Trim, Fit and 70 Years Old

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    Daily exercise is an important part of life and there's no better example of that than Sonny Pecora. He may be pushing 70 but he's in better shape than most men half his age. (Published Monday, Feb 28, 2011)

    Daily exercise is an important part of life and there's no better example of that than Sonny Pecora. He may be pushing 70 but he's in better shape than most men half his age.

    He says growing up as a skinny kid in Detroit was his motivation. Pecora was bullied as a kid, and decided after moving out west, it was going to stop.

    Sonny Pecora

    [LA] Sonny Pecora
    Daily exercise is an important part of life and there's no better example of that than Sonny Pecora. He may be pushing 70 but he's in better shape than most men half his age. (Published Monday, Feb 28, 2011)

    "When I got to California I had the opportunity to exercise," Pecora recalls. "I started exercising, eating healthy, doing all the above what you're supposed to do."

    Pecora is a role model for his age and wants to spread the word about staying fit.

    In addition to keeping in amazing shape, he has a special talent for push-ups. He's turned the 60-second challenge into quite a show. In a demonstration for NBCLA, he pumped out 72. He claims his best is 96.

    "It exercises the whole body," Pecora says. "It's about me helping other people."

    It's also a splashy way for him to spread the word about healthy living. Pecora says he also wants to honor fitness legend Jack LaLanne and help keep his legacy alive.

    "You've got to love yourself. And I don't mean from a vain point, I mean truly love yourself," Pecora said. "Because if you do that, you won't give up on yourself. And quiet honestly if you don't love yourself, you can't love the people around you."