• Fit for Life

    Rowing is just the latest pursuit for 82-year-old Elysia Newman
  • Elysia Iverson began rowing for exercise at 75, an age when most of her contemporaries were slowing down.
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  • Elysia Iverson began rowing for exercise at 75, an age when most of her contemporaries were slowing down.
    Her love affair with the sport began with an ad in the newspaper in 2001 for the formation of Ashland Rowing Club. Her husband had just retired, and she thought it sounded like something he'd be interested in pursuing.
    "About a year later I said, 'Hey this sounds like fun. Maybe I can do it, too.' So I went to their clinic in 2002 "¦ I was older than everyone else, of course," Iverson explains.
    Now 82, Iverson continues to row at Emigrant Lake when the weather cooperates. During the winter, she gets her thrice-weekly cardio workouts at the gym on a stationary bike, treadmill or an erg (rowing simulator).
    In addition to her cardio workouts, she lifts weights three times a week. She takes a scientific approach, targeting specific muscle groups in her arms, legs and back she'll need for rowing.
    Quiet, slim and of small stature, she sits with a perfectly straight back. The muscles in her shoulders and arms are defined. She speaks with a thoughtful and measured cadence about her lifelong commitment to fitness.
    "I've always done exercise: swimming and bicycling a lot and hiking and skiing, both downhill and cross-country. A lot of that has gone by the wayside because both of us love rowing so much," Iverson says.
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