About Scooby Werkstatt (YouTube: Scooby1961)

1984 – age 23
Scooby in 1984
1990 – age 29
Scooby in 1990
2001 – age 40
Scooby in 2001
2007 – age 45
Scooby in 2007

Scooby Now

Scooby in 2011

I got a late start in fitness, I was one of those awkward, lanky, clumsy kids who always got picked last when choosing teams in PE class – not athletic in the slightest. I really didn’t do anything fitness wise till I was 21 and started lifting weights.  After starting to lift weights, a wonderful thing happened.  My confidence and self-esteem skyrocketed and I wasn’t painfully shy any more.  With my newfound strength and confidence I discovered that I actually liked sports!  Although I completely lack natural athletic ability, I found that I could get better with practice.   I picked up skating, hiking, volleyball, cycling, windsurfing, running and swimming. I’m 53 years old now and have been lifting weights an hour a day, five-six days a week, 52 weeks a year, for the last 30 years. I take at most one week off from weights a year, but usually only skip a day or two.  I reached my genetic potential at about age 40 and my strength, weight and bodyfat has remained essentially constant since then. Although I workout even harder and smarter now than I did at age 30, because of my age the hard work just prevents a backslide. Since gaining mass is no longer a possibility, the last five years I have focused my fitness goals on endurance events and sports. I have been doing long distance cycling races and triathlons and in 2012 achieved my fitness goals of doing a double century (200 mile bike race) and Half Ironman triathlon. Please read about my current goals!

I started the scoobysworkshop website back in 2005 because I got fed up with how fitness and bodybuilding had become nothing more than another big business run by money hungry corporations. I was looking for some fitness info on the web and I was disgusted that the only thing that came up were slimy ones all trying to push expensive books, newsletters, and supplements. The only good unbiased website I found was a Christian based one but it hadn’t been updated in several years and wasn’t very complete. Bodybuilding has done a lot for me and I wanted to give back to the community and help those without money to build healthy, awesome physiques. In this era of high-tech fancy machines and expensive neon lined gyms, people have forgotten that bodybuilding started out with very simple equipment – namely just cheap dumbbells and barbells. I wanted to show the people with no money how to build the same ripped, muscular physiques as the ones who can afford supplements and expensive gym memberships.


Who IS Scooby Werkstatt?

What makes me tick?  What defines who I am?  I think the best way to do this is to tell you about the six things that are important to me.

  1. My passion for fitness and sports.  Bodybuilding has changed my life and I want to pass this on to everyone who will listen. I feel strongly that a great physique should be available to all regardless of economic ability which is why I spend 20hrs per week after work and on weekends making my free videos and working on my free website. Fitness is my passion. Not only do I work to pass on my love of fitness but I still actively participate myself. Triathlon is my competitive sport and beach volleyball is my recreational sport. If I had to choose one thing that defined me, my love of fitness would be it.
  2. My love of engineering and building things. If I had to choose the second most important thing that defines me it would be my love of building things.  As a kid I was always out in the garage building go-karts or tinkering in the garage.  My degree is in engineering and I continue to love it to this day.  I have build a houses, airplane, furniture, and a computer from scratch.  I truly love building things.
  3. My spirituality.  As many have commented, I am religious although I don’t like that label.  Although the rest of our family are strict Dutch Reformed, I was raised a good Protestant and although the values I learned have stuck with me, I don’t consider myself a Protestant.  My beliefs don’t seem to fall in line with any organized religion but that doesn’t make me any less spiritual.  When people ask what my religion is I tell them they will have to guess by my actions because I’m not quite sure myself :)  I consider taking care of friends, family and complete strangers part of spirituality.
  4. My love of airplanes.  At age 7 I started building rubber powered model airplanes and I never stopped. My entire life I have been flying model airplanes and they got more complex with time.  My high school had an aviation program so I jumped at the chance to learn to fly.  Thru some amazing deal I got my instructor free thru the Boy Scouts Air Explorers and the plane for $10/hr thru my high school so I was able to learn to fly for next to nothing – remember, this was 1977 :)  My love of airplanes has never subsided, I still continue to fly both remote control airplanes and real airplanes.  Weather permitting, my dad and try to go out several times a month to fly RC gliders.
  5. My love of travel and being exposed to new cultures.  I have a Wanderlust that any good German would be proud of.  I love the ideas and inspirations that come to me when I travel.  Whole new worlds open up when you see things thru someone elses eyes. I try to spend 2-4 weeks each year outside the USA to help broaden my horizons.  Every trip helps me appreciate the USA more as well as realize how many things are screwed up here, if that makes any sense.  When I travel, 90% of the time its by bicycle as there is no better way to experience a country.  I don’t stay in big hotels but opt for the very low end.  You learn nothing about a country staying in a Hilton, you learn much more when you share a raised one room bamboo hut with a family.
  6. My work ethic.  Although I am obviously way too young to have lived thru the depression, my upbringing was very influenced by it.  My family was scarred by the depression and the stories we were constantly told struck terror into us kids as well, people today really do not realize how easy they have it.  Two generations later, even us kids have a working memory of the depression and because of that, everyone had a very Calvinistic work ethic. Without exception, the whole family are hard workers who always work several jobs at the same time.

