Richard “Vince” Vincent towered over some of his fellow gym-goers during a recent workout. A few of buddies stopped to ask him for tips and tricks.
Then the Omaha man continued his routine. He lifted heavy free weights and moved onto machine work, all while checking his form in the mirrors.
Vincent started taking exercise seriously in 1992 after an on-the-job accident at his previous workplace left him with a serious back injury.
Now he hits the gym twice a day, six days a week. He’s been at his current gym, West O Fitness, since the facility opened in 2016.
Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?
A: In the morning is cardio. The afternoon is weight training. I’m here six days a week.
Q: What is your current fitness goal?
A: To keep walking, first and foremost. I’m doing my second bodybuilding show this year, and I want to win.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: Walking. Also being productive and being able to provide for my family.
Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?
A: Dealing with the pain (from my back injury). Every day, it takes me 45 minutes to get moving. It’s getting people to understand that I’m hurt. They see me and don’t see anything wrong. But they don’t see me stretching for 45 minutes in the morning or falling down the stairs and blowing my knee out.
Q: What helps you stay on track?
A: My wife. She takes care of my dietary needs and does my food prep. And pure drive. I like helping people.
Q: What is your gym pet peeve?
A: People who don’t unload their weights. People who are unwilling to help someone else.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?
A: I spend time with family, ride my motorcycle, roll around in my convertible Mustang and go to Mexico.
Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?
A: I couldn’t live without New Dawn Nutrition (where I get my supplements). For equipment, it’s barbells and dumbbells.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
A: Talk to your doctor and evaluate your nutrition. It’s 75 percent nutrition, 25 percent working out. Find something you enjoy.
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