Fitness Tips at Care Home from Trainer, aged 81

Fitness trainer Tony Gore proved age is no barrier to keeping active when he led an exercise class at a care home in West Sussex - at the grand age of 81.

It's the time of life when many are content to ditch the fitness regime and switch to taking things easy in an armchair. But Tony is shattering the pensioners' "pipe and slippers" stereotype by continuing to work as a personal trainer.

He shared his secrets for keeping sharp and supple when he led a session for residents at Russettings Care Home, Balcombe.

The armchair exercise class was the latest in a string of activities laid on at the home, run by Alpha Care Homes.

Tony, a former RAF physical training instructor, also did parachute training and rock climbing with the RAF and was a voluntary gym instructor at Folkstone College between 2009 and last year. He still leads a weekly Young at Heart aerobics class at Hythe Retirement Club in Kent - where he is older than all of his pupils

He has been a fitness instructor for more than 60 years and in 2001, at the age of 70, he qualified as a personal trainer in gym workouts for people of all ages. He believes he is now the oldest personal trainer in the country.

Tony, of Hythe, says: "People only get old if they want to get old. If you keep yourself fit and don't sit about watching TV all night but keep yourself moving, you can add another 10 years to your life."
He says constant enjoyment of all forms of physical activity and work are his secrets of staying young at heart and in mind.

His session at Russettings, Mill Lane, Balcombe, demonstrated chair-based exercise which will help residents keep agile and alert.

Tony, who can still touch his toes, gave up body building 10 years ago and now bases his own fitness regime on cardio-vascular work and resistance training using low weights and high numbers of repetitions to keep his body flexible and muscles taut.

Alpha Care Homes spokeswoman Lynette Gravesande said: "Tony is a great inspiration and proof that age is no barrier to keeping fit."

Russettings manager Naomi Butcher said residents and staff had been looking forward to Tony's visit.

"Our activities lady already does some very basic physical exercises with residents but this gentleman's visit was very special and gave us some good ideas," she said.

The fitness session was the latest activity planned for residents, who have recently enjoyed a visit by a pantomime company, a harpist and other musical events.


Sourced from Sussex Living Magazine, 15th March 2012.