It embarrasses me to see everyone my age fitter than me, even those that don't exercise.
I've always been the slowest in a mile run in middle school, even after the fat kid with ADHD, not to discriminate. I'm not even overweight, but I'm so weak compared to everyone else. I could even lift just the bar in a chin-up.
On Monday I did this "boot camp cardio" thing at my gym and felt again so feeble and old as I was worse in balance next to the majority of the class(middle-aged women).
Yesterday, I felt so sore around my thighs like I was doing lunges every step I took.
What the heck is wrong with me? It wasn't my first time exercising, though I suspect that my usual workout might be far lighter than that (25min bike ride+stretching+ warm-up +some weigh training).
I have been trying to get lots of carbs, but could that really be the reason? I have around 2500 calories almost everyday. Except maybe today, since my bananas still need to ripen.
GIVE IT TIME! lol!
NEVER do boot camps unless your way fitter than the instructor. They are just fad workouts mostly put on by wanker trainers that wouldnt have a clue and get the 'yet to be fit' people working WAY harder than they should. I mean its like telling a learner driver to drive at 200mph and when they crash or dont want to do it you scream 'You loser! dont come to my class and wuss out! TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN! MORE PAIN THE BETTER AGHHHH!' ;)
Go train by yourself and do lightweight stuff like walking/jogging/cycling and go out and go up a few hills and stop to catch your breath and SLOWLY increase your training. 10-15% a week is the max you want to increase training if your even an olympic athlete on EPO/CERA etc.
So keep doing your routine that gets you sweating or a bit of huff and puff and then over the YEARS you can start doing the 'crazy' stuff. If I had to demotivate someone quickly, I would just smash em hard in training. Thats what we do in bike racing, we smash hard off the line and those that were not ready for it or find it intimidating get dropped. Its the same with our own personal fitness. If you get smashed every session, you drop off SUPER quick. See it all the time. 100% NOBODY is smashing it eash session, all week long and still at it after even a month. Ive seen people try but they 100% burn out and blame their 'lack of discipline'. Thats like the learner driver blaming lack of commitment for not driving at 200mph during their driving test. ;)
Slowly improve and STICK WITH IT. After a year of doing consistent easy cardio, then add in a bit of intensity. Get a heart rate monitor and learn what 'easy' really is. Most peoples easy is really their 'hard'.
This works so well that when Lance Armstrong etc come to town, I can easily keep up with em in the mountains. It feels pretty cool that I know I can go train with the full on drug lords and keep up no probs in training.
If in doubt, train smarter vs harder.
Get more early nights.
Eat 10g of carbs per kg of bodyweight.
Drink enough water so you pee clear at least 10 times a day.
Thank you so much Durianrider. I will definitely invest in a heart rate monitor.
I also have to thank you for leading me to this site.
I first learned about 30BaD watching your videos on youtube.
It was in the recommendations list next to B. Clement's videos lol
Thank you that I didn't have to waste my money buying some blue green algae.
This is sound advice. Been trying to get my fitness up so that I could possibly be a group fitness instructor by next academic year... I found that the best way to increase your improvement is by taking it slow and not dash from 1 to 100 so soon...it's really annoying when all you want is to be iron man after feeling how awesome lfrv makes you feel, but then you have to realize that your body has been so out of wack for so long that it's going to take some time to get up there... still a lesson i'm trying to learn! :-P
DR, do you have any good books on running/training that might help push this "train smarter vs harder" thing further? I still feel like I am going harder than I should even though I do not feel wiped out after my workouts...kinda left wanting more actually...
I cant stand trainers that yell at you. I'm perfectly good at motivating myself, but I also trust my body and only do what I am capable of and stop before hurting myself (usually!)