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Old 01-05-2011, 04:37 PM   #11
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Re: am i too fat?!

Are you trying to ask if you're too overweight to start doing Crossfit? Or if you're just fat in general?
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:00 PM   #12
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i am about 80 pounds over what i am at a healthy weight. not bmi. i am not going to be doing it on my own. i will be doing it at a facility. i was VERY athletic until about 10 years ago. i suppose i should do something else until i am thinner. i have looked around the board and i have seen no other obese people. i think i may be very out of place.
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:21 PM   #13
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Are you trying to ask if you're too overweight to start doing Crossfit? Or if you're just fat in general?
lol for crossfit! i know i am too fat in general. funny!
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:26 PM   #14
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awe thx David for responding... really
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:28 PM   #15
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Re: am i too fat?!

It's hard for this guy. It's not hard for you.

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:08 PM   #16
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All CF threads are WFS. Tamara Cohen's facebook page is not WFS if you have a problem with profanity or excessive bikini pictures.
Funny, funny. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I do weigh 150+ lbs now, thank you very much.

But, Sarah, welcome. And, like Meghan said, go do work!
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:14 PM   #17
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Re: am i too fat?!

Hi Sarah!

I'm more than 100-lbs over my "in shape" weight from high school wrestling. I'm 35 years old, I've been married for 15 years, I have four children, I work a full-time job, and I started Crossfit on November 1, 2010. In my opinion, you can't afford to NOT begin your Crossfit journey. You're going to love the way you feel...I promise!
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:50 AM   #18
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:14 AM   #19
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Very good article. Makes me very ashamed that I skipped the WOD before work this morning because I was sleepy!
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:12 PM   #20
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i am about 80 pounds over what i am at a healthy weight. not bmi. i am not going to be doing it on my own. i will be doing it at a facility. i was VERY athletic until about 10 years ago. i suppose i should do something else until i am thinner. i have looked around the board and i have seen no other obese people. i think i may be very out of place.
I wasn't trying to be funny, I was asking so I could follow up with a legitimate reply to your concerns. While Crossfit is a great tool for people who don't want to specialize in one particular area of fitness, it is a very rigorous form of exercise and can actually be very dangerous for an unconditioned person. You said you were very athletic until about 10 years ago, so I'm assuming your exercise levels are very low at this point in your life. There are numerous cases of rhabdo, joint issues, and even a case or two of deaths that have occurred from doing high intensity Crossfit type workouts. (I'd like to add that the deaths weren't caused solely by high intensity workouts, but a combination of previous medical conditions and them jumping right into a hard workout instead of easing into it.)

(Look at the injury board for proof of what I just said, and PM me for the death links if you're interested).

Now, I am not bashing Crossfit or other high intensity forms of exercise, but I am using the above information to segue to my warning about being cautious with what you do and why Crossfit is NOT for everyone - at least not at first.

Crossfit includes movements that are really complex (cleans, snatches, turkish get ups, double unders, ring work) and includes high impact movements (box jumps, fast running) and movements that are hard for heavier people (pullups, muscleups, handstand pushups). These are NOT movements that someone unconditioned and 80 pounds overweight should be jumping into. Ever. Any trainer who tells you otherwise is wrong, and should be sued for incompetence and potential danger to clients. And for every testimonial and article you read that says "40 year old soccer mom who was 70 pounds overweight got in shape doing high intensity workouts with no injuries" I can counter that with dozens of articles that prove otherwise.

Your goal should first and foremost be weight loss, which at 80 pounds overweight will come quite easily and without having to kill yourself. Diet changes and walking a few miles in the morning will drop weight off very quickly for you. Along with weight loss you should be strengthening your core, getting acclimated to the barbell lifts (that means learning form, technique, execution, not trying to do 50 deadlifts for time) and stretching to realign your body to its correct structure. Add in light running and jump rope work to get your joints used to impact again. Gradually up your intensity and on lifts as you ease back into exercising again. Doing this is a long process though. You can't negate 10 years of weight gain and inactivity with a month of working out.

If doing Crossfit is your goal, then by all means strive for your goal but do it smartly. Do not start doing mainpage workouts (or the every size fits all workouts a box trainer would give you) because those workouts won't be tailored to what you need and your goals. But for right now, I would advise against doing anything Crossfit related, but instead you should learn the basic movements of crossfit (pushups, the squat, assisted pullups) but don't combine them into a kick your a** metcon.

In essence, just be smart about what you do, and don't fall into the lure of high intensity training and work until you're collapsed into a pool of sweat and tears. That isn't going to help you in the long run. Learn the basics, focus on learning the movements and cutting weight and building up a solid core base of strength, and gradually ease into doing Crossfit if that's your end goal.

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