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CLUB_JER SparkPoints: (0)
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10/14/13 3:56 P

I used to do crossfit but ended up dropping out because of a lack of progression and, quite frankly I found doing high volume lifts to failure dangerous. Plus the $150 a month price tag was obscene compared to a $25 gym membership or running outside for free.

10/14/13 3:37 P

I do crossfit, and I love it. There are some cardio intense workouts but a good gym should work with you.

1) got to the local gym and check it out. If they do not offer an introductory series of classes run away.
2) if you see or hear things that make you uncomfortable, run away
3) ask questions, ask about scaling exercises to your ability, if they can't do this run away.
4) if they do not seem interested in beginners run away.

A good gym should be nurturing and welcoming. They should be able to work with you.

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10/14/13 10:24 A

I'd seriously consider other options before ever even looking at CrossFit. There are a ton of articles out there about how bad CrossFit actually is - do a little google research and I'm sure you'll find a ton. Fitness is about doing what's right for your body to reach it's optimal level - in my research I haven't found that CrossFit agrees with this. As other's have said, CrossFit is expensive and there are so many other options out there to reach your optimal fitness why would you risk having severe negative impacts to your body when you're trying to make it better? Even the creator of CrossFit admits that you could get seriously injured doing it - that's a little crazy!

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10/13/13 11:40 P

I would definitely recommend being in pretty decent shape before trying Crossfit. It's extremely challenging, even for a fit person, and there is a high risk for injury. The more out of shape you are, I feel, the more likely a person could end up injured. I tried it and I'm in pretty good condition and it's hard. Not for a first time exerciser, or someone who hasn't exercised for along time.

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10/13/13 1:51 P

To me, the question is like asking "Should I run a marathon before I've even completed a 5k?"

Yes. This. Your sedentary, overweight friends may have jumped into Crossfit successfully, just as plenty of people decide to run a marathon without running experience. Many of those people may succeed, but the RISK of injury is too great. Why not start gradually, the safe way?

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10/13/13 10:54 A

To me, the question is like asking "Should I run a marathon before I've even completed a 5k?" As was mentioned, a lot depends on the overall atmosphere of the box, but I think you need a basic fitness level. Also, crossfit is quite expensive in comparison to other programs. If you have the money, why not hire a personal trainer for a few months and have the trainer help prep you for the rigors of crossfit?

Honestly, I've talked to more beginning/newer exercisers who have been injured or dropped out than have been successful with starting crossfit. You can poke around and find some bodyweight crossfit-style workouts that you can incorporate into your training as well. There are so many paths to success.

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10/13/13 9:56 A

Thanks for the input. I have had two people who are crossfitter's say to just go and jump in. Both are middle age, one male, one female. They were both overweight and their activity was non-existent. I have two kiddos and can't be laid up by injury and while I want to be pushed, I do NOT want or need a do this until you die mentality pushing me :)

MLAN613 Posts: 18,842
10/13/13 8:18 A

I agree that you should get a good base started before adding CrossFit. It's quite intense. And do check out the individual locations as Zorbs suggested.

In addition to running and walking, you should probably incorporate some strength training, especially if you want to partake of CrossFit. Need ideas? Check out SP Fitness page. They show different strength exercises, have videos, and can even create workouts.

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10/12/13 10:53 A

I would suggest you build a base of walking, or whatever cardio you choose, and a basic strength training program to re-familiarize yourself with standard exercises before trying Crossfit. Also, some Crossfit boxes are better than others, some have a go till you puke (or are seriously injured) philosophy, whereas others have staff that actually care about form and safety.

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10/12/13 10:50 A

I used to be EXTREMELY active, but have 90 pounds to lose after a pregnancy and baby and haven't been active for almost 3 years. I began walking 2 weeks ago and find I can get a little winded if I talk alot while walking. Should I stick to walking and pick up my running again before trying crossfit?

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