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Unread 05-01-2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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Alright, so I haven't been at the gym very long, 2 weeks, but I'm getting REALLY frustrated. I'm not overweight, but I'm trying to tone up and get in shape... however I'm frustrated that I can't do anything. I can't run for long, I can't do many reps, I feel like I'm not making any progress because I can't do anything for an extended period of time. I can't even do a push-up!

I have great leg/back strength, so weight training is easy, but running is a hassle (I also have asthma) and my upper body is just... depressing.

I know if I keep going and work at it I'll get stronger, but is there anything I can do to help make it feel like I'm accomplishing anything? I am sore, so I know I'm doing something right, and again, it hasn't been long, I just get so so so hard on myself for not being able to do much without starting to die. =/
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Unread 05-01-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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You can try taking some form of multivitamin or other health supplements like that, but there's really nothing more than a routine workout that will get you the results you want.
When I was working to build upper body strength I was at it three times a week for about an hour each day, took maybe two months for results to show up. It also depends what muscle groups you're trying to build, some are easier to develop than others. I personally hate pushups and can't do more than like 15 if I'm lucky, but I can easily lift 80 pounds on a weight machine and max out at about 100. You might find better results with something like that instead. It's also a bit easier to keep track of progress, plus you can decide to push yourself if you want (like going from 20 pounds one week to 30 the next, but if it's too much strain you can keep working at 20).
Try and keep track of how long you do things each time you work out - if you can track your progress and notice it go up, even by a little every time, it still means progress.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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Well...we all have to start somewhere. 2 weeks is not long at all. It takes time to build up strength and stamina. If you're going to be frustrated, be that way towards yourself and use it as motivation. Anger is good, controlled of course haha. Frustration is not, it'll only slow you down.

One way to help keep you going is to bring a small notepad and write down your exercises. Keep track and the next week do a little more and so on. I would include a recovery week every 4-5 weeks.

You don't have to do a standard exercise like a straight pullup or pushup, some people can't right off. You can do an altered version which will be easier like doing a pushup with your knees on the ground.
Looking back through your notebook and seeing your improvement is a sense of accomplishment.
I'm not that good at explaining things sometimes, but I hope this helps. I think we've all been at a low point at one point or another.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 10:56 PM   #4
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Do 50 reps of something a day for 20 days. You will have completed 100 reps. Also, try some fitness-related goals.

BTW I have worse than you. I can leg press 300 lbs (my weight+70lb), but I can barely eek out jogging for 30 seconds.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 11:43 PM   #5
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The first week you work out your body is just getting use to training themselves again.
If you aren't noticing different results then you're either;
Not pushing yourself enough, lack of nutrition (eat shit and work out like shit),
or you're state of mind just isn't use to pushing your body to it's limits.

What PERSONALLY works for me and a friend (over weight faggot) is that
we would run our max the first day in to cardio.
So lets say my max was fucking 15 minutes (true story...).
I would add 5 minutes the next day and the next, and so on.
Before I knew it I went from running 15 minutes to 60 minutes on the first week.

So if anything I BELIEVE you're just not pushing yourself enough.
I personally try my best to stay positive when running.
I kind of speak to myself in my head while running like, "fucking stupid ass
machine, fuck you...I ain't giving up bitch...omg...tired...NO...MUST LAST 20 MORE MIN!!)

ANYWAYS, hope my tips helped. Trust me you're not the only one that
gets pissed and depressed when doing cardio. I fucking hate that shit.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 11:51 PM   #6
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Hahaha, Somsai, lovely. Yeah, I FEEL it for sure the next day, it's just when I go back I don't feel a difference in being any stronger or lasting longer.

I switched to the elliptical today because the treadmill was killing my shins/ankles. So maybe this will help, it also seemed to not attack my asthma as bad. So maybe once I work that up a bit and strengthen my lungs, I can jump back on the treadmill. My boyfriend makes sure to push me to, what he calls "The point of failure" when I can't move anymore, and that's on anything, weight lifting, running, etc.

I think I'm just expecting too much, too quick for my first time back at the gym since like... high school. I'm not in shape like I was back then and just have to suck it up and get like I was. Thank you all for your inputs Very helpful.
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Unread 05-02-2012, 12:22 AM   #7
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Shin pain. Been there, done that. The term is "shin splints." The cause is from walking to0 hard or too fast right away, either from no or too little warm-up. Even when walking at a slower pace can cause it if you are not used to it. The easiest way to fix it when it comes on is to simply walk slower or even to stop and rest altogether.

Many people disagree with exercising to the point of failure, which is a common theme of CrossFit. It causes a lack in form which leads to dangerous consequences. Say you're doing barbell squats. You fall and land on it or drop it onto yourself or someone else, it can cause some serious injuries. There was a thread a few weeks ago about CrossFit and most people agreed that training to the point of failure is dangerous.
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Unread 05-02-2012, 12:53 AM   #8
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Yeah, with the shin pain I stopped running and rested. I tried walking but it did still hurt =/

I thought it seemed pretty "extreme." Especially for my newbie butt being back. He doesn't let me do anything by myself though, we work out together but if I'm doing something, he doesn't do anything and watches everything I do. So that's helpful and somewhat reassuring, lol.

But I agree on the lack of form, if by the end I'm not doing it as strong as I was in the beginning, I don't see the point and I do stop, regardless of what he insists. I know my body limit for sure, I just wish it could handle more right now.
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Unread 05-03-2012, 08:27 AM   #9
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I have great leg/back strength, so weight training is easy, but running is a hassle (I also have asthma) and my upper body is just... depressing.
I have this problem where I don't like running, but can DDR all day. Maybe there are other cardio exercises you could look into that basically do the same thing but move your muscles in a way you aren't feeling so painful?
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