Fittest loser
Article updated: 3/25/2013 3:18 PM

102-year-old Ray Clark benefits from weekly workouts

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Ray Clark celebrates completion of his weekly workout. At 102, Clark is living proof that it's never too late to get fit.

Ray Clark gets a high-five from his trainer, Thom Hunter, who is 70; Clark started going to the gym when he was 98.

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Ray Clark's weekly workouts focus on maintaining or improving his balance, strength and range of motion, says his trainer, Thom Hunter, left. Clark celebrates completion of his weekly workout, below.

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Ray Clark, left, in 1914 in Newburgh, N.Y. where he spent part of his childhood; he also spent time as a boy in Tennessee and is pictured there in 1924.

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It wasn't the toll from lugging a heavy toolbox to work that finally sent Ray Clark to the gym. It was something more profound. He lost his wife of 67 years. Then he lost his daughter. He was looking for something to fill the empty hours. "I was getting a little lazy at home, and I decided I'd go down to the exercise club," he recalled.That was more than three years ago, when Clark was 98. He recently turned 102.
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    • Ray Clark celebrates completion of his weekly workout. At 102, Clark is living proof that it's never too late to get fit.
    • Ray Clark gets a high-five from his trainer, Thom Hunter, who is 70; Clark started going to the gym when he was 98.
    • Ray Clark’s weekly workouts focus on maintaining or improving his balance, strength and range of motion, says his trainer, Thom Hunter, left. Clark celebrates completion of his weekly workout, below.
    • Ray Clark, left, in 1914 in Newburgh, N.Y. where he spent part of his childhood; he also spent time as a boy in Tennessee and is pictured there in 1924.
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