As a child, my first introduction to competition was athletics. Running was my domain especially, short distance sprints. As I grew older I turned to team sports, netball and basketball. Once high school ended social sports was the go too, indoor netball and church basketball.
Family and kids came along and I wasn’t as athletic or fit as I once was. I missed the thrill of competition and fighting to get the ball back to score the winning goal
I started CrossFit in my late 20’s and had got back into great shape but my athleticism and strength needed work. After my introductory CrossFit classes, I was in the ring with fellow members of the box and with enthusiasm I worked my butt off to do well in the WOD (even try to win ) My perception was that “youth” is on my side and I should do quite well. Man! I was proven wrong on so many levels.
I was outrun by someone 10years older than me, outlifted by someone who was much younger than me and outclassed by the men and women who found joy in the journey of the WOD and not just trying to race to win. They utilized their strengths at the right times and did not burn fuel all in one go.
We may sometimes feel its time to hang our boots and help the kids with their sporting ventures. We grow older but do not need to grow weaker. CrossFit has helped me with my mobility, endurance and strength. I have other friends who have shared that the mobility in their knees, shoulders, ankles etc has improved so much that they no longer rely on painkillers.
If you are looking for an outlet to unleash the athlete in you – give CrossFit a go! We all have different strengths and you may discover a new sport that drives an older but stronger you.
– Maria Havea