Sunday, July 1, 2012

The New Rules of Lifting for Women stage 1 completion review

I finished stage 1 of The New Rules of Lifting for Women!


I did my first workout on May 21st and finished Friday, June 29th.

Here's an example of how much I've improved in six weeks.  At the beginning of stage 1 I was doing:

Squats:
2 sets of 15 reps 20lbs (10lb dumbbells in each hand)

Deadlifts:
2 sets of 15 reps 30lbs (15lb dumbbells in each hand)

Dumbbell shoulder presses:
2 sets of 15 reps 10lbs in each hand

Lunges:
I could not finish a set of 10 just with body weight!  Embarrassing.

Using this program you change the number of sets and reps and are supposed to increase the weight slowly 4 times so at the end of stage 1 I was doing:

Squats:
3 sets of 8 reps 50lbs  (+30lbs)

Deadlifts:
3 sets of 8 reps 95lbs (+65lbs)

Dumbbell shoulder presses:
3 sets of 8 reps 20 lbs in each hand (doubled!)

Lunges:
Finished all 3 sets of 8 reps 15 lbs in each hand!

Anyways I am quite pleased with my progress so far.  I feel stronger and more muscular already.  I have not lost weight but gained a couple of pounds but my clothes fit the same so no biggie. I've really enjoyed the stage 1 workouts and I'll be honest stage 2 has cardio intervals involved so I'm a little apprehensive but it'll be good for me. 



2 comments:

  1. Way to go! That's awesome. I can't wait to hear your next update. Keep up the hard work. It's paying off.

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    1. Hi handsome! Thanks for the encouragement. We should keep going to the gym together, it's fun :)

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