Jay, 67, and Brian K., 55 do hanging knee raises.
The Myth that CrossFit is only for Young People
I love our gym! Everyday our athletes impress me with their ability, skill, tenacity, drive, grit and grace. That's why it's so frustrating when I hear people say that CrossFit is not appropriate for older people. We have many athletes over 40, several over 50 and we have an athlete AND a coach in their late 60s. CrossFit is for everybody!
I think this myth exists because early in CrossFit's history it was the preferred training system for military and law enforcement. Bad ass dudes and ladies posted pictures of themselves puking, proudly boasting about bloody shins and palms ripped open. These posts and the underground culture of the garage gym made it seem like CrossFit was only for hardcore crazy people.
Fast forward 19 years and CrossFit itself is posting workout videos that older folks can do at home. Like this one:
We are doing hanging knee or leg raises in our gym today. If anyone could not comfortable and safely hang to raise their legs they would do this variation.
CrossFit is for everyone! Young, old, men, women, boys, girls, everyone can do CrossFit. CrossFit is a progression of many different movements. Once you master the basics of a particular movement you get to try the next iteration. You're always learning and progressing.
The worldwide trend across all CrossFit gyms is 80% women and the majority of them are moms. That means CrossFit is the preferred training method for moms who want to feel good, have fun, and feel like a superhero. Our gym holds to that trend and we might be slightly tipped toward a larger feminine majority. I wouldn't want it any other way.
CrossFit is a very effective training program that can be modified and adjusted to meet anyone's fitness level and range of motion. It's not just for young people. CrossFit is for YOU!
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