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80-Year-Old Woman Does CrossFit To Honor Late Husband

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Constance Tillit is 80 years old but she isn’t your average grandma. Recently, her husband, the love of her life, passed away causing Constance to make some big changes in her life.

She decided to go to the gym, but not any gym, CrossFit. Known for its intense workout regimens, including high interval intensity training, Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics, it’s hard to believe that it would be accessible to an 80-year-old woman.

However, Constance has been through a lot. She lost her beloved beau, has had two knee rplacements, two hip replacements and two rotator cuff surgeries.

With CrossFit, will and determination, Constance has managed to lose 50 lbs. in 10 months.

She reminds me a lot of 73-year-old Jeannie and 54-year-old Cookie who earned a second degree black belt in Taekwondo in her ripe old age.

“Get up and do it,” she says. “Stop with the whining, stop with the ‘oh you have to take care of me.’ Take care of yourself,” Constance says.

Although she misses her husband dearly, she believes he is still with her, and continues to work out to honor his memory.

Watch Constance in action below and SHARE if you believe it’s never too late to accomplish your goals, no matter what they are!

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An 80-year-old woman used Crossfit to cope with her husband's death

Posted by NowThis on Friday, August 14, 2015