CrossFit can be an incredibly competitive sport where others drive your performance to new heights, but Mary Hieb focuses on the importance of competing with herself and improving every day. After overcoming a host of medical problems including breast cancer, Mary has different fitness goals that are no less important than a 2:45 Fran or a spot at the CrossFit Games. To Mary, finishing a workout is a truly great accomplishment.
In Part 2 of this two-part series, Mary talks about how hard it was to enter a box full of athletes and struggle with new movements and scaled workouts. After Kurtis Bowler started Mary out with modified WODs at Rainier CrossFit, she found a love of weightlifting, and even though she fell over on her first weighted squat, she stuck with it and has significantly improved her fitness.
Mary’s story is an inspirational tale that proves you can get fitter at any age, and it’s typical of the amazing people in our community.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: CrossFit After 40 by Dr. Allison Belger, published Jan. 30, 2010.