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!!
Sounds to me like you have gone after your goals with some authority. Good for you! This can be done in a plenty safe manner if you be sure to push yourself at YOUR best pace and intensity while monitoring your body’s responses. Spend a little time to educate yourself on proper form for exercises you may feel questionable about and be aware of how recovered you feel after your “off” days. Do you come back with the same or more vigor? Are you improving in strength, endurance and/or flexibility? You are going to accomplish great things I can feel it. Best to ya!