I've found as I get older (late 40s now), it's my joints and tendons that are the real problem--I'm much more prone to pull my Achilles tendon, hurt my knee, etc., if I up my time or intensity too quickly. I know some contestants have really messed up their knees in the past, and I've never understood why they continue to make the "older" folks follow these workouts.
Being a female over a certain age......let's just go with midlife.......I am much more prone to muscle tears,etc.. Not fun at all!
I absolutely hated the scene of them dumping ice on the woman (can't remember who it was) on Jillian's team. That was stupid. Seriously, if she really had passed out there was a reason, if nothing more than they had pushed her to her WALL of the moment. Now granted, maybe I missed something there, or was that a preview for next week, :D either way, that bothered me.
I have the same problem--actually, I'm really having it at the moment, because I went from using at least an elliptical for an hour every day to doing nothing for quite some time, due to my shoulder injury. Then it was just little stuff like walking the dog. Even now, I cannot do anywhere near what I used to do on the elliptical without it affecting my shoulder--you wouldn't think it would, but it does, and then my PT and surgeon start telling me what I can and must not do again. I do PT for about an hour a day, but that's not the same, and for four weeks after the surgery, it was nothing at all, and then just guided therapy for the next two weeks before I was allowed to do anything. My sister, who had a knee replaced last spring, was equally frustrated at going from exercising regularly to not being able to at all, and she's now fuming about not being able to downhill ski.
Once you get used to doing something regularly, if you miss a few days, you really do notice it--longer than that and it can feel like you're starting all over again
I was at the taping of the premier show and am finding I am watching this season much differently than the others. Especially watching Jillian interact. She really is like that.
So true Tilden. At least your body has a memory so you still get back to where you were faster than someone who hasn't been working out at all. I hope you have a speedy recovery. It stinks not being able to work out!
I have never exercised. Even as a kid I prefered a good book over playing outside. As I have gotten older I have put on more weight than I care to share and am considered overweight, although because of my height and shape, I don't look as heavy as I really am. When I turned 40 someone asked me to go with them to a "couch to 5K" 8-week course. I thought they were nuts. Aside from the Presidential Fitness Test in grade school I had never run anywhere, but I thought....what the heck? The first day we had to run a minute, then walk 30 seconds and do that over and over. I thought I would die...and I'm not kidding. I couldn't believe that in 8 weeks I would be running 3.1 miles- there was just no way. I ached. I couldn't breathe. My vision blurred. My knees screamed. My calves buckled. It was aweful. Long story short, in 8 weeks I did run 3.1 miles. It wasn't easy and I haven't run since, but I did it. I cannot fathom how these people can walk into the gym having never exercised and be expected to do what the trainers tell them to do and NOT die. I could barely run a minute and they exercise for 2 hours straight and get yelled at because they can't stay on the treadmill. I totally feel their pain. I really do. I feel there is something they aren't showing us because I would think they would all be passing out on day one. I give them props for even making it through the work-out.
I'm honestly not trying to be argumentative, but I'm mid-40's and I hate it when people suggest that I need to take it down a few notches because I'm old. I also took up running after 40 and I refuse to use my age as an excuse to not push hard. I have more drive and determination at this age than I did 15 years ago, and I see the same kind of attitude in many of the 40+ contestants.