Thoughts on New Rules Of Lifting For Women
|June 29, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Review|
HEY friends!! I am currently on a short residential nutrition course at a university, and I’ll be back on Friday! In the meantime, here’s me advocating possibly the best book I’ve read all year/ever. I was NOT sent this to review or anything, but I just loved it so much that I thought I’d share it with y’all!
This is the book: The New Rules of Lifting for Women by Lou Shuler.
When I first read the cover reading about a fitness and diet plan, I had serious doubts. I don’t want one of those thank you! BUT this book is SO much more than that. And my other doubt was why a book on lifting for WOMEN was written by a MAN. It’s all explained though in the intro, and it worked actually, even when it came to talking about periods! Don’t worry, there’s only a tiny bit of period talk
The first chapter outlines all the basics. It tells you WHY women should not lift the 2lb dumbbells but instead head for the heavy weights like the men, and briefly covers why low-cal diets are stupid. I LOVE the author’s informal and humorous tone! It made the book a very entertaining read as well as an interesting one, and it was very newbie-friendly, so no long words that people like me can’t handle!
“This book refutes the misconception that women will “bulk up” if they lift heavy weights. Nonsense! It’s tough enough for men to pack on muscle, and they have much more of the hormone necessary to build muscle: natural testosterone. Muscles need to be strengthened to achieve a lean, healthy look. Properly conditioned muscles increase metabolism and promote weight loss—it’s that simple.”
Hmmm…! It was actually well said, and he wasn’t totally bashing cardio as I thought he would. He advocated interval training and HIITs, but says that endurance training isn’t good for fat loss. For me obviously, I still am going to do the endurance because I NEED to, and since my goal is not really to lose fat but to gain muscle, this doesn’t matter to me. He DOES warn that endurance training can hinder muscle growth, but I need to run distances so I’ll just have to make that compromise Like I said though, it is all very well said and restored my faith in the book.
And then this chapter came, and I wanted to HUG it.
YES PEOPLE. Carbs rock my world and I’ve always hated the diet emphasis on low-carbs! And there were so many more gems in this book:
Too right calorie restriction is the worst idea ever!! Here’s the bottom line about what happens when you restrict:
The nutrition part was definitely my favourite bit of this book! It’s hard hitting and gives the facts straight up. There was then a meal plan which must have been the first ‘diet’ plan I’ve ever seen with a 2000 calories a day intake!! LOVED it!!
One thing I wasn’t a huge fan of in this book however was the recipes. I don’t think there was a single vegan one (not that I expected there to be really!) but I found the strong emphasis on protein powders a little wearing. I mean, I use them, but I don’t think they’re as essential as it comes across in the book, and that there are just as good natural sources of protein that can be used. Just my personal opinion though!
And then there’s the WORKOUTS!
There are 6 months worth of programmes, assuming you do the workouts 3 times a week for maximum benefit, with exercise variations to make them easier or harder. You can download logs to keep track from the NROLFW website where there is an awesome support forum too! It explains all the moves in the book, and gives reasons why a lot of commonly used exercises (like tricep kickbacks for example) are not very beneficial which was really interesting to know! And good because I’ve always hated tricep kickbacks
I did the first workout on Tuesday, and man ALIVE I can tell this is going to be AWESOME!! Hurt so good
I could not recommend this book more. That was the best £8 I have spent in a long time.
Have you read this book? Thoughts on it, or any questions on it?
Do you regularly strength train? Why, or why not?
Okay, so I’ll be back on Friday night from my nutrition course! See ya then! <3