Re: Should I get in better shape before starting?
I get this question more times that it should matter. No, you should not see a level of fitness as a barrier to your training. You gotta start somewhere and often our fitness is a self-imposed barrier to starting a number of activities.
I advocate that students should be healthy enough to train without injury. There have been occasions when I have asked a student to refrain from training because training represented a serious health risk, but in general your level of health is associated with the level of comfort you will experience.
Now, if you are inquiring because you are at-risk because of a health condition, then maybe you should see your doc and ask permission. Better safe than sorry.