Hello, I am a 167cm, 55kg
woman and I don't know my body fat % but I know it's too much.
I have just started
training with a bodybuilder (small group 5 of us 1 trainer). I have previously 2
ruptured discs in my neck and extensive nerve & muscle damage in my shoulders,
the trainer knows this.
Due to the above, my
upper body is very weak which is my own fault. I have increased strength in this
area before but it is a long process.
My lower body strength is
very good, and he seems to think I am very fit person, I have a sedentary job
and due to pain a pretty sedentary life style.
Our last upper body
session left me in an incredible amount of pain, fair enough, however I am still
very sore, and physically restricted in the back of my upper arms (if I put my
hand on my shoulder I can not lift my arm above shoulder height) it is a burning
pain, somewhat like you get when stretching, but it is too painful to do a
traditional stretch. It has been 2 1/2 weeks since I did this, and I haven't
been back to the gym since then. We were doing 3 x 15 sets of various exercises.
Most I could not do more
than 2 actual lifts without needing a break, yet he insisted on completing the
Q 1. Is it right to do a
set of 15 lifts (and then 3 rep) when you can only actually do 2 of the first 15
correctly (I do push my self hard on the lower body, but I know I am not
re-aggravating an injury)?
Q 2. Do you have
any idea what this pain is in the back of my upper arms, I have never
experienced this before and have weight trained off & on for 15 yrs?
Q 3. How do I
tactfully tell this guy that I am unable to do what he asks without him thinking
I am being slack?
Thank you for your time and any insight you can offer...