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FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
5/1/13 11:17 P

It does get easier with time. Patience! Make sure you get in a good warm up before you start too. You body will thank you for it.

REGINA_PHALANGE SparkPoints: (17,659)
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4/29/13 4:05 P

Jillian Michaels is tough. Almost too tough, I think. While the 30 Day Shred can do wonders, I got so easily discouraged when I tried doing it regularly. One thing I don't think she does enough of is stretching at the end of her workouts. Once you finish her cool down, do some extra stretches - there are some simple stretching videos here on Spark People that I've found to be helpful.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/29/13 11:52 A

Yes, it does. Consistency and persistence are the key. Just hang in there. And change your thinking about the pain. It's your body telling you your are alive and changing and growing stronger. Also, try walking and movement to get the blood flowing, which will aid in recovery.

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (228,267)
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4/29/13 4:11 A

yes, it gets easier. May God bless your success on this journey we all sharel

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (78,127)
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4/29/13 3:30 A

Soreness is a function of type, intensity and frequency. If you fix the type and intensity of the workouts, and train frequently enough, the soreness will go away. But if you increase significantly the intensity of the workouts, or if you train from now and then, or if you change the type of the workout all the time, you will be sore every time you train.

Actually getting sore is not all that bad. Changing the type of the workout, and increasing the intensity both are recommendations for breaking through plateaus of fat loss. Frequency of workouts, though, should be high enough.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 4/29/2013 (03:34)
THRIFTYMAMA516 SparkPoints: (1,066)
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4/28/13 8:11 P

I am glad I'm not the only one who thinks her DVDs are hard! emoticon

Thanks for the advice everyone. I think what I will do for now is pick maybe 2 of her workouts at a time, and do them at least a couple times a week for a month or 6 weeks, then think about rotating.

KERRIELYNN719 SparkPoints: (22,681)
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4/28/13 7:47 P

I've tried some of her DVDs and they are hard! But your body will get used to it and you will get stronger and it will be easier! Just push through and try what you can, but don't give up!

BEEZAUR SparkPoints: (525)
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4/28/13 4:30 P

It takes me weeks for my body to get used to a new kind of exercise.

The usual advice for starting strength training (from scratch) is to go through a preparatory period of around 12 weeks before starting in earnest. Less time is required for adding simething similar to what you're used to, but there are lots of changes for the body to make: neurologic, hormonal, circulatory, just about everything is affected.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (194,424)
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4/28/13 3:55 P

As your body adapts to the workouts, you will notice the soreness decrease with time. How long ? Depends on your body. Everyone is different. In general, figure a couple of weeks before you feel comfortable with the DVD workout.

As far as the soreness, do some light cardiovascular exercise the next day. don't do anything intense. keep it simple. keep it light. You might want to consider some yoga. Make sure you have a good stretch after the workout. if the DVD only has a short cool down stretch at the end, do some extra stretches of your own.

What you're experiencing really is normal. Your body will adapt with time. However, you will experience some DOMS (delayed muscle onset soreness) each time you change your routine or add extra weight during strength training. When we challenge our muscles in ways they are not used to, then you'll feel sore the next day. The good news is, the fitter you are, the quicker the recovery and the shorter the time you feel sore.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 4/28/2013 (16:36)
THRIFTYMAMA516 SparkPoints: (1,066)
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4/28/13 3:49 P

I will start by saying I'm in reasonably good shape. I've been trying to challenge myself with Jillian Michaels' DVD's. I can make it through with tiny breaks here and there but I end up very sore for at least 2 days after. When can I expect it to start getting better?

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