Joining crossfit at 63 years of age was always going to be a challenge. Challenging because of my age and age-related body changes and injuries, the new language (WOD, burpees) and my personal embarrassment of recognising the limit of what I could do against those much younger and fitter.
It has been a journey of surprise. I say that because I became stronger very quickly and I can do much more than I anticipated. My workouts are modified in ways that allow me to be part of the group, doing whatever happens to be the WOD. I’m usually scared before each session but I show up anyway. I tell my kids I love it, not that I’m scared. The scary part is about taking on anything that is new and different.
Carrying injury, as is often the case if one is older, was problematic for me, but not for the trainers. The skill, knowledge and professionalism of Graeme and Lynn has made me feel safe and comfortable within the CrossFit setting. I don’t get to slouch and I am pushed and encouraged to be the best I can be on any given day. There is a skill to engaging people in a way that is unobtrusive and quietly positive. Graeme and Lynn both have theses qualities. For that, I will always be grateful.
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