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103-year-old John Forbes still working out at local gym

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By Matt Talhelm

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR/CNN) - A 103-year-old Virginia man is proving there is no excuse for not working out.

John Forbes started out a reluctant gym member.

"I developed a hostility towards physical education that lasted me for something like 80 years," he said.

Now, at the more mature age of 103, this founding professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School is building up his body with trainer Krystyn Dotson during 30 minute sessions twice a week.

"He's been with me 136 sessions," said Dotson.

The pair pushes through a warm-up on the bike, followed by a trek around the track.

"By far this is the longest you've walked since I've known you," said Dotson.

"I like it very much. It helps in every bodily activity," said Forbes.

Dotson is helping Forbes balance the frailty age brings with the will to stay active and fit.

"It's not just all about atheistic being pretty but it's more about life," said Dotson.

Though it's not a stretch to imagine Forbes powering through a workout for many more years.

"Got another good one, two decades left I think of him," said Dotson.

"I'll keep coming the rest of my life," said Forbes.


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