Inspiration @ 80: Ironman Lew Hollander

An Appreciation by Michael Cardoza VP Operations Lifestyle Fitness Corp

Have you ever wondered what you would be doing at the age of 80 years old?

Each year I watch the Ironman World Championships on NBC and each year I am totally shocked by the person stories. All of the stories are inspiring (it’s TV) but none more than Lew Hollander’s story.

Hollander competed in 2010’s famous Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Last years race was actually his 21st consecutive time finishing the Ironman in Kona. This is a feat for anyone never mind an 80 year old. He even won his age group (he was the only competitor in his age group). Just to remind you what an Ironman triathlon is, it consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and then run a marathon (26.2 miles). Hollander finished the race in 15 hours, 48 minutes, which was over an hour faster than his time in 2009.

Obviously his Ironman accomplishments are impressive but his personal story and passion are truly inspirational. He is a scientist that is still working and appears to be obsessed with defying the barriers that come with aging. Below is an excerpt from his website that offers great advice from the ageless wonder:

While we stand around, suffering from curable diseases and aging, waiting for the theological objections to be mitigated there are a few things one can do to enhance the quality of life as we age. These will not break the 110 year barrier but they may enhance life during the aging process.

Here are a few thoughts that may help you retain what you have:

    1. USE IT OR LOSE IT.
    2. Go hard, live long.
    3. Go anaerobic every day.
    4. Eat well, fruits and vegetables with abundant supplements
    5. Set your plans well in advance and have achievable goals.
    6. Have a stress free relationship.
    7. Keep socially active and interested in life and it’s challenges.
    8. There are no fat old people so watch your calorie intake.

If you ever get a chance to watch the NBC special of the Ironman you will see Hollander’s story first hand but here is 30 seconds taken from his piece:

Below is a comment he makes during the full video which is probably the most important thing you can take from this short inspirational story.

“If you want to be functional at 80, you better damn well pay attention at 40”.

Now I ask, never mind 80 what are you doing today?

Michael Cardoza
Michael has been with Fitness Together since 2003. Michael started with Fitness Together as the manager of Dedham and has also managed the Norwell and Westborough studios. Before taking on the Vice President role Michael was the Area Director for Lifestyle Fitness Corp. Lifestyle Fitness Corp. owns and operates Fitness Together studios in Dedham, Cohasset, Norwell and Westborough.

Michael has been a certified personal trainer since 2001. He earned a finance degree from Bentley College and a master’s degree from the University of London (North London Campus). He believes staying fit requires a lifestyle commitment. He feels a balance of strength training, cardiovascular training and healthy nutrition are the key elements to staying healthy. Michael has been active his entire life. He was a three sport athlete in high school and played soccer at the collegiate level. Now, he prefers staying active through strength training, triathlon and any other outdoor activities.

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