Yes! Crossfit is for me, too—and I’m a 60-year-old woman.
I saw the difference Crossfit made for my daughter Lisa. After a year, she lost weight, looked great, exuded confidence and really enjoyed the work outs. She’d tell me about WODs and AMRAPs, trying to entice me… but I was intimidated by the heavy weights—and didn’t see why I should change from the fitness center I went to, just a few blocks from my house.
So, Lisa gave me a month of Crossfit as a Christmas present in 2012—and after two weeks, I was hooked. Within about a month, I did my first double under. Within the first three months, I was able to do a rope climb. I did progressively smaller bands for pull ups, and was excited after about six months when I got my first toes to bar (still a rare occasion for me).
It’s not just the end accomplishment: I like learning new skills. It feels so good that my body knows how to snake its way up a rope (thanks, Keely!). I’m more solid and balanced with a snatch, thanks to Eric’s tip about my starting position. It’s amazing how something can go from impossible/scary to possible/exciting—just with the right form (and maybe a little more muscle, over time).
Speaking of that, after some months I noticed muscle my shoulders and neck. When I was kayaking with a friend, she commented: “look at your arms!” I had to get new slacks for work; the old ones were falling off.
Not just appearance, either. When I hiked last summer, I felt like I could almost run up slopes that used to slow me down. And even before I get out to the wilderness… I just love the feeling of working really hard, giving it my all. Sweat pouring into my eyes, my entire body shaking, panting… exhilarated.
Here’s another thing that is so cool about Crossfit Federal Way. I am appreciated for who I am, where I am. I cannot lift heavy weights like Derek, or gracefully fly through pull ups like Keely or Allison. I love to watch them, but I do not try to emulate where they are. I just try to do better than I was, last week/ last month/ last time. Corey applauded my first toes-to-bar (“remember when you couldn’t do those?“ and I replied “yes, that was last week.”) Beyond the Whiteboard provides me with all kinds of ways to analyze my fitness. I love to lift that trend line over time.
I have to admit that I do not yet do paleo, although I eat better than I did before. My goal has been to work out 3 times/week. I could certainly do better.
I participated in the Crossfit Open (the entrée to the Games) last year after just 3 months at Crossfit—to establish a baseline. I did it again this year, intending to compare my performance. However—since I am turning 60 in April, I am compared to a different set of people. Turns out there aren’t a whole lot of 60 year old women (yet) who have discovered Crossfit and participate in the Open. The odds are in my favor. I was #66 in the nation for my age group. Woo-hoo! Now I have to better that—and to do so, I have to get in to Crossfit more regularly and renew my commitment.
During my first month at Crossfit Federal Way, I read Denise’s testimonial. She gave me the confidence to go for it—to commit to Crossfit. I love catching up with Denise, Ann, Aileen, and other women closer to my age—the women warriors willing to shake the stereotype and lift weights. I hope that my story will give others the confidence to dive in. It’s only by trying, and failing, that we learn and get better. We can do it without hurting ourselves—and in fact, I think that I can better protect myself and prevent injury, now that I have stronger muscles.
Thank you, Margi, Derek, Eric, for making this possible… and thanks to all the Crossfit coaches, and all you great athletes who push yourselves and are so generous with your praise! You inspire me.