Arizona-based World War II veteran David Keaggy celebrates his 97th birthday by carrying 100 pounds for 100 yards at his local gym.
Defying Age Expectations
Mesa resident David Keaggy, a World War II veteran, defies age expectations and showcases his unwavering physical fitness on his 97th birthday by undertaking an extraordinary challenge at a local gym.
Pushing Himself to the Limits
Keaggy has worked hard to stay fit for more than sixty years. He proves that being dedicated to exercise can help you feel young and full of life.
A Lifetime of Physical Activity
He attributes his longevity and vitality to a lifetime of physical activity, beginning during his time in the U.S. Air Force.
His Annual Fitness Challenge
To commemorate his milestone birthday, he participated in an annual fitness challenge that he has faithfully pursued since his 20s.
Keaggy’s journey began with an impressive accomplishment of 85 push-ups in under a minute, and since then, he has continued to push boundaries.
He Jumped Out of a Plane
On his 70th birthday, he jumped out of a plane; on his 82nd birthday, he bench-pressed 225 pounds. When he turned 90, he marked the occasion with 83 consecutive push-ups.
This Year He Carried 100 Pounds
This year, at Mountainside Fitness, Keaggy set out to carry 100 pounds for 100 yards, an impressive feat that showcased his strength and determination.
How He Did It
He started the challenging course by carrying a 40-pound weight in one hand, a 30-pound weight in the other, and wearing 15 pounds of ankle weights.
Encouraged by a supportive crowd, including local news crews, Keaggy persevered and crossed the finish line to the sound of cheerful birthday wishes.
He Was Surprised by the Support
Reflecting on the experience, he humbly expressed his surprise at the reception he received.
Response From Gym-Goers
Witnessing Keaggy’s incredible display of resilience left fellow gym-goers in awe, inspiring them to prioritize their own health and fitness goals.
He’s Motivation for Other People
One member expressed admiration, stating, “I hope I’m doing the same at his age. I mean, that’s what motivates me to come to the gym is people like this.”
Another individual shared how Keaggy’s achievements served as a catalyst for leading a healthier lifestyle.
He Recommends It to Anybody
In a talk with Arizona’s ABC 15 News, Keaggy said his advice for a happy life is to do what he does. He said, “It works, and I suggest it for anyone who wants to live to be 100.”
He’s Excited for His 100th Birthday
Fueled by an unwavering determination, he eagerly anticipates his 100th birthday in three years, leaving everyone curious and excited about what incredible feat he will conquer next.
Pushing Yourself Beyond Limits
Keaggy’s remarkable journey is a testament to the power of physical fitness, resilience, and the ability to push oneself beyond perceived limits.
Encouraging People of All Ages
His inspiring story continues to motivate and encourage people of all ages to embrace an active and healthy lifestyle, proving that age should never be a barrier to achieving remarkable feats of strength and endurance.
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