BIG Inspiration – Carol & Rebecca / 60+ Crossfitters
There are so many people that light me up. I look around my life and am so inspired by the people that populate my life; it makes me feel so much gratitude. Towards the top of my list are Carol & Rebecca - the ladies that inspire me from my Crossfit class. These women inspire me to my bones…why? Because they’re fearless. Because they are aging so beautifully – focusing on STRENGTH and DURABILITY. Because they’re hella nice. They have been so nice to me – teaching me and guiding me and offering me advice and tips. And they happen to be (I’m guessing I’ve never really asked…) 60+ years old!! I admire them so much. Here they are:
Carol & Rebecca agreed to answer some questions about why they love Crossfit and what inspires them...enjoy!
What Inspires You?
Carol: Connecting to my inner self inspires me. I have never been a religious person, but I am seeking to connect with my higher self constantly. I think part of that is doing physical things. For me, being in my body and feeling the energy course through my body is the Universe giving me hugs.
Rebecca: I am inspired by effort. At a Crossfit competition, what I enjoyed most was watching athletes attempting heavier and heavier weight until they failed. We don't know our max effort until we reach just beyond what we can do. I am inspired by stories of people who have overcome great odds by their perseverance and effort.
Carol: All my life I have been active. A friend told me about Crossfit; I tried it and loved it. Each week I was sore from the workouts in different places. I used muscles I never knew I had. I amazed myself on how much weight I could lift since never doing any weight lifting. I have always hated running. Since joining, I ran three miles in one shot last summer. I may not be the strongest runner, but I know I can do it. I have always known that our minds limit what we can do. Crossfit is proof of that. Since I have started my bone density has increased. I feel so much better when I work out.
Rebecca: I love the variety. I've never done any weight lifting before, and I love that part of the workout. I know the cardio is important so even when I hate that part of the workout, I can appreciate it. Crossfit has taught me to push for just two minutes or 12 repetitions more than I want to do or think I can do, and I love to shock myself into accomplishing those tiny goals. Mentally, I'm stronger. I like to tell people that I am staying in shape so I can run to catch my plane and then easily lift my suitcase into the overhead bin.
How do you feel since you started doing it?
Rebecca: At first it was difficult to learn to scale the workouts and pace myself, so, of course, I had a few minor injuries and sore muscles most of the time. But now I love knowing that I can do the work, and I just feel wise when I scale the workout to my own ability. I feel stronger all the time; the weight I can lift continues to increase; and I love it. A strange side benefit, my reflex reactions are quicker. I feel good about my body, just like it is. It's not perfect, but it serves me well.
What do you like about taking care of your body?
Carol: I have always liked to move my body, in fact I need it. If I don’t do some form of exercise, I get depressed. One of the things I love to do is dance. It is a way to get out of your head and into your body. Bodies are supposed to move. When you start communicating with your body, you might start feeling the Qi or energy that is flowing through it. To me the energy is my higher-self coming in. My goal is to feel it 24/7. It is a place where everything is right. I am loved and home.
What would you tell women about aging?
Carol: Age is just a number. We limit everything we do with what our mind or ego tells us. What would the world be like if we weren’t restricted by the limitations put on us by our parents, society, and even ourselves? You can either buy into the aging bit or reject it. It is all a state of mind. When you tell yourself you can’t do something, you won’t. If you try you might amaze yourself with the endless possibilities.
Rebecca: There are some things that we can't change about aging, but exercise is within our control, and it can help us feel better and be healthier. My mother died when she was 56 from cancer. At some point she said to me, "I always wanted to be thinner, now I just want to be healthy." When I passed 56 years old, I realized that each additional year I had was an opportunity to be as healthy as I could be for myself and for my children, and it is also one more year to love the body that I have and celebrate the opportunity to live my life.
LOVE. Thank you Carol & Rebecca for inspiring me and now, inspiring others. You rock. And thanks to Timberwolf Crossfit in Saint Paul, MN for allowing me (and coach Noah, who takes far superior pics than I) to take pics of the ladies and for regularly kicking our butts. Clearly, we love it.
Throughout this month, I’ll be featuring people, quotes, blogs that inspire on the Turino Fitness Facebook Page! What inspires you? Message me through the FB page, I’d love to share your inspiration with others.