Nancy Raineri is 64 years old and has struggled with alcoholism for more than 20 years. She remains sober now thanks in part to CrossFit Sonora Sports and Fitness Center in Sonora, Calif.
“I feel like I am somewhere I haven’t been in many, many years,” Raineri says. “And I like the feeling.”
Raineri says CrossFit gives her strength.
“When you don’t exercise or do something with your body, you find yourself sitting at home more, eating more, you know, and you get depressed, and, anyway, I do. I get depressed,” she says.
While her fellow CrossFitters are inspiring, they can also be intimidating.
“You can feel like, ‘I’m not as good as them,’” she says. “But actually I’m just as good as them because I’m here.”
Additional reading: A Vote for CrossFit by Congressman John Sullivan, published March 12, 2010.