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    I found Darebee through Pinterest while looking for workouts. I want to get fit and I am all into making this part of my daily routine. For the past 2 days I have tried a mix of 2 workouts plus a pre-workout warmup and a post-workout stretch. My first day I did Arms of Steel and Legs of Steel back to back. Today I finished Maniac (cardio) and Homemade Abs. It was intense! I feel like I almost reached my physical limit each day. I am not sure I performed some of the exercises correctly either. I feel sore but not horrible. Am I biting off more than I can chew? Should I start with something like the Foundation Program first then move to something more challenging? Is it better to use the programs first and complete them one at a time? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    #2
    wardrm85 ... welcome to The Hive, the social side of DareBee.
    You survived doing four normal difficulty Workouts in two days with only minor DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
    You should be able to by-pass the Foundation Program. It is rated "easy" difficulty.
    At what "level" did you do the Workouts? Most rank Level I, three sets, Level II, five sets, and Level III, seven sets. If you only bothered to take on Level I (or less?) maybe you want to restart with Foundation. It tends to give you a buffer against those unpleasant DOMS. Need more? There's always the Daily Dare (DD), the Workout of the Day (WotD) and the monthly Challenge. Four things you can do without necessarily breaking your body.
    I figure that will be my workload for today. Those multiple High Knees will help make up for the chilly "fine light weather" we are enjoying.

    Enjoy your journey. .

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      #3
      [Keep in mind that this is only my point of view, and as I'm not as knowledgeable in this as others, I may be in the wrong in what I say]
      First of all, I'll share you one thing I learned in my journey of working out up until there; listen to your yourself. You may not be able to always know what's going on with your body, but usually if it's telling you something, remember that we're made to be conservative. What I mean is that, if you're experiencing pain, then take a rest, it might be too much for your body to handle, next time do less reps, less sets, or switch to an easier version of the same exercise. Obviously, it does not only apply to pain, if your body is sore, it can mean that what you previously did is taking a toll on your body. Is it always negative? Obviously, no, it's normal to feel tired. But always, and by that I mean always be on the lookout, and learn to understand what these signals are. Sometimes there will be false positives but it's important to not cross the line and go from [Challenging yourself] to [Hurting yourself].

      Another thing is, don't feel the need to overwork yourself. I don't really know where you stand in a general fitness point of view (though this might be useful to give yourself a rough idea), It's not that because you finished your workout and still have strenght left that you have to keep going on until you're exhausted, be sure to always remember that! That is especially important when you're starting out, since it's not something you're used to, your body will take longer to recover from this. I know this is a common mistake among beginners, I've come through that myself too, and the only answer to this issue is to allow yourself to rest, even if you feel like you can "still keep going".

      Another thing is, to speed up your progress, rest and nutrition are really important. Allow yourself a good night's rest, and eat healthy. I'm not telling you to fret over 1kCal, but already just keeping yourself from eating out-
      schedule is a great thing. Things will get themselve together with time.

      Foundation program is obviously a great thing, but it's not an absolute necessity; if you feel like you can go for, example given, Spartan Trials, give it a try! You can do either programs, or workouts randomly, there is no rule set in stone that tells you to do this or that. Just make sure to enjoy yourself


      [Tl;dr]
      • ALWAYS allow yourself to rest. A good night's sleep is what will make you progress.
      • Don't overtrain yourself. If you've worked out enough but still can "keep going", it's useless to seek your body breaking.
      • Eat healthy, but don't deprive yourself of eating what you want. Start easy, don't eat out schedule. This is already awesome.
      • Don't focus yourself on doing "this, then that, plus this", it's good to have goals, but don't emprison yourself within them. If you want to give this program a try, go for it! But don't think of it as a chore nor an absolute necessity.
      • Find pleasure in working out! This is what will keep you on the long run. Plus, we all love having fun right?
      • You also might want to keep track of your progress, this is something I regret not having done at the beginning of my journey. This is a nice feeling to look at yourself and be able to say, "I've improved, and that's thanks to myself."

      I'll give you links to a few of the resources in the Fitness section of the website, you might find them interesting. Check them out if you'd like!

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        #4
        Thank you all for your great posts! This really helps me to decide my fitness goals.

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          #5
          wardrm85 Welcome to the Hive buddy! Being sore means it working buddy, you just need to fight fire with fire Either Foundation or Heros Journey would be perfect for you for a program You are doing awesome Also as Solar says listen to your body feeling sore is a lot different than feeling pain stretching before and after really helps with that

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            #6
            Just chiming in that you must already be rather fit to do two 4 workouts in 2 days Though of course to ponder if you took the two minutes breaks or shorter, and levels (numbers of sets) But good for you!

            One advantage I saw with Foundation is that; if you are new to working out (even if rather fit), you may not be familiar with the different exercises, and at least with foundation you will progressively be exposed to and more familiar with all the different types of exercises you can see on Darebee (BTW, the video exercise Library at the bottom of the main page is a treasure for that). If you already have a good knowledge of the different exercises, then that aspect is less interesting.

            And in general, better workout regularly than "binge" a few times a week and take a little too much days off between workout days. Welcome to DOMS! If you leaf through the programs, the ratio is often three days of exercise / one day of "active rest" (yoga / stretching / "tendon strength" / abs depending on the type of program). My own rule of thumbs is that I have a purposeful day of active rest (restaurative yoga) every week, and sometimes a second "less active" day (where I do the workout only at level I).

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              #7
              Welcome to the Hive, wardrm85 !
              The others have already given you a lot of relevant and useful information, so no need to repeat what they already said. Enjoy the ride, and don't hesitate to ask for advice, or to open a check-in thread to log your progress and get support.

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                #8
                I started the foundation program this morning. I did multiple reps no rest. I think it'll work for now plus daily dare. My flexibility is bad. Stretches pre/post workout should help though. Awesome posts! Super helpful.

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                  #9
                  How to Start a Log

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