Ep 61 – Ron Ortiz on fighting fires and raising the bar with age

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“I think the sad thing is, our society has accepted the fact that with age, you are going to be a certain way. That is one thing that CrossFit has allowed me is to not be so accepting of that. I can make the bar. I can change the bar and make it a little bit higher. I can push myself to levels to where most 50-year-old guys are going ‘I can’t even do a handstand.’ And I say, yeah you can. You just have to take time to do it.” – Ron Ortiz

Ron Ortiz is a 6-time CrossFit Games Masters Athlete and two-time Champion (2013 Masters Men 45-49, 2016 Masters Men 50-54). At 51 years of age, he is currently competing in the 50-54 year-old category. A firefighter for the past 18 years, Ron discovered CrossFit in 2009. He has become a staple in the CrossFit Games Masters community, and he has also taken his training to the fire station, inspiring other first responders to change their lifestyle. He is husband of 24+ years and a father of three.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up in an athletically talented family
  • What led Ron to become a firefighter and why he loves his job
  • How Ron got started in CrossFit
  • The impact of CrossFit on Masters athletes and longevity
  • How his approach to training has evolved as a Masters competitor
  • The benefits he’s found from individual coaching and working with specialists
  • Ron’s approach to nutrition
  • Ron’s words of wisdom
  • How Ron hopes to influence his children by demonstrating what hard work
  • Three things Ron does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Ron’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Ron on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease and the ‘5 Buckets of Death’

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: What are some of the preconceived notions you have about aging? How has CrossFit helped you to redefine what your life will look like as you get older?

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