Have you ever thought about trying CrossFit, but then think that your age might hold you back? Have you seen all those crazy people on T.V. and never thought you would be able to do  anything they can do? Nonsense, CrossFit is for everyone, and is even more beneficial for people over the age of 35. Here is why:

CrossFit Fights Metabolic Disease-

The methodology behind CrossFit helps fight chronic disease. Conditions such as diabetes, chronic heart disease, and obesity are at the front of CrossFit’s mind as we look to make everyone across the world healthier. Specifically, through our integrated training program at CFCM, we expect reductions in blood pressure, cholesterol, and fat. CrossFit improves the connections between our brain and our body, which will help the long term longevity of our bodies. Building this connection will fight against these metabolic diseases and keep you stronger for longer!  

CrossFit Improves Your Body’s Mechanics-

We all have heard the opinion that CrossFit is too dangerous and could hurt you. In reality, CrossFit builds your body from the ground up. At CFCM, we focus on drilling the basics. Our team is well versed in the body and how it moves, and we will do everything in our power to address any prior injury or imbalances through our classes.  It is vitally important that humans move the ways in which we were designed to move.  CrossFit movements and training will help you find proper movement patterns that avoid injury and build strength.  The CrossFit Trainers at CFCM will teach you to move properly again and build your body to achieve long term success!  With a coaching staff led by Head Coach Mike Boettger, a Certified Crossfit Trainer (CFL3), improving movement is the number 1 priority of the coaches at CFCM. CrossFit will help you maintain a healthy and moving body well into your adult years to keep you moving with your family, stay active at work; without any of the issues that tend to develop as we age!

CrossFit Teaches You About Your Own Body and How to Fuel It-

Exercising is only one of the key components in living a good long life. Our trainers and our community will help prepare everyone who comes through our doors with the nutritional knowledge if they seek it! We teach you how to properly fuel your body and live a healthy lifestyle that fits your needs.The coaches at CrossFit Critical Mass can help with diet recommendations and meal planning. Our coaches have extensive knowledge on meal prep, meal timing, and general nutrition and would be willing to answer any and all of your questions!

CrossFit Produces a Positive, Inclusive, and Health Driven Community-

People come to CrossFit for the positive impact it has on their body, but they stay for the relationships they make at the gym.  We are an all inclusive environment where our sole goal is to get our members feeling and living better than they were before. The friendships you make at the gym will last you a lifetime! Check out the amazing community of athletes at CrossFit Critical Mass.

CrossFit is Fun!-

At the end of the day CrossFit is fun! Our goal at CFCM is to get everyone moving in a way in which they learn, laugh, and love what they are doing! Our group classes promote an inclusive and encouraging environment where you will feel welcomed and challenged! There is never a dull moment at CFCM, where you will always come in to new and varied workouts that will teach you how to move the best you can! CrossFit will help build you to be a better person than you were yesterday, and will make sure you have a blast doing it!

If you are ready to try it out, stop by and try one of our free intros, free Saturday public workouts here at CFCM every Saturday at 10 a.m. or Foundations classes TODAY! We would love to have you!

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Article by Coach Nelson a CFL1 Trainer at CrossFit Critical Mass. Nelson is a Senior Kinesiology Major at the University of Maryland and has been doing CrossFit for 3 years.

CFCM is a functional fitness facility located in the heart of Maple Lawn Community, and serving the Maple Lawn, Columbia, Burtonsville, and Laurel areas. We  provide expert coaching and instruction in weightlifting, gymnastics, and general prepared fitness. We prepare everyone who comes through our doors with the knowledge and tools to achieve a true comprehensive fitness, not just the appearance of it. Our shared goal is the development and maximization of each member’s health, performance, and longevity.

CFCM Competitors Out in Full Force This Weekend

CrossFit Critical Mass was founded based on a family friendly environment of support and community.   We are a small CrossFit community nestled in the heart of Maple Lawn, Maryland, where a family of friends support whenever and wherever needed. This support has been on display over the last 4 years and again this weekend.

It warms our hearts to see a family come together to support one another.   This weekend it was evident that miles will not limit or interfere with our community support team. We had athletes competing as far as Miami and closer to home in Virginia, and our CFCM family was out to support in full force!

Coach Ali Brill participated as an individual in Wodapalooza Fitness Festival (WZA) in the RX Women's division. WZA starts with a mandatory three week online challenge.  Coach Ali's performance in the online qualifier earned her the opportunity to participate in the 3 day competition in Miami, Florida, with some of the best CrossFit athletes in the world.  Coach Ali not only earned her spot to compete, but left her mark as one of the best athletes and a force in the Mid Atlantic Region by finishing 29th in her division. We can't wait to see you crush the Open, Brill.

The Lorton Games - The Masters took over Lorton, Virginia and CFCM was also there in full force. The Lorton Games had over 55 teams that participated in this event battling for some of the fittest masters athletes in the area. We had 4 teams compete from our CFCM community.

Our teams put on quite a display with 3 of the 4 teams making it to the finals. Phillip Kennedy and Coach Duane Graves just missed a spot in the finals by 2 points with a 6th place finish (12 teams). A new team partnership that will be heard in the future, so stay tuned. Great job guys! 

In the finals, the other 3 teams had some tough competition. That competition did not phase Mike Ellis and Marcus Scaidini. They dropped down an age class and team Dirty Old Men showed up and was recognized by taking 4th place. Nothing about these 2 is dirty or old - more like strong and unstoppable. Great job fellas! 


Throughout the day Tracey Perrick and Coach Kim Boettger took on all competitors by dominating the top 3 spots all day. That did not change in the finals where team Wonder Thighs took that 3rd place podium spot in the 35-39 Women's division. This was their first time competing together on a 2-person team, but they  have competed together in the past.  Their excellent communication was once again on display.  We see these athletes dominating even more competitions in 2017. 

Rounding out a day of milestones and great achievements was CFCM's team in the 35-39 Men's Division.  This team is another new pairing that showed another perfect match of skill and strength. All day, the combination of Adam Fisher and Coach Mike (Team Legion of Doom) held the number 1 spot. The competition was on their heels and they expected the finals to be no different. So in the final workout, they took control of their fate. They left their mark with a near flawless completion of the final WOD by blowing away the pack and walking away with the highest spot on the podium.   We had a great crowd of supporters cheering on these athletes throughout the weekend.  We are once again humbled and grateful for our community and the people in it.  

What a weekend! Our competitors thank you all for your support and giving them the opportunity to represent CFCM.   Now, see everyone at the Open!