Grandmother defies age, CrossFits at 71

By Jared Bray, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 31, 2013

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Susie Rose is not your typical lola. Instead of kicking up her feet in retirement, the 71-year-old uses them at Copper Mountain CrossFit every weekday morning at 6 a.m.

“I want to be fit and healthy,” she said. “I want to be able to enjoy my grandkids, and so health is very important.”

It’s been so important that Rose shows up each day looking to improve. And thanks to her hard work, she recently set a gym record for plank—an exercise in which the body’s weight is borne on the forearms and toes—with a time of 5:24.

“It makes me feel good, a 71-year-old grandma beating all these young, macho guys,” she said with a laugh.

But there’s more to Rose than abdominal and core strength. She can also dead lift 150 pounds, squat 90, and bench press 45.

“It’s a pain that’s good,” Rose said. “They say, ‘no pain, no gain,’ so it’s addicting and I love it.”

In addition to being a CrossFit enthusiast, Rose is also an avid runner, and beauty pageant winner. In fact, earlier this month, she was crowned Queen Lola in Long Beach, Calif.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Rose said. “I was nervous. I was scared. But, you know, I was excited. The other lolas were so great, and we just had fun.

In December, Rose will celebrate her first full year of CrossFit, and with all the fun she’s having doing it, she said she has no plans to retire from her daily workouts any time soon.

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