It’s not surprising to me that a record number of CF Jaguar members are participating in this year’s CrossFit Open—I would expect nothing less from our community. What may be surprising to those not in the CF arena is the diversity amongst those participants.
In the early years the Open brought to mind elite level athletes and the highly skilled being the majority of competitors. In both 2013 and 2014 CF Jaguar was proud to have such an athlete, Taylar Stallings represent our box at the Southeast Regionals. They were exciting seasons to say the least.
While it is hard to rival that experience a different one yet equally exciting is to see our members participating in the Open and how well they are doing. We have our veteran coaches and firebreathers that anticipate the Open with the excitement of a child at Christmas. To be expected. Each year they continue to improve in their performance. They are driven, they are disciplined, they are successful.
We also have several of our ‘regular’ members participating. By ‘regular’ I mean non firebreather. These are people with busy corporate careers, raising children or both that do not live and breathe fitness 24/7. They excel in other areas and may or may not have played a sport in their youth and fitness is now a part of their life not their lifeblood. Some of them doubted their capabilities in this arena when they first came to us. Well, doubt no more this group is doing it and doing it well.
Let’s hear it loud and clear for the age 50+ participants!! Yea, being 56 I am a little biased but having lived this long let me tell you it ain’t like being 25. Stuff changes; recovery slows, you have orthopedic challenges due to life’s wear and tear over the decades and if you haven’t been using it you’re on the verge of losing it. Our 50 something year olds are kicking ass. The baby boomer majority is silent no more. We have our largest group ever competing this year. They are proving that through the CF lifestyle you can slow down the hands of time and remain fit and functional in your latter decades. #ageisnotanexcuse.
We have so many amazing people representing CF Jaguar this year that we will highlight a few each week throughout the Open. Have you signed up? You have until Monday to complete 16.1, what are you waiting for?