VIEJO Comeback!

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Russell Meagher from California

#OGNG Old Guy New Guy!

That's today's attitude. My hobbies have included playing adult baseball, running, road racing motorcycles, hiking, and now cross-fit. A couple years ago at 53 years old, I was 30+ pounds overweight, completely out of shape and facing back surgery. It was surgery that I had to have; I knew that I could live with the back pain if I wanted... but decided that living with the pain at 54, really wasn't "living" at all.

My future of doing everything I love was in serious jeopardy. After my surgery in July of 2015, and several weeks recovering, I returned to my CrossFit class... just as visitor and to try some modified exercises.

Not long after that, I got a gift... a "Viejo Strong" shirt from a buddy in class. A young man with an incredible story of his own. I decided right then that I was going to become Viejo Strong!

It's been 1.5 years since my back surgery and I've been back out on the race track, ran 1/2 marathon, went to a Pro-Clinic baseball camp, and can out perform 75% of my CrossFit classmates.

My "back" is better than ever before. I've got a long way to go with my fitness but... I am "Viejo Strong". #OGNG


As always we just want to thank Russell for sharing his story with us. If you want to follow his Instagram, you can find him at @spondon83