Meet Jean. Jean has been a member at Hardbat CrossFit for over 3 years. We know that CrossFit has had a remarkable impact on her overall health and fitness but now we have some concrete numbers to show for it. Jean was diagnosed with osteoporosis in June of 2010. Imaging along with other tests confirmed a moderate amount of loss in bone density in both of her hips and her spine. Jean has always gravitated towards exercise, but knew that she needed to reevaluate her training if she had any hope of halting her osteoporosis. CrossFit has provided Jean with weight bearing exercise in the form of bodyweight movement, but also with a combination of compound movements derived from powerlifting and olympic weightlifting. While these movements are extremely complex, Jean has drilled them hundreds if not thousands of times with very light weights. Exposing Jean to these challenges has not only had a positive impact on her range of motion and joint stability, but also an unbelievable reversing effect on her osteoporosis. Jean just recently went back to her doctor for follow up imaging and tests regarding her osteoporosis and the numbers came back better than we could have hoped for. Her left hip bone density has improved by 15.9%, her right hip has improved by 12.4% and her spine has seen a positive change of 17.7%! Jeans success is paramount to understanding the need for older populations to welcome strength training rather than writing it off. While Jean gets 1 year older like the rest of us, she is actually physiologically getting younger through CrossFit. We couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments and hope that this sends a positive message to others who are on the fence about CrossFit because of fear and current limitations. One month, one day, one exercise at a time, we can help!