So I started lifting…
Done laughing yet? No? Take a moment.
Okay then, moving on.
So I bought this book a few years back called the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I read it cover to cover and was really excited about starting a routine. The excitement faded after my first few workouts and soon I forgot about the book and my lifting routine.
Recently I rediscovered this book. I reread it a few weeks ago and I’ve been inspired ever since!
The book gives you a workout routine broken down by stages. There are seven stages–I’m in stage one. Stage one takes about 6 weeks to finish, and this is my 5th week.
So far, so good!
Granted, I’ve been sore every single day for 5 weeks. But that’s a good thing, right?
There are two workouts in stage one: Workout A and Workout B.
The way it works is you alternate workouts every other day. So Monday is workout A, Wednesday is workout B, and so on. You start with 2 sets of 15 reps, then slowly increase your weight and decrease the number of reps. Despite doing the same workouts for 5 weeks, they seem to actually be getting more difficult rather than easier.
The key is increasing weight. I started squatting with just the bar (45 pounds) and right now I’m squatting 115 pounds. Similarly, I started deadlifting with just the bar and now I’m at 95 pounds. Seated row and lat pulldown have increased by about 45 pounds as well.
It’s not a tremendous amount of weight, but it’s definitely an increase (and I haven’t killed myself yet…that’s a miracle).
Seated rows and lat pulldowns seem to be easier for me, I think because they’re the only exercises for which I use machines. So it’s a nice change when I get to use them. But my favorite is when I use the squat rack. I feel like a legit lifter. And all I can think of when I’m squatting is how good my booty will look with a little more work ;)
Right now I’m sitting here, quads on fire, 24 hours after a B day. I had a hard time climbing the stairs all day.
…Now that’s a good workout.
I’ll update at the end of stage one more comprehensively.