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CrossFit isn’t for you if you’re dealing with a knee or back injury. Recover first. Then get your body back in shape. After that point, you can give CrossFit a try.

Remember, exercise shouldn’t hurt. If you feel pain, the workout may be too much for your body. You can get in excellent shape with other exercise routines that don’t tax your body so much.

If you have a physical limitation, CrossFit may be possible depending on your challenge. For instance, you could work with a trainer to create a CrossFit routine that’s purely upper body if needed.

Don't push it. If the workout just doesn’t seem to fit your need, do something else. There are plenty of other options that can get you fit and may be better suited to your body.

Are you pregnant? It's not the time to start CrossFit. If you did it before getting pregnant, ask your doctor if you can keep doing it. Of course, as you progress along in your pregnancy, you’ll need to make some changes. Don't do anything that may put you off balance. And don't do anything that's too intense or that dehydrates you.

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Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on July 25, 2014
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