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The New Rules of Lifting: Six Basic Moves for Maximum Muscle Paperback – December 26, 2008
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One day, I bravely picked up an empty Olympic bar and embarked on the first exercise of Schuler and Cosgrove's "Break-in" program: the squat. "Fifteen reps with 45 pounds," I told myself, "I can do this." However, I stopped at twelve reps. I stopped at twelve reps because I really wanted to avoid forever being tagged as the guy who collapsed in the power cage with forty-five measly pounds atop his shoulders. I forgot all about the prescribed one-minute resting period between sets, and simply waited for my legs to quit shaking. This took significantly longer than one minute. A profound realization overtook me: I was a wimp--a six-four, two hundred and forty pound wimp. At that moment, I decided that I'd spent decades of my life ignorant of what constituted "real" exercise.
The upper-body exercises went better. The real challenge, at that point, was walking from station to station. If the gym had offered me a wheelchair to move between exercises, I would have humbly taken them up on it.
The next morning, I felt sore, although I told myself that it wasn't so bad. Then came the second morning. I got out of bed, and for a moment, I considered asking my wife to call 9-1-1. My upper legs felt as if someone had taken a meat tenderizer to them. For about the next week, my lower body reminded me that I might have bitten off more than I could chew.Read more ›
BTW, this ties in real nicely with the works of Gray Cook, who has developed a Functional Movement screen around the 7 main movements of the body. Funny, how these tie in together. Its about time that someone has made this program simple for the masses. Lou, Alwyn, Mark Verstegen, Gray Cook, and Mike Boyle have got IT. Nice job to the authors!!!
The New Rules of Lifting is based on some very cutting edge research in muscle cell recovery. Turns out, you make the most gains for the time you invest if you work to exhaustion and give your muscle cells several days to recover! I was hugely sceptical of this idea as essentially a life long lifter. I was born and raised on the 3 lifting days with cardio days in between for a total of six days a week with one day off. No more. Two intense lifting days a week, well separated with each other. I do aerobic fitness training between lifting days using an ironman heartrate monitor, specifically to widen my range of aerobic fat-burning capacity.Read more ›
In rougly 6 months I...
- Gained 20-25 lbs of mostly muscle
- Gained >1.5 inches in my arms
- Gained 60-70 lbs in bench press
- Gained ~125 lbs in squat
- Gained ability to eat vastly more food, including those of dubious distinction (i.e. Deep-dish pizza), without putting on fat
- Gained first-hand knowledge of amazing lifts I never would have tried otherwise
- Maintained flexibility
- Maintained waist size
- Maintained social life (a max of ~8 hrs/wk in my initial over-zealousness, 2 or 3 60-90 minute workouts per week is enough for the book)
- Decreased level of self-consciousness at the gym
- Decreased reliance on cardio to maintain weight (rarely ran a whole mile, never more than 2)
- Decreased number of annoying fat folds under my butt cheeks from 2 to 0.Read more ›
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Very insightful and changed the way I approached my workouts--hope it will deliver resultsPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've been using this book for over a year.
I started a year ago at about 26% body fat @ 178 pounds and am now at 166 pounds at 12% body fat (Bod pod verified). Read more
This writer is awesome. U will actually laugh while u read this and learn their system which works. I've read lots of books on weight training and I chose to follow their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian S.
Great read. Easy to follow programs to take you through a years worth of self improvement. I'm going to lay the plan out, eat clean and give these workouts a go. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael C. Vandenbroek
Book is ok but on a kindle fire the tables are too small to read without a magnifying class. They cannot be enlarged. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I used to lift a lot from 1996 to 2004, and was compulsive about learning absolutely everything I could about doing it right, from proper technique to nutrition and anatomy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brian