Houston woman, 95, won't give up her life of fitness


We went inside Memorial Athletic Club for Women to meet 95-year-old Esther Robinson, who won't give up her life of fitness for anything.

Robinson has been active all her life and is an inspiration to women of all ages.

"My name is Esther Robinson. So I like to say 'I am Mrs. Robinson,'" she said, singing. "I've always been active. As a kid, when I knew I was going to get a spanking, I would go climb the tallest tree."

Decades later, Robinson has traded tree limbs for weights, showing off her skills in this Memorial-area gym. But it's not so much what she does but how well she does it at her age.

"Did they tell you I was 100? Well, I'm not," Robinson said. "I'm 95 and a half."

You heard her right: this toned, tough, tenacious great-grandmother has nearly a century of life under her belt. And when it comes to working out, even at 95 and a half, it's best to stay out of her way because a typical day at the gym is no day in the tree house.

Frankly, it's hard to keep up with her.

"If you ever introduce her, they think 70s,'" daughters Julie Green and Bonnie Assad said. "And I'll tell them I have a sister, an older sister who's nearly 73."

Robinson has had a broken hip and a minor heart attack while snorkeling, but she says the aches and pains are otherwise minimal.

"Since the hip thing, I got along just great, but every now and then it'll hurt there," Robinson said. "But otherwise, I feel pretty good. And if not, I change my outlook; I change my mind. And the good Lord has been good to me."

Robinson has six children, 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She also enjoys singing and tap dancing.

She plans to spend most of her time in the gym. But with her spunk and this smile, there could be room for something else.

"Are you dating?" we asked.

"No, I'm not," she said. "I can't find a man who can see to drive at night."

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