Candy’s Story – Starting CrossFit at 40+


My name is Candy and I am 42 years old. A few years ago it would have been a little hard for me to say that without feeling a little depressed. I always thought I wanted to be in my 20’s forever. Now, I know better.
Almost two years ago I made a life changing decision. I walked into a Crossfit box, paid them ( because that meant I wouldn’t back out) and said I would be back that night for my first night. It was a two week “on ramp” which basically meant I would be learning the movements and technique before jumping right in. Growing up with a dance background, I had never been what I considered an “athlete” and this was a whole new world to me. I was so intimidated at first, but the coaches and athletes were so amazing.
I was afraid of being too old, too slow, or maybe it was just too hardcore for someone like me.
That only motivated me to stay and not give up. I said to myself that if I could do this I could do anything. Watching the seasoned athletes was so intriguing…I looked up to them and could not imagine ever being “that good”.
When the two weeks was up, I decided to commit and signed up for three classes per week. The changes in my body were immediate. In no time I was making huge advances in what I could do. Another big change was my diet, I was eating healthy and learned about the Paleo lifestyle. I didn’t feel week anymore and I looked forward to going every time. I’m not saying it was easy, but if it was easy everyone would be fit. The Crossfit community is so amazing and I have not met one athlete that has not been supportive. It never feels like a competition between each other but everyone coming together to reach their goals.
Don’t get me wrong, we compete during our WODs but that is what motivates everyone to work even harder. You get out of it what you put in, if you challenge yourself you will see results.
I learned that my time was not as important as my technique. I pulled a back muscle early on trying to go fast and lift heavy. That taught me a lesson, and I haven’t had an injury since.
When I started I could do one pull up, couldn’t do a box jump or double-under, sprints about killed me, and forget heavy lifting. Now, I can do strict and kipping pull ups, box jumps are no problem, double unders and sprints are not so horrible and I lift what I can with good technique.
I am in a class with people from all backgrounds and all ages. I may be competing with 20 year olds sometimes but guess what, I’m competing with 20 year olds. Enough said. I am happy to be 42 and in the best shape of my life. I will continue to work hard and set higher goals. I want to compete and never thought that would even be possible.
I would encourage anyone (especially if you are over 40) to try Crossfit. Don’t let it intimidate you. Find a box near you and walk in, look around and see what it’s about. It will change your life.
We would like to thank Candy for sharing her story! If you have any great CrossFit experiences that you want to share, please don’t hesitate to send us an email – Sarah & Ditte

2 thoughts on “Candy’s Story – Starting CrossFit at 40+

  1. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m 36 and put off walking into a CrossFit because I thought I was too old, too big, too short… I finally decided to do it anyway. The assessment hurt my ego and my unused muscles; not able to do a single pullup or burpee, and getting winded after jogging 200 meters. Fortunately, my abysmal performance convinced me to commit to a stronger, healthier future. It is so helpful to see how CrossFit has helped others. Again, thank you.

  2. This is truly inspiring! I did my first Crossfit workout today and loved it, even though i felt sick to my stomach after trying to do 20 assisted pullups with 2 (count em) 2 bands. I thought I was pretty strong for a borderline obese 40+ woman but I’ve been humbled. Deadlifiting 215lbs gassed me up but not being able to do one freaking unassisted pull up brought me back to reality…fast! Please keep posting, I’d love to follow along with your progress!

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