To quote the New Rules of Lifting for Women:
Whether you’re a fitness buff, a semi-regular exerciser or an absolute beginner, the choices you make now will define the opportunities that come up later. Nobody can choose to be perfect, but all of us can choose to be better.
So what’s your choice?
My choice is to be better — so I’m jumping in and starting the New Rules of Lifting for Women. Many of you said you wanted to do it with me. Did you buy the book? Have you read the beginning section?
As a heads up, I am not following the eating portion of the book, only the lifting section. There are a lot of really good points the authors make in the eating plan however I am a firm believer eating cannot be one-size-fits all. Because of that, I encourage you each to find an eating plan that works for you – if that means starting with the outline that is in the book, go for it and work to make it your own. If you incorporate something else, great!
Schedules & Logs
The one struggle I had with reading the New Rules for Lifting book was that I got extremely confused with how the author described the workouts. Between workouts, stages, 1′s and 2′s, and A’s and B’s, I went around and around. It took me a long time to work through figuring things out and when I finally did, the logs in the book did not seem to match what made sense of the entire workout.
Because of that, I ended putting together my own schedule and log. I suggest using the book first, if it makes sense to you, because the author is the expert. That said, you are more than welcome to take a peak at the schedule & log I used. The schedule and logs should be used only in combination with the book therefore I’ve password protected the documents. To view/download the documents, click the below link:
Download the schedule and/or log here.
NOTE: the schedule & logs originally shared have been removed due to a misunderstanding in the way the program works. Click HERE for more information.
I initially thought I would have everyone collaborate in a shared document but decided to just let everyone keep track of their own journey. Let me be candid, I don’t have time to be your drill sargent. I cannot follow-up with everyone to make sure you are doing your workouts. This is about you being accountable to yourself. That said, I do think it will be very important for us to keep in touch with each other because a lot of the exercises may be tricky to understand, we may have questions or need advice on alternatives/variations to the exercises. Here are the two ways we can help each other
I’ve added a category in the PriorFatGirl Forum for us to bounce ideas off each other. Also, it will be good to share tricks and things we’ve found helpful as well as to discuss some of the rules in the beginning of the book.
For those on Twitter, use hashtag #NROLFW. We can use it to quickly record we’ve completed a workout.
Following Ann’s Progress
You hear my story all the time so I figured why not have someone else share their experience with the program? Ann from Twelve in Twelve has agreed to guest post with us weekly and share her thoughts, experiences, frustrations and successes with the program.
Ann is in the middle of her journey – she has lost about 50lbs already but still has a ways to go on her journey. Ann started her journey by teaching herself to run and while running is still a major part of her journey, she has been on a self-proclaimed plateau for months.
Doing the New Rules of Lifting for Women is Ann‘s way of fighting back, her way of trying to fight through the plateau. I am excited for Ann to share her journey because to be honest, I think she is a lot like many of you in that she has never ventured to the weights section of the gym.
Ann will be sharing a little introduction to herself in the next few days and then will weekly share her thoughts on the New Rules of Lifting for Women. To read about her journey, hover over “Popular Subjects” on the menu and select “New Rules of Lifting for Women.”
Ready? Let’s go, let’s do this, let’s make some muscle! I’m going to take my measurements tomorrow so at the end of the ten weeks, I can see my progress outside of the scale.
Any questions? Am I missing anything? Forget to address something? Check out the forum first and see if your answer is over there!