If you haven’t met Nancy Yaeger, or heard of her – I would like to introduce her to all of you who reads and/or follow this blog and Oak Park. Miss Nancy is an incredible person and a true hero. Her life story is unique and she keeps inspiring and challenge me as a coach and all our students. She has been part of our community for about three years and was nominated and won the Marion award for her outstanding physical journey and performance.
I am going to give you a short scope of who she is and her life journey. Nancy is the youngest of three sisters and grew up in Northern California and spent a lot of time in Hawaii during her teenage years. She is a mother of two – Thomas and Caroline – and she is married to Tom Yaeger, also a student at Oak Park. She runs her own business – making incredible dresses and she is a math genius! Always correcting my math when I am trying to add up pounds on the barbell or describe percentages or degrees of angels in geometry. She is a heck of a skier and she is the nicest person you’ll ever bump into!
Nancy has always been an incredible athlete and she still is. In her mid twenties she was diagnosed with MS (Multiple sclerosis). For those of you who don’t know what MS is; MS affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). With MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves. Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms. Despite her diagnosis and physical deterioration she decided to behave and act with an open and positive mindset. She came up with the idea and motto of “Yes you can” and for years she produced and directed exercise videos for people within the MS community to help improve physical health.
Three years ago she walked into our crossfitbox and I will argue that her personal fitness journey took off. When Nancy came to us, she could hardly walk without support. Getting in and out of a car or stepping off a curb was very challenging. But she had made up her mind that she was going to try and learn how to crossfit. I have never seen a person so dedicated, loyal and stubborn as Nancy Yaeger. Three times a week she trains with me, and she goes to two/three crossfit classes in addition to our personal sessions… And she swims in the afternoons. She has done tremendous progress since she started and she has crushed all her personal fitness goals. This year we are working on strict pull-ups without support and how to jump in and out of a burpee. Yesterday I witnessed her doing 60(!!) burpees for her 60th birthday. And she freaking nailed it. Ask me in a year and I guarantee that she will be doing kipping pull-ups at the age of 61.
Happy Birthday Nancy.
– Coach Char
35 Double Unders
80 Stepups (50/35) 20”
Time Cap: 15min