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Lift to Live Well by Sharon Mallia - CrossFit Journal

Lift to Live Well

By Sharon Mallia

In Special Populations

September 23, 2016

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Physiotherapist Sharon Mallia reports on the success of CrossFit-based training with 20 seniors aged 75-91.

CrossFit is becoming increasingly popular in older populations, but so far no academic studies have delved into the topic of CrossFit and older adults. I am a physiotherapist by profession and was introduced to the world of CrossFit about three years ago. Since then, I have been incorporating some aspects of CrossFit in my work at a geriatric rehabilitation hospital, and after seeing its efficacy, I decided to incorporate CrossFit in my thesis submitted as part of a master’s degree in gerontology and geriatrics.

The primary objective of this study was to test whether CrossFit principles can be safely and effectively used to improve the physical function of older adults, consequently increasing their level of independence in activities of daily living and offering them better quality of life. The second aim was to investigate the perception older adults have of this training program.

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