George Hubbard: ‘Just a little crazy’

Hanover man George Hubbard, 76, finds inspiration in feats of strength posts he sees on Facebook. He started going to Crossfit Hanover six years ago and continues to push his body’s physical limits at the gym.

Presented by: Our York Media
Written by: Anthony Machcinski
George Hubbard (Photo by Caleb Robertson for Our York Media)

In the gritty and worn building that houses CrossFit Hanover, George is putting in work.

The 76-year-old, with a grey shirt, black shorts and white socks that go halfway up his calves, grips the metal and deadlifts the 135 lb. bar in front of him. He straps into a weighted sled that he pulls across the gym, followed by medicine ball slams and some sit ups before repeating the process.

George started going to CrossFit six years ago after seeing a Facebook post about a trainer in her 60s. He called the gym the next day and asked, “What about a 70-year-old?”

“I’m just a little crazy,” George says with a laugh.

I’ve always liked being fit. With an hour, you can get a super good workout and, to me, it’s stress relief.

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George Hubbard

He wasn’t much of a lifter and had some medical history including surgeries for a hernia, torn rotator cuff and a pair of knee replacements, but that hasn’t stopped him.

“I’ve always liked being fit,” George says. “With an hour, you can get a super good workout and, to me, it’s stress relief. If you get a good coach, you can adjust it for anybody.”

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George scrolled through Facebook a while back and saw a post about someone in their 70s deadlifting four times his age – 315 lbs. George was working with lower weights, but at the suggestion of a trainer, cut down the repetitions, and the pair agreed he could go for it.

In December, after a few months of training, George hit 315, but he’s not stopping there. He likes the motivation, and is now looking to hit five times his age – 385 lbs.

“I totally love it,” George says. “My wife keeps saying, ‘I’m afraid you’re going to keel over,’ and I reply, ‘At least I’ll be happy.’”

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