Never say, ” I can’t.” I’ve tried to wipe that out of my Vocabulary .”-Annie Holmes
When we think about CrossFit, we often visualize young, athletic individuals pushing their bodies to the limits, lifting heavy weights, and performing high-intensity workouts. But, the inspiring story of 93-year-old Annie Holmes is taking social media by storm, shatters all stereotypes, and proves that age is no barrier to pursuing a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Discovering CrossFit at 89:
Four years ago, at the age of 89, Annie Holmes stepped into Auburn CrossFit in Auburn, California, for the first time. Not everyone at the age of 89 considers embarking on a new fitness journey, much less the physically demanding regimen that CrossFit is known for. Yet, Annie’s unwavering spirit and resolve to defy the norms associated with aging led her to venture into this challenging fitness discipline.
Everyone at the gym adores her. In response to a question about how she started her journey, she replied, “Everyone welcomed me. It makes you want to stay ” and I did.”
Let us find out what she said about her fitness journey.
Photo Credit: Cinnamon Prior
A Source of Inspiration:
Annie Holmes is more than just a participant in her local CrossFit community at CrossFit Auburn. She is a beacon of inspiration. Her story proves there is always time to get in the fitness game, and it’s taking social media by storm. Her presence motivates her younger and older peers to strive harder and push beyond their perceived limits. Annie’s transformation and progression have demonstrated that the human body and spirit can remain strong, resilient, and adaptable regardless of age.
Her story motivates others to reconsider the self-imposed limitations they place on themselves due to age and to explore new avenues for personal growth and well-being. Whether it’s learning a new skill or embracing a new form of exercise, Annie’s journey underscores the significance of maintaining an active and engaged lifestyle throughout one’s life.
Overcoming Age-Related Challenges:
Annie’s journey is not without its share of challenges. The aging body naturally experiences a decline in muscle mass, bone density, and joint flexibility. However, Annie has shown that consistent effort and a positive mindset can help overcome these obstacles, improve overall health, and enhance the quality of life. Annie also rows, bikes, and deadlifts and can do modified burpees and lunges. But what she’s most proud of is her plank time. Annie can hold a plank for three minutes and 10 seconds.
Through disciplined training, proper nutrition, and adequate rest, Annie has managed to mitigate age-related health issues, proving that it’s never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Her resilience has also been a testament to the healing and rejuvenating capabilities of the human body when provided with the proper care and stimulation.
A Catalyst for Change:
Annie Holmes has become a catalyst for change in societal perceptions about aging and physical capabilities. She has redefined what it means to be ‘fit’ and has shattered the notion that age should dictate the activities one can pursue. By challenging herself and succeeding, she encourages us all to rethink our lifestyle choices and remain open to new experiences, regardless of age.
A Lesson in Perseverance and Positivity:
Annie’s remarkable story teaches us that age is just a number and it should never limit our aspirations or dampen our spirits. Her dedication and positivity serve as a reminder that pursuing health and happiness is a lifelong journey, and it is never too late to start.
In a society obsessed with youth, Annie Holmes is a symbol of timeless strength, resilience, and vitality. Her journey is a powerful message that we all have the potential to redefine our limits and live fuller, healthier lives, no matter how old we are.
Annie Holmes is not just a 93-year-old CrossFit enthusiast; she is a symbol of hope, determination, and the boundless possibilities that life holds, regardless of age.
“It’s the emotional bonds we have. People will tell me that I inspire them, but everyone there inspires me. And we really are bonded. We have parties outside the workouts, and we are there for each other in every way,” Annie said.
Her story reminds us all that it is never too late to change, grow, challenge ourselves, and live our lives to the fullest. Let’s be inspired by Annie’s incredible journey and dare to defy our own limits, reshaping our destinies and embracing the endless opportunities for learning and growth that life offers.
Annie couldn’t be more pleased and ultimately proves that CrossFit is for anyone of any age.
“I’m just glad I’m here. And I will never give it up,” she said.
March is the founder and owner of The Barbell Beauties which she started in 2015. She is from the Philippines and currently lives in beautiful Thailand with her American husband and daughter. She is an avid Crossfitter and has just started her journey into Muay Thai (kickboxing).