The 50s Club

By Various

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January 17, 2013

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At CrossFit Generation, there’s a notable age gap in the membership: there are those in their 50s and those at least 20 years younger.

“To me, personally, the 50-plus community really doesn’t mean anything because age, to me, is nothing,” says Jocelyn Weidner, who co-owns the Pennsylvania affiliate with her husband, Barry. “Everyone is an athlete here.”

Joe Geiner is among them.

“I smoked for 30 years,” the 53-year-old says. “I quit about five years ago, (lay) on the coach for four years and the wife says, ‘You gotta get up and do something.’”

He chose CrossFit Generation, where his children trained for swimming. There, Geiner lost 40 lb. and improved his deadlift from 125 lb. to 350 lb.

“The results are unbelievable,” he says.

For 51-year-old Bernadette Clune, CrossFit lets her work out alongside her 18-year-old and 25-year-old children.

“I just absolutely love that I can train like a competitive athlete and I’m not a competitive athlete,” she says. “So I continue to just train for the things I’m doing every day.”

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Additional reading: Training Silvers by Joey Powell, published May 28, 2010.

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4 Comments on “The 50s Club”

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I think that In next few years Extreme conditioning training ( Crossfit) will be integrated to rehab programms for patients with any health problem, because crossfit really works; regards)

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That is a great testimony to perseverance and commitment, and that age is only a number. I am in the "60"s Club (66yrs old) hold a CF Level 1 cert and have been training for over 30 years for myself and training others for the last 15 years. I sometimes want to shake the aging poplulation by the shoulders and yell "wakeup" you don't have to use that walker or motorized scooter to get around, you have the power to do something about your condition and your weight! My passion runs deep for what I do and I am doing what I can (samll as it is) to spread the word that age does not define you and you have way more say and control about your abilities than you can imagine.
Great Job CrossFit Generation!!!

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I started CrossFit at CrossFit The Den in Medford Oregon, three years ago at 48 years old. This was after 25 years of no regular excerise program. In the beginning I was only able to hang on the bar for 3-5 seconds, an air squat was almost impossible and only slow jog 400m at a time. Now at 51-1/2 years young, I am competing in CrossFit competitions in the Masters division or Rx'd if masters is not available. The 2013 CrossFit Open Competion will be my third year of Open Competion. During a yearly check at the beginning of January 2013, the Doctor told me I was one of her model patients and to keep up the good work. In 2010, I completed 4 5k runs and in 2011 ran a half marathon. This was all made possible to the scale ability of CrossFit to any fitness level. The WODs are always hard because I push myself a little harder each time to go faster than the last or lift more weight. I now mentally take on the WOD before 3, 2, 1, GO to determine where the self imposed limit is and how to push beyond that limit. Runing at the Redline (of life) to slide into Heaven all used up for having lived life to the fullest.

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I love these stories. They keep my enthusiasm up and inspire me to progress. I just turned 58 and built a nice gym in my garage/workshop last November that allows me and my wife to train 5 days a week. I have a similar story akin to many on here. I was an athlete in my younger teen days, but life and the pursuit of life steered me away from my true love - fitness! But now it's back with a vengeance. I've been doing Crossfit for 9 months now and I'm in the best shape of my life. Even better than when I was a teen. Now I can afford the right equipment and dedicate the time to workout. Scaling has been my friend, but it's still a goal to match those " Young Guns", Froning, Homberg, Khalipa, Salo, Chan and Spealler, not too mention the girls, Thorisdottir, Foucher, Fortunato, Clever and LeBlanc-Bazinet. I pretty much eat, drink and breathe Crossfit and infect my friends and family with all the goodness that is available to them through Crossfit. The added benefit that many Christians are part of the Crossfit family just makes my life with God just amazing. Thank you !!

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