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  • #16
    Originally posted by BklynGirl View Post
    Ladies, anyone have any specific thoughts on Starting Strength vs. New Rules? From what I can tell, Starting Strength is good for getting a strong foundation in traditional barbell training, whereas NRLW is more of a particular methodology geared toward women.
    Does anyone know how these methods differ from P90X or X2? Just curious.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by BklynGirl View Post
      Ladies, anyone have any specific thoughts on Starting Strength vs. New Rules? From what I can tell, Starting Strength is good for getting a strong foundation in traditional barbell training, whereas NRLW is more of a particular methodology geared toward women.
      I think when you are new it probably doesn't make a whole lot of difference. I chose Starting Strength because it was simple. There were fewer things I would need to learn, fewer pieces of equipment I'd have to fuss with. A few warmups and then lift 3 sets of 5. Add more weight to the bar every time. That just sounded simpler and I was already confused enough. I also looked at Stronglifts, but the 5 sets of 5 looked like it would kill me.
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • #18
        Starting Strength or Strong Lifts 5x5 are simpler and cut out a lot of fluttering about the gym from a piece of equipment to a piece of equipment. It focuses your efforts. Less lifts per session in my humble is better than more, particularly if your goal is a strength gain. Get thyself ancle weights and go incrementally by a lb a session on UB lifts and 2 lbs for squats with 5 lbs left on the DL. That's fine. Don't worry too much about the progression, concentrate on doing the best you can each time. Try not to lift 4x a week. You are messing your recovery even you are training a different group of muscle.
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