FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – At 70 years old, Eric Zalas wanted to become a stronger version of himself.
“I set myself a challenge. I raised just over 13 million pounds in one month,” Zalas said. “I’d say in the last week I’ve done about £290,000. Now, I’d say I’ve toned it down and probably in a month I’ll do £600,000 [to] 700,000 pounds.”
He has worked at LifeTime Fitness in Fishers for the past five years.
“My father, when he was 93 years old, one day sat in his chair watching TV and couldn’t get up. That was a motivation for me,” he explained. “I really don’t want this to happen, so I want to get strong and keep that strength.”
To maintain the lifestyle, he goes to the gym five times a week.
“When I get on the treadmill I like to run it at about 3.3 kilometers per hour. To pass the time, I like to listen to old retro music. Sometimes disco music,” he said. “Other times, I’ll watch documentaries.”
Zalas called himself competitive.
Originally aiming to lift 20 million pounds, he contracted COVID-19 and had to adjust to a smaller number.
Now, he hopes to encourage others to take control of their health.
“If I can do it, you can do it,” Zalas said.