Monday, October 6

Someone asked me the other day if I would do CrossFit for the rest of my life. The answer is yes, although the intensity and movements may change over time. The point is that I plan on being active my whole life. I don’t want to get to a certain age and just sit back and move towards decrepitude.

An article called “Why I Hope to Die at 75″ came out last week and made some headlines. The point the author is making is that he doesn’t want to simply extend his life, he wants to have a functional life as he gets older. Here are a few excerpts from the article that demonstrate his point:

The question isn’t living longer. The question is high quality life, which is what most people want. And that’s why I think constantly asking ‘how long am I going to live’ is the wrong question to ask. … (How well am I going to live) is the right question.

The results show that as people age, there is a progressive erosion of physical functioning. More important, Crimmins found that between 1998 and 2006, the loss of functional mobility in the elderly increased. In 1998, about 28 percent of American men 80 and older had a functional limitation; by 2006, that figure was nearly 42 percent … So American immortals may live longer than their parents, but they are likely to be more incapacitated. Does that sound very desirable? Not to me.

Here’s an article from The Russells CrossFit blog discussing the original article and what is good and bad about it.

And finally here is a recent CrossFit video featuring the world’s fittest 75-year-old, who proves age is just a number and quality of life can be extended well in to older age.

Workout for Monday, October 6
Deadlift 7 @ 65%, 6 @ 70%, 5 @ 80%, 4 @ 85%, 3 @ 90%
All Single Reps!

6 min AMRAP
10 KB Swings (1.5/1)
30 Double Unders
Rest 2 min
6 min AMRAP
10 KB Front Rack Lunges (1.5/1)
10 Burpees