I just completed my very first L1, D1 workout. To give you a brief background on myself . . . I've never exercised consistently before, though I've done it sporadically for years. I've tended toward "skinny" but now that I'm in my 30's, I'm moving more towards "flabby". Not pleasant. My diet is good and improving. I follow a combination of "Life Without Bread" (low-carb) and Weston A Price Foundation (whole, natural, traditional) recommendations, which sounds very similar to what is advised here.
But on to my problem/question. I've always been blessed with a bit of natural muscle tone on my lower body, and cursed with pure scrawniness on my upper body. For my workout today, I had to do assisted pull-ups because I cannot do even one full pull-up, and I had to do "girlie" push-ups from my knees, because I can't even do one from my feet. Even doing the wimpy versions, those were the limiting factors. I gave out on push-ups, and that's what limited my circuits to 16 (probably would have given out on pull-ups first, except that I was using quite a bit of assistance). On the other hand, I felt like I could have kept doing squats for days. My legs and glutes barely felt it.
So, should I plan to continue with Level 1 until I am doing real push-ups and pull-ups? Or should I do something else to help my upper body strength "catch up" to my lower body strength?
Also, to assist my pull-ups I am just standing on a box. I fear this isn't a good idea, because it's so easy then to let my legs do the work for me, especially as I get tired. Any other recommendations?
Thanks for any advice!