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- Publisher: Avery (December 30, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 30, 2010
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- Language: English
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"Cogrove and Schuler's groundbreaking program is based on the concept that a healthy, sculpted body is the result of your muscles working the way they were intended." — Women's Health --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Not necessarily a bad book for middle-aged beginners looking for a basic fitness routine but this isn't a true weight training program for anyone looking to attain strength and/or body composition goals.
i had to use the scale just to keep from gaining because i didn't diet. i adjusted what/when i ate, and had to "earn" every pound i lost by holding steady before i tried to make more adjustments because i loved losing "weight," but preferred having energy.
and more recently, even if it said i lost 3 pounds after two months, in that time i would've gotten compliments where people thought i'd lost 20. this is a paradigm shift for sure. how do you feel INSIDE? how does your body feel? screw the tyranny of my self esteem being tethered to the numbers on my bank account or scale. i might have a tantrum, but whining didn't make logical sense after awhile. the scale just let me know i could still fit in chocolate every night and bagels and cream cheese and coffee with cream at breakfast (the guy i live with is athletic and eats well, so i keep up, but in my own attenuated way that makes this even possible for life).
the mental had to happen first because the way most of us women try to "improve" ourselves is by terror, lurches forward/backward, and abuse, and that's like rearing a pit bull on whips and kittens and expecting to end up with a loving yellow labrador curled by the fire. (and i think it was in "new rules of lifting for women" where schuler begs women to EAT MORE because how can we build muscle and strength when we can barely make it across the parking lot?--see? logical.)
so i assumed that simply because i was born, i was beautiful and deserved to be here, anywhere, no matter what my size or how attractive i was. because if i don't think of others that way, why do i want to care about anyone who does think that way? silly waste of time. so i assumed any "embarrassing" struggles would inspire, no matter how i looked. what size i was. (this is what's killer amazing about making it to age 45); and besides, all witnesses eventually die.
that inspires ME.
and it DID inspire others. so i felt a responsibility to the community at the gym to show up for them, too. (as an artist and creative person, i believe we all must strive to find inspiration ANYWHERE, EVERYWHERE. it's a form of rebelliousness. turning whatever you get into a blessing. you also have to INSPIRE, which is the verb form of "love.")
so the philosophy is logical and classical. schuler's a regular guy. the kind you don't see anymore and thank god they're not extinct. they call out the silly instead of partaking in the silly. [only thing i cringe at is when he unabashedly product places. it cheapens his message with a smarmy "amway" feeling you get from the snake oil world of fitness supplements, like joe weider splashed around in so fully. but just cover your ears and go la la la].
see only pretty things: that the LOGICAL is solid philosophy and i've adapted it with my own creativity so i get the basics in, and fill in the rest with more personal fun and it changes everything in my life. it's philosophy, y'all!
for example, instead of "dynamic warmups" i practice more complicated dance moves so that i thoroughly embarrass myself more in public. i went from being the scary dancing girl in my private life, to "where were you the other day?"
walking through the good kind of terrors always is such a high (if you make it. and what's a good/bad terror? ah! that's what life's all about discovering/rediscovering, yes?)
but i also dance UP to my weights. i'm an artist. and i find lou schuler a funny, sexy, and charming writer, but i also neeeeed my workouts to be more funny, sexy, and charming--like events, love affairs, or adventures. so i play with bellydance moves like undulations, isolations, and shimmies, as well as more smooth hip hop moves to be gentle, slower, and thus work harder. once you start practicing, it's hard to stop because it gets to be like safely having sex in public without ending up on the tedious sex offender registry (like doing the swiss ball pikes gets once you get a good rhythm. YOWZA. hey, that press release on 'coregasms' let me know i wasn't the only freak privately getting off on this one. when i'm alone my apartment i can do fifty and howl afterwards like a lion splashing around in the innards of a baby gazelle. but like white people, i also can bottle it all up inside at the gym.)
so i turn up the music loudly in my earphones (and schuler, i READ all your words; so if someone's in the weight room without his own earphones on, now i ASK if my music is buzzing out too loudly, so i'm learning to be polite with silence there as well), and i often dance up or around my weights and stretch where i can and move my joints around.
i dance up to my dead lifts like a goddess at war who's seducing the dead and kill slaughter and maim that barbell.
and the mixture of strength, balance, and flexibility has given me a swagger that floors even me. it's in my BEING as well as my body! i get it now! i get it all! balance is more power! and balance is what's at the "core" of this book. fascinating stuff when you think of all the outer ramifications...
because i'm also an artist and author with a career i beat bloody with a bat, then dragged behind a truck til it was deader 'an dead (this is why a legitimate writer like schuler product places--authors are strewn on the tracks like buffalo nowadays and hardcore journalists are faded mists), and i'm about to go bankrupt from the failure of a new business, and i felt washed up and old. so there was no adorable "i'll start on monday" impetus for me. it was and IS live or die NOW and i didn't wanna fight my way back to Life like a turtle stuck on her back.
so i see the break down of my life as an opportunity to do the rest of my time here exactly how i want (best i can, anyhow), instead of out of fear or what i "should" do. i know who's really got my back now, and i'm just about as ferocious as a girl can get without ricocheting in small rooms or imploding near reflective surfaces.
i'm so into being myself, i sometimes forget i'm looking for a lover whenever men interrupt me during my workout or when i'm dancing. i'm in my own world and it's my FRIENDS who say, "oh, he was cute" and i go, "oh yeah, i forgot to notice again." but that's how i am. when i'm looking, it's all crickets. then when i'm busy, i'm retarded about others and fine with living with my best guy friend and having my hitachi and internet porn.
(now lovers seem like so