In Akron, Ohio, 61-year-old Betsy Finley is training for the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. She tied for second overall in the 60-plus category of the Masters division during the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Open.
Finley says she started working out to be able to sea-kayak with a group of friends.
“I decided I didn’t want to be the granny at the back; I wanted to keep up with the boys,” she says.
When her personal trainer adopted CrossFit, Finley moved with him to CrossFit Akron and hasn’t looked back.
“This CrossFit thing is perfect for all the things that I like to do,” she says.
Her advice is simple: “For people my age, I think it’s an amazing feeling to feel fit overall, and I don’t care where you start. You’ve got to not be comparing yourself to everybody else and just get started and get moving and do it,” Finley says. “I think it’s awesome. I’m not gonna stop.”
Watch her take on Open Workout 11.6, the thruster/pull-up AMRAP.
Additional reading: Week 6 Workout.