The pensioner only began bodybuilding five
years ago and does five strength and cardio training sessions
a week, including 4km on the treadmill and 45 minutes of weight
training. "I'm nowhere nearly as good as these fellows who
are 50 or 60. But age is no barrier. Life is what you make
Mr Moon has had polio, open-heart surgery, suffered
a cardiac arrest and was once pronounced clinically dead.
He has had a pacemaker fitted, has suffered a twisted bowel,
two minor strokes, a hernia and prostate problems, but instead
of giving up he hit the gym.
Mr Moon worked in the hospitality industry for
64 years, and even cooked for the Queen.
"A few years ago I really hit a wall, lost everything.
I walked passed this gym (Athletique
Health Club) in Preston, saw a sign and so I went
on up. He said gym owner Graeme Lancefield - a former Mr Universe
winner - was so supportive "that I've never looked back and
I've never felt better".
"Give up never ever won a race,"
he said. "I hit a hurdle a couple of years ago and then I
walked past this gym. "I thought 'I might get up here and
get my head together' and that's how I started."
Mr Moon said he initially didn't think he was good enough,
but Mr Lancefield convinced him otherwise. Now Mr Moon amazes
younger members with his disciplined 2 1/2 hour training regime
up to six days a week.
He focuses on resistance training and pulley
weights, and walks at least 4km a day.
His positive attitude, determination and
dedication has inspired body-building audiences and he often
receives standing ovations. "The audience's appreciation and
applause was the reason I came back a second time, it was
marvellous," the Thornbury man said. "I
have to compete in a black pair of Speedos, you have to show
your muscles you know and you're coloured. It's a bugger to
get off. I was washing it off for two weeks. "But, in all,
it's quite an experience. It keeps you young."
He said he was stoked with the Guinness
Record and hoped to one day meet the oldest female bodybuilder.
"I bet she's overseas though," he said.