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.
Just like Karin suggested, don’t follow the crowd, but instead go at your pace. Don’t try to compete with the others in the group because some of them might be in a much better shape than you. If you need to, talk to the trainer before you start the class and ask questions you might have about the class format and the level of difficulty. Also let the trainer know before hand of any prior injuries or limitations you may have. This way he/she will not try to push you beyond your physical limits and also keep an eye on you (especially when he/she will have you perform certain exercises/moves). Sending an email to him/her with your questions might be a good idea.
you have all reason to be concerned, and this is a great question to ask yourself before you start.
One of the greatest risk in any group setting is that people get carried away and feel very self-conscious to be the only person not doing what everybody else is. As you expect to be in the older range of the group, this makes it even more relevant. You are talking about having a trainer. Is your trainer running the bootcamp? If so, your trainer should be able to advise you on what to expect and try to build you up towards it.
If I describe things from my own perspective (I am 58, same medical history but fit), I would be careful with any fast maneuvers that I have not done in many years such as fast directional changes. When I am in classes, I always use the lightest possible resistance until I had a feel for what it is, and I also do not hesitate to stop when something does not feel quite right.
My best advice is that you do not feel compelled to ‘follow the crowd’. If you sit out some exercises, it will only be for a few minutes. It you get hurt, you’ll be on the sidelines for a while.