"Being retired, I needed something to stimulate me, to keep me interested in life, to keep me learning and active. I found that in CrossFit."
Ellie Davis has the honor of being the South East’s oldest participant in the Open. At age 77, she has been doing CrossFit for more than a year at her grandson’s gym, CrossFit Savior, in Jefferson, Ga.
When 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open Workout 14.1 was released, Ellie Davis had the same goal as thousands of CrossFitters around the world: to get her first double-under. Although she failed on her first attempt, she went to the local sporting goods store and bought a new speed rope. On her second attempt at 14.1, with a class in full force behind her, Davis got her first double-under and was able to record a score of one rep.
“I felt like I contributed to the Open,” she said, “and it was rewarding.”
Davis, who has two children, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren, travels 35 miles each way to train at her box. She began under the supervision of her grandson, Justin Newell, in order to lose weight. When she started, she needed help up the stairs to
the back door of the gym. Now, she goes in and out without a problem.
“I was getting more and more stiff and not able to get around like I wanted,” Davis said. “I had problems getting out of a chair, my car, problems with steps and lifting things. I could no longer get out of the bathtub.”