New Rules of Lifting
My name is Claudia and I am a gym bunny. I heart cardio. From the elliptical to the stairs to bikes and treadmills. When I’m not using a gym machine, my go to is hiking. I like how I feel after an intense workout or a 5k. With my home workouts, I watched DVDs that had my heart pumping and the sweat rolling down my forehead and back. I do include weights. But, I wasn’t so big into it because I parroted what I heard from other women — lifting made you muscle-y and too big. Now, I know better. But, still weights have never been a favorite of mine. I just can’t seem to get excited about it, even if I know it’s good for me. It’s like yoga to me. But, one of my resolutions this year is to hit weights more. And, I’m starting from scratch. First, I chose The New Rules of Lifting for Women. It has been touted on my IG page and other bloggers that I follow. I hope to follow the plan on here and share my results with you all.
I will not be following the nutrition or meals that the book suggests. I have my own routine already in place and to be honest, to follow the meal plan on here just seems like I’ll have to do some extra grocery shopping that I don’t think I will stick to. Plus, the author himself writes that creating elaborate meals 3 times a day can be unrealistic. I might try some of the recipes, though.
Now for the workout plan. First, let me say I found this pretty confusing. As someone who doesn’t lift weights, it was a little hard to understand. I sought out the internet and other blogs to find review on what he meant with his workout plan (ie plan a and plan b, reps, and alternating). The confusing part to me was the length in which to do the workouts. But after re-reading and researching, I figured it out (I hope). Stage 1 will last me about 8 weeks, and I am excited to see the results. Another problem I had was not being told what to lift. While I understand that everyone lifts a different amount and has different strengths, I would have liked a base of what is an average lift for a beginner. It was hard for me to figure out what a starting weight should be. “start light” could be anything! Now the part I loved best about this book was that it has pictures/diagrams of all the exercises you should be doing, and it also has variations of some of the workouts if you are working out from home and don’t own some of the machines necessary. From a beginner perspective, this was soooooo needed.
Wish me luck!