As you try new workouts, you are prompted to leave your comfort zone and become the best possible version of . At the age of 72 Lauren Bruzzone does just that. The former lawyer and current professor of UConn Stamford is no stranger. She practiced ballet for most of her life and participated in low-intensity training content until she was 67 years old. But then she had the urge to try something new, so a friend introduced her to CrossFit. (Related: What to Expect at First CrossFit Training)
She was addicted, but still had a more specific goal in mind.
One month ago, Bruzzone decided to work one-on-one with Wesley James, a certified personal trainer and owner of BasicQ Fitness in Norwalk, Connecticut. Your goal is to master pull-ups.
"Everything I've shown Lauren is all new to them because my training style is so different from CrossFit," James tells Shape . "She would always stay after class to work on her pull-ups, telling me it did not matter if she needed it until she was 78, but she was determined to reach her goal." (Related: 6 reasons why your first pull-up has not happened yet)
A week before Christmas, James offered to help her master the skill in just three weeks. He also shared her progress on Instagram. "People keep telling me, 'I'm too old for it, or I can not do that movement,'" he said, "but I thought if Lauren was building strength and muscle at her age, it might help to change some thoughts. "And it definitely has.Videos in which Bruzzone crushed hard training have inspired thousands of people around the world.
" Day three weeks ago, Lauren got her pull-up, "James says, but just because Achieving this goal does not mean that this incredible woman has ended the crush.
"Now she is addicted! We're still working to perfect it, but their overall goal is to keep improving on a daily basis. "(Inspired? Here's how to finally pull-up)
Now Bruzzone takes five days a week James runs a CrossFit class at Carzonne Fitness in Stamford, CT, and sees six days a week.
Now the duo is working on calisthenics, stability and core work, James says. "It's important to build a strong base first "Before I can push them into the more advanced movements," he says, "I really stress the importance of body control / controlled movements and proper breathing." (Related: The Ultimate Guide to Proper Breathing During Exercise)
These are the basics something that James says he emphasizes with everyone he works with. "I teach all my clients how to use their core as much as possible to control their pace, to support their movements Use and protect yourself from injury, "he says. "Your core is where all your strength is, without your core there is no movement possible, and proper breathing can provide the muscles with the oxygen they need, increasing your stamina and endurance, which is the key to keeping them safe and effective regardless of your age. "(Learn more about why nuclear power is more important?)
What does Bruzzone's journey tell you? It's proof that you can never stop learning and that you can do anything to focus on, regardless of age or level of experience – with the help of some tenacity, determination and commitment.
"What makes Lauren so special is that she is still hungry," says James. "She complains about nothing, she is always ready to go, she is very keen and loves the improvement process, she makes my day every time I see her."