Calhoun, Georgia – September 2, 2014-On any given Tuesday or Thursday morning, you can find Morning Pointe of Calhoun assisted living resident Ashley Sandrock down at Fitness First working on his 45-minute routine. It includes lifting weights, riding the stationary bike, use of the rowing machine and other exercises for his arms. But on Tuesday, August 11th, he joined more than 100 other folks at his local gym to celebrate turning 101. “I am glad to be here,” smiled Sandrock.
Ashley is the poster child for Fitness First. The owner Pam Stephens picked up a number of seniors that regularly exercised when another gym closed down. That was nine years ago, and Sandrock has outlasted them all. “I think he is amazing,” said Stephens. “Anyone that says I can’t do this or I am too old, Ashley becomes the topic of conversation. He has a wonderful attitude.”
The two have become good friends. In fact, Stephens started celebrating Ashley’s birthday at the gym six years ago when he turned 95. And, every year, she captures another picture of him and adds it to her wall of fame dedicated to Ashley Sandrock. “I am always emotional on that day,” said Stephens. “To me it’s just amazing when you think about what he can still do at his age. He is just a real special person.”
Sandrock’s daughter, Joyce Puckett works out with him as well, twice a week. She is the one that makes sure he gets there. “Daddy has always been active,” said Puckett. “He likes his gym workout and is not going to stop. It’s just a given.” Sandrock agrees, while he is slowing down. He believes his regular exercise is part of his secret to healthy aging. “As long as I can do it, I am going to keep on,” said Sandrock.