He started going to gym in his 60s and at 94 he's still going strong

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Mario Sanna is in his nineties but still keeps fit. (PHOTO: Facebook@LindaTarff)
Mario Sanna is in his nineties but still keeps fit. (PHOTO: Facebook@LindaTarff)

Age is just a number for this great-grandfather who joined the gym in his sixties and hasn’t looked back. 

Mario Sanna (94) is the oldest member of the I-Motion gym in Rotherham, England, and shows up twice a week for his two-hour workout sessions.

Exercise bikes, rowing machines, leg presses, biceps curls and Pilates classes are all part of his regular workout routine.

READ MORE| This Centurion motocross rider is racing to glory – and he's only 11 years old

“I use everything the gym supplies – any type of machinery, from spinning classes to lifting weights and going on the walking machine,” Mario says.

“I also do Pilates and anything that helps me to be physically more fit than I am now. I’ll lift a 25kg bar, and I go on the cables.” 

The former railway engineer dedicated himself to staying fit 30 years ago when he began working out after retiring. 

An eye condition prevents him from driving to gym, but a friend picks him up every Tuesday and Friday morning to take him to his workouts, he says.  

And exercise isn't the only reason he enjoys going, Mario says. He's also there for the people.

old age, gym, grandpa
He's a regular at I-Motion gym and considers the staff, including his personal trainer, Hannah Atkinson, to be part of his family. (PHOTO: Facebook@LindaTarff)

“For me, as for everyone, it's also the perfect opportunity to meet other people, socialise and make friends”, he says.

READ MORE| She changed her school's outdated hair policy and now activist Zulaikha Patel is being honoured by the UN

The gym considers him part of the family and recently celebrated his birthday with him. 

“Today we celebrated one of our longest-serving member's birthday with him! Mario turned 94 on Sunday, celebrating with his family at their home in Wales. Today he got to celebrate with his second family here at I-Motion”, the gym posted on its social media feeds. 

old age, gym, grandpa
In November Mario celebrated his 94th birthday with Hannah and other gym employees. (PHOTO: Facebook@LindaTarff)

Mario encourages others to take care of their bodies, just like him. 

“In my opinion, the body needs to be moving. I probably keep moving even when I’m asleep. It’s a machine itself. If you leave it idle it begins to deteriorate.”

Sources: yorkshirepost.co.uk, goodnewsnetwork.org, Instagram 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Read your favourite magazine in a convenient PDF form.
Read now