Crossfit is known for being an intense workout that leaves you sweating like never before. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted being an aggressive and rigorous workout that pushes you to the brink of exhaustion. This has been the reputation built around cross-fit, but now that idea is changing.
A certified crossfit coach, Madhusudhan Aravindhakshan, is changing the idea of crossfit by leading a class for seniors called CrossFit 55+.
Idea Behind Crossfit
There is this idea behind crossfit that everyone doing it is already young and fit, but it can be suitable to all kinds of people and ages. Crossfit is meant for those who need to get off the couch and get moving. It focuses on functional movements, which makes it ideal for seniors or those recovering from an injury.
Why Crossfit is Great for Seniors
It’s a great workout for seniors because it focuses on functional movements that are part of everyday living, such as squats, lifting, getting up, and bending down.
Crossfit can be used to senior’s advantage as an avenue that will help them move and increase their mobility and balance. It combines various aspects of fitness, such as basic gymnastics, weightlifting, and endurance.
The senior crossfit class is similar to any other crossfit class, except the movements accommodate the fitness levels and physical limitations of participants. CrossFit isn’t a specialised sport, but rather a variety of movements that are repeated.
The Focus of Movement
Essentially crossfit is focusing on what we do in everyday life – in fitness and movement we need to do the same things. We still need to lie down and get up. We need to pick things off the floor or lift things up, whether we are old or young.
In these practical movements we do through everyday life CrossFit teaches us how it’s done. Of course, the degree of difficulty can vary between an elite athlete and seniors using lighter weights and more regulated movements.
How Crossfit Changes Seniors Lives?
Classes are great for seniors. As they get older, seniors don’t move about as much so the classes can help increase mobility and allow them to go about their daily lives feeling better. “It’s tiring, of course, but I definitely feel stronger and have increased mobility. I can do a lot more things although I still have aches and pains when I wake up in the morning,” says one of the students, Zahia.
Sometimes the students complain about the exercises they have to do, but they say their mobility has improved. In the seniors’ class, the oldest student is 80 years old and the youngest, 58. Some students say that they need to stay healthy and fit for the sake of their families.
For most of these seniors, building their strength and fitness is a means of remaining independent for as long as possible. Financial freedom is one thing, but staying fit and active will allow the “health freedom.”
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