First, it was her two sisters. Then it was her parents. Then her husband. Her kids. Some in-laws.
All told, there are roughly a dozen members of Brenda Glidden’s extended family who work out at CrossFit Relentless in West Hartford, Conn.
“I knew that they would like this,” she says of her two sisters.
Others took longer to convince.
“My parents said, ‘Absolutely not. There’s no way on Earth we’re going to do this.’”
“At first I thought she was crazy,” her dad blurts out between breaths while doing a WOD.
“We were like, ‘I don’t know if that’s for us. We’re too old,’” says Glidden’s mom.
But Glidden’s dad came in and was hooked. And when his wife saw how happy he was, she decided to give it a try. For Glidden’s husband, CrossFit has been like returning to childhood, he says.
“I feel like we’ve turned the clock back about 15 years,” he says. “It’s awesome.”
Additional reading: Beyond the CrossFit Games: Part 4 by Jack Goodson, published July 25, 2011.