One of the coolest things about Crossfit is that it got a lot of people training who otherwise would not have been interested. I think that in a lot of cases, for the first time in history, there are demographics of people capable of things we never thought possible. It lit the proverbial light letting people know that you didn't have to be in your twenties, or an athlete to be in shape. Being in shape and pushing yourselves is for everyone. Fitness became a part of a lot more people's identities.
For example, we take this for granted now because we have short memories, but Crossfit helped the world learn that females are effing strong. As a society we spent a lot of time vastly underestimating the strength potential of females. In the Pre-Crossfit era of fitness, there were far less women dedicating significant time to strength training, and I believe this shaped a lot of the "weaker" sex thinking in terms of physicality. Now, I would confidently surmise that the top few females at every Crossfit gym are stronger and more capable athletically than the average male, and by large margins in some areas.
Strong females are cool, but what pumps me up even more is the Master's category. A Master is defined as an older competitor in Crossfit, and this can sometimes start at age 35, but go all the way up into the 60's and 70's. The capabilities and physiques of people in their 50's who decided to start training is wild. The Master's categories were also the fastest growing populations within the CF world for a few years.
There is a lot of thinking out there that tells us that once you hit a certain age you can expect significant physical decline. Now, of course we can't expect to perform at 50, as we did at 25, BUT, I believe that a lot of the data from these studies of physical decline are studying populations that are untrained. Is it all down to our physiology and hormones that we start to see a decline in physical ability at age 35, or is that the age at which people for the most part stop moving and taking care of themselves because of families, careers, etc.?
Based on my experience, I believe that physical decline can be fought to a large degree. In the past six months I finally have some Master's athletes on my roster. And although the problems presented by a Master's body are different than what a 20 year old body presents, I have seen very little difference in a Master's ability to make drastic changes to their body, strength, and movement.
Old dogs CAN be taught new tricks, become supple, get jacked AF, and lift a lot of weight.
So, for any of you thinking that you are too old to get in shape.... Balogne to you my friend. Age is just a number, it is never late to get in the best shape of your life.
Case and point....
Check out my first Master's client Darren aka Swansonegger, who is 54 years old and an inspiring individual. Here he is repping out 8 Deadlift @ 315lbs and performing smooth C2b Pullups. Darren has spent the past few months working a lot on movement quality, his overhead mobility, and more recently dialing in his diet. He has been working real hard, and it is nice to see the fruits of his labour starting to shine through. What Darren is capable of at 54 years old with a career and family, would be impressive for a twenty-something .
Master's athletes are inspiring as they come in my books. They show us its capable to improve and sharpen yourself no matter what age you are. Sure its cool to be in good shape in your twenties, but being in shape in your 40's, 50's, and 60's is far more impressive to me.
If you are a Master like Darren and want to see what you are capable of, or are a twenty something that now feels inadequate, please shoot me a message if you want to find out more about becoming a remote-coaching client.
Grit Human Performance