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 started seriously lifting with Body for Life, but I have found that what I hate about lifting is the time it takes, so I don't do it as often as I should, but, then from what I am reading, you shouldn't have to do it more that a couple of times a week. DH is the proof of that. At 51 and after two cancer surgeries, the last one in May was major abdominal surgery, in the last year and a half and he is cut and his arms are as big as I have ever seen them. He works out twice a week usually and sometimes only once a week depending on how he feels. He is making more gains now than he did when he lifted religiously three or four times a week.
A couple of weeks ago, I ran into a possible answer to my problem. I found Tabata. I have been working out twice a week for the last two weeks using the Tabata method with body weight exercises and I have been as sore as I ever was doing a long lifting workout. Yesterday I cranked out a total of 25 push-ups, 15 assisted pull-ups, 50 squats and 40 kettle ball swings in four minutes and each one of those was more than I was able to do in a longer workout a month ago.
You should also know that I also do a couple of hours of Tai Chi each week along with Yoga stretches.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 145 x 4.
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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