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.
Your concerns are very valid. As already stated in previous answers
1. Make sure you are cleared for exercise by your doctor
2. Communicate with the instructor that you are new to the class, whatever medical history you have, any concerns you have, and request modifications to exercises
3. Don’t concern yourself with “the crowd”
I would communicate with your trainer what you do in class. That way, especially if the class size is big, the trainer can offer you modifications and ensure you are doing those correctly in case the instructor does not have time to get to you during the class.
Stay aware of your body and how it feels during the exercises. Is there a sharp pain, crackling, “twinge” anywhere? If so, stop, do an alternate exercise and talk to your instructor,trainer and/or doctor about it.
Take small breaks as necessary (but try to keep moving – for example, walking in place or slow marching in place). If a weight you chose feels to heavy too soon during the set, stop and get a lighter one. Once a weight doesn’t feel challenging enough (you finished the set and didn’t even feel a burn), then you’ll know it’s time increase that weight.
You are probably capable of more than you realize. And that is a GREAT thing! So work progressively and safely. Enjoy the victories of seeing how far you can go in your fitness and lifestyle goals! Therefore, make sure to have fun!