5 Reasons Why CrossFit is Great for People Over 35

At GAIN Fitness, we have a huge range of ages, with our youngest members working out with Mat in CrossFit Kids, and our eldest over 75. In the world of CrossFit, once you hit 35 (old I know), you become a Masters Athlete. Which essentially means, at a competitive level, you’re unlikely to keep up with the 20 year olds (an outrageous assumptions teehee). 

This month we have a whopping 13 GAIN Masters Athletes headed up to CrossFit Leyland to compete in the individual competition Raising the Bar. And this got us to thinking about how CrossFit may be known for its challenging workouts, but how it’s actually an excellent choice for people of all ages, including those over 35. 

Here are just a few reasons why:

  1. Builds bone density: As we age, our bones naturally lose density, which can lead to a higher risk of fractures and other injuries. CrossFit, with its emphasis on weight-bearing exercises like squats and deadlifts, can help maintain or even increase bone density.
  2. Improves balance and coordination: CrossFit often includes exercises that require balance and coordination, such as box jumps and kettlebell swings. These movements can help improve your overall balance and reduce your risk of falls. And movements like burpees mean you’ll always be able to get up off the floor no matter how old you are. 
  3. Increases metabolism: As we age, our metabolisms naturally slow down, which can contribute to weight gain. CrossFit workouts are designed to be high-intensity, which can help boost your metabolism and keep you burning calories long after your workout is over.
  4. Promotes functional fitness: CrossFit workouts are designed to keep you moving with ease outside of the gym. So whether that’s carrying shopping in from the car, getting something off a high shelf, playing with the grandkids or even running for the bus, CrossFit workouts will help keep the simplest physical tasks, simple. 

We can’t wait to see how our Masters Athletes get on in a few weeks time, and we hope you’ll join us in wishing them the best of luck.

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