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This 81-year-old karate champ’s workout probably puts yours to shame

Every three days, Gary Alexander is in the pool for a workout that most can’t handle.

With scuba fins on his feet, Alexander does 100 laps, mostly on his back, alternating with freestyle strokes. The next 100 laps he runs back and forth without the fins, climbing from the pool to throw 800 punches, blocks and kicks.

“Bam-bam-bam,” he says, his arms snapping at the air rapidly. “I try to stay in as good as shape as I can.”The two-hour regimen at Harrogate, a Lakewood retirement community where he lives, is hardcore, just the way Alexander — who is 81 — likes it.

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