Confessions of a Middle-Aged CrossFit Newbie

January 6, 2015 4:04 AM

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I am definitely not your typical CrossFit disciple. I am a 49-year-old, soft-around-the-middle type of guy. The bulk of my athletic endeavors are a decade behind me, and my 40s have been plagued by an endless array of injuries -- including elbow tendonitis, a torn calf muscle and a hamstring I shredded into an unholy mess. Even worse, every passing year brings an uglier number when I step on the scale. I used to just jump back into a workout routine and curb the diet to get things back under control. Those days are now gone.

Being a stay-at-home dad of two young sons doesn't allow me much time for the long runs that used to help me fight off the weight. I'm mostly a writer, which leads to long motionless days sitting at a computer, but I also do a lot of performing, which involves the occasional on-camera gig. After eve...

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