“CrossFit is really the way to go for someone who comes back from cancer,” Joe Izzo says in the second and final part of our series. Joe’s trainer is Jimmy Baker of CrossFit Santa Cruz Central. The two men had worked together at a school for foster and homeless children. Joe was a teacher and Jimmy was the principal.
After a brush with death from transitional cell carcinoma that left him all skin and bones, Joe was so weak he could not do a single sit up. But he learned a lot from the experience, including compassion toward self. “Be aware of the pain and suffering you’ve been through .Find a trainer like Jim,” Joe advises. He says the cancer broke down his confidence but CrossFit has built it up again so he can face life “with my eyes wide open.”
Joe likes not knowing what the workout will be when he arrives at the gym. He does know that his cardio, strength and endurance will be tested. He finds all the workouts hard. But that’s a good thing. “I’m exhilarated. I feel really good,” Joe says after a workout that opens the video.