93-Year-Old Bodybuilder Charles Eugster Stuns Physicians: Find Out What Drives His Fitness

By Staff Reporter on November 3, 2012 2:34 PM EDT

93-year-old bodybuilder
93-year-old Charles Eugster, bodybuilder (Photo: BBC video still)

93-year-old Charles Eugster of Zurich, Switzerland, may have grown old but he refuses to grow up. When Eugster was 87-years-old, he looked into the mirror and decided it was time to take up weightlifting to better his quality of life.

Many senior citizens take up exercise to maintain a healthier lifestyle or to boost energy, but for Charles Eugster, the decision was far more ambitious. In an interview with BBC News, Eugster said, "The idea is to turn the heads of the sexy young 70-year-old girls on the beach,"

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Eugster also confessed, "I'm extremely vain. I Noticed I was getting fat."

Better late than never, Eugster was so committed to the idea that he even hired a former Mr. Universe body builder to train him. The results have certainly paid off-- the old man looks spectacular.

Charles Eugster's fitness regime is as follows: three or four times a week for as long as two hours at a time. After six years of dedication, the 93-year-old is capable of performing 57 dips, 61 chin-ups, 48 abdominal crunches, and finally, 50 push-ups in 45-seconds. Due to his age, Eugster admits that he must do his push-ups on his knees.

Aware of Eugster's phenomenal level of fitness at the advanced age of 93, Professor Steve Iliffe of primary care for older people at University College London commented, "He is unusual and there is a small minority of the population that can undertake that sort of vigorous activity into their 90s, but that's not true of most of us.

"Within reason it is never too late to start exercising, but you do have to remember there is a difference between exercise and physical activity.

"Most older people don't do enough physical activity so increasing that is what they should do before they go onto the more strenuous gym type of exercise."

In general, Professor Iliffe believes that general physical activities such as taking the dog out for a walk to the shops is sufficient to keep an older person healthy.

So what makes Charles Eugster different? First, Charles Eugster is a dentist and naturally maintains proper dental hygiene and other healthy habits. Secondly, Charles Eugster participated in competitive rowing when he was a younger student, developing a strong core.

Pleased with himself, Eugster shares his outlook, "I am of the opinion that no age is too old. My body is still continuously changing at 93.

"It changes your appearance, it changes your energy and it changes the way you think. Aging has become something for me, an enormous pleasure, a delight, a joy."

Whatever drives your ambitions, we wholeheartedly support any individual to adopt Eugster's passion for fitness. Speak to a physical trainer, a former Mr. Universe or not, to understand what physical regimen is best for you.

Check out Charles Eugster's awesome interview below:

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