Collins, along with his wife, Judy, switched to a Paleo diet, which features fish, grass fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts. It excludes grains, dairy products, legumes, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.
CrossFit has been growing worldwide with about 3,400 CrossFit affiliated gyms located across the country.
Judy had lived with pain brought on by fibromyalgia for years, and it left her hesitant to give CrossFit a try. She began slowly, and after about two or three months she noticed that her pain was gone and instead replaced by the normal soreness that comes from working out.
"My doctor's thrilled," she said.
"It's one of those things where your competitive nature (takes over)," he said. "I'm not going to let this beat me, and over a period of time I started seeing improvement."
He enjoys the variety of CrossFit with workouts always changing.
had grandchildren, and the idea of staying sedentary during his golden years wasn't acceptable.
the open workouts and then earned second in the CrossFit Asia Regional in Japan.
Sommer was a part of a team of three men and three women from Front Range Crossfit that set a world record in the South West Regional in May. His team advanced to the CrossFit Games and finished 11th.
CrossFit allows participants to scale their workouts to what they can accomplish, and people build from there.
The Ojai native returned to the United States and moved to Denver, where he is the CrossFit Director at Bladium Sports Fitness.
the dearth of participants in his age bracket of 60 years and older, was able to advance past regionals straight to the CrossFit Games. He finished 15th at the CrossFit Games, held July 13 15 in Carson.
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CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program, has paid dividends for the Simi Valley resident, who was medically retired from the Simi Valley Police Department in 2006.
She now works at CrossFit Pacific Beach.
The physical strain of police work had left his body broken down. Years spent climbing in and out of a squad car with a police belt wrapped around his waist had left him with four herniated discs and three cracked vertebrae in his lower back.
In March, Collins began working closely with trainer Chris Espinosa.
Caleb Sommer, 24, initially heard of CrossFit during college at Pepperdine and started learning the workouts through videos while teaching English in China. He posted the top scores in China in Air Max 90 Premium White
"I think people are realizing you can get a workout done in in less than an hour," Renteria said. "It takes 20 minutes to go in, push yourself to your limits, do an amazing workout. You feel amazing after rather than going to the gym and just doing the elliptical for an hour."
He decided to give CrossFit a try.
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"(Back problems are) a common thing with cops if you don't take care of yourself, and I did not," Collins said. "And you're going to pay for it."
Collins' son, Shannon, suggested Crossfit to his dad. Collins started in March 2009 along with his daughter, Bekki McQueen. The two encouraged Judy to give it a try, and she started that July.
Before Sommer settled in, he drove cross country and visited about 30 CrossFit facilities ranging from the small (50 members and 800 square feet) to the massive (300 members, 20,000 square feet). He wanted to gain more background information in hopes of opening his own facility.
CrossFit Simi Valley owner Andy Rios suggested Collins consider the CrossFit Games. The first stage of the open competition involves completing five workouts over five weeks and then posting their scores online. Participants can work out at a local affiliate and be judged in person or they can submit video evidence of their workouts.
Collins had spent 33 years in law enforcement and had always been active, playing football and basketball growing up. He Air Max 90 Womens Pink
Sommer has always been athletic. He played tennis for the Weil Academy in Ojai and lacrosse at Pepperdine before graduating in 2010.
"I think that variance causes your muscles to constantly get a shock," he said. "OK, I'm used to doing pull ups all the time, but now all of a sudden Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Moire Holographic For Sale I have to do weighted pull ups."
These various exercises are grouped together to form Workouts of the Day (WODs). An hour long class usually includes a warmup, a skill development segment, the WOD and a period for individual and group stretching.
"We pace ourselves," Judy said. "I obviously can't compete with Gary. I can't compete with my daughter, but I compete with myself. Everybody goes at their own level."
When Collins started Crossfit, he couldn't do push ups or pull ups. Collins, 61, started seeing improvement within six months.
CrossFit emphasizes high intensity, functional movements. Workouts can be as short as 20 minutes with a strong focus on high intensity, demanding physical exertion with movements including sprinting, rowing, jumping rope and climbing rope. There's weightlifting and carrying unusual objects like kettle bells, medicine balls and more.
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