Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Old Man And The Gym: 82-Year-Old Trainer Still Going Strong

“OK, so what do you call an 82-year-old who’s pumping iron, puffing away through push-ups and pull-ups, revving up the elliptical machine and maintaining balance on a trampoline? Answer: personal trainer. No records are kept, but Commins might be the oldest personal trainer in the nation. He gained accreditation in 1985 after completing classes at California State University, Sacramento, following retirement as a middle school industrial arts teacher. After working in health clubs for years, schooling gym members in the fundamentals of fitness, Commins is starting to ease back a bit. He has a handful of clients who come to his humble home gym, and he serves as an on-site trainer when he and his wife, Rona, go on cruises. ‘I think I can be an inspiration to people,’ said Commins, smiling but sans boastfulness..."


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