"Masters+ CrossFit goals – maintain independence and improved quality of life!."
If you’ve answered yes to even one of those questions, then why not give CrossFit a go?!
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.
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.
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
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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