Everyone, meet Nina, if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, you can probably catch her in one of your classes, as she doesn’t have a set class she joins, you will sometimes see her at 5AM, 6AM, or even 6PM! Nina is a force to be reckoned with, she truly embodies what it means to be a “CrossFitter.” She is a leading force of showing that there is no age limit when it comes to your health and fitness level. Read below for her continuing journey and reasons why she decided CrossFit was for her!…

My name is Nina Green and my story begins with Samantha in January of 2015. Four years ago, I began working out with Samantha, as she was training clients from her garage. My daughter and friends were already training with her and encouraged me to work out with their group. I had just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and my neurologist told me exercise was the best thing I could do for my disease.

When I started, I could not do any sort of simple workout movements. I was out of shape and my muscles were weak. Samantha was patient, yet firm, about doing her program and not giving up. It was tough for me. I would leave some days thinking I am not going to be able to drive home because I am shaking so much and feel very nauseous; but, I kept coming back. I remember one time, she had us run around the block after each workout set (the sets included burpees, 1000 meter row, etc.). On this particular day, on my last run around the block, she ran with me to make sure I made it and completed the workout. It was beyond tough for me!

She has taught me so much, and I have seen the positive transformation in my body and my strength. There are so many things in our class that I am still not strong enough to do. Yet, Samantha customizes the workout with different options for me to achieve the same results. I am encouraged when I can do the exercise at my own pace and weights – so that I will not give up. Thank you Samantha, for always supporting me. Because of you, I have accomplished more than I ever thought I could. I realize my age is a huge factor, as I am the oldest in my class (64 years young) and the handicap I have from Parkinson’s. However, I believe that a person should not give up on something that is challenging when the long-term effects are so tremendous.

Samantha, you inspire me. I am so happy for you and your new adventure with your own CrossFit business. I would recommend or challenge anyone, of any age, to come join us!