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Jack Ball at Berkeley YMCA

At 69, Jack Ball has more ass-kicking athletic energy than many people half his age — and is inspiring other seniors to share his enthusiasm for fitness. Ball, who has run several marathons and completed more triathalons than he can remember, taught PE at Berkeley's King Middle School for 33 years before retiring in 2002. He then got his personal-training certificate with the intention of becoming a trainer at the downtown Berkeley YMCA, but he soon found himself more interested in leading one of the gym's many senior fitness classes. "I like to say that it's exactly what I used to do at King, except I don't take roll, I don't have to grade them, and I don't have to care what uniform they're wearing," he says with a laugh. You can find him teaching Senior Strength Training every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11 a.m. — or fifty yards ahead of you at your next triathalon.

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