In his younger days, Jim Menjou used to run—a lot.
“Marathons and all that,” he says. “When I got past 40, I stopped. I’m 63 now. I stopped doing all that and started running to the refrigerator—and it started to show.”
Menjou began working out at CrossFit Ero in Torrance, Calif., on a recommendation from a friend who had made major life changes.
“The last time I saw him he could barely get through the doorway without turning sideways, so I said, ‘What the heck have you been doing?’ and he said, ‘CrossFit.’”
“It’s been great,” he adds.
Because Menjou has had cartilage removed from his knees, running and the prowler aren’t his favorite movements.
And despite his wife’s initial aversion to sweating, she now accompanies him to CrossFit.
“It’s something we can do together. Isn’t there a saying that the family that sweats together stays together?” he says with a laugh.
Together, the couple lost 20 lb. in three months and was able to cut cholesterol medication in half “just by exercising. We’re doing the Paleo Diet also,” Menjou says.
“We’re converted. We’re going to do this as long as we can keep moving.”
Additional reading: Training Silvers by Joey Powell, published May 28, 2010.