Sandy Hill is one seriously fit and inspiring woman. After spending 18 months training for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games, Sandy took eighth place in the Masters Qualifier Round, sending her straight to the games. Did we mention that Sandy is 60 years old?!
Never one to fall for a fitness fad, Sandy has always led an incredibly active lifestyle. She's the second American woman in the world to ascend all of the Seven Summits, trained with a Romanian gymnastics coach in her 20s, and became a CrossFit enthusiast in her late 50s — completely defying preconceived notions of what conventional aging looks like. To achieve what she's accomplished, it's no surprise that Sandy is committed, but like any person, she experiences moments where she needs extra motivation to stay engaged in such strenuous training. She has a self-proclaimed high threshold for pain, but there's one tip everyone can take away from this awe-inspiring woman: she isn't afraid to address her feelings during a workout.
Sandy never ignores emotions that come up for her during a workout. Instead, she chooses to acknowledge them, and more often than not, she finds that "the feeling is fleeting." It might seem strange, but you'll be surprised what happens once you listen up and try to get honest about what's really going on. You'll often find that any negativity or self-doubt you experience naturally dissipates after acknowledgement; and instead of giving up, walking out, or having a sub-par sweat workout, you're able to recommit and keep going. The next time your strength-training session, sweaty indoor-cycling class, or training schedule feels like too much, think of Sandy. You might not be training for the CrossFit Games, but you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.