!

Pumping up. Pre-show.

San Diego Naturals Grand Masters, 2012. Rudi is center.


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