Age is just a number, especially when it comes to fitness.
This came to me recently when I was on vacation over the holiday. I decided to do a workout on the beach area in front of our resort. As I was warming up, two women came down and asked if they could join me. They introduced themselves as Anne and Sarah, mother and daughter. They had never done or even heard of CrossFit, so of course I was more than happy to introduce them.
I explained to them my workout and gave them a modified version (one of the many wonderful aspects of CrossFit). Sarah who is 20 years old started to struggle a bit through the workout while her Mom was plowing through it like a champ. She explained to me that she hadn’t worked out in about a year and was amazed at how great she felt. I asked her how old she was and she said 50.
I often hear women say that they are too old to do CrossFit, or they can’t do it because they are not athletes. To me this is crazy to hear because the wonderful thing about CrossFit is that it is scalable to all levels and individuals. I have sought out some amazing women in our community that started CrossFit after the age of 40. These women are incredible athletes and a staple in our Women’s Only Community.
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren
Chris Gaussiran – I just turned 49. I started CrossFit when I was in my mid-40s and had never done anything remotely like this before. But what it has given me and continues to give me (beyond the strongest, fittest, best looking body I’ve ever had) is a completely new outlook on my age. I’m about to enter the 5th decade of my life and I feel like I haven’t even begun to reach my potential. I continue to get stronger, master new skills, build coordination and agility and do things I never thought myself capable of doing. I’m having more fun now than ever before in my life – how can you not feel a bit like a kid again when you get to jump over boxes, climb ropes, flip tires, play on rings, jump rope, and race your friends around the building? It’s given me a deeply held belief that it’s never too late for anyone to start getting fitter and stronger, more mobile and coordinated – that the functional movements we drill can reverse and hold off what we’ve come to accept as the “inevitable” effects of aging. At some level, I believe CrossFit has more to offer older individuals than any other demographic than perhaps kids in terms of life-changing, quality-of-life impact. Just as we have yet to see what a generation of kids raised in CrossFit means in terms of physical potential, I think we have yet to see what a generation of 50-plus individuals who embrace CrossFit means in terms of longevity, independence and quality of life into their 60s, 70s and 80s.
Connie Arismendi – “I love CrossFit because it made me healthy, strong, and helps me keep the rest of my life in perspective. I workout five days a week with Coach Michael Gregory. I am blessed! At 57 I am stronger and healthier than I have been my entire life. I never think about my age as a limiting factor. I got the kipping pull up my first year doing CrossFit. I train and compete with women much younger than me and have never had the opportunity to train with another woman my age. So, I was excited about the 2012 CrossFit Open because I got to see where I am compared to other women in my age division. I had an injured hand but still managed to finish 93rd. I’m sure the 2013 Open will be tough but I’m interested to see where I place. CrossFit and the CrossFit Central community have changed my life. I want to encourage women my age to try it. I’ve been at this for almost 4 years. I started 60 lbs overweight with a slew of health problems. Don’t be afraid. It’s never too late to regain your health and vibrancy. Do it!”
Mary de’Scacchi – “I have a 50 year old body and the fun, challenging mind and heart of a 20 year old. I have always been involved in sports and played in the gym and done some type of workout. I have never shied away from trying something new and after I saw people hanging from pull up bars and throwing weights around I knew I had to try this. That was at the ripe young age of 47. I know that as I age it is important for me to remain active, keep my bones strong and healthy, and keeping mobile just to name a few. I have no health issues, am not on any medications, have a resting heart rate of 54 and the exercise is a main contributor for that. I look forward to being able to play tennis, walk/run with my dog, walk up and down stairs feel alive and energetic and so much more in the next twenty and thirty years. This is why I work out. I have chosen Central and RedBlack to do that because of the coaches and the community that I fondly call my friends and family.”
Lina Supnet Zapata – “At 47 I feel like I am in the best shape that I have ever been. I stepped into Crossfit 3 years ago when I decided to take steps to a healthier me. I have friends that think I am crazy for what I do but my Crossfit Journey has brought me confidence, accountability, strength, joy, and a connection to a community that translates to all parts of my life. I check my age at the door when I come to workout. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish. Ask me three years ago when I joined my first class if I could jump on a 20 inch box, do push-ups on my toes consistently, get a kipping pull-up, swing a 16kg kettlebell, deadlift 210 lbs, do a handstand push up, or compete in Women’s Challenges….never say never, it happened and these accomplishments are only the beginning for me. I workout with some amazing women. I may be a little slower, have to modify at times, but being able to workout in an ageless, non-judgemental, and supportive environment only allows me to do my best at the WOD. Age doesn’t matter and it is never too late to start a fitness journey. You will be amazed at where it can take you.”
Kathy Brabson – “When I first started Crossfit, I spent time focusing on (at 51) I was obviously and by about 10 years the oldest in the class. The word ‘can’t’ was an accepted part of my vocabulary. What Crossfit has taught me is that age has nothing to do with what you can accomplish. I feel more healthy and confident than ever. I did the Tough Mudder in October; I’m running the Livestrong half in February. I’m doing ANOTHER Tough Mudder in April. “Can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary anymore. I.Can.Do.Anything.”
by: Jessica Estrada