Cross Fit

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    Sep 01, 2017 2:30 PM GMT
    Anyone here who does it? My sister has been after me to join her club for cross fitness. I think it looks wonderful but my research has landed me on info that cross fit exercises can put one at risk of kidney and liver damage. This has perplexed me a bit and questioned whether I should join it or not. I suffer from mildly high blood pressure (cardiac issues run in the family) and I am always a little concerned about exhausting myself too much. I would like to hear your opinions and suggestions. Thank you.
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    Sep 01, 2017 4:30 PM GMT
    I trust you're talking to a doctor about the blood pressure issue. I have that in my family. too, and my doctor put me on a pill that has completely fixed the problem. I now have the blood pressure "of an 18 year old athlete." (My doc.) It is so common that my pharmacy, Publix, actually gives it to me for free.

    As to Crossfit, I don't do it but did see a piece "60 Minutes" did on the founder/owner. To qualify to open a "Box," you pay a very low fee and attend a three day seminar. Three days. So the expertise of each Box will be completely dependent upon the qualifications of the owner. If you try it, you should definitely carefully check out the history and qualifications of the owner. They push you hard from what I hear and have seen. If the guy doing the pushing is just some guy, you're definitely at risk. If he's knowledgeable and experienced, you're likely OK. So don't pick your Box based on convenience. Check it out.
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    Sep 01, 2017 8:36 PM GMT
    I've had chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) since my 20s. One time I had arranged for my Army company to donate blood. Everyone was checked for blood pressure. I was rejected, as being too high! At age 28!

    I'm the damn Company Commander, the Captain. I made this donation happen, I gotta donate, or my soldiers will be demoralized, lose faith in me.

    The medics told me to stay in my office, close the door, forbid anyone from entering, turn off the lights, and meditate in silence. They checked me about an hour later and I barely passed. I gave the donation.

    My motto was always lead by example. Never ask someone to do something I wouldn't do myself. How could I have faced my soldiers in the next Company formation if I hadn't donated blood, that they had voluntarily done at my bidding?

    Today I'm on fairly heavy blood pressure meds. Still not fully regulated, but neither alarmingly high most days. I suppose a prime candidate for heart attack or stroke. But at 68 I've made it this far. Not sure how much farther I'm expected to go. icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 01, 2017 9:54 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI trust you're talking to a doctor about the blood pressure issue. I have that in my family. too, and my doctor put me on a pill that has completely fixed the problem. I now have the blood pressure "of an 18 year old athlete." (My doc.) It is so common that my pharmacy, Publix, actually gives it to me for free.

    As to Crossfit, I don't do it but did see a piece "60 Minutes" did on the founder/owner. To qualify to open a "Box," you pay a very low fee and attend a three day seminar. Three days. So the expertise of each Box will be completely dependent upon the qualifications of the owner. If you try it, you should definitely carefully check out the history and qualifications of the owner. They push you hard from what I hear and have seen. If the guy doing the pushing is just some guy, you're definitely at risk. If he's knowledgeable and experienced, you're likely OK. So don't pick your Box based on convenience. Check it out.


    Yes, I did speak to a known cardiologist about it and he kept me under observation for 24 hours through a heart monitoring machine attached to my body. After studying the reports he advised me to refrain from pickles and papadum (which if you are from an Indian family, is always on the table to have it on side with your meals). He also told me to do Pranayam every morning and keep myself hydrated at all times. No pills. His advice has greatly reduced my condition. My blood pressure remains to near perfection now 120/80 unless I am angry/anxious when it can shoot around to 160/100.

    My sister told me the instructors are very nice. I think I will give it a try anyway for a week. Thank you.
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    Sep 04, 2017 6:47 AM GMT
    I agree with the poster above: The quality (and safety) of CrossFit across boxes varies greatly. Be sure to ask about the trainers' education and certification, get a sense of class options for beginners and observe a class before jumping in. And ... why not explore other nearby options. You may find a place where you'll feel more comfortable and yet get a good workout. Good luck!
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    Sep 04, 2017 4:48 PM GMT
    westsidetony saidI agree with the poster above: The quality (and safety) of CrossFit across boxes varies greatly. Be sure to ask about the trainers' education and certification, get a sense of class options for beginners and observe a class before jumping in. And ... why not explore other nearby options. You may find a place where you'll feel more comfortable and yet get a good workout. Good luck!


    Thank you