Baby boomers make up the largest percentage of the population (probably because there was a baby boom in the 1940′s and 1950′s) but many of them are more fit than ever. Just because you’re not 20 or 30 anymore doesn’t mean that you have to take life sitting down. CrossFit is suitable for people of all ages. Men who don’t take regular exercise are much more prone to the health conditions which are associated with progressing years. Older guys who take regular CrossFit exercise can see the same performance gains as younger athletes – percentage-wise, that is.
CrossFit training is a combination of aerobics (which many over 50’s realize they need) and strength training (which many over 50’s don’t realize they need). Weight, or strength training, helps to slow, or even reverse, the decline of bone density and muscle mass. What happens as you get older and lose muscle the percentage amount of fat in the body increases. Strength training helps to maintain and even enhance your muscle mass.
Strength training for the over 50’s helps them to look good but there are also other benefits:
* Weight control
* An energy boost
* Strengthen the bones
* Significantly decrease a risk of injury
Your quality of life will be significantly improved.
The real beauty of CrossFit training is that, although the workouts are extremely grueling, they can be adapted to suit CrossFitters of all levels. Nobody is advising that men over 50 who haven’t taken any exercise since high school should start a crazy CrossFit regime and overdo things. Instead, they should check with the doctor first and start off slowly. New CrossFitters should also tell their coach about any pre-existing injuries or conditions. These exercises are certainly not for the faint hearted but your CrossFit coach will help to keep you on the right track and heading in the right direction.
CrossFit for the over 50’s can make a whole world of difference.