After re-reading The New Rules of Lifting for Abs (see my previous post for a review), I decided to start the program today, with the goal of completing Phase 1 before we go on holiday to Florida next month. That means that I need to squeeze in three weight room workouts a week, on top of the 4-6 classes I’m already teaching. Scheduling will be a challenge, but I’m holding the reward of a new Lululemon hoody up as motivation!
Today I completed the first session of Phase 1, Workout A. I challenged myself on every single exercise, and although there were only six (and I was familiar with them all), every major muscle group in my body was worked to fatigue. I attempted 3 sets of 12 reps per exercise, but had to cut the inverted row reps short in the third set.
The entire workout, including a (slightly too short; running late to pick up children at school) stretch, took just under an hour. And I was not even tempted to throw in a few ‘body part’ exercises (I usually train two body parts per workout, performing 3-5 different exercise per body part).
I. Was. Completely. Finished. In fact, I needed an after dinner nap; something I haven’t done since my kids were little and woke me up several times a night!
I’m planning on tackling Workout B tomorrow and taking a much-needed rest day on Saturday.
P.S. If you decide to join me, you can find free workout training templates like the one above here. You still need to buy the book to get the workout, but Schuler and Cosgrove provide the down-loadable templates free of charge.