MOUNT VERNON — As Betty Erickson, who turned 100 in July, sat down at a leg-curl machine at Urban Fitness, she got a few smiles from gym patrons.
“Hey, Betty,” said a woman sitting nearby on Tuesday.
Erickson smiled before adjusting the machine’s resistance and starting her workout.
Erickson is a bit of a celebrity at the gym she’s attended for 20 years. She’s an inspiration, said owner Joy Shamburger.
“It’s pretty motivating that she works out,” Shamburger said. “Everyone is in a bit of awe. She is a legend around here. She doesn’t know that, but she’s a legend.”
Erickson works out 45 minutes a day seven days a week. She spends 30 minutes on a treadmill and 15 on strength training.