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 Squat82 kg
Max Pull-ups14


I have been doing Crossfit for 5 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 40 years I have taught fitness classes along with academic courses. I competed in the Reebok/CrossFit Games in 2012 and would love to have a 65+ masters category. At the moment I have qualified for the Master's Olympic Weightlifting national tournament to be held in Savannah Georgia at the end of March in the 70+ category.


How I Eat

I eat strict Paleo

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

Eating better has been helpful to my health.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I record my workouts

I workout at CrossFit Malibu and Takano Athletics in Woodland Hills to get better at Olympic Weightlifting. I stretch as much as possible and take advantage of my home hot tub often.

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

The addition of Olympic Weightlifting to my CrossFit workouts has been helpful. Just doing the open competition this year I have seen a positive effect on many workouts.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I usually only do 1 workout a day

For CrossFit workouts I often do 2 to 3 workouts per week combined with 2 to 3 olympic lifting workouts. I rest on Sundays.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

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