According to analysts from American Sports Data, people 55 years and older are the fastest-growing segment of people joining gyms.
Just take a look at 77-year-old Constance Tillet, who after years of struggling with her health and body, began her CrossFit journey 10 months ago. Prior to trying CrossFit at CrossFit South Brooklyn, Tillet told CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell that her body began to fail her. In fact, it had been breaking down for almost 30 years. Tillet suffered from diabetes and would inject herself four times a day with insulin. She also had to take 60 pills daily for high blood pressure and arthritis. Besides the heavy intake of medicine, Tillet also had two hip replacements, two knee replacements, and two shoulder surgeries on her rotator cuffs.
But thanks to CrossFit and her hard work, Tillet has lost 50 pounds, and the number of pills she takes to avoid health complications has decreased tremendously. Besides helping her lose weight and increase her mobility, Tillet said CrossFit has also changed her mentally and spiritually. She shared that the CrossFit South Brooklyn’s staff, including her trainer, gym owner David Osorio, have become family, even attending her late husband’s funeral after he passed in June. While she cites her husband as “her everything,” the support of her gym family has moved Tillet in ways she never imagined.
“They were there with me at his grave site. And they’re still with me. They’ll be with me until I leave here. South Brooklyn CrossFit is my family. My children. And I mean it from the bottom of my heart.”
And it’s their support that keeps Tillet going and pushes her during her workouts each week. She believes senior citizens become too dependent on others as they age, but after taking back her health and happiness, she realizes it’s best to be responsible for your own well-being.
“Get up and do it. Stop with the whining. Stop with ‘Oh, you gotta take care of me.’ Take care of yourself.”