Since I was extremely out of shape, walking a quarter mile would cause me to get winded so I decided that before I step into a gym I needed to lay out some foundation work on cardio and lose a tad more weight.
Whelp, I'm up to running 3 miles with no stops and I still don't get winded, but my legs turn to jello. I run until I surpass the burn, I don't just work up to the point of burn. As soon as 3 miles comes/goes without the jello legs and burn afterward, I'll add more distance to that as well.
I'm down a total of 40lbs since mid March (half of which has come off in the past month). I feel energized after my runs each day and all day long each day. I don't give myself any days off from my running, because I know I'm about to really kick my own ass with weights and machines
I want to workout my upper body for strength and to develope higher endurance. What kind of machines should I start with? I am new to this portion of my goal, so I know I'll need to start off with things that I can easily learn and stick with. Since this is my first time in the gym in over a decade, I have no clue what the names of most machines are. DON'T LAUGH I'LL KEEL YOU! I'm not to the point of free weights (I think?), but I know there's gotta be some good machines that help you target the upper & mid body (arms/back/abs).
There's a person at the desk at the gym that gives some general information and can show me how to properly use the equipment, but anything detailed has to come from a trainer, which I can't afford. So again I ask, what are the names of some machines that can target those specific areas, and how many reps on each machine should I start with?
I'm going to need to add pushups and situps to my routine as well, but I need to develope those areas a bit more so that I can do so safely and effectively. Well, (girlie) push ups I'm doing already, but situps have to wait a tad longer. My doctor told me that I need to slowly
build up the ab muscles since I've had 3 c-sections. I have adhesions (scar tissue) pretty bad, so if I get too gung ho too quickly, it'll cause the muscles to tear and I sure as hell don't wanna do that again. That shit HURTS lol!
Any suggestions (on topic) are greatly appreciated! I'm feeling better than I have in years and I'm extremely excited to step it up to the next level