I mentioned a couple weeks ago that January was going to be a month of unstable workouts. Well, I’m scrappin it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy these -they are whole lot of my favorite workouts. Rather a couple things coincided to make me change my mind about the focus for the near term.
#1. My training sessions with Adam have run their course. And I’m back to working out on my own again. Not that ‘s that a problem. While I LOVE the challenges and the different techniques brought in when working with Adam (he’s a major cross-cable workout kinda guy), I enjoy planning my entire week out and know what I’m doing when. The control is satisfying.
#2. I got another email from someone who found my review of The New Rules of Lifting for Women and questioned if I had ever done the workouts.
I’m sure this questions was partly in response to my reaction of this section of the book:
I HATE that the workouts for women are labeled Stage One, Stage Two, etc. What the heck does Stage one mean? And why couldn’t the authors simply have equated to the men’s “initial skill” level? What am I concentrating on in Stage Two? Is it stability, endurance?
Quite frankly, I think I owe it to myself to sit down for a while with the provided template and work it. See what I like and don’t like.
I know what I thought when reading it (besides hating that they labelled it A, B, C, D. Firstly, I didn’t (don’t) really know all of the moves. Which means reading the instructions and/or taking the book to the gym to figure them out. Is it “uncool” to sit with weight trying to figure out if I’m doing? If I take this route (book to gym) I’m pretty sure I’ll head in there during the slowest part of the day.
Secondly, and this is the BIG ONE, the workouts don’t seem to be enough. Each workout is only 5 or 6 moves (for example, squat, a seated row, a push-up, lunges, and crunches.) You start out with 2 sets of 15 reps.. and in 4-6 weeks move to 3 sets of 8 reps by the end of the first set of exercises. I know it gets harder from there. And parts 2-5 include 15 minutes of interval cardio at the end. Also? They recommend uppin the weights each time you exercise. So a month later, I should be lifting 10# heavier or more.
If you progress straight through with 4 workouts/week, this undulating periodization workout will last 6 months. At 3 workouts a week, it will last about 9 months. The final set of workouts look truly challenging. And this program was designed by Alwyn Cosgrove – who certainly is no slouch when it comes to program design.
So there’s something that I have to discover. Have I let my emotions take over instead of addressing this experience? I think they have. And I think I owe it to myself to give these workouts a try. I’m starting this experiment on Sunday and will blog about it as I go through the process.
I suspect that I will miss my “old” way of working out and between each segment of this program will give myself a couple weeks to return to my old ways. Ya know I’ll tell you about those times, too.
Anyone else in on a change up routine? Want to turn this into a challenge?