64-year-old Honolulu woman training for medal run at CrossFit games

64-year-old Honolulu woman training for medal run at CrossFit games
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mary Schwing isn't a weekend warrior.  At 64 she is one of the fittest CrossFit athletes on the planet.

"I'll never walk away from it," she said. "It's been awesome for me."

Awesome may seem like an understatement when you consider what Mary has accomplished in sweat equity.

In the last four CrossFit games -- the sport's Olympics -- Mary finished no lower than third in her age group. Tens of thousands tried to qualify. The first time she qualified, she finished first.

"To me it's very humbling because I'm with all of these other individuals that totally excel," she said.

Mary started CrossFit five years ago as an experiment. She joined Kalihi's CrossFit 808 with her daughter and got hooked.

"I know plenty of people my age, they have three, four, five pills they have to take every day. They're always going to this doctor and that doctor. I'm not saying that's bad. I'm saying do what you can for yourself," she said.

She works out once a day. If she needs motivation to get going with the intense routines, a voice inside reminds her that her grandmother died at 62.

"When I hit 62 I was like, 'Wow! I'm still rocking and rolling," she said.

Mary's a clinical therapist.  Forty hours a week she counsels troubled kids.

"It can be from substance abuse to high-end suicidal ideation, or just cutting classes, getting picked up for shoplifting," she said.

CrossFit is her stress reliever and fountain of youth.

"As we get older it's pretty easy to say, 'Oh, I'm 60, I don't do that anymore.' You don't have to say that. You just have to keep going," she said.

For Mary, every rep is another step toward the next CrossFit games in July. In her age group she is presently ranked 12th in the world.

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