“People just don’t have any idea what these lawyers, garbage men, teachers are capable of doing. Superhuman feats, that’s what they’re doing, and they get support to do it, and they get this loving, supportive community to stand behind them,” says TJ Belger, co-owner of TJ’s Gym in Northern California. TJ’s Gym recently hosted the Norcal 40s CrossFit Competition for athletes in the 40-49 age group.
Belger says that the response was so positive that athletes entered from across the country. Even athletes 50 and older begged to compete. TJ and his wife Allison chose the 40-49 age group because in the 2010 CrossFit Games, 50 years old was the masters-division cut-off.
“Under 40, you’re still kind of maybe in the running for competing, and I just felt like this was a specific decade that was sort of left out of CrossFit competitions thus far,” Allison says. She hopes other regions will start making this an annual event, too.
“CrossFit, I think, brings up the competitive drives in everybody. You can’t be a CrossFitter and not have some component of competitive nature in you,” Allison says.
Additional reading: CrossFit After 40 by Dr. Allison Belger, published Jan. 30, 2010.