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Fit Folks: Mary Tucker

Pam LeBlanc
Mary Tucker

Mary Tucker, 60

When the coach in my first CrossFit class handed me a barbell, I fell over. CrossFit, an extreme exercise program, held no allure except that my son-in-law and one of his friends had just opened CrossFit City Limits in North Austin. My sister suggested we try a class to support the new business. Braver with her at my side, we signed up together. I returned home after surviving that first class to find that I had to climb our stairs one at a time. For two days. At age 60, my friends and I have started the phase of life where we talk about knee replacements, cholesterol levels and Social Security benefits. Did I really want to start a program with a warm-up called “Death by Burpees?” CrossFit has taught me that I’m much tougher than I ever imagined. In almost every class there’s a point that you have to make a decision to push past discomfort, exhaustion and a voice in your head screaming for you to stop. Rising to this mental challenge gives me a sense of satisfaction no other form of exercise has ever provided. When I hold a barbell over my head, I don’t feel 60. I feel strong.

We’re looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to