I haven’t worked out in years since having my son. Very happy to have just joined a gym and am consistently attending the total body conditioning classes – some are cross training, some are boot camp style, all seem to incorporate cardio and interval training. I use 5 pound weights right now. Typically they ask us to do 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps of upper body work. Lower body work is incorporated through squats, etc. sometimes holding the weights. I am generally tired by the end but am able to complete all reps. Under this scenario, is it okay to work out (attend different classes) two to three days in a row and then rest for one or two days, even if my muscles are slightly sore (no excruciating pain or limited range of movement). I know this is a lot of detail, but haven’t seen this specific question answered anywhere on the net and am hoping to get good information so that I can workout with some intelligence, see results and not hurt myself. I’m not looking to get big, just toned and drop some body fat. Thank you for your help!!
The important aspect to this is LOW intensity. At first, a couple weeks even, you will be sore as your body adapts to the demands of exercise.
But you should feel tired, as you’ve used a lot of energy, but not be very sore. Soreness comes from damage to the muscle, usually from heavy weights or intensity your body simply isn’t accustomed to.
So all in all, it sounds as though what you’re doing is ok. But if start experiencing the soreness which restricts movement or causes great discomfort, you need to scale back.
The key to exercise is your body’s ability to recover, and to be able to adapt, not necessarily just the exercise itself. Just as your body’s immune system gets stronger with every illness that it overcomes, your muscles must be more prepared to meet the stresses of the body it has experienced before.