Fittest Execs: Male Over 45 winner, JP Potter

 

Potter got into what he describes as a “running craze” a few decades ago, which led him to compete in 5Ks and marathons. From there, he graduated to strength training and lifting heavy weights at lower repetitions.

These days, he focuses on more functional fitness that includes an overall workout rather than on one area and works out about five to six times each week.

“There is a confidence you gain by knowing that you are physically fit,” he says. “You just feel better and, therefore, feel like doing more.”

With his kids grown and moved out, one vacant bedroom was converted into an exercise room.

“It is really nice to be able to just walk down the hall to go exercise,” he says. “It also makes exercising in the mornings before work a much easier process.”

His preferred workout is Tony Horton’s P90X, which he has done several times. He is now on another round of P90X2.

“The workouts are great for me because they provide a variety of strength, cardio, yoga and core and stability exercises,” he says. “Most of the routines take about an hour, and if you stick with a good eating plan, you can get positive results.”

His son, who lives in Tulsa, also gets in on the fun. They started P90X2 at the same time.

“We call or text each day to see how the workout went and what we need to work on to improve,” he says. “This helps us both be accountable, and even though we are not working out together, we can identify with what the other is going through because we are doing the same workouts.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who doesn’t work out but wants to start?

Modify.
Too many people start an exercise program thinking they have to do
every rep or step in the routine. They quickly find out the workout is
above their current fitness level and often get discouraged and quit.
Modifying the program allows you to work at your current fitness level
and also lets you see progress as your fitness improves.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Built
into my schedule are four cheat days a year (one day in the summer, my
birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas). On those days, it’s a
no-holds-barred eat fest. There is no caloriewatching, and any food is
an option, desserts or otherwise. Having planned cheat days is a way to
manage those cravings that you hold off on most of the year.

If
I had to pick just one food as a guilty pleasure, it would be crunchy
peanut butter; it’s my kryptonite. If allowed, I would eat it by the
spoonful straight from the jar. Put it in cookies or those
chocolate-covered peanut butter balls you make at Christmas and my
“super powers” instantly fade.

Runner-up

Bruce Bockus, 58

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At age 8, 50 years ago, Bockus started swimming and has never stopped. But it was for more than recreation that his family jumped in the pool.

“Our family got into swimming because my brothers and sister had scoliosis and it was the one thing they could do to get off their braces,” he says. “I just tagged along.”

These days, Bockus is still a regular in the swimming pool and works out six days each week. When he hits the gym, it’s at the University Health Club at the University of Oklahoma, and at home, he runs and bikes on the road and in his home gym.

Bockus enjoys swimming with his son and his brother at OU, and he occasionally rides with team Young Life or the Willie Brotherhood.

So what motivates him to stay fit in his 50s? “I don’t need much motivation because I enjoy the result of working out and 99.9% of the time I feel better afterward,” he says.

He also gets motivation and guidance from the Bible. “First Timothy 4:8, says, ‘Physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things,’” he says. “This guides my perspective.”

When it comes to diet, he sticks with the basics, but nothing fancy.

“I drink water,” he says. “I eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, some meat, some pasta; normal stuff.”

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