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    Keep up great work

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    From my review of the Repetrope VHS tape for the 1998 Masters Nationals pump room video:

    Pump Room (Men’s Backstage Pass)
    Length: 62 minutes

    The pump room at the Sheraton is the hallway running along the side of the
    auditorium. On the other side of the wall the Masters prejudging is going on,
    and the announcer sounds like he’s in the room. The pump room is set up in the
    hallway of the hotel, with pay phones and fire extinguishers on the walls. A
    few portable mirrors are propped along the corridor, and some weightlifting
    equipment and stretch cables are provided. No one minds; everyone just goes for
    his best pump before the contest.

    None of these guys projects attitude as he gets ready for the stage. You
    feel a sense of humor about growing older (“I’m an old man, I gotta pump up!”),
    but occasional resentment about being considered an intruder on a young man’s
    game. If BBs as a group don’t get respect, older BBs really don’t get it
    (including from younger ones). One guy says, “We crossed the bridge first”;
    another notes that with an aging population, older bodybuilding should be a
    coming thing. It’s moving to see these guys working to do well onstage, because
    they have paid their dues several times over and rarely gotten credit for it.
    That makes this video doubly valuable as a tribute to their sustained dedication
    to bodybuilding.

    As always in the Repetrope pump room videos, excellent oiled muscle gets
    shown in intense and startling close-ups, a sheen of sweat spreading over arms,
    chests, and shoulders in every direction. Some guys who didn’t impress me
    onstage did at closer quarters. There’s a good feeling in the pump room; these
    guys know their bodies well, have gotten past injuries and kept the pumping
    faith.

    Since this pump room is for the prejudging, everyone’s a contender. A “stay
    hungry” atmosphere prevails as the guys work the ‘bells, cables, and mirrors for
    all they’re worth. The Masters is a smaller show than others Repetrope has pump
    room videos on, so it’s easy to recognize the guys by name if you have the other
    tapes for this show. I was happy to see more of several who did not make the
    top five in their class, and a lot more of those who did. So much goes into a
    contest prep, and so little of it gets conveyed in a two-minute routine. Part
    of the rest of the iceberg below the surface is available in the pump room. We
    get a sense of these men as individuals and as competitors.

    The prejudging goes from younger to older, so the guys progressively age as
    the tape goes on. You can feel the decades peel away as the men talk of the
    1950s, '40s and '30s. One guy recalls when “a quart of milk used to be a
    dime.” Watching this video is like being in a time machine, but one with a
    screen on the present. These guys care about how well they can do now, not in
    yesteryear. They are inspiring to watch and listen to. Masters men give
    bodybuilding a history.

    At one point a man being prepped by his wife asks the Repetrope cameraman
    what network he’s from. Hearing that this is the contest video and the sound is
    on, he announces, “I’m from San Francisco, my name is Pax Beale, and I
    came to play.” He says he “cheated the Grim Reaper twice,” and his wife
    mentions a heart bypass operation and a ruptured appendix that landed him in the
    Intensive Care Unit. “We’re gonna give it one more shot,” he says.

    The cameraman replies, “Hats off to you, my friend.” Hats off to them
    all.

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