The New Rules of Lifting for Women

In order to knock me out of my increasing exercise rut, I actually started following a program.  No, it’s not some drink-only-juice-and-run-8-miles program.  (I swear, if I have to hear one more person talk about how good for you the Master Cleanse is…)

We were at Leo’s dad’s house, and his girlfriend had a copy of “The New Rules of Lifting for Women” on the bookshelf.  I had heard tons of reviews through the blog-o-sphere a few months ago, and was curious as to whether the book was actually useful.  She invited me to borrow it, and I took it home that night.

The book is incredibly interesting.  Written in a very no-nonsense tone by Lou Schuler (who used to write for mainstream fitness magazines) it talks about how women have been shortchanged by the idea that we can’t lift heavier weights because we’ll “look like a man” and so have been relegated to the “Barbie” weights.

He goes over the scientific processes behind muscle-building and weight lifting, busting the myths behind words like “tone” “shape” and “sculpt.”  He then puts forward an exercise and healthy eating program, based on the idea that building muscle is a good thing, and that in order to do so, you have to actually eat the number of calories you need (hint – it’s probably more than 1,200 or whatever the diet magazine says this month).

He also goes on a number of asides about how ridiculous the fitness magazine industry is, and the tricks they use in order to increase sales.  It was very eye-opening, even though some of it you already suspect.

I started the program on Monday, and am attempting to follow the workout schedule completely.  The first day was a little weird, as the workout didn’t look that hard, and was shorter than what I’m accustomed to in the gym.  But it felt good, didn’t make my knees hurt, and gave me a good afterburn of soreness for a few days.  We’ll see how it goes!

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