CrossFit – Laurie Nelson Starts CrossFit in her 60’s

CrossFit – Laurie Nelson Starts CrossFit in her 60’s

I’m Mike Anderson. I graduated from
Pepperdine in 1992 and I’m going to introduce in a second here my freshman
advisor from the Sports Med program. When I came here when I was 18-years-old, one of the first persons that I met in sports medicine was Dr. Laurie Nelson.
Stage left here. Dr. Laurie Nelson is an athlete at CrossFit Malibu. She told me not to talk about her age.
(Laughter) [Laurie] I was very reluctant to come to CrossFit. Mike Anderson who had started this gym was telling me all about it and I thought it should be a good idea because I knew with him involved it was a really good
idea but I was 64-years-old and very much sort of damaged. I had bad knee, bad foot… [Mike] But when Laurie was in high school they really didn’t have women’s sports.
So she really technically was not an “athlete” per se. Well, she was a pretty athletic energetic person who liked physical pursuits. She really was not a—
didn’t belong to any athletic teams until she was actually a professor here
when she started playing intramural sports. [Coach] Two, one, go! [Laurie] Just after I graduated from college is
when college sports started for women. And, I was kind of a part of that movement because I started the women’s athletic program at Pepperdine University when the whole thing began. And we started with you know, three teams and built from there. So I’ve really really had no experience
with this and I started at a really really low level not being able to do hardly anything. I was a hiker but I hadn’t done much else
in recent years so, I couldn’t really do push-ups. I couldn’t do any arm strength anything. I couldn’t really do a lot of even sit-ups or you know, anything like that. So, I started a very elementary levels of everything. [Mike] When I opened my gym about three years ago, Laurie was one of the most positive
supporters in terms of trying to get people to come down, but for about a year she knew that CrossFit was not for her. Because CrossFit were for people that
were big and strong and already athletes and they could clean and jerk you know,
300 pounds. They could do at least 10 or 15 pull-ups. CrossFit is not just for elite athletes. In fact, it turns normal, everyday people— so Laurie’s going to be my example— into athletes. I consider anyone that works out at my gym— and most CrossFit gym owners consider their their clients or their members also
athletes— athletes in training. [Laurie] In fairly short time I noticed gains. And I noticed differences. And I noticed changes in my strength and in my ability to do things. And I’ve always been an athlete,
I mean I’ve always wanted to be fit. So, I decided to keep going with it. [Mike] Last pull-up. And up!
Nice. [Laurie] I just— you know, you just happen to come the week that I happen to get kinda sick again. And I got— I get sick the week before the
Games— I got sick a month before the Games. – Oh really? I was sick for a whole month. – Oh wow.
– Yeah I was battling it. Because I kept trying to come back and work,
and I couldn’t really. I’ve never done anything like this before in my life. Never. So therefore, I didn’t really know what to expect. I worked really hard during the Open competition to do that but that was one thing a week. You know,
just one WOD a week and so now I was facing a lot more than that. And, so yeah, I had— I had some fear. I had some worry. But I knew that I only could do what I
could do and as long as I was placing where I was I shouldn’t have any reason
why I wouldn’t continue to do that. Well, in the Open I finished ninth and in the Games tenth. And considering that like I say, I was sick for about a month in the training period, I considered the tenth place finish really good. [Mike] While I’m talking here I’m gonna have Laurie come up and she’s gonna demonstrate a couple of things that she used to do in the gym right when she first got here. So do a couple of pull-ups against that— a couple push-ups. Those were Laurie’s push-ups. So she’s just gonna warm-up doing some of the movements that she did when she started at the gym two years ago. [Laurie] I was doing squats like about that
[Mike] Hmm not quite that deep. (Laughter)
Right there. Those were her squats. And her walking lunges she’s also going to embellish. Probably not quite that deep and not on the other leg. [Laurie] Yeah. Only one leg. It’s just absolutely fantastic. I can first of all just carry anything I want to carry. The groceries, the luggage, the rocks.
I happen to like working in the garden. Whatever it is, I can do it. Just like I did it before. I really think the
strength that I’ve got is similar to what I had when I was younger
maybe even 20-30 years old. Which was very surprising to me. [Mike] So what I’m going to do here with Laurie is I’m going to take her through an example of
the movements that are involved in Fran, and we’re going to do a demonstration of
Fran in a completely scaled way. [Laurie] It has been really amazing. I mean just like my CrossFit family here is so supportive, the Pepperdine community is really
supportive. I gave a President’s briefing— part of his Wednesday morning gathering he asked me to come speak for five minutes and I was able to you know, show
those people what I had done and lots of people have come up to me and been so supportive and so— you know, really excited about it. So, to the extent that I can generate enthusiasm for exercise, I’m always happy to do it. It’s been really neat to kind of come all the way around and be able now to be
a bit of a spokesperson for keeping fit. Especially keeping fit at an older age.
I’ve always been in sports medicine. I’ve always been in exercise physiology. But at the same time, now I get a chance
to be a bit of a role model for other older adults and I really really like that because I want them to know where I started and how you can do it. Even with orthopedic problems. Even with endurance problems. Even with other problems. You can do CrossFit. You can get better. They’re happy to take on the challenge of trying to teach those that have different problems.

15 comments on “CrossFit – Laurie Nelson Starts CrossFit in her 60’s

  1. stedmans4christ Post author

    I'm sooooo inspired and completely adoration of you Laurie…just started cross fit and been about 8 times now…I have counted each one at this point bc I have grown stronger with each and every single visit. I am blown away by crossfit and what a dramatic change it makes on ones life…there is even a bond between those you work out with that is somewhat unexplainable.

  2. Peter sellers Post author

    I am a trainer where im from. There are alot of older man like 75 and that age range but no women. I think more women that age should consider weigth training.

  3. kate laskowski Post author

    Just what I needed to see. I can't squat low, or lung especially with one leg and I'm 57 I've been going to they gym and wondering if I'm going to get better. Thank you for confirming it will and does.

  4. Virginia Davies Post author

    I would have never believe that women like Laurie Nelson Starts started doing CrossFit at her 60's, this raised my Goosebumps. Very inspirational and help me to understand that age is just numbers; it’s your inner spirit that help you to achieve toughest job in simple manner with satisfying results.

  5. Dave M Post author

    A: SHE LOOKS LIKE A O-L-D MANB: SHE HAS been IN THE SUN TOOOOOO LONGC: she would scare a starving buzzard of a shitwagon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Keith Harmon Post author

    Staying fit and strong after 60 because I stayed off all the steroids, HGH or TRT. Still busting myths at 71 wrinkle free.

  7. cindy grajeda Post author

    I will be 60 in six months and I have been doing CrossFit 5 days a week for almost 2 yrs and the changes I’ve gotten are truly amazing! Loved watching this video !! Great Job!! #crossfitatanyage


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