Let Movement Be Your Medicine

Let Movement Be Your Medicine

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This past Sunday we are the pleasure of you watching 5 teams from PSKC compete in a “Masters” throwdown hosted by our good friends at Friendship CrossFit. For a lot of the people it was their first time participating in a competition and/or workout outside PSKC. Including some of the lovely ladies in the above photo.

Words cannot describe how a coach feels when they get to see on of their athletes compete for the first time.

We were there when we answered your emails or talked to you for the first time in the gym. We assured you then that you could do it. We told you it would be difficult, but it would be worth it.

We were there when you completed your first 101 workout. We told you we would teach you, but you’d have to do the work. We assured you then that you could do it.

We were then when you completed your first class workout. We saw when the “vets” high fived and encouraged you. We assured you then that you could do it.

We were there on your first PR/pullup/400m run without stopping. We saw the look on your face when you finally started believing in yourself, when you reconnected with that spark of confidence. We assured you then that you could do it.

Now we were there at your first competition. Seeing the nerves on your face during the final seconds before the first event. The nerves you haven’t felt in many years. We assured you then that you could do it.

Back to the good looking ladies in the photo. After the competition, Marilyn asked them about why they do this crazy stuff called CrossFit. Please take some time to read about their incredible successes. It’s truly remarkable what can occur when you start believing everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear and start using movement as your medicine.
Jodi – 48 – 5 years ago my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She had a 26 pound ovarian tumor removed from her ovary. The Dr. in Columbus said that wasn’t the biggest he had removed, but hers was considered large! Only by the grace of God, she is alive today and cancer free! Her tumor was self contained and she now can officially say, “I had ovarian cancer and WON!” My OB in Columbus, who also treats my mom, told me in a very straight forward way, that if I didn’t start becoming active and eat better, I too could be where my mom was. Cancer is common in overweight women, especially in the mid section. I also had NO ENERGY, I wasn’t sleeping well and six months prior to 101, I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Once I started Cross-Fit in January, I had no more flare ups with my Fibro and as of this morning, I have lost 47.5 pounds.
Darlene – Age 60 – I have never had major health issues, but I do have high cholesterol. I eat good and exercise so the doc said it is hereditary. I also was diagnosed with osteopenia 3 years ago. I had a bone density scan done in May and I no longer have osteopenia and my bone density went up 10 points. That was due to the weight lifting the doctor said. But I started crossfit because I love the challenge and I am very competitive. I also am not a person to sit around. I enjoy being around people that don’t just sit around. I have always had a problem with my self-esteem and knowing that I can do something most women my age can’t or won’t do has helped my self-esteem. I don’t mean this in a negative way. It has just helped me.
Marilyn – Age 60 – It took me a while for my daughter and son-in-law to convince me to try this crazy workout called crossfit. I thought old people my age don’t do that kind of stuff. They finally talked me into giving it a try. It was on my bucket list to try it for a year, prior to my 60th birthday. After completing the 101 intro class, I kept coming back for more. Even though it was the most intense type of exercise I’d ever done, I actually liked it. I also thought about the health problems my parents had. If I could start early to help possibly wart off hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s, it would be well worth it. Since starting crossfit, I have been completely taken off of my bp medicine. The numbers are in perfect range. I had been diagnosed with a degenerative meniscus in my left knee, and it would actually give out on me from time to time. Since learning to properly do squats, and working with weights, and possibly running, I have had no knee pain. I have one kidney, and have it checked once yearly. Drinking gallons of water, and staying well hydrated. My urologist told me he only needs to see me every two years. My family doctor, OBGYN, and urologist told me to just keep on doing what I’m doing to stay this healthy at my age. And that’s truly a blessing. It also helps with depression. I also changed my eating habits, and eating a lot healthier. Most women my age have trouble sleeping. When my head hits that pillow, I’m out like a light. Feeling well rested the following morning. My energy level has reached new heights. Over all, I feel I’m in the best of health. And all the amazing people I’ve made lasting friendships with. We are family!
Jill – (Age 57) – Well I have no known health problems. I never have. I’m lucky that way really am! I just like the challenge of it to see how far I can take myself physically . I had so many people coming up to me yesterday at that competition telling me how awesome I was at doing those burpees and front squats. Even young guys were telling me how I smoke them burpee over bars. Made me feel so good to hear that then they would say I want to be just like you when I grow up Lol! Such a great feeling

Lori – (Age 57) I was totally miserable. I had hip pain, lower back pain, some other occasional joint pain. Very stiff when rising from the bed, or chair. Even the tops of my feet on occasion hurt. I really thought there was nothing more I could do but continue to grow old. And fast. A vicious cycle. I changed my eating habits and that helped a little. But the day Renee said, “just try it and give it a chance.” I saw a glimmer of hope. The day I left my first 101 class my pain in my hip and lower back was GONE!!! It hasn’t been back and haven’t been to the chiropractor either since. It took a couple of months of consistency and proper fuel for workouts to discover the awesome energy!!! If I don’t exercise or get up and move I feel the stiffness. An age thing I guess. So now I be like, “I’m the happiest girl in the USA!!” 🙌 Oh! My cholesterol has come down but need to continue to concentrate on that. Also no vitamins and I still have energy. I eat my vitamins. I like food. 😊

Life doesn’t end after 40 – fuel your body and let movement be your medicine. We can help you regain your confidence, shed some pounds, get you off the meds, and find an amazing quality of life. You can do it…

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