smash­ing through the age bar­rier & be­yond

58 year old paul gibney proves that there is no limit to what can be achieved with knowl­edge, ded­i­ca­tion and a pas­sion for the health & fit­ness life­style

Australian Natural Bodz - - Paul Gibney -

Some­times we all need a lit­tle re­minder that—as clichéd as it may be—age isn’t any­thing more than a num­ber and the only thing stop­ping you from go­ing out there and do­ing what­ever it is you re­ally want to do is you.

58 year old Paul Gibney is train­ing harder than he did more than four decades ago. Let’s rewind back to 1971 where 12 year old Paul started train­ing with school bud­dies at lunch time on a old set of weights the school had. By the end of that year Paul I had his own weights at home and com­menced train­ing like a mad­man.

Paul says “I re­mem­ber see­ing pho­tos of Arnold in pop­u­lar mag­a­zines when I was 9 and think­ing that he looked awe­some. I al­ways ad­mired great physiques and strong peo­ple and the physiques of the 50s, 60s and 70s like Reeves, Draper, Howorth, Zane, Nubret, and the in­com­pa­ra­ble Ser­gio Oliva. All broad shoul­dered, small waists, stun­ning sym­me­try and re­mark­able amounts of de­tail. Once I started train­ing, I was gen­uinely loved the feel­ing of train­ing, the pump, in­creas­ing strength, etc. I was hooked.”

Pauls first con­test win was the Sub-ju­nior Mr. Ip­swich in 1973. He was 14 years old and com­peted three times that year. In 1974, at the age of 15 Paul won the Jnr. Mr. Queens­land. Paul has quite a his­tory of com­pet­ing in fact has com­peted in over 40 shows over 5 decades! - 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s. With a flurry of ti­tles be­hind him, his most mem­o­rable mo­ments and ti­tles in­clude Jnr. Mr. Queens­land in 1974, the Masters Nat­u­ral Mr. Olympia ti­tle in 1998, and the Grand­mas­ters Aus­tralian Nat­u­ral Bodz Asia Pa­cific ti­tle 2014. “They rep­re­sent three dif­fer­ent eras of com­pet­ing for me and speak to my longevity in the sport – which is what I am most proud of.” Paul says.

How­ever it was Pauls 2016 vic­tory at the Aus­tralian Nat­u­ral Bodz Asia Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onships that saw Paul be­come part of the

Photo by G.W Burns

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