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At 99, Rochester Woman Continues to Get Fit

Posted at: 03/22/2013 6:47 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With spring weather right around the corner, it has many of us thinking it's time to start exercising again. Well here's some motivation, a Rochester woman turns 99 this weekend and still makes it to the gym 3 times a week.

Aryle LaPolice isn't part of the usual age group you'd see at the gym. But to her, age is only a number.

"I don't feel like 99, I feel like 77," said Aryle LaPolice. 

Three times a week, you'll find Aryle on all kinds of work out machines at the YMCA in Rochester.

"Some for back, some for legs, some for arms," said Aryle.

"A lot of people a lot younger than her can't move as well as she does,” said Suzette LaPolice.

Aryle's daughter Suzette helps her out to make sure she gets a full workout.

"The benefits of working out are just incredible plus mother really likes the socialization. She gets a lot of attention which she likes,” said Suzette.

And so a celebration to mark another year older is enjoyable for Aryle.

"I enjoy coming because I've met a lot of people, they're friendly here at the Y," said Aryle.

Aryle says she looks forward to her weekly trips to the Y, which is not something everyone can say about exercising.

"She's above and beyond, I mean, she gets in here and she hits it hard every time. I hope I can do that at 99, it's incredible,” said Summer Groth, YMCA Personal Trainer.

Summer Groth is a personal trainer who helps Aryle with her workouts. She finds it important for senior citizens to stay active, even if they can't make it to the gym.

"If that means parking further away when you go shopping or taking the stairs versus the elevator,” said Groth.

And for Aryle a day at the YMCA isn't worth it unless you feel it.

"Very tired, which I should be if I worked out properly,” said Aryle.

Aryle isn't the only one in her family to make it 99, her mother and her grandmother both passed away at 99 years old.