Athletes of the Month: Cy and Shirley Winters
May 16th, 2016 for both
How did you hear about CrossFit?
Shirley and I have known Jim and Shelley Noyce for a number of years. In fact, I remember Jim emailing me years ago and telling me that CrossFit 515 had opened. Some years later we met for lunch in Florida and discussed CrossFit again. In the intervening years Shirley had had a heart attack, and I began getting various joints replaced. So we had an interest at this point that went beyond academic. We were looking for a change. Retirement gave us the time,and we needed to provide the will.
How has CrossFit changed your life?
For starters, we wanted to get in better shape (round is not the shape that we have in mind long term). We can’t control the fact that we are aging, but we can control HOW we age. Mobility and strength are the most important things for us. We want to travel and we want to experience as much as we can while we are able. We don’t want to be the people that have to skip activities because they are physically unable to participate. We saw our parents lose the ability to move easily. We want to maintain our ability to be independent for many years. Granted, we started late (59), but we did start. We can feel the changes in our stamina, energy, flexibility, and mental outlook.
Favorite & least favorite movement
Cy’s favorite movement- Wall Balls
Cy’s least favorite movement-Burpees (aka Barfees)
Shirley’s favorite movement- back squats
Shirley’s least favorite movement- Snatch
4 children-all married
6 grandchildren from 16 to 3 years old
3 spoiled dogs
Something interesting about me.
Shirley and Cy met in second grade, and have been sweet on each other every since.
Shirley is a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. (Cy has a nice dress black belt too)
Cy has participated in community theater and other forms of vocal music at various points in his life.
Cy- “Do it, Do it right, Do it right now.”
Shirley- “Just don’t give up”
Favorite songs to workout to
Cy- I like the playlist at 515 or Classic Rock
Shirley- Anything by Aretha Franklin
Favorite TV show or movie
Cy- Masterpiece Mystery on PBS
Shirley- Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
What movement or skill were you most excited about when you were able to do it?
Cy- Hanging knee raises
Shirley- Turkish Get up