I have always been an athlete for most of my life (from basketball, volleyball, track in High School, to Intramural Softball during my college and newlywed years). Wherever we lived, I would find a gym to stay active and healthy. I’ve done aerobics, biking, body pump, jogging, pilates, jazzercise, zumba, just to name a few, which were fun, and helped a great deal. However, after many years of doing the same type of workout routine, and as I got older, I realized my body was going to need more of a challenge to keep me in the shape I really wanted to be. My son (Sean Hardy) invited me and my husband to try CrossFit. My husband joined first and I joined 3 months later, and boy was I in for a surprise. I thought I was in pretty good shape for my age (55 at the time), but soon realized I had my work cut out for me, but I was hooked. I had to scale all the workouts, and still do to some degree, but have learned so much about my body and the potential to be stronger and healthier than I ever imagined. I also learned a great deal about my diet, and how it is not about eating less, but more about a lifestyle change that is based on healthier choices. Now, 7 ½ years later, I am still doing CrossFit and I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, and couldn’t be happier with the life I am living.
I have to say, though, that Crossfit is not just about being a member of a gym, it’s about family and community. I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends than the ones I have come to know and cherish as my CFL family. Proverbs 27:17 states, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”, and each of my friends at CFL are those people who help sharpen me, as well as each other. Even when I have shown up for a class, not really feeling it, there has always been someone there to offer encouragement and support, which prompts me to do the same for others.
In conclusion, I would like to encourage anyone who may be reading this, to stay active, make healthy choices, and don’t let age (whether young or old) dictate your potential. Be the best YOU you can be. If you are looking to make a healthy lifestyle change, give CrossFit a try .. all ages and levels are accepted.