My name is Bailey Whitley. I am a 62-year-old man who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006. I have struggled with everyday life since that time. I’ve had several doctors during this period and was placed on various medications in an attempt to manage my symptoms. However, exercise was never considered for disease management and was not a significant part of my daily routine.
I became involved with CrossFit in January 2015. My experience has been extremely rewarding and is one of the easiest yet most intense things I have ever done in my life. The group atmosphere at CrossFit FCH has been a great motivator. Watching others push themselves to near exhaustion while saying they enjoyed the workout is very encouraging. My amazing coach Stephanie-Donovan Berrier has been the most motivating, encouraging, dedicated, and inspirational person in my life outside of my family. However, I now consider everyone at CrossFit FCH a part of my family.
Since beginning CrossFit and along with my medication each day. I have lost 25 pounds and I have very few symptoms and live a normal life free from most day-to-day aches and pains associated with aging. My knees now have full range of motion without pain. My back no longer aches after bending for hours from working on cars or doing yard work. I do not tire easily. I know that CrossFit has extremely slowed the progression of my disease. That is why I will make CrossFit a part of my life from this day forward. I hope this inspires people of all ages to take charge of their lives and realize that it is never too late to make a positive change.
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