Baltimore, Maryland –– Tiffany Greenwell, 28, got more than she bargained for after signing up at her local CrossFit affiliate. The amateur runner now suffers from a condition that can only be described as “extreme bulkiness.”
“I’ve always been active, but I had never lifted weights before,” Greenwell said in an interview Tuesday. “I was afraid the heavy weightlifting found in CrossFit would eventually cause me to become totally deformed and bulky, but I thought I would have more warning.”
After only a week of training at her new gym, Greenwell’s worst fears came true.
“The last workout of the week was called the ‘CrossFit Total,’ which consisted of a heavy squat, press, and deadlift. I went home and looked in the mirror, and didn’t even recognize myself,” Greenwell explained.
She immediately went to the emergency room, where doctors had to cut her clothes from her now swollen, magnificently defined muscles.
“I’d never seen anything like it,” said Dr. Jason Kruger, Greenwell’s physician. “Typically this type of physical change takes years of serious, dedicated training.”
Greenwell is hoping the process can be reversed and has vowed never to lift weights again.
“When I tried CrossFit, I knew I didn’t want to end up looking like one of those girls who competes in the Games,” Greenwell said. “I had no idea how easy it was to achieve that kind of physique.”