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Published on October 18th, 2016
Dr. Charles Eugster: A 97-year-old bodybuilder.

Dr. Charles Eugster
Dr. Charles Eugster  

That's right, Charles is a 97-year-old bodybuilder, and he is a rowing champion and a sprinter, among his other athletic pursuits.

This is his remarkable story:

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Charles, who lives in Switzerland, didn't take up exercise until he was 85-years-of-age.

"I looked in the mirror one morning," he told the British newspaper, The Telegraph, "and I didn't like what I saw."

Charles, a dentist, had retired at the age of 75, and published a newsletter until he was 82.

"I stopped because I thought I wouldn't live past 85," Charles remarked. But then in retirement, he found a new challenge, as he began to exercise.

At 85, "I hoped getting fit would stop me from aging. It was pure vanity really. I looked a mess and I was having a late-life crisis.

"My body was degenerating. I thought, ‘Who knows about muscles?' So when I was 87, I joined a bodybuilding club."

In his first year of intense training, Charles lost 26 pounds, as his stomach became a six pack and his muscles began to bulge.

Today, he works out three to four times a week at the gym or runs or swims or he rows at a local lake.

Dr. Charles Eugster
Dr. Charles Eugster  

Charles has now won over 100 metals in diverse sporting events.

He has no plans to retire. At 97, Charles is highly energetic, enthusiastic, muscular, and ready for his next competitive challenge.

Success Tip of the Week: Exercise. Do something to keep your brain and body physically active and healthy.

Editor's Note:To learn more http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/elder

To see Charles on TED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGgoCm1hofM, To see a 4 minute, 51 second interview, click here or to see him in a competitive sprint, click here.

Thank you to my friend Michael Delees, who shared the TED video, that became the basis for this story.

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