Handstand training

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Retired University of Hawaii Maui College assistant professor of Japanese language Hiroko DeLeon flexes a muscle last week at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville. At 76, “I think I’m the strongest ever,” DeLeon said. “I had no muscles when I was 66, because I was working, working, but I decided I to strengthen my body.” She credits her advanced yoga class at Lumeria Maui, as well as the 40 push-ups she does every night. She says her goal is to be able to do a minute-long handstand when she is 80. She can already do a headstand for five minutes. “I do the 40 push-ups so I can do the handstand. You have to strengthen your shoulders to hold the weight and balance. You see so many people who are bent over. I’d like to be able to walk straight every day until I die.”