Johanna Quass, world’s oldest gymnast

Johanna Quass is proof that an active life doesn’t stop at 50, 60, 70, or even 80. In 2012, when she was 86, Quass received an entry in The Guinness Book of Records as oldest gymnast in the world.

Quass started gymnastics at an early age and appeared in her first competition in 1934.  In 1954, Quaas was a member of the handball team that took the Eastern German Championship. Her career as a gymnast and coach stopped and started as Germany went through World War II and the split of East & West Germany.

When she was 56, Quaas again started with training in 1982 and won at the VII. Turn- und Sportfest der DDR in Leipzig. Joanna has a strict exercise regime that involves a combination of running and yoga. Over the years, she’s won 11 medals in senior gymnastic competitions. She currently practices gymnastics “just for fun.”

Check out this video of her bar and floor routine.




Do Real Men Practice Yoga?

Peacock_poseDo you think yoga is for wimps? That “real men” don’t practice it?

I challenge any man to do what this yogi is doing. This is the Peacock Pose, an advanced posture in yoga. Can you imagine the stamina this pose must take? The core and upper body strength?

The next time you hear a man scoff at practicing yoga, find a picture of Peacock Pose and ask him to replicate it, holding the posture for at least 30 seconds.