Best of Brooklyn: The 77-year-old housing advocate who does crossfit

A 77-year-old Crown Heights woman is both a fair housing advocate and a crossfit enthusiast.



Constance Tillet says her son convinced her to start the popular workout program in 2014 to combat multiple joint diseases and diabetes. She's since lost 60 pounds.



Her trainer says he's seen an improvement in her range of motion, her strength and her work capacity -- all of which work to achieve her goal of independent living after the death of her husband.



"l'm basically doing survival," Tillet says. "How to get up off of a chair, if I fall, how to get up off the floor."



And when she's not working out, she's also a fair housing advocate. She says she helped secure more than 100 affordable apartments for seniors in Bed-Stuy last month after an eight-year fight over a rental property.



"It's not about age, it's not about race, it's not about creed or color," Tillet says. "It's about human beings and working together for one cause: survival and keeping yourself fit."


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