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    Lurking to Posting - Thoughts on post workout aches

    My whole life, I have stayed away from the gym. In fact, have been to gyms for a day or so every 4-5 years since I was 14, but it never took. I am a pretty shy guy and have always felt a little weird going up to people and asking for pointers, etc. Plus, all the muscle gods I see at the gym really, really intimidate me.
    Over the last year or so, I found out I had high cholesterol and was prediabetic. Where I was thinking I was a young 39, I was suddenly an aging 39. This was the cosmic kick in the pants that I guess I needed to start fixing my life long habit of neglecting my temple.
    December 2018, I first started working out. I knew I could never stick to a gym, and didn't really know if I'd stick to the routines anyway and so did not buy any equipment and started looking at no equipment workouts.
    Via YouTube and Reddit, I tried multiple plans and would do bodyweight exercises for a week or two and then "rest" for 4 or 5 weeks. It was a losing battle. My issue was that gains were not visible and the pain...oh, the pain was legendary (for someone who has not really worked out, it felt my muscles had muscles and there were muscles in places they had no reason or cause to be). This shit was hard!
    Then I discovered this site. There were so many types and progressions. To be honest, I was getting bored with all those programs that had the same set of exercises and had rest days. Inside my head, rest days felt like I was not working out hard enough. Don't get me wrong, I know those are important, but my psyche keeps fighting my me on this one.
    Finally, I discovered this site. Reading through all the stuff here, figured I'd try out the "Foundation" workout for 5 or 10 days. Finished all 30 days yesterday and I feel amazing. Finally finished a workout program. However, since day 15, I started feeling I wasn't really working out enough, since each day took me 20 minutes to knock out the dailies,I started cycling on the stationary bike. Day 18, I started 5 minutes at the end of a workout, but now have brought myself up to 60 minutes a day, making sure the last 30 minutes are in the 80-100% heartrate range.

    So that's my story. Today I start Cardio Blast and am scared whether I can even do the first week. One way or another, regardless of the end result, here goes.

    And to those with the patience to read this far, my sincere and heartfelt thanks. I will try and make my future posts slightly more interesting.

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    BarBarJinx Thank you for adding this here. Your post is an inspiration to many others who, like you, start off slowly looking for their level and discovering what they can do. Welcome to The Hive!

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      Awesome and I can totally relate to your story. I'm into Cardio Blast now and trust me it looks hard, but there are hard days and there are regular days. I'm doing it alongside Foundation and sometimes skipping Blast if Foundation has a particularly intense cardio day. Think of the confidence you got in completing your badge (AND MAKE SURE TO ADD IT TO YOUR PROFILE!). Knocking out these programs has that effect on me.

      Keep going!

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