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Old 07-15-2008, 02:46 PM   #1
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How bad should I let myself feel?

ok I know that sounds funny but the full version of the question is, as a 43 yo out of shape guy, how do i guage my efforts relative to how hard I'm breathing, how shaky the muscles get, how much I feel my heart beating? And yes some of you may recognize my name, I've been irregular on here for two yrs.. so irregular that I am starting over again.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:36 PM   #2
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

i think you need to rewrite that in black type so people can read it.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:09 PM   #3
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

Welcome back!

Well, I'd be conservative. You have plenty of time to progress. Make it fun. For programming, consider using BrandX WOD scaling.

Good luck!

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Old 07-15-2008, 07:14 PM   #4
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

That's a question I ask myself often. 'Did I really go as hard as I could before needing to stop, or could I have gotten a couple more.' I think its something you figure out over time. Some people are fine with puking, I tend to pullback just before that point. If I'm doing a set with a lot of airsquats, I tend to not just stop at failure, but to stop a bit before (like when it really starts to hurt). This seems to improve my ability to get the rest of them done.

Its a good question though and I look forward to reading other answers.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:21 PM   #5
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

Bob:

To me, the point/fun of CF is to push your limits every day.

But you have to know your limits before you can push them.

Make sure to get comfortable with all the proper techniques you'll be using for different workouts. Scale. Build your fitness in small steps. Consider a heart rate monitor if you want to know how hard you're pushing yourself.

And remember, don't be self-conscious about what other jerks in the weight room are thinking.

They're all looking b/c they're interested but don't have the knowledge to understand why your workout is effective. Chances are that in a month or two, you'll be doing circles around them.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:56 AM   #6
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

I found that when I first stared I was not able to figure out where the right intensity level for me was. I would either go too hard early and burn myself out completely or go to light and have too much left at the end. It all comes with practice. In a month or so you will know exactly how hard you should push.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:14 AM   #7
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

As previously stated by Mark, go to the brandX scaling and choose something that will tax you without killing you....unfortunately its trial and error.

I jumped straight in when I started and tried to do a WOD as on the main page and couldn't walk right for 2 days afterwards as I wasnt used to doing loads of squats etc.

Break yourself in with mid level scaling and take it from there, if its too easy then go up a level, if too intense drop a level for a few weeks then try to move up.

All the best and enjoy your training
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:26 AM   #8
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

I agree with Morgan Lynch. Also cool to see somone else from TX, I am 41yo and am on me first month. i push the crap out of my self all the time, but in saying that, it is only after I am comfortable with the exercise.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:00 AM   #9
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

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As previously stated by Mark, go to the brandX scaling and choose something that will tax you without killing you....unfortunately its trial and error.

I jumped straight in when I started and tried to do a WOD as on the main page and couldn't walk right for 2 days afterwards as I wasnt used to doing loads of squats etc.

Break yourself in with mid level scaling and take it from there, if its too easy then go up a level, if too intense drop a level for a few weeks then try to move up.

All the best and enjoy your training
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:59 PM   #10
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Re: How bad should I let myself feel?

Thanks for all the advice guys. My biggest problem is that i can still remember the days when I was lifting 2 hours 4-5 days a week. Then i look at a workout and think oh i can do that,, forgetting it should read I could do that...

today is D/L's in sets of 5,, I can handle that. With a barbell even.. LOL
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