Lubbock doctor warns that Crossfit training can be hazardous to your joints

Published: Apr. 30, 2015 at 1:34 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2015 at 1:47 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With the weather warming, you may be motivated to start a serious fitness program.

CrossFit training is an intense combination of weight lifting and vigorous repetitive exercise, like push-ups or jumping.

Dr. Mimi Zumwalt, an orthopedic surgeon at the Texas Tech Medical School, says CrossFit is a good thing for those who want to be extremely fit, but she warns it can also cause a lot of damage, unless you progress slowly and take a lot of breaks.

She explains, "Powerlifting is designed to do a few times, but not a few hundred times and not every day. So what happens if they go too fast, too soon, they'll wear their joints and tendons out and they end up in my office, unfortunately." She suggests alternating days for CrossFit, maybe even limiting it to just once a week initially. "The main thing is to learn the correct technique and make sure you get it cleared from your medical doctors."

Dr. Zumwalt has just returned from Spain where she taught a CrossFit training seminar.

Now, at age 53, she is in training to return to Tampa in three weeks where she will defend her world title in Tri-Fitness in the over-50 age group.

NewsChannel 11 wishes her good luck! We hope to have her back on our segment HealthWise at 5 after she returns to Lubbock with another world title!

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