- You argue with your body that it really can do that 30 minutes on the reclining bike. Your leg begins to mutter about 10 minutes in and by 20 minutes, it complains loudly that the effort is too much (even though you have not increased the resistance past level 1.) It was able to do up to level 4 two days ago and it has not been injured or abused. You ignore the leg cramp and sigh heavily when the clock shows that 30 minutes have trickled away.
- Your body does not want to get down on the floor for stretches (and you don’t want to let gravity help you get down there more swiftly.) You grab the exercise mat and lie it on the floor, staring at it resentfully. You know all of the grumbling parts will feel better once they are stretched, but they show no interest in making that happen. So you bend at the waist (fortunately the hamstrings still cooperate, even if the knees are sulky), touch the floor and walk them forward until you can drop your knees to the mat. It ain’t purty, but it serves a need.
- A new body part joins in the argument about which part is aching the most. Usually, it’s the knees that complain, but today the right hip feels entitled to join in. Nothing makes it happy. Talk about a whiner.
- Any piece of equipment in a pinch. Once the stretches, leg lifts, and the world’s briefest plank position hold have been accomplished, you have to stand back up. Fortunately, you are next to the Glute Ham developer so it allows you to pull/push yourself up from a kneeling position.
5. Doing the actual exercises is the easy part. Getting situated in the machine and adjusting the seat and weight are the hard parts. Getting out is almost as difficult as getting in.