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Age Is Just a Number

On Saturday, Joyce Snyder, age 71, participated in a Beastanetics workout on the beach in Asbury Park, NJ, making her the oldest person to date to complete a Beastanetics class. Previously, Joyce had been doing yoga and taking long walks around her local reservoir, but high intensity interval training was completely new to her. She said liked the movements and especially the fact that it wasn’t boring. “Before I could get bored, the movement changed and that kept my interest.” Before the class started I stressed to Joyce that she should go at her own pace and stop if she felt she needed to. I also told her I could provide her with alternatives if any of the movements caused pain or too much discomfort. But Joyce didn’t need any alternatives. She did extremely well with the squats, lunges, and planks that preceded the high intensity portion of the workout and also did great with the really tough stuff which included shuffles, backpedaling, mountain climbers, sprints, high knees (in the water!), a lateral crab walk, and a water skiier squat jump (Joyce opted not to jump). Truth be told, Joyce’s daughter is Heather Wagner, who at 47, is one of the fittest and toughest Beasts around, so maybe Joyce’s performance should have come as no surprise. But still, it’s very rare to see somebody in their 60s let alone 70s take part in a bona fide high intensity interval class. Looks like Beastanetics might have a whole new audience waiting in the wings.

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:05-05:00 September 12th, 2016|0 Comments