Wanda Brenton is a glowing example that life can really begin at 40.
The co-owner of CrossFit 7 Mile gym, with husband Carl, had another great showing at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, California last month and after a short break is back in the “box” on West Bay Road, fit and raring to go having overcoming niggling injuries.
Brenton said she really enjoyed her experience at the Games this year. She finished 17th in her first year in the 40-44 age group, which considering there were thousands of entrants worldwide, is a remarkable achievement.
“My goal next year is to make it back and try to place a little better,” Brenton said. “I would like to make it in to the top 10.
“I know it’s cliche, but I was very happy to even make it there.”
She had a lot of time off at the start of the season recovering from injuries.
“Thanks to Regenexx Cayman and Back to Health Physio, I was able to heal and start back doing upper body work in late December.
“So making it there and getting to compete was an amazing experience. All the ladies are so good. Each and every event is a battle.”
Brenton’s coach advised her to rest up and take some time to recover and recharge.
There was no need to tell her twice.
The focus is on gym activities for the time being. CF7M will be starting its next Whole Life Academy on Sept. 19. It’s an eight-week health and fitness challenge they offer to non-members and a great way to learn more about nutrition and exercise.
CF7M is also organizing a fundraiser to raise awareness for autism on Sept. 26.
“Boxes around the world are joining together to raise money for this great cause so we thought it would be great to participate as well.”
In the four years since starting, CF7M has got involved in many community and sporting projects. They enter teams in road races and sponsor a women’s flag football team and a Little League side.
Brenton used to play flag and volleyball to a high level but her CrossFit demands have taken over. Completely immersed in it now, her advice to anyone considering taking it up is to simply give it a try.
“CrossFit is a great way to get in shape. We offer CrossFit Lite classes, which is a good place to start if you’re a beginner. I think people have to understand that fitness is a daily commitment. It’s not something you do here and there. If you want to be healthy, you need to dedicate time and effort; and if [you] can do that, you’ll be successful.”