Martial arts for fatties?
November 21, 2005 7:19 PM Subscribe
Can seriously overweight people do martial arts?
I'm interested in taking up a martial art. I'm a female, above average height, currently about 80-90lbs overweight. I'm pretty inactive, although I was rather athletic in the past so I know I've got it in me - it's just covered in fat! I'd like to do some form of martial arts as both a way to get some activity and also because I'm interested in the focus on discipline. Being overweight and poorly conditioned, do I have any chance of participating in a class or being able to keep within a reasonable range of other beginners? Is it likely to be physically impossible for me? I'm not exceptionally flexible but I don't feel like my movement is hindered a tremendous amount by my weight. Is there a certain form of martial arts that would suit me better than others? What's the level of activity like in comparison to something like aerobics? What's the best way to go about finding a class; should I call up and say "Hi, I'm fat, is it okay to sign up?" Any other advice?