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One year ago, at the age of 90, Lloyd Black walked into Anytime Fitness in his hometown of Semmes, Alabama, donning his denim overalls and ready to work out.
Black decided to start working out when he started having trouble completing everyday tasks like housework and mowing, and he hoped that a new exercise regimen would help him get stronger and relieve some of his aches and pains. Slowly, but surely, Lloyd got stronger and inspired a whole gym in the process.
Black started his workout routine with a simple 10 minute walk on the treadmill that left him breathless and exhausted. Now he can easily walk for 30 minutes and has even started weight-lifting. According to Ashley Seaman, manager of Anytime Fitness, Black does leg presses and uses some of the upper arm machines.
“He’s been showing so much progress and over the past year he’s been coming faithfully three times a week or if not more like every other day,” Seaman told TODAY.
While Black’s determination is praise-worthy and has brought him a lot of attention, so has his workout attire. “People notice his overalls,” Seaman said. During the winter, Lloyd exercises wearing his denim overalls. In the summer, he switches to work coveralls.
“The reason I wear them is very simple: I don’t have much hips,” Black joked., a retired principal from Semmes, joked to TODAY. “If I get too active, I have trouble keeping my pants up.”
Although Black has been totally devoted to a healthier way of life, he admits that he doesn’t exactly love it.
“The fitness center is something you don’t necessarily enjoy, but you enjoy having done it,” the retired school principle said. “You realize how much it helps. That is what I get out of it.”
Black’s dedication earned him Member of the Month honors at his local Anytime Fitness. The award has made Black an internet sensation and an inspiration to many.
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