Our expert says:
The stiffness is interesting - it might be a reflection on what you're doing in the training sessions. You're right that normally, you'd get stiff almost right away, but that's not always the case - you might, for example find that as you've gotten stronger and more confident, you're training just a tiny bit harder and that increase is all it's required to push you over the limit to cause stiffness. It's nothing to worry about though, it will go away in time, just take it easy for a day or so and then resume training. It won't happen the same way again in the future.
As for the training, yes, the idea is light weights, many reps. Probably aim for about 15 reps, but the weight must be light enough that you could probably, if required, lift it 30 times. So we're talking a reasonably comfortable weight by the 15th rep - you shouldn't feel that you're straining by teh time you hit 13 or 14. Then try to do 3 sets. In other words, 15 reps, short rest, makes up 1 set, and then repeat another two times.
The numbness is the toes is likely just pressure, yes, and that will go away in a short while, once your circulation and nerve control improves. The thing about the orbitrek is tha tyou have constant pressure on your feet, and that can cause this. Try to shift your weight around a little, every few seconds, just a tiny adjustment in weight distribution and you'll find that this should go away.
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