Athlete Profile

Athlete: Laurie Nelson

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Southern California
CrossFit Malibu
CrossFit Malibu
130 lb


Filthy 5034:25
Fight Gone Bad0
Sprint 400m1:53
Run 5k30:00
Clean & Jerk46 kg
Snatch34 kg
Deadlift92 kg
Back Squat70 kg
Max Pull-ups14


I have been doing Crossfit for 4 and 1/2 years at CrossFit Malibu. I also have achieved Level 1 Crossfit Certification. As a professor in sports medicine at Pepperdine University for the past 38 years I have taught fitness classes along with academic courses. I really enjoy the level of fitness and strength that I have achieved with Crossfit and look forward to continuing this journey. I competed in the Reebok/CrossFit Games in 2012 and would love to have a 65+ masters category.


How I Eat

I eat strict Paleo

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I decided to try CrossFit because the owner of the gym, Mike Anderson, is a trusted colleague. I normally participate 4 to 5 times per week and have benefited from all of our instructors/coaches. For the past year or so Kolby Krystofik has been my coach.

My Athletic Background

I regularly play recreational sports

I would have played sports in high school and college if they had been available. Instead I did particpate in many recreational sports when younger like volleyball, tennis, running,hiking and skiing. In more recent years I mainly hiked before discovering CrossFit but I can now participate in other sports again because of the fitness I obtained with CF.

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)

I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

I really enjoy participating in the varied and shorter workouts that Crossfit provides. It has changed my fitness level incredibly so far. It is fun to do something that you have never done before, reach goals that you set for yourself. Working on my weaknesses has helped me to qualify for and be competitive for the games.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I usually only do 1 workout a day

I do multiple workouts in a day 1x a week

For CrossFit workouts I typically rest 1 to 2 days per week but I still hike sometimes on the same days as CF and often on my days off. I also do stretching as often as possible.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

2-4 years

I started at the age of 64 so it is not too late for you!


Athlete Coverage

When Laurie Nelson was in high school, there were no women’s sports. It wasn’t until she graduated from college that college sports started for women. Once at Pepperdine University, where the 67-year...
Video, Posted Sat, 12.01.12