The New Rules of Lifting for Women is a book I discovered while perusing the forums on MFP. Best 17 bucks I’ve ever spent.
In college I was always a pretty big lifter (for a girl). Bench was never my thing, but I had a pretty big squat max (225, I don’t want to talk about it). After I stopped playing softball, I swore to myself I would never again pick up another weight. I didn’t want to be big or bulky anymore and the days where I needed the big squat max were long behind me. After about a year or so, I started dabbling in the weight room again – a bicep curl here, a tricep extension there – but I never really did anything for fear of getting big again. Truthfully, I missed the intensity of lifting. Distance running doesn’t provide the same intensity nor is it as interesting. I still liked running, but I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I would never really lift again. Well, after reading the New Rules of Lifting for Women, I realized that I can lift again AND not be a hulk. After all, the subtitle of the book is “lift like a man, look like a goddess.” Obviously I already look like a goddess, so this will just make me a mega-goddess.
For the last week I have been pretty much incapacitated by soreness – my quads feel like they’re peeling off the front of my legs, my abs are so sore I can barely sit up after laying down, I have to go down the stairs holding the hand rail for fear my legs will give out from under me. It hurts so good. It’s worth it. Even through the soreness, I can feel my body getting stronger. I’m back to squatting, dead lifting, shoulder pressing, split squatting – everything I used to do in college, but hopefully with a bit of a different outcome. Now, I’m not lifting as heavy as I did in college, but I’m also eating better than I did in college. The combination of a nutritionally sound diet and a solid lifting program (and the occasional interval sprint workout) will hopefully allow me to become lean-strong instead of bulky-strong. That’s the goal. And what’s the worst thing that can happen, I get too big? If that happens again, I’ll back off on lifting a little. Not a big deal.
The workout plans are extensive and comprehensive, laying out a 6-month program with everything nailed down but the actual size of the weights you are comfortable using. The exercises are detailed in both text and pictures, and the plan is complete with number of workouts per week, number of sets, number of reps – everything you need to know to be successful. And being successful is what I plan on doing. I’ll check back in soon and let you know how it’s going, what changes I’ve seen, and if I’m still enjoying it as much as I am now.