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3.06.2007

2 Living Legends

I drove down to Cincinnati this past weekend to see two living legends in action: Reg Park, the greatest bodybuilder of all time, and Oscar Robertson, the greatest basketball player of all time.

Reg’s son Jon Jon has a friend who runs an alternative health clinic in Cincinnati and has Reg in to speak when he is on this side of the pond.

As you may or may not know, Reg won the Mr. Universe contest several times over and is easily recognized as one of the biggest and strongest men in history.



Reg Park

Reg covered his career in great detail and also had much to say about training. He is still going strong at 78 years old.

I first met Reg about three years ago and he is one hell of a nice guy who is a class act all the way. He usually gives us a call when he's stateside and if you ask him how he's doing, he will say "just dynamite man, dynamite."

No surprises there, Reg always has a tremendous energy surrounding him.

It was a pleasure hearing Oscar Robertson speak as well.

Oscar has a legitimate claim for the greatest basketball player of all time. These days, it’s a pretty big occasion when a player achieves a "triple double" (or making double figures in points, rebounds and assists.)

Over his career, Oscar Robertson averaged a triple double over five seasons. Oscar had 181 triple doubles, an NBA record. In comparison, Michael Jordan had 28 during his career.

Recently one of Oscar's daughters had some kind of kidney problem and was in need of a new one. They found that Oscar was a match so he donated one of his. They call it his greatest "assist."

Anyhow, it was fascinating to hear both of these men speak, to hear the innermost thoughts of two super humans.

One thing that I found very interesting is that, even though they were as different as could be, they both said some of the same things. - They truly loved what they did, they used focus and concentration to excel under extreme conditions and put all negativity out of their minds.

Thing is, you don't have to be a superhuman to do any of that.

Train hard,
John Wood

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