    Scrimp and save, scrimp and save. Never buy new when you can build it yourself or repair what you have. Save for a rainy day.  A penny saved is a penny earned.  Save until you can afford to buy, then buy something of quality that will last.  Never go into debt unless its for something that goes up in value, and then only cautiously.  Use Consumer Reports to find the best values and stretch those pennies.

    When many people see my videos and see a very muscular guy in a really nice house, they come to the wrong conclusion:  “A really rich guy who uses steroids”. Because people today were not scarred with a depression mentality work ethic like I was, they assume that since I own a nice house that I must be rich.   Its true, there is no way I could afford to *buy* the nice house I live in, I *built* that house with my own hands.  Engineers like myself make a comfortable salary but its no gold mine, if you include benefits, union plumbers and electricians make way more per hour.  To build the house it took over four years of working 14 hour days, first my 9-5 job and then after work and on weekends building the house. Many sacrifices were required to build that house, it was four years with ZERO social life and since we couldnt afford to rent a place to live in while we were building, we had to live in a tent in the backyard one summer. When most people say they “built their own house” they mean they acted as a general contractor and managed sub contractors, in my case I actually *did* the work.  When I want something be it house or airplane, my first thought is always- “How can I do that myself?”. In a similar manner, many people look at my physique and cant fathom anyone working out for decades in the weight room to build my muscularity so they just assume that I used steroids. Its inconceivable to them that someone like myself could actually *enjoy* lifting weights, year after year, decade after decade. They just assume that since THEY would never be willing to put in that kind of work that I didn’t.  I didn’t start working out for cosmetic reasons so I was never in any hurry to “get massive fast”.

Scooby BikingScooby building house - roof sheetingSolar panel installation doneScooby building airplane
Scooby and his 95 year old adopted Grandmother and next door neighbor HelenCherry desk that Scooby builtScooby TravelingScooby and our dog Milo

I have been happily married for 14 years now.  My husband and I do not have children but we do have a Shih-Tsu,  Sammy our pet turtle, and hundreds of hummingbirds and a skunk who have adopted us.  I satisfy my parental instincts by passing on my workout advice and life philosophy to my YouTube subscribers who I truly think of as my children.  We live and California and despite how big our house and yard look in my videos, they are quite small by US standards – the house I built is only 1500 square feet.

You will notice that in my videos on on this website I typically don’t bring up anything about me because scoobysworkshop is not about ME, its about YOU.  I try to keep the spotlight off myself and on whats really important which is how I can help YOU get healthiest, most amazing physique ever.  If I started talking about myself, the conversations would just detract from the content in the video or whatever important fitness topic was being discussed.


About Scoobysworkshop

Unlike organizations like P90X, Crossfit, and sixpackshortcuts, I AM scoobysworkshop – there are no employees and no corporate sponsors.   Please consider donating to scoobysworkshop if you can to help keep me running free and unbiased.  In addition to those who donate money, there are also many who donate their services.  Without the amazing volunteer moderators at the AskScooby forum there is no way I could keep that running.  Without the help of ph34r.net who spent an entire summer redoing my website, I would still have vintage 1993 static pages.

I have no medical training or personal training credentials, my experience is practical:

  • 30 years lifting experience.
  • Through good form I have never had an injury in the weight room, a real rarity in the bodybuilding.
  • Bodybuilding has allowed me to remain active and competitive in sports.
  • My B.S. in Engineering, makes me question everything.
  • Lots of experience recovering from sports related injuries (snowboarding, volleyball, water polo, etc).
  • With stretching, proper posture, and bodybuilding have keep my chronic back pain in check.