NAME: Ted Taylor

TITLE: Personal trainer and author

AGE: 70 years old

MARRIED: 24 years

CHILDREN: 2 daughters (Lauren, 48; Michelle, 45) and 1 stepson (Kurt, 40)

YEARS IN BREVARD: 18

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE FOR YOU?

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I start my day personal training at 6:15 a.m. I usually have a small afternoon break and then finish up my day around 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays I usually read, write, walk and swim. I also find time to get in a workout for myself nearly everyday. In the evenings after dinner, my wife and I like to sit on our pier with a beer and our new puppy Izzy.

CAN YOU BRIEFLY EXPLAIN YOUR HEALTHY LIVING PHILOSOPHY?

Exercise consistently, eat moderately! Diets don’t work. Don’t over-train any muscle. Always warm up and cool down. Late night eating is the biggest reason for weight gain.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TITLES AND COMPETITIONS YOU’VE WON OVER THE YEARS?

The titles I have achieved over the years are as follows: 1959 Teenage Mr. America. Then from 1960 to 1989 I won five age groups in the Mr. Maryland contest. In 1982, I won Mr. America over 40 age group; 1994 Mr. Universe over 40; and one month later Mr. World over 50. I didn’t compete again until 2006, winning many small titles that year and finishing the year winning the Mr. Florida over 60. That was an extremely tough contest. I have my eye on Mr. America in Atlantic City, NJ later this year.

IS THERE ONE IN PARTICULAR OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?

I think Mr. World over 50 was my proudest competitive moment.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I love my job!  I specially love to train senior citizens. I have helped seniors in their 70’s get into the best shape of their lives in 3 to 6 months, and watched their self esteem soar.  That’s a great feeling.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

To keep my clients motivated and injury free.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WRITE A BOOK?

I have always bought ‘muscle-head’ and fitness magazines. I started buying them when they sold for 35 cents. I thought, if millions of magazines can sell with such complex ways to get into shape, I should write one that is simple to understand. I mainly stick to the basics. If you are old enough to remember Jack LaLanne, you may think that he could have written this book. To be quite honest I learned quite a lot from him; he stuck to the basics also. Really, a person can get into and stay in shape rather easily.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO START?

If a person is just starting out, the best advice I can give them is to hire a personal trainer – even if it is only for a month. They can show you how not to get hurt and how to get ultimate results.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU’VE DREAMED OF DOING BUT HAVEN’T YET?

Well, I’m 70 years old, but I would like to see the Coliseum in Rome. Maybe visit Gettysburg again and win an Over 80 contest.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?

Without a doubt, my dad. We worked a tough and dangerous business together. He was fearless and had a great work ethic. He knew my strengths and weaknesses and I knew his. We were best of friends and great partners in business. He died 8 years ago at age 92, and I still miss him

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT?

Any beach in Florida, and I have been visiting them for a lifetime.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time I like to go to movies or plays. Play with our pets. See our children and grandchildren (who do not live in Florida). I also enjoy other forms of exercise like biking, walking and swimming.

WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?

Rock ‘n Roll will never die!

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I am currently reading Bully, the Life of Teddy Roosevelt by Rick Marschall. I really enjoy historical biographies. The next will be Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly.