I am starting a new, more vigorous fitness program to combat post-hysterectomy body fat. It is a bootcamp available for all ages, and I expect I will be above the typical age as a new participant. I dont necessarily have a lot of extra weight (I am 5.5 and weigh 134 lbs) however, I am unfit and my waist measurement and BMI are well out of bounds. I do not do much weight training, and my trainer will incorporate that to my regimen. I expect to have soreness and fatigue. How do I know what I am capable of without getting hurt? I dont have an athletic history, most of my current exercise program is cardio based. Thanks for your input.
Wonderful and smart question… Since Bootcamp classes tend to be more advanced, you may want to pull the trainer/instructor aside and discuss your concerns before class. Above all, I would listen to your body and don’t feel pressured to do anymore than you can handle. If the trainer is good, he or she will assist you with the right weights to choose (I would go light at first) and watch your form throughout. Also, make sure the Bootcamp includes a good warmup before you start, and a nice stretch when you are done.
I teach Bootcamp classes with all different ages (a few men and women in their 50s as well)– and I always show modifications to every exercise. This is not just for age! Modifications are for anyone who may need an alternate level based on joint issues, injuries, etc… I watch everyone’s form like a hawk and make sure the exercises are being done correctly.
Keep us posted and good luck to you!