This 91-Year-Old Gymnast’s Competition Routine Is the Most Motivating Thing You’ll See All Day
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as motivating as Johanna Quaas, a 91-year-old German woman who just really loves gymnastics. Even though she is 91 years old, an age when most people don’t move around so comfortably, she competes at amateur gymnastics, and this video of Quaas’ latest gymnastics routine has astonished the entire Internet.
This video was taken this year at the International German Gymnastics Festival, and it found its way over to Reddit, where it quickly jumped up to the front page as people started thinking, “Man, I have got to start getting more exercise. That grandma has better core strength than me.”
Quaas has amazing core strength. The part where she holds herself parallel to the bars with just her arms would be an amazing feat at any age. The fact that she’s comfortably doing that at 91 makes her look like a superhero.
Quaas has been doing gymnastics since childhood, and her first gymnastics competition was in 1934. She was a gymnast herself, then she stopped competing for several decades and became a coach. Then, in her late 50s, she decided to start competing again as a senior, and she’s been doing it ever since.
She’s been doing this her whole life, and that–plus some good genetic luck–is probably a big part of why at 91 she is still fitter than most 30-year-olds. Watching her do gymnastics at 91 gives a new perspective to longevity and fitness goals, too, because she just seems to move so fluidly. A long lifespan is better if you’re lucky enough to stay mobile enough to enjoy it comfortably, and she certainly seems to be able to keep doing all the things she liked when she was young, including a headstand on the parallel bars.
I don’t personally need to be able to do a headstand, but it would be really nice to live to be really old and still be able to climb steps unassisted, walk the dogs, and get things off the high shelves. I can’t be the only person googling “adult gymnastics classes” after seeing that video.
(Image: YouTube / Mail Online)