In a recent video with James May, we follow him as he builds a bicycle for his director’s son. It’s got the feel of The Reassembler, the show May started in 2016 where he rebuilds things like telephones and petrol lawnmowers, but the budget of a bike and a set of alan keys. It’s brilliant, especially while we’re waiting for The Grand Tour to return. But halfway through this video, the presenter reveals that he’s injured himself lifting weights.
You read that right. James May has been lifting weights. But not to get hench or the reasons you’re thinking, but instead to help his back.
“It’s because I have a stiff back, and someone said ‘well actually if you lift weights’ – and I’ve got a couple of 10lb dumbells – ‘if you stand up straight and do basic weight lifts every morning, it will actually straighten your back out’, and that’s what I was expecting to do.”
He goes on to explain though that he’s pulled a muscle in his right arm because of this, and now it’s trembling uncontrollably.
“But all I’ve done is hurt my arm so now I’ve got like delirium tremens of the right arm as a result of trying to straighten my back out.”
James May has recently been thinking about his health more since the lockdown, as most have, with him taking up cycling. In a recent column, he admitted that he’s slowly falling apart.
“How do I feel about ageing? Bad. I’m in the second half of my fifties now and in all honesty, I’m slightly falling apart.
“I’m developing nervous disorders and aches and I don’t think I’ll do this much longer because I don’t want to fall apart in public.
“It would just be a bit undignified and I don’t think people want to see it.”
This would be a very sad day, because as much as we make fun of him for being boring and slow and overcautious, we love these traits and how they affect his shows.