I am really out of shape! I don't know if CrossFit is for me!
Recently, an older gentleman (late 60's) entered our gym. It was obvious he was overweight, and out of shape. I was on the floor and Rhonda greeted the gentleman and asked him to fill out our paperwork to include our medical questionnaire. When he finished, I walked over and introduced myself. One of his answers disclosed he had a heart condition. He said, "Oh yes, I've had a heart attack." I said, "Sir, I am going to require an approval for exercise from your doctor prior to training you." He answered, "Oh yeah, I have that out in my car."
He went to his car and returned with a sheet which read:
This is your complete problem list:
BPH with Obstruction
Coronary Heart Disease
Dysmetabolic Syndrome X
Essential Hypertension, Benign
Based on your visit today, your provider recommended the following:
You will be scheduled for, CMK, CPK, Direct LDL, hsCRP, Lipid panel.
Exercise 45-60 minutes (aerobic) daily.
Do resistance training three days per week.
Consider signing up with a CrossFit Gym.
This gentleman trained with us 3 times a week for the past 2 months. He is now on his way to Arizona for the winter and we located a CrossFit gym close to his AZ residence. He is on a path to improvement and a better quality of life as he ages.
What is your age? What is your condition? As time evolves, more and more people, including doctors, are learning about CrossFit and the benefits thereof. If you are reading this, you are learning about it. It's never too late, and yes, regardless of your age or physical condition, CrossFit is for you!!