Pathetic Full-body Workout

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    Jul 06, 2007 5:33 PM GMT
    So, today I did day 1 for the 12-week program on the main site... geeze, I did pretty pathetic, and I'm totally wiped out. All I want to do now is fall over and sleep...

    And I only made it part way through the first sequence. I didn't even manage to complete the second set of the first sequence, much less actually start on the second sequence.

    Maybe part of it was that I didn't have time to grab breakfast this morning, but still...

    This is how it's always been when I try to do serious full-body workouts. I can't complete them, so I end up giving up after a few days. I guess I got really psyched because I've done so well with the cardio for the past four weeks.

    If I actually manage to finish this, it is going to take me a LOT longer than 12 weeks...
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    Jul 06, 2007 6:32 PM GMT
    haha stick with it
    remember it might not be the best program for you but at least your working at it
    and as you continue you,ll get better at it
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    Jul 06, 2007 7:43 PM GMT
    Here's a handy trick that I sometimes use to get through a programmed workout:

    "FIFTY bicycle crunches per set???? Must be a misprint... I'm sure they meant FIFTEEN!"
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    Jul 06, 2007 7:57 PM GMT
    To get through the 12 week strong/lean plan, I had to use really light weights. Some of those exercises are a *lot* more difficult than they look.
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    Jul 06, 2007 8:09 PM GMT
    I agree MSU. I really had to lighten the weight especially because there is a high risk of shoulder injury with some of the exercises in the program. I have to say though. I am loving this 12 week program. I actually feel like I worked hard after I am done. I am only in week 6 but have notice vast improvements. It's definitely a challenging work out.

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    Jul 06, 2007 8:55 PM GMT
    If you're just starting into weight training, then it's alright if you can't do some of the stuff. I'm in week 5 and there have been a couple exercises that I simply can't do at all.

    It's alright to take longer with the program than it lays out. Go light at first and build your strength. Whatever you do, don't allow yourself to be intimidated by the program. I was at first as well, but after a couple weeks things started getting better because I could really feel myself getting stronger.

    And even if it takes you longer than a couple weeks to feel the strength, that's okay. Everyone's fitness journey is different. Just make sure you push yourself. Feeling wiped after a workout is a good thing, even if you don't finish it, because you know you pushed your limits. And after a while you'll be able to push those limits further. Use all of us here as support to keep you motivated. That's what a good forum is for.
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    Jul 06, 2007 8:56 PM GMT
    With regard to ab work / crunches, aesthetically speaking, sometimes, less if better. I dropped two inches off my mid section (upper abs) by not working them as much this show season.
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    Jul 07, 2007 6:35 AM GMT
    Thanks guys :D. I was thinking about this as I was jogging today (my dog was flying around the house, and wouldn't calm down, so I took her out for a jog/walk), and I'm going to stick with it for sure.

    I'm not so much intimidated by the program... more disappointed in how out of shape I am! Or maybe... how 'un-in-shape'? I've never really been in any shape to get out of! :P

    Thanks for all of the encouragement guys! I'm gonna take some body photos today, just so I have an actual physical record of what changes the program brings about.

    And Mindgarden I totally did a double-take when I read that :P. You look like the kind of guy who chews up workouts and then spits them out again. For breakfast. And lunch. And then, again, once more for dinner. ;)
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    Jul 07, 2007 2:32 PM GMT
    Definitely stick with it. I decided it was time to get serious about working out again in December when my size 34 pants started to feel too tight. After a couple of visits to the gym feeling as you describe, I hired a trainer for a couple of sessions, and basically was told everything that's been said here - it's OK if you can't do some of the advanced exercises when you first start. If you can't, lower the weight or substitute something else that targets that muscle group. You'll work your way up to the programmed exercise in no time.
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    Jul 20, 2007 10:59 PM GMT

    I HAVE MUSCLES!!!! OMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!!!!

    I just flexed in the mirror after my shower (I know, I know--I'm vain :p) AND I HAVE MUSCLEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!

    Omg, my biceps aren't 'thin' any more when I flex. They actually have a little roundness at the top, and they don't flatten when you squeeze them.

    My pectorals are starting to stand out around the edges, like the shape is being defined a little bit.

    My abs are starting to be visible a bit!!! You can kind of make out that 'line' between them that goes down the middle of the stomach :D.

    I'm so excited! Thanks for encouraging me to stick with this, guys! I'm still working on the 'week one' section, but it's already paying off, even thought I still can't do the full workout.
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    Jul 20, 2007 11:31 PM GMT
    Full body takes a lot of energy that is why traditionally you break up your workouts into chest days, leg days etc. With split workouts you can be somewhat functional the next day. One way or the other don't "cheat" . It is better to have good form to work the muscle right then to blast thru a workout just so you can say u did it. BTW, As of April have been doing full body work outs.

    Post some pics of that ripped body.