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91-year-old breaks world bench-press record

Posted on Sunday, 16 June, 2013 | Comment icon 6 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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91-year-old Sy Perlis of Arizona has managed to break the world record for old age weightlifting.

The World War II veteran didn't take up weightlifting until he was 60 and didn't start competing until he was in his 80s. Now at the age of 91 he is continuing to amaze by breaking the world record with a lift of over 187 pounds in the 90-and-over age division. Not bad for a man with chronic arthritis and a pacemaker.

"It gave me the opportunity to do something, to test myself for one thing, and I didn't have to run around to do it, as you would in some other sports," he said. "The risk of leading a sedentary lifestyle is much greater than anything related to exercise."

"Sy Perlis of Surprise, Arizona, is the strongest 91-year-old in the world."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Lilly on 16 June, 2013, 11:43
Wow, he looks about 70. I've never seen anyone that age that looks that good...I think I'll go to the gym now.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Moon Gazer on 16 June, 2013, 11:46
Wow, kudos to him! He doesn't look his age at all. And I can't bench 187lbs lol.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Timonthy on 16 June, 2013, 15:04
I thought the title was suggesting he broke the overall bench-press record. Silly me. 187lb is a good effort for an old timer. I hope I can still easily lift that much at that age, only time will tell!! From Wiki: 2013 Paul "Tiny" Meeker presses 1076.9 lb (488.5 kg) (April 13) at the Southern Powerlifting Federation (SPF) Texas State Powerlifting Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Wearing bench shirt)
Comment icon #4 Posted by shrooma on 17 June, 2013, 10:54
guess who found the viagara arm-rub.....
Comment icon #5 Posted by kannin on 25 June, 2013, 22:28
my grampa used to be able to boomarang a 2 by for around a barn wall and smoke us if we were doing something bad, do under estimate seniors they come from a time when they had to actually do stuff in life, present- oh i need a lamp= ebay, past- i need a lamp= saddle up the horses and sled haul butt before the blizzard hits
Comment icon #6 Posted by Marcin on 28 June, 2013, 21:47
"The risk of leading a sedentary lifestyle is much greater than anything related to exercise." Indeed if only more people would realize this. Even looking at people I get to see through my work, visiting some seniors still living on their own and dealing with life - and seeing their same age counterparts in retirement homes etc... people in retirement villages often look far worse for wear, they do nothing, cleaning is done for them, food is done for them, shopping, washing etc... once there is no need for them anymore, it seems they literally start withering away.

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