Kane wrote:Thanks Style, and the rest of you guys as well...
I guess I'll just have to start out light then. Now that I think about it, I've probably always gone from nothing to far as I can push it and usually end up injured, which is usually what leads to the long periods of inactivity. I've had a couple hernia operations before, and the pain has only gotten worse with each one, though I'm told I'm healed.
I'd love to run again like I did when I was in the Army, but I've had a bunion on my right foot for the past few years which makes even wearing running shoes or crosstrainers excrutiating. Walking moderate distances is also very painful. Me knees also feel like they are more prone to strain and injury from years of carrying my heavy ass around.
I have a tower of power in my room, but at an out of shape 285lbs I can barely manage one or two proper pullups at a time without kipping. I've got Ross's books and video but I'm so out of shape this time around it's hard to know where to start. Somewhere between doing nothing and pushing myself too hard, I suppose.
Just keep at it. When the progress starts coming, you will gain momentum and you'll be on a positive upward spiral.
One thing that I would suggest for just starting out again is full body circuits. They are great for getting the body primed for serious work and will burn a sh*t ton of calories. Consider doing a few full body circuits a week. Just a thought...
also, some mobility work will do wonders for you. I don't know about your specific aches and pains, but the book "Pain Free" can explain how our bodies get misaligned and cause pain. Or just google Mobility WOD. That guy has some great stuff. 10-15 minutes a day will make a big difference.