Just last month, I profiled Pauline Schildkraut of Rye, a 99-year-old fitness buff who could leg press 130 lbs.
She started working out 3 times a week for 45 minutes when she was 90.
I learned yesterday that Pauline passed away last Tuesday, her personal trainer told me.
“She trained until two and a half weeks before she passed,” Killeen Good told me yesterday, adding that her mind was sharp and she still remembered her routine.
Here’s an excerpt from my interview with Pauline:
Schildkraut got right down to business during a recent session and hardly took a break between leg presses, ball squ ats and push-ups against a wall.
She can balance on one foot and dances the tango with Good to work on her coordination and balance. Her grip is so strong she has no p roblem opening pickle jars and can get up from a chair on her own, Good said.
When she’s not working up a sweat, Schildkraut, who has nine great-grandchildren, likes eating Chinese food and watching the Yankees.
She encourages other seniors to “learn to move around a little” and added that turning 100 won’t deter her from keeping going.
“It seems like a big number, but it doesn’t feel like it,” Schildkraut said. “It’s a good age to be. I feel like I’m a lucky person.”