Finished New Rules of Lifting for Women, what next?
September 7, 2012 8:51 AM Subscribe
I just finished the weight training program from the New Rules of Lifting for Women, what should I do next?
posted by kyrademon to health & fitness (7 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I started weight training in earnest in December 2011. I ordered both New Rules of Lifting for Women and Starting Strength. Ended up doing the New Rules Program and reading Starting Strength extensively for the very detailed technical breakdown.
I really enjoyed the New Rules workouts for their variety. It definitely helped to have the book tell me what I was doing day by day, so I couldn't decide I was too tired and skip something. I liked that the workouts changed frequently, but sometimes wished I could stick with a particular workout for longer. My concerns with the program were two-fold: 1) sometimes there were so many new exercises to learn that I worried about keeping good form and 2) some of the later stages (4 and 5 particularly) ended up taking over two hours per workout to complete. I'd rather do a workout that's more in the 1 to 1.5 hour range.
I definitely prefer whole body exercises (squat, deadlift, etc) using dumbbells or the barbell. I'd consider body weight exercises too. No bicep curls, however! :-)
My background: 34 year old female, have done a lot of dance and yoga previously. Longer term, I would like to be able to perform an unassisted pull-up and squat and deadlift my own body weight.
So how should I continue my training? I've identified a few options, but wanted to query the hivemind to see if there might be other opportunities I have missed.
1) Start programs from original New Rules.
2) Do Starting Strength program -- i.e. squats, chess press, deadlifts
3) Other suggestions?