That's right, NEOMATTLAC, it's all a progression. And don't worry, there's plenty of benefit from lifting a bar w/o weight on it--read up some of the SparkPeople articles on light weights vs. heavy weights. You'll be encouraged.
current weight: 172.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,219) Posts: 138 10/10/12 1:26 A
Sorry for the late reply. I've been trying to mix pushing myself and holding back. More endurance than... I guess intensity is the word I'm looking for. I feel bad that when I use the barbell, I have to do it without any weights on it. I guess that if I do it consistently, I'd get up to a decent weight soon enough.
current weight: 276.2
Fitness Minutes: (129,307) Posts: 1,010 9/30/12 9:13 P
@ NEO, Im in agreement w/ everyone here. Hope the rest rejuvs you and gets you back on track. Also make sure that you are hydrating and getting proper nutrition. Sometimes when we get started on a new prog, we get a lil too gung ho and over do it. I know in the past I tried to increase exercise and lower calories, and almost ended up in the ER.
Ive decided that at 49 I can no longer do a daily workout. I was recently doing a Push up Challenge where I was doing as many pushups as poss ea day. After a few weeks I started falling behind, and even aggravated an old shoulder injury. I am pissed at myself because I knew better. I noticed a similar issue when doing the P90X prog.. Im trying that again, but now Im taking a rest day every third day.
Yeah, I didn't realize you were doing it everyday. That could be very tiring on your joints as well. Even with cardio, you're applying force to your muscles which just like weight lifting, break them down. The way muscles get stronger is that they repair themselves during that rest day by using the proteins in our body. The muscles therefore get bigger and less torn. Then you exercise the next day and break them down again. And repeat the process.
Here's a video on over training that was given to us to watch over the last BLC challenge (15) you're in with me this season (16), You may find it helpful. :-)
Could you be overdoing it? All the advice I've seen on working out is that you need to give muscle sets a rest between workout sessions, so alternating day-by-day between strength training and cardio is important, and a full day off once a week . . .
current weight: 172.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,219) Posts: 138 9/25/12 4:48 P
When I started working out, I could do 35 minutes on the stationary bike, no problem. Now, 3 weeks later, I'm struggling through even 10 minutes. Cardio is usually my forte, but lately it seems I've been struggling at every thing, except upper body strength, which used to be my weak area. Why does it seem that I'm getting weaker? I have been working out almost every day for the past 3 weeks.
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