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To Crossfit or no?

Answered on April 21, 2014
Created April 21, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Quick stats: Female, early 30's, 5ft and 190 lbs. I ended up in the hospital in January and 'surprise!' I have nodules on my thyroid, my B-12 levels were in the 200's and my Vitamin D level was 13 (supposed to be above 50 per my doc). Right now, the nodules are small enough that the doc wants to just monitor them, told me to change my diet, and I'm on Vitamin D supplements and get B shots every 3 weeks. I've successfully maintained a paleo/primal diet for the past few months and lost about 10 pounds. Now I'm looking to workout and want a more personal approach - I know just joining a regular gym is not going to be the right option for me. I actually put out an ad for a personal trainer and was contacted by a local Crossfit box owner. Honestly, I'm terrified and don't know that I'm at that level. I know for a fact I can NOT run a mile to save my life; however, I can make it through a boxing/kickboxing class without dying and can basically walk at a high pace forever. So, just hoping someone can give me advice on whether I should dive in or stay away. Thanks!

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Okay, when you said that you can make it through a kickboxing class I didn't realize that you regularly attend them. I don't personally recommend Crossfit to anyone at any fitness level, its too likely that you could get injured. There is no reason to subject yourself to such risk when you could achieve similar fitness levels safely. There are plenty of HIIT training programs that won't subject you to this risk.

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Like I stated in my post, I do take regular boxing/kickboxing classes.

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I would recommend against Crossfit for an adamantly out of shape 30 year old. I'd recommend you take up swimming, biking, tennis, walking or some other physical activity to get a solid base before you jump into anything more serious.

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Like I stated in my post, I do take regular boxing/kickboxing classes.

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I am not a proponent of crossfit. But the foundations class is legit. You do not have to worry about being too novice.

If you want to learn Olympic lifts, I suggest doing the foundations course. When that ends, see if you like the community/ direction.

If you do, stick it out -- just remember, "form over weight". My biggest problem with crossfit is that the competitive nature leads most people to forget that.

If you don't like it, take those oly lifts and hit a gym knowing proper form.

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