One of the regular members I have the pleasure of coaching in my 7am class is Audrey Evans. Audrey made a great post on her Facebook this morning and I think it worth sharing, and expanding on from a coach’s point of view.
Regardless of where you are at in your fitness journey, I would encourage you to sign up for a competition if you feel the “itch”. Don’t worry about not being able to do a single pull up. That’s what bands are for. Don’t worry where you are going to finish or how long an event might take you. Do it for the enjoyment of it! Get a little bit uncomfortable and you will be surprised just how far you are able to push yourself.
Steve was a founding member of our Fit Over Fifty group. He started with us in the fall of 2018 and has been committed to coming to the gym three times per week since then. Steve works in IT and spends a lot of time behind a desk; like many of us do. Years of not making his health a priority left him in less than ideal shape. He was hurting and he knew it. When Steve started, he was very much reserved, quiet and didn’t have a whole lot of confidence. On Wednesday WOD for our Fit Over Fifty group, Steve called out another member of our group, who runs marathons, in his last 200m run. Steve won! (The friendly competition in this group is phenomenal and pushes them so far).
"I will be 60 this year. My prime motivation for doing the workouts is to be able to take care of myself until the day I die. But I have to admit, looking great in a bathing suit next to all the other 60 some things on vacation, and having my husband appreciate the effort is a really nice side effect...."
"I was hitting PRs every week and for the first time in a long time I was really happy with my health. My inhaler was obsolete and my skin completely cleared up, I hadn’t touched any of my medication in months. I have joked that Jason has the ability to cure asthma... a little pump to his ego yes, but true nonetheless!"