Sometimes getting myself to the gym can be challenging because I don't think that I feel like going, but once I'm there it's fine. I do my thing on the elliptical. It's funny but the first day I did the elliptical I thought I was going to die in the first minute. Three minutes in, I thought I wasn't going to be able to go on. I stopped at least four times in that half hour to rest. Now I can do it all the way through without a break, though I often stop for about 30 seconds somewhere at the twenty minute mark to try to make my right foot stop tingling (it goes numb by the end if I don't). I feel somewhat accomplished.
During the second half of my workout, I do things like squats, lunges, crunches, and weights. There also I see little bits of growth. For instance, the first day I did squats it was really hard and I was sore for days. Now I feel it when I do the squats, but I'm not sore the next day. It's interesting how something can be very difficult when the trainer shows it to me, but within a few times of doing that exercise during my workouts--like lifting weights--it's a lot easier.
Honestly, it kind of makes me wonder if I'm doing it wrong or something because it's too easy. While I wait to ask the trainer, I'm upping the weights on most everything I do. From my last two sessions, I notice the trainer doesn't seem to want to make me push myself anywhere near my limits. Should an exercise be difficult to do? Should I be sore? If I'm not sore or I don't feel like it's hard to do, is it still beneficial? Some of weights the trainer gave me just seem too light--I don't feel anything. Should I stick with her plan anyway or push myself to keep upping the weights? I just want to get the best outcome for my time. I don't want to go on and on if it's not beneficial, but I also don't have any exercise background. I don't know anything about weight training. Anyone have an answer?
P.S. This reveals my inner dork, but I sort of like using the weighted bar because it makes me feel like a Jedi. Watch out for my lightsaber!