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Michigan man, 99, starts new exercise routine

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Bill Cohodas has noticed improvement since starting his routine. Bill Cohodas has noticed improvement since starting his routine.
MARQUETTE, Mich. -

 A 99-year-old Michigan man's exercise routine proves it's never too late to start hitting the gym.

Bill Cohodas works out every day. The one thing that makes him unique among other gym rats? He's turning 100 this October!

Bill has been going to Motions gym for just a few weeks, but already has made a visible improvement.

"In the course of three weeks or so, he just got done cranking out 37 plus minutes of work. So at 99 years old it's been that quick of a progression for him," said Mark Evans, Bill's trainer.

In his first session at the gym, Bill was only able to work out for five minutes at a time. Three weeks later, he's exercising 45 minutes without a break.

"I'm very happy that you're pleased with him and he looks like he's doing very well and I hope he'll keep it up," said Lois Cohodas, Bill's wife.

Evans has seen more changes in Bill than just his stamina.

"I notice that his hearing's been a little bit better. He's a little bit sharper on the commands. He's responding to questions a lot better. Movement does great things, not just for your body, but for your brain," said Evans.

os far, Bill's training has been a majority of arm and leg workouts, but his trainer hopes to get him on a treadmill and weight training in the future.

"The human body is the only machine on the planet, the harder you work it the better it performs and that's true at any age," said Evans.

Bill has been active his entire life, so it may not be so easy to start a routine if you've never been active before. But it's never too late to start.

"For people to say they're too old or they're too far gone, Bill is such a great example for why that's not true," said Evans.

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