Jimmy Baker of CrossFit Santa Cruz Central was trained personally by Coach Greg Glassman for six years. He is a retired school principal who now specializes in training older athletes, many of whom are de-conditioned or have medical issues.
This video, the first of two parts, tells the story of Joe Izzo. Joe is one of Jimmy’s former teachers at a school for foster and homeless children. Joe is now one of Jimmy’s personal training clients. Just eight months prior to his interview, Joe had been dying of transitional cell carcinoma. At age 58, Joe had been in a hospice. Radiation and chemotherapy had taken their toll. Joe said he was “all skin and bones” and weighed just 135 pounds. He came back from death and was released form the hospice but says “it’s been a real adventure.”
At first, Joe was so weak he could not do a single sit-up. He found this tough to cope with since he is a life-long athlete who loves to surf. But he has since made real progress, guided by Jimmy. And, like other CrossFitters, he gets a lot of stares when he works out in a Globo Gym. The video concludes with Jimmy taking Joe through a series of lunges.