Olga Whitney

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1. What brought you to CrossFit?

My son Mike and my daughter-in-law Kendra had the foresight to enable me to continue my current active and independent life, they presented me with a Christmas CrossFit gift certificate a year ago! They trusted me that after a few months of indecision and self doubt, I would follow through and join. This was completely new territory for me as an older person.

2. What was your first impression?

Black Bolt’s space and equipment is far different from any fitness centers that I have ever attended. I had never used a dumbbell, kettlebell or most other items. The only familiar piece of equipment initially was the jump rope..a very familiar form of exercise of mine over 60 years ago. Yes, it was intimidating but after a few lessons from great instructors, the expectations and pace of the equipment was modified to my abilities which gave me more confidence to continue! :)

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

The highlight of my continued membership is my successful (albeit rusty technique and slow speed) execution of a recent series of Burpees in a WOD. Before this event, I could only do a very modified Burpee  with some difficulty. I feel very satisfied with my progress and it has improved my strength, balance and flexibility. Recently in a news app, I saw a quote that particularly addresses myself and any aging person. "Grandma needs to be able to do a Burpee. If she falls down and no one is around, she needs to be able to get back up."

4. What are you working on now?

I need to improve my stamina, strength and techniques on all the workouts but definitely need to work on my very tight hips to enable me to sit in the lotus like position some day. Also I need to improve my arms overhead flexibility when using a barbell, as in the push press. As my self confidence increases, I will try to push harder and faster but gradually!

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?

Soon after the Jr. Bolts was created, often times I would pair up with my granddaughter (she usually out performs me), and she would take care of my confused  moments by telling me how many reps, sets and times for the workouts:) If I did not remember a movement, she would show me. She is a very understanding and patient and is my special instructor! Any time I come to CrossFit with my son, his wife and my two grandchildren, is a memorable moment that motivates me to continue and boosts my self confidence. I want to stay healthy for them and myself.

Jason OBannon