Too much, too soon?

I’ve come to a crashing halt. At first it was physical, although my mind is beginning to become affected by the related worry.

The long and short of it is that I destroyed my body on Saturday at the induction course. For an introduction to fitness, it was certainly brutal, and I wonder if it was a little (a lot) TOO brutal. All of the stuff we did (see picture in last post) was a little much for someone who hasn’t done any proper physical exercise in seven years, and I even told the trainer that fact before we started. Remind me not to do a workout with him for a few months …

It’s now four whole days since that course, and my legs still won’t take me up or down the stairs without my muscles screaming at me to stop. My upper body has come back down to Earth more quickly, and my core (what there is of it) aches when getting out of bed or a chair.

I don’t think it’s unfair to expect a four-hour “induction” course to not consist almost entirely of a FOUR-HOUR HIIT workout. I didn’t even do all of it – I had to bail out of one bit because I was so knackered, and was starting to feel sick. I was expecting to walk in and be shown the moves, have a go at doing them myself for a bit, and then go home. As the normal workouts are considerably shorter than four hours, I hope I’ll be able to get through one of those, especially as they’re graded for difficulty depending on your ability level.

Or will I? I’ve been stressing myself out with the fact that I have not been able to go back in four days due to an inability to move effectively. I’ve been worrying that I’m expected to go three times a week (as I signed up through some kind of promotion where I pay for two weeks of “three-a-week” sessions). I’ve been worrying that I’ll go to my first session and end up achieving nothing because I’ll have forgotten the most basic stuff from Saturday, and, and, and …

I know most of my worries are unfounded, as I’ve had some good advice from a friend who does CrossFit, and this is all completely normal, apparently. I’ll just be glad when I’ve had a few sessions, and my body had eased its way into regular exercise. Until then, my poor legs …

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