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103-Year-Old Gym Rat Ray Clark Still Going Strong

Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post -- March 17, 2014

Most of the time, my goal will be to offer something new or different, a little information you haven’t encountered before that might make a small difference in your life.

Not this time. Here the good news is that nothing has really changed.

Ray Clark, the Gaithersburg, Md., man I profiled a year ago, turned 103 on March 5. Two days later, he was back in the gym, just as he is every Friday. His now-71-year-old trainer, Thom Hunter, was still there too, putting Clark through a half-hour workout.

Clark weighed 151 when I met him a year ago. He weighed 148 the other day. He warmed up on the rowing machine and went through essentially the same weight-training workout I watched a year ago: tricep pushdowns, back extensions, overhead presses, incline pulls and the like. He did some modified push-ups and pull-ups.

His son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Joan Clark, allowed that Ray fatigues a little faster than he did a year ago. His eyesight and hearing may have deteriorated a bit more. But he still refuses to use a chair-lift at the home they share. He takes the stairs, something he couldn’t do before he started working out seriously at 98. His flexibility, balance and range of motion haven’t changed, said Hunter, a personal trainer at the Sport&Health club where Clark works out. Clark still does push-ups off the kitchen counter and takes walks around the cul-de-sac. 

“He still has an image of himself, and it’s reinforced here,” Dennis Clark said. “He doesn’t feel old. He likes the challenge.”

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