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Why I Am Passionate About Athletes Doing CrossFit Masters Training (And You Should Be Too)
Over the last eight years I have personally watched my father’s health deteriorate. His negative lifestyle of smoking, poor diet and sedentary living (due to a hip surgery late in life) contributed significantly to his current state of loss of physical and mental function during his late 70’s and now early 80’s.
My father’s failing health put me on a path to start our current masters program at CrossFit Zanshin. We recognized the growing interest in health, wellness, and anti-aging in the 40+ community. This environment is producing a large number of older athletes. Today more than 60% of our members are over the age of 40. This means that…
For us, CrossFit masters training for masters athletes is not just the right thing to do, it’s also great for our business. ~ Pete Mongeau
These Masters Athletes Come From All Walks Of Life
Some of these masters 40+ are former collegiate athletes, like myself, who are competitive and eager to stay at the top of their game. While a number of them were never competitive in their younger years but have now picked up the the sport of CrossFit later in life.
Regardless of which category your members fall into, masters-aged adults who exercise on a regular basis are highly functional and suffer from fewer chronic diseases. By avoiding negative behaviors and adopting a fitness regime, such as CrossFit, they can maintain good physical performance well into their 70’s.
Did you know the typical aging adult will lose around 30% of muscle mass and strength after the age of 30? ~ Pete Mongeau
This can be avoided through strength training such as olympic weightlifting which has proven to have profound results with people well into their 70s. Twenty-six year Olympic lifting veteran Matt Foreman delves further into detail regarding the benefits of weight training in his book titled Olympic Weightlifting for Masters: Training at 30, 40, 50 & Beyond. Of course, strength training can’t stop the clock on aging but it will certainly help your members remain stronger and more mobile than any of their peers who don’t do CrossFit.
Here’s the danger though for many CrossFit gyms: Crossfit Masters Training aged athletes is not the same as training younger athletes. There are certain considerations that have to be made in your approach to programming and coaching if you want to run a program like we have here at CrossFit Zanshin.