After working for the last few months on convincing wifey (all you ladies refer to your husbands as "Hubby", so I'm following your lead. Ha.) that she should join me in regular workouts at my new-found facility, I finally prevailed. We got her signed up yesterday, and today was her first scheduled workout.
This was to be a joyous occasion. Next to our spiritual growth, our physical condition is most important.
So, when we arrived this morning at 6:30, we were both excited. Yes, my friends, today was the first day of the rest of her life. And, although she is not really overweight or otherwise in ill health, it is always really a good thing when someone makes a commitment to exercise regularly.
But, as usual, God had a surprise for yours truly. What I thought would be a simple teaching/learning experience turned out to be something else.
After a short warm-up, we went to the upper body circuit. I showed her how to use the Lat pulldown machine. Oh boy. I had not considered that she had never been to a workout facility in her entire life---most of her exercise has always consisted of walking through our neighborhood.
We finally got her working the lats, but she was not breathing properly. I gently instructed her to breathe out on the power stroke and inhale on the negative stroke. Well, this was a problem because she couldn't seem to coordinate her breathing with her lifting.
Same thing on the next machine, the rowing exercise; and the next one, the pec fly; and the next one, the chest press, etc, etc.
She was frustrated. I was frustrated. This was gonna be harder than I thought.
But, when we got to the treadmill and I showed her how to use the controls, it got worse---she had a bad experience one time 20 years ago on a treadmill and she was gun-shy. She was afraid of the machine. This, too, was frustrating for us. But as the minutes
ticked away, she seemed to become more comfortable. YES! She was mastering the art of treadmill walking!
She had a good first workout. Much was learned---especially by me. Wifey came a long way in her learning to workout, and I learned that I assume too much and I am STILL too impatient. I gotta work on that!