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"Masters+ CrossFit goals – maintain independence and improved quality of life!."

Questions to ask yourself

 

Why reduce your expectations of life as you age?

 

Why grow old gracefully?

 

Why not see what you're capable of?

 

Do you want to increase your chances of a longer, more independent and active life?

 

Do you want to have fun and make friends?

 

If you’ve answered yes to even one of those questions, then why not give CrossFit a go?!

Why do CrossFit in later life?

As we age, our physical performance naturally begins to deteriorate, mainly due to a reduction in muscle strength and aerobic stamina. The loss of muscle strength associated with age can lead to many daily disadvantages such as difficulties picking up a grandchildren, getting up from a seated or laying down position and going up or down stairs; a functional decline.

 

The World Health Organisation and the NHS recommends a variety of exercise regimes depending on one’s physical health condition, but suggests regimes that include aerobic activity and strength based exercises.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-older-adults.aspx

 

Generic strength training alone will not always help with older-age difficulties as it may not be easy to apply the strength and movement to improve functional performance. Functional training approaches such as in CrossFit “train muscles in coordinated, multi-planar movement patterns and incorporate multiple joints, dynamic tasks and consistent alterations in the base of support”, reflecting the way we carry out daily tasks (1). Functional training is about training in a particular activity to improve ability in that particular movement pattern. For example:

 

Deadlifts – picking something off the floor

Squat – getting up from a sitting position

Overhead press – reaching to a high cupboard to put something away or get it down

 

Click here to read about an eight-week study that trialled CrossFit in a residential care home.

 

What is a Masters+ CrossFit class?

Masters+ CrossFit emulates much of CrossFit for other age groups, but every workout is specifically programmed to take into account the fitness level and potential physical limitations of people in the later years of life. The pace of classes may also be a little slower, but you will still find the intensity required for a great workout. However, it is important to acknowledge that the key aspects of health and fitness are equal no matter the age, “Your needs and the Olympic athlete’s differ by degree not kind. Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, agility, balance, and coordination are each important to the world’s best athletes and to our grandparents."

"The amazing truth is that the very same methods that elicit optimal response in the Olympic or professional athlete will optimize the same response in the elderly."

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman

References and further reading

 

Live to 100: Die on your feet – not wanting to grow old gracefully. The CrossFit Journal, 2016.

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_2016_5_Longevity-Cecil-v7.pdf

 

Glassman G. Foundations. The CrossFit Journal: 1-8, 2002.

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/Foundations.pdf

 

Older, wiser, fitter: interviews with older CrossFitters. The CrossFit Journal, 2013.

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/03_2013_Longevity_Cej_FINAL2.pdf

 

Seniors: How to say no to chronic disease. The CrossFit Journal, 2016

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_2016_09_Late-Kilgore3.pdf

 

Aging, performance and health. The CrossFit Journal, 2015

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_2015_11_Aging_Kilgore2.pdf

 

Lift to live well. The CrossFit Journal, 2016

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_8-2016_09_Years-Mallia8.pdf

 

Functional and fit over 50. The CrossFit Journal, 2017

https://journal.crossfit.com/article/masters-saline-2

 

Incredible CrossFitters: age is just a number

https://www.boxrox.com/10-incredible-crossfiters/

TIMES AND PRICES

 

Mondays 9:30am

Wednesdays 9:30am

Fridays 10:30am

 

2 class per week £45 p/m

3 classes per week £60 p/m

10 pack (use within 3 months) £80

Fundamentals (CrossFit induction) £30

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