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Fitness fanatic Anastasia, 70, puts others to shame at her gym

PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 October 2014

70-year-old Anastacia Sullivan has become an inspiration to others at her gym as she has regular sessions with her personal trainer Xavier Gomez.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

70-year-old Anastacia Sullivan has become an inspiration to others at her gym as she has regular sessions with her personal trainer Xavier Gomez. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Archant Norfolk.

It's hard to believe that gym-fanatic Anastasia Sullivan has just celebrated her 70th birthday, but she is determined not to let her age stop her from keeping fit.

The retired NHS therapist from Heath Road joined The Gym Norwich on London Street and has never looked back.

“I do love exercising, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it. People think I’m mad,” she said.

Mrs. Sullivan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease eight years ago and said: “Going to the gym has definitely stabilised it and kept it under control.”

Sport has always been a huge part of Mrs Sullivan’s life and has a lot more time to concentrate on her fitness during her retirement.

“My son, Markus, brought me along to The Gym and I signed up the next day. He’s very proud I got this far, as it’s keeping me healthy, so he doesn’t have to worry,” she said.

Her personal trainer Xavier Gomez, 29, has devised a programme for Mrs Sullivan to improve her general fitness.

He said: “Anastasia’s improvement in fitness has been amazing.

“She told me that she wanted to join bootcamp, but I didn’t permit it. She is now coming to bootcamp and many other fitness classes!”

The 70-year-old usually trains every day, sometimes doing two classes a day, and then rests on Sunday.

“The endorphin levels after classes are great. I work hard and then feel really good once I’ve finished,” she said.

Mrs. Sullivan has never had any injuries and said it is all down to Mr Gomez.

“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she said.

General Manager at The Gym Norwich, Carly Key, said: “Anastasia is a real inspiration. We get a lot of people that say they are too old to join a gym, but Anastasia shows that this is not true and that age is just a number. She is proof that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”

Do you know someone inspirational? Email locallife@archant.co.uk.

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