I am in my sixth decade of my life. In my early 50’s about 8 years ago, I had two hip replacements. From my early twenties and through my early 50’s I was always active. I began running in my late twenties and was a four mile per day runner, about 5-6 times/week. I was always a member of some gym, mostly doing class aerobic and step workouts. I did have some exposure to circuit and weight training and loved it. I was always fit and worked out during both my pregnancies in the early 1990’s. My weight didn’t fluctuate much and I could pretty much eat and drink whatever I wanted, up until about 5 years ago. I began to get lazy and complacent and gained quite a bit of weight. I gained weight all over, so for a 5’3’’, I felt disgusted. When I would make up my mind to start exercising, I would feel great, but would give up after a few weeks.
When did you start CrossFit and why?
I was finding it difficult to perform the simplest tasks, like bending down and getting back up without holding on to something. I was unable to stand up straight because of tightness and inflexibility in my shoulders. Reaching up over head to put something in a cabinet was a struggle. I would run out of breath doing simple tasks, like carrying groceries and laundry.
I joined CrossFit after finishing my three Elements on March 7, 2017, to regain my mobility, become more flexible and to become stronger. I knew if I followed the program and was consistent in my workouts, I would lose weight and inches as well.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
Above everything, I love the community of people at Pennant. I love the camaraderie. The coaching is exemplary. You always feel as though you are working out with your own private coach. I have never been in a gym where the members are so supportive and encouraging to one another. The work-outs are always challenging, but scalable. The Lifestyle Workout removes the intimidation factor from the WOD. There is NO workout you cannot do, no matter your age, fitness level, injuries etc.
How have you progressed towards your goals and where you are now?
I am meeting my goals during each workout. I come to Pennant three times a week without fail. I know I shouldn’t be “cherry picking” workouts, but I really try to get one High Intensity workout in per week to stimulate more fat burning. . My eating hadn’t been the best over the past few years, because I didn’t have a good eating schedule. I would seldom eat breakfast. For lunch I would have salad with protein (chicken or eggs) and then whatever for dinner; sometimes nothing except popcorn.
My diet is decent now, and has improved over the last few months because I am now legitimately hungry and crave GOOD HEALTHY food. I am eating breakfast, which includes a banana, hardboiled eggs and tomatoes. Lunch is either a salad with protein or a piece of lean meat and veggies. Dinner is usually some chicken, steak or burger with sliced avocado and tomatoes.
What do you know now about CrossFit and fitness that you wish you had known earlier?
I knew a lot about CrossFit because my son Kevin is a Coach and has been doing CrossFit for 5-6 years. Even with hearing about CrossFit and watching Kevin and his friends get their fitness on, I felt intimidated because of my age, inflexibility and weight. What I know now is ANYONE can do the workouts, regardless of any excuses you may have.
NONE and I repeat NONE of those should deter YOU for a single minute. I feel better in 11 weeks than I have in over eight years. It is a Physical, emotional and spiritual transformation and journey. Don’t wait if you are thinking about trying it.
What are some goals you hope to achieve in the future?
To become consistently stronger and flexible; I would like to be able to do a Pull-up, since I have NEVER done one in my 59 years of life. I would also like to be able to run short distances. I would like to lose some weight as well, however that is not the priority, that’s just the added bonus of eating right and working out.
This is a lifestyle for me now. Where can you go and be with awesome, smart, funny and wicked fit people, all while enjoying some of the toughest and challenging workouts ever…”