Tim and Jim making it happen "old man" style! (joke: Tim is my age.) We always laugh when people think they're too old to CrossFit. And, please! Our oldest client is 77 years old. We can scale virtually every exercise to meet anyone's abilities. And we scale for each specific client while teaching proper form. No matter what your age or current fitness level, you WILL see improvement. … [Read more...] about “Old Man” Style
Honestly, we don't believe there is an age limit on fitness. And Chuck is showing us the answer certainly isn't his tender age of 76! When Chuck started in March we used depth-scaled Air Squats in his program. When a proper range of motion was attained, we started loading with Goblet Squats. Yesterday marked the advent of the Back Squat in Chuck's programming; something he couldn't have even attempted at the beginning of the year! Way to go Chuck!!!! … [Read more...] about How old is too old?
The 2012 CrossFit Open is in full swing. The spotlight is on, and the 'big dogs' are turning in awe-inspiring performances. It's great but we have one worry: people will think CrossFit isn't for them. This picture proves that nothing could be further from the truth. While CrossFit can be scaled for anyone, Jean is 82 years old and here she is pulling a 115# deadlift! Is she at the far end of the bell curve for her age? Maybe. But she's also an example of what can be accomplished by hard work on … [Read more...] about “I can’t”?
Our dear friend Johnny H has started joining us at Gateway CrossFit! Like lots of guys in their 40's he hasn't kept up with exercise as much as he'd like, and he brings his fair share of aches, pains, and prior injuries. Which is to say CrossFit, and Gateway CrossFit in particular, are perfect for him! CrossFit has been in the spotlight lately for its partnership with Reebok and the CrossFit games. And yes, the extreme side of CrossFit is definitely one aspect. But just like running goes … [Read more...] about Johnny H in the house!
Coach John's beautiful wife Heather turned 40 yesterday! And she's started CrossFitting -so next year she'll be 39!! Okay, so maybe CrossFit won't turn back your chronological age. But constantly varied, functional movement executed at high intensity WILL optimize your genetic expression and lower your biological age. Come to Gateway CrossFit and starting getting younger today! … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Heather! We love you!
So wifey ran into one of the trainers I (John) used to work with at a local globo-gym. ...He mentioned he had run into a couple of CrossFitters in their mid-40's. "CF is a young man's game... It's too hard on the joints... I saw a couple of people at [globo-gym] get hurt trying CrossFit..." The sad part is he's actually a really intelligent guy; he's simply failed to do the critical thinking. We've quoted it before but it bears repeating: "people’s needs differ by degree, not kind. Olympic … [Read more...] about When smart people say foolish things…
Coach John turns 44 next week; but this week he set a new personal best in the back squat. Age can be a reason why fitness becomes harder to achieve, but it's never an excuse. So let's scratch it from the list and get started! … [Read more...] about So age is NOT an excuse?