Golden oldies: Locals stay young through exercise

Lift big, get big: Jack Kerry and Bob Fryer exercising their biceps at the GYM AT SWR. Photo: Callum McGregor.
Lift big, get big: Jack Kerry and Bob Fryer exercising their biceps at the GYM AT SWR. Photo: Callum McGregor.

South West Rocks resident Bob Fryer celebrates his 98th birthday today, but the man remains young at heart as he has recently taken up physical exercise at the GYM AT SWR.

Mr Fryer is joined by friend Jack Kerry, who is 92, for at least two gym sessions a week.

Fryer, who has a troublesome right foot after he suffered an injury in World War II, can already feel improvement since engaging in exercise and rehab programs.

“It has been getting progressively worse for the last few years but since I started coming here, it feels so much better,” Mr Fryer said.

“I feel better overall after coming here to train.”

Meanwhile Mr Kerry loves being active and making new friends.

“I have recently moved here to be closer to family and I have met some great people at the gym,” Mr Kerry said.

“Being active and exercising helps maintain mobility and I don’t want to ever slow down.” 

The two characters encourage other people, no matter their age, to take part in physical activity at the South West Rocks Gym.

GYM AT SWR is a great place to stay active and socialise.

GYM AT SWR is a great place to stay active and socialise.

GYM AT SWR owner Siobhan Langham believes the two set a great example for other elderly people.

“The proof that you are never too old to exercise is undeniable with the two lovable larikins,” Mrs Langham said.

“They are our eldest members and they are setting a new benchmark when it comes to staying active and independent in their senior years.

“Both of these young men are exercising under the watchful eye of Momentum Health’s Exercise Physiologists Kassie Hill and Jack’s granddaughter.”

GYM AT SWR offers a number of senior classes catering for all ages and stages.

Mrs Langham believes there’s no excuse to avoid exercise.

“I’ve heard ‘I am too old’ or ‘I am too unfit’ but for the majority of people there is always something you can be doing to stay active and make your daily tasks more simple,” she said.

“It’s not just about the exercise though, the social aspect is just as beneficial, giving our seniors the opportunity to exercise their jaws and be in a motivating and friendly environment with like-minded people.”

If you’re interested in getting active or learning more, contact the GYM AT SWR on 6566 6998.

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