I have to constantly keep in mind that each person’s intensity level in working out is unique.  This came to mind after doing a new workout which included doing five one-minute sets of simple Burpees separated by a thirty-second rest period. I got through the first set with some amount of difficulty, but the last two sets were killer.

I was tempted to think to myself, “What kind of punk performance was that?” But I came to my senses very quickly as I remembered that I am fifty-two, not twenty-two.  While I was in OK shape at twenty-two, I do remember not having the same taste for intense workouts.  It wasn’t until I was nearly forty that I really took to the idea of trying to really do heavier weights and more grueling calisthenics.  Just the idea mind you.  But I got the taste and now I am excited about these workouts.  While I do enjoy coming across new and different routines, I now have to temper my expectations that it may take a couple of sessions before I can perform these workouts somewhat gracefully.

I am willing to bet that many of you, especially those of you guys and gals that are around my age, probably look at harsh appearing exercises, ones that appear somewhat grueling and think, “Oh I could never do that,”  or “I don’t think I would like that.”  And you brave ones who are willing to try them might find them really tough.  Keep in mind that nearly everything is hard before it is easy. So maybe someone who has practiced the same exercise longer makes it look easy, while you find it difficult when you start.  Your level of fitness will increase as you practice using various muscles, your heart and your lungs.  A gal who practices greater amounts of cardio workouts might find a new strenuous cardio routine easier than someone who practices mostly anaerobic type exercises. 

So your starting point for a new type of exercise is unique to you. But tell me, do you find it true in starting a new workout that you think maybe you should have performed stronger or better than you did?  What is your feeling when you struggle with a new workout?

Tony Morrison
Tony Morrison

Tony is a Certified Mastery Coach and has been involved in fitness since his teen years and continues to run and workout regularly. He is the founder of Rollbacktimefitness.com and has also had a career as a software engineer for over 30 years. Outside of working and staying in shape, Tony enjoys traveling with his wife (and sometimes his three grown kids), outdoor activities and playing guitar.

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