We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Pain is the feeling of weakness leaving your body."
I am not so sure about that.
My trainer told me that it would take about three months of 6-7 day/week work to get me past the initial "wake-up" Phase 1 of Middle-Age Boot Camp - Getting Fit For Life With a Touch of Grey.
I do not know what Phase 2 is but I can fit into my 20 year-old Brooks tux.
He agrees with my view that physical training is to fully enjoy and participate in life, and not for its own sake. He also understands that physical training is partly mental training in discipline and maximum effort. I need the external discipline.
I am about 2 months in. I am sore and tired every day. My lower back is hating me, crippling me, and my multiple right shoulder injury (body surfing after hurricane on Martha's Vineyard + skiing tree injury + past bad-technique weight-lifting) is a constant dull ache. It's all good but I dread picking up anything from the floor. I do Mon, Weds, and Fri with him, and the other days mostly aerobics and crunches per his instructions. Move vigorously every day and walking doesn't count. He increases my weights each week and takes pleasure in my progress. Or pretends to.
I've lost 8 lbs while gaining some strength and muscle mass and a bit more endurance on exertion. He expects his people to follow his spartan training dietary regime, min. carbs except blueberries/strawberries or a half apple, 3 or 4 small proteins during the day, vegs as desired. I still have a slight inner tube which may be a permanent part of my anatomy. Do I enjoy this discipline and exertion? Not really. Like everybody, I like to do "whatever I feel like." However, I like challenges and tend to rise to them. That's how I have achieved my modest goals in life thus far so it has always worked for me.
He pushes me to the breaking point. I know it's for my own good and that doing "what I feel like" rarely has good results in life. Squats? How many kinds are there? Sheesh. I hate them all. Pain.
Difficult aerobic endurance on days "off" is a tough challenge for me. 10 min elliptical, ten min bike, ten min rowing machine (no rest time, all with resistance), then around it again. Then you are supposed to be able to walk. No, I still cannot do ten min on the elliptical rapidly, at the 6 setting. I am in terrible condition I guess - but I can walk all day long without steep hills. Hiking uphill for a couple of hours fatigues me and I do not want to accept that.
My darn siblings hike up the White Mtns. almost every weekend, swim miles, and run half-marathons. But they are nuts...or maybe not. None of them even contemplate retirement and neither do I.
Hope you are not aggravating old injuries and making them worse. Being in agony to bend over (this far into training) does not strike me as being a result of healthy training. But, I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV. I am dubious that worn, damaged joints can be brought back to health through vigorous stressful exercise.
One size does not fit all. Your trainer did tell you that if you stop doing the training, the benefits will go away, right? After the third month, if, in your estimation, the pain and discomfort is not worth the gains you are making, it may be time to reassess what you are doing. You are correct to be wary of "Pain is the feeling of weakness leaving your body"—it's a moronic concept. I was in triathlon for a few years. I was in great shape then, lighter and stronger than I am now, but had to stop because of pain and chronic injuries. Your mileage may vary.
I dread getting back on the horse after my vacation, but tonight is the night. It's time to face up to 2 weeks of rich foods and wine. Sure, the walking helped...but I took an extra week and a half AFTER I got home to laze around.
My back hurts now. I have reflux. I've regained 8 lbs.
The gym hurts, it's boring, it inflames some nagging aches and pains....but it's better when I'm fit.
You've risen to the occasion already. Just keep rising.
Well - stick with it. I'm 60 yrs old with about 30# extra. I started similar workouts as you have about 3 months ago with a small group lead by trainers where I am at least 25 years older that the other members.
Over that time, I've been losing weight and have almost doubled the weight I can squat, deadlift and press. I actually can run a half-mile now.
BUT, until last week - I felt like someone beat me with a shovel every night while I slept. However, the constant soreness and pain has left the building and I can once again bend over to put on my stockings without help and without pain.