When Lloyd Black first started working out, he couldn’t walk for more than 10 minutes on the treadmill. Today, he can do 30 minutes.

By Southern Living
February 10, 2020
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Wearing a long-sleeve button-down shirt and denim overalls—his usual choice of workout attire—Lloyd Black smiled for the camera.

Ashley Seaman, the general manager of Anytime Fitness in Semmes, Alabama, was happy to take a photo of the 91-year-old for the fitness center’s Facebook page. Every month she selects a member “who is showing a lot of progress and dedication” for a little extra recognition. Seaman told AL.com that Black, the gym’s oldest member, was an obvious choice for January’s Member of the Month.

Black and his wife, Mary, joined Anytime Fitness about a year ago. “I realized I was in bad shape,” he recalled. “I could not do simple tasks anymore. That’s what motivated me to do it.” (Related: This 73-Year-Old Fitness Fanatic Is Defying Expectations On Every Level)

Since then, he’s been coming in three times a week. “He’s always laughing and telling a joke,” Seaman said.

When he started working out, he couldn’t walk for more than 10 minutes on the treadmill. Today, he can do 30 minutes. He also does leg presses and works out on some of the upper-body machines. He loves to brag about his newfound strength and balance. (Related: Watch This 72-Year-Old Woman Achieve Her Goal of Doing a Pull-Up)

“It just improves the way you feel,” Black told AL.com.

It’s easy to see that his positive attitude is contagious. In the past month, the gym’s Facebook post featuring Black’s smiling face and adorable overalls has been shared more than 3,000 times. Hundreds of comments have come from those who recognize the former principal who retired 30 years ago from Mary G. Montgomery High School.

Seaman knew he would inspire people, but she never guessed by how much.

As for the overalls? Black said there’s a very practical reason for them. “I don’t have any hips, and I can’t keep my pants up!” he said with a laugh.

This story originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com by Meghan Overdeep.

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