What 50 Years Old Athletes Have to know Concerning the Senior Games


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More than 10,000 athletes over the age of 50 are expected to compete in the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque next June. Held every other year since 1987, NSG is the largest multi-sport qualified competition event in the world for men and women ages 50 and older. An athlete must be at least 50 years of age by December 31, 2020 to qualify for the 2021 National Senior Games. An athlete MUST qualify for the National Senior Games in even numbered years at an NSGA sanctioned senior games.

Click Here for the National Senior Games rules and minimum performance standards (MPS). Think again. In the National Senior Games, athletes compete in everything from swimming and track & field to softball, bowling and badminton and, yes, shuffleboard. 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+ (85+ age division will be added to the 2021 National Senior Games with the caveat that there must be at least 4 teams registered for the National Senior Games.

If not, the 85+ group will be moved to the 80+ division.). I’m an 80 year old woman who started racing at the Senior Olympics in 2001. I now have 8 state records in Michigan. I have been to six National Senior Olympics.

Placing in the top eight in all of them. They consist of two races, a 20k and 40k and two time trials, 5k and 10k. This summer I got two gold in the races and two bronze in the time. Senior Games competition is an Olympic-style sports event designed to promote healthy lifestyles for adults over age 50, through fitness, sports, active lifestyle, and athletic competition.

Senior Games have age groups that are set in five year increments for men and women; ages 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, all the way. Even with all of her accomplishments as an athlete, the then 90-year-old had the honor to carry the Olympic torch in the relay to its lighting before the Vancouver Games back in 2010. With these workouts from coach Tom Kelso (pictured below), aging can be an opportunity to get stronger and fitter than ever. Tom has written over 110 weeks of workouts for athletes who want to age with strength.

That’s over two years of free workouts to keep you busy.. Meet the Coach. Older athletes may wonder if you have significantly different sports nutrition needs from younger athletes. Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark offers the following tips to help older athletes (and aging athletes i.e., all of us) create a winning food plan that’s appropriate for every sport.

Don’t try to train like a twenty-year-old. You’re simply not going to be able to reliably. If you act your age in the gym, you’ll be able to play around outside like a younger athlete for a long time yet.

What You Need to Know to Start Working Out After 50.

List of related literature:

A list of such amazing accomplishments from aging athletes could go on and on.

“Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life” by Joe Friel
from Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life
by Joe Friel
VeloPress, 2015

The questions you ask will need to be adjusted to their age and developmental level, but the process with them could be even easier than with older athletes.

“Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sports” by Stephen Rollnick, Jonathan Fader, Jeff Breckon, Theresa B. Moyers
from Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sports
by Stephen Rollnick, Jonathan Fader, et. al.
Guilford Publications, 2019

One assumption is aging probably make sport seniors more prone to certain types of injuries.

“Foot and Ankle Sports Orthopaedics” by Victor Valderrabano, Mark Easley
from Foot and Ankle Sports Orthopaedics
by Victor Valderrabano, Mark Easley
Springer International Publishing, 2017

Older athletes also can benefit from guidelines regarding free time.

“The Coaching Process: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Effective Sports Coach” by Lynn Kidman, Stephanie J. Hanrahan
from The Coaching Process: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Effective Sports Coach
by Lynn Kidman, Stephanie J. Hanrahan
Taylor & Francis, 2010

All senior athletes, regardless of the category in which they fall or the activities they perform, experience some predictable age-related changes.

“Geriatric Physical Therapy eBook” by Andrew A. Guccione, Dale Avers, Rita Wong
from Geriatric Physical Therapy eBook
by Andrew A. Guccione, Dale Avers, Rita Wong
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

ATHLETES OVER 60 Everything described in the previous section on masters also applies to the over-60 age group—only more so.

“The Cyclist's Training Bible” by Joe Friel
from The Cyclist’s Training Bible
by Joe Friel
VeloPress, 2012

Research with young and middleaged adults, however, indicates that a more diverse set of motives drives these older sport and exercise participants (Biddle and Bailey, 1985; Gill, Williams, Dowd, Beaudoin, and Martin, 1996; Mathes and Battista, 1985; Summers et al., 1983, 1982).

“Handbook of Self-determination Research” by Edward L. Deci, Richard M. Ryan
from Handbook of Self-determination Research
by Edward L. Deci, Richard M. Ryan
University of Rochester Press, 2004

The senior athlete should avoid exercise regimens that include sudden ballistic movements, bursts of activity, contact sports, endurance activities, or excessive competition, because these types of activities place the senior athlete at greater risk of injury.

