In a spin after 365 classes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A PEN­SIONER is the fittest he has ever been after do­ing more than one spin class a day for a year.

Rus­sell Elder, 72, of Mount Nu­gent, Che­sham, com­pleted his 365th spin class at Fit­ness4Less in Amer­sham Road, Che­sham, on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 10.

Mr Elder started at the be­gin­ning of the year and was do­ing about two to three classes ev­ery day, apart from a cou­ple of weeks in April when the spin stu­dio was closed for re­fur­bish­ment.

After his 365th 45 minute spin class, his fel­low spin­ners and gym staff threw Mr Elder a party and pre­sented him with a t-shirt and cake.

Mr Elder, who had not done spin­ning be­fore, had been quite ill and had scared lungs and a blood clot, but he said all the spin­ning helped clear it up and he is now fit­ter

He added: “It’s been fan­tas­tic, it’s a tremen­dous crowd here and it’s a re­ally good so­cial event.

“It’s been very tough at times but it’s been worth it. I’ve re­ally en­joyed it and I’ll keep it up. I’d rec­om­mend it to any­one, it’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.”

The grand­fa­ther said next year he is aim­ing to do 400 classes and hopes to do it for char­ity.

Gym man­ager Iain Dun­can is im­pressed by Mr Elder’s achieve­ment.

He said: “Rus­sell is a it of a legend in th­ese arts. 365 spin classes at he age of 72 is not bad! ’s just fan­tas­tic, I’m mazed by what he’s one. “I’ve been in the dus­try 27 years and ve never known this one be­fore. I’m 46 and puts me to shame. “I’m an ex-pro­fes­sional gby player so ex­er­cise ’t a prob­lem, but metimes I’ll teach five or six spin classes in a week if I’m cov­er­ing for other peo­ple and I’m strug­gling, so I don’t know how Rus­sell did two or three a day.

“He’s an ex­am­ple to any­one he sits back and says I can’t do that, he’s a real legend.”

To watch a video of Mr Elder com­plet­ing his 365th class visit our web­site at www.get­bucks. co.uk.

Pho­tos by Clive Tagg www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201411371

SU­PER­MAN: Rus­sell Elder, 72, was pre­sented with a cake to re­ward his ef­forts

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