In 1965, Bob Hill began working out at Loprinzi's Gym off of Southeast Division Street. Nearly 50 years later, he's still at it. He's run 29 marathons and competed as a weightlifter several times, including placing first in his age group in the bench press at the World Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships. Hill, 66, bought the gym upon the death of its namesake and his longtime friend, Sam Loprinzi, and still works out there every day. How can you keep your New Year's resolutions until, say, March? We asked for his tips on stickin' with it.
Keep it fun. "Don't make a job out of it. Working out can be just as much fun as playing a video game. It's almost like keeping up with your hygiene. For people that exercise every day, it becomes a part in their daily routines."
Listen to your body. "If you don't feel like doing much one day, maybe back off a bit, listen to what your body tells you and do a little. Other days really get into it and do a lot.â
Think about the future. "A lot of people that work out do it for the health-insurance benefits: They're not sick as much, and they'll live longer. A lot of people don't look past 30. However, they need to project ahead and think about how they're going to feel in their 60s. When I was younger I had no idea Iâd still be doing this, and now Iâm 66.â
Set goals. "Set goals for yourself and be persistent. You don't just get in shape overnight. It's a progressive thing, just like getting out of shape. I always liked being the strongest one of all my friends, or the one who could outrun all of my friends."
Keep moving. "Walking is the single best exercise there is and doesn't cost a thing. Get out and vigorously walk. You can do sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups at home. Ride bikes. Keep moving and don't stop; it's all about getting your heart rate up."
Eat better. "You have to learn to not eat too much. Foods like pasta break down into sugar in the body, and anything that has sugar in it makes you crave more. What you eat really makes a difference. Chew slowly, absorb flavor and make sure it's satisfying—and keep the amounts down."
Mix up your workouts. "This has several advantages: Most importantly, your workout will never get boring. Whether you're trying to grow or strengthen your muscles or lose a few pounds, try different things."
Get a workout buddy. "I highly recommend a good workout partner. It doesn't matter what gender you are, all the exercise is pretty much the same for both. A lot of times you might not want to show up, but if your friend is expecting you, you can't let them down, and it helps you!"
Get inspired. "I've always been observant of people who do well. I've realized that most people have no idea what their body is capable of unless they try. Itâs something that people should do at least one time in their life, see how good of shape they can get in.â
GO: Loprinzi's Gym, 2414 SE 41st Ave., 232-8311, loprinzisgym.com. 5 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-5 pm Saturday, 8 am-5 pm Sunday. $8 a day, $43 a month, $350 a year; no contracts.