“Athletic Training and Sports Medicine” by Robert C. Schenck, Ronnie P. Barnes, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Robert S. Behnke
from Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
by Robert C. Schenck, Ronnie P. Barnes, et. al.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1999

To provide the best assistance possible to your athletes, it would be helpful to have an idea of their previous life experiences.

“Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches” by Craig A. Wrisberg
from Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches
by Craig A. Wrisberg
Human Kinetics, 2007

a few ancient stories recount that athletes sometimes tried to be accepted into a younger age category, obviously to enhance their chances of victory.

“A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity” by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
from A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity
by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
Wiley, 2014

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  • im 48, look like im 35, i still play soccer against young guys. im enjoying life heaps, wanna learn to skateboard… i have a friend and hes never exercised all his life, he has man boobs, lost all his hair, low energy, cant fuck and it looks like hes just waiting to die..
    which man wud u wanna be? im fit, strong and athletic. whats wrong with him? i gave up telling him to improve his life.. he needs to want it, maybe its low self esteem but its shit life thats for sure

  • This is so inspiringI begin OCFIT next week in Westminster CaI am a 53 year old female and not my best self for the past 2-3 yearsI keep waiting to be better BEFORE I go but, that is not going to happen Wish me luck and thank you for posting this!

  • Tricky thing about staying in shape as a senior is that it is very easy to get hurt, but if you don’t exercise, you’re more likely to get hurt.

  • I am honored to be part of the Crossfit community. I started CF in 2009, having never worked out a day in my life. I weighed in excess of 250lbs and had never lifted a Barbell, ran more than 100feet. After Doing a intro (5min of Cindy) and nearly passing out I was hooked! I have never done less than 4 days a week and in the last 5 years no less than 5 days a week. I will turn 64 on December 6th, and have competed in every open competition sense it was started, I am an assistant coach at CF Untamed in Vancouver WA and will never quit. To Christ be the Glory and to his Glory I hope to continue till I am no more.

  • You are correct. we must kill the bad fat and belly first to get the 6 pack.

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  • so.. its been 3 months now i’ve been crossfitting…. My last doctors appointment i had blood work done and the results were awesome… My type 2 diabetes symptoms and A1c level are just about normal… my meds have been cut in half!! If i keep it up she thinks within 6 months i will be off ALL meds! Crossfit HEB Texas, thanks.

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  • I’ve been crossfitting for a few years and recently had a friend (who is 56 years old) ask if it was even possible for someone his age to do crossfit. This video spoke volumes and proved it was indeed possible. Thank you.

  • google Heidi Creed and see her SpikeBoarding, she is age 54 and the first woman to spike board, strength, endurance and balance, sort of like a rolling cross fit 

  • 53, first time in my life I am loving a work out and after a major back surgery 4 yrs ago.  Results or excuses..cant have both..Im results driven now..

  • Rule 1 in any fitness program is not to get injured. This is the absolute priority for older people as their recovery time is infinitely longer than for the young ones and it is extremely demotivating. I am not convinced that crossfit would be appropriate for the long run, especially once you get into your later years.

  • Thank you so much for this. Just finished watching the 13 part “Killing the Fat Man” series and I found this vid even more inspiring than that series. Just hit 45yo myself and I realize I can no longer make excuses for myself anymore. Thank you again!

  • Love the energy! and Comradery… Last month for my 56th Birthday I completed 110 “nonstop” Kettlebell Snatches with 60 lbs in 6 minutes 15 seconds, this month 20 nonstop Deadlift reps with 245 lbs

  • LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION: Who (a real person) owns ALL the World Records & ALL Championships in ALL Individual Track & Fields Departments?

  • Im 47. 5’9″ 236….Type II diabetes…. Started crossfit at Prime CF in Euless, TX yesterday.  I will reverse the diabetes and get fit!! The eval workout kicked my ass… Cant wait to get there Today!!

  • I start my Crossfit adventure Monday afternoon. I’m 59 years old, have been mostly active since quitting smoking back in 1987. The past few years though I have been plagued with double pneumonia twice and bronchitis three times. Plus two touches of flu. Not fun. I’m not looking for miracles, but I do look forward to being below 200 pounds again, ( only a 10-pound quest). I want to be able to get up from the floor without climbing up, and I want to sit on the toilet without bracing myself. Small goals. I could go back to Golds or some such gym, but I want the classroom camaraderie of the Crossfit Box. I can do this. I just hope that my age is not an issue or a distraction to others.

  • Yes I agree cant even believe it. You are smart if you understand you need to eat right at your age to kill your belly.

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  • Thank you..Thank you…Thank you for this video. I’m 58, been doing Crossfit for 2 years. And am planning to do my cert 1 with intention of working with other boomers. Yeah..we’re bad!

  • 51? Kids! My husband and I both 71 and just 6 months in CF. Our SL in it for a few years and so are our daughter and two 13 and 15 yo granddaughters joined him too. So they came over last summer with the family to visit us in FL and went to our local CF box. I tagged along, curiosity killed the cat, they say but I was hooked just by watching people working out. I met a few people from our retirement community who were doing amazing things just after a few months of training. So I went back home and said “Honey, we are going” and by the tone of my voice, he got the message that he has no choice and no arguing will help. AND SO WE WENT and never looked back and even at the end we are huffing-and-puffing but it feels awesome.

  • I’m 66 and coach CF Master Classes. I do get a slight chuckle (not being mean). Most of these men and women in the vid are in their early 50’s Good grief…thats far from being old…. There are issues with “older” generation. After retiring many folks lose a sense of purpose of feeling useful. My classes are CrossFit / Functional Fitness with a good dose of humor. All the men and women in my classes are athletes and are treated with that respect..All of them are “addicted” to the classes. Most of them have physical issues that have to be worked around. Mainly hip, ankle and shoulder mobility. They all sweat they all have improved mobility and vitality. My youngest is 52 and my oldest is 79.5 years old. Bodies don’t last forever. When issues arise in that older body of yours. The last thing you want to hear from someone half your age is “Age is just a Number” It is and it isn’t..careful how you use that saying…

  • im 69 started crossfit 207 in maine last year my son and daughter inlaw got me started i love it
    im going to try the open this year just to see how i do wish me luck

  • I am 52 and start Crossfit nearly 3 years ago after a medical scare and realization that I was not in shape. I am fitter now than when I was 35 years old and maybe younger!! I love Crossfit, the fitness, the progress and the community! Great to see this video and the personal stories

  • I’ll be 57 in April, nice to see the 50’s package on here. I don’t belong to a crossfit club, but I follow the program at home. I really enjoy the workouts. I am ashamed of the time I wasted in my younger years doing isolation workouts. This technology is the only way to go IMO.

  • Thanks for this heads up on that this not an age thing guys, I feel encouraged as I’m 61 got back into gym work after a 20plus year lay off so for me cross fit is a new thing, I’ve dumped 25lbs of fat got the same again to get back to ideal weight height ratio and am in the process of learning the disciplines.
    Once again thanks for the encouragement.

  • I attend a Cross Fit Gym and it has changed my life. I’m 63yrs old. I’ve lost 54lbs, 30 inches in 8 months. I workout 6 days a wk & with many, many young people. After seeing this video I’m really proud of everyone and that no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to make positive changes in your life.

  • All true. I’m nearly 64, started CF when I was 58. Delaying the decay, every day. Still hiking, backpacking, skiing, cycling, and tossing my grandkids in the air. Just wish CF had come around sooner.

  • I did not have the same experience at a box I went to. Seemed like the owner gave me a hard time when I scaled or refused to perform a particular activity for my lack of flexibility prevented such, and the pain would be too great. This sure gives me incentive to try somewhere else.

  • I’m in my 50’s and been going to Crossfit for about 5 months. It was intimidating in the beginning…now I’m hooked. To feel strong and healthy at my age makes me happy!

  • I would be interested to know how everybody profiled in this video is doing today? The message off this video and Crossfit in general is loud and clear however, yes you CAN. You scale to your ability,be humble in regard to your abilities but realize you can do much much more than you perhaps think or have been led to believe and you will get better with consistency and practice. Functional fitness is the answer to a large percentage of our healthcare crisis.

  • I just turned 60 Feb. 27 and I’ve been doing Crossfit about a year now. We have a couple of 50 year-olds, but that’s it as far as I know. Love it. Wouldn’t stop for the world.

  • this is my box! This place is unbelievably amazing and the people are even better. Im 19 training for Navy and I started here about a month ago and everyone made me feel so welcome. I have never had coaches like Barry, Vince, Karry and Jocelyn, they know exactly what they are talking about and will do the workouts right next to you and stop just to fix your form or just give some support. Coming here every morning is the best training ive ever had. me bottom right at 5:09 tan shirt

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  • This isn’t a Box Tour CrossFitHQ, this is more like a Box Testimonial. What happened to the Box Tours that you actually would go around a Box and show how they have it set up and such?

  • That jump is pretty damn impressive. I feel like a lot of senior citizens can probably throw something and run but to jump over a bar is pretty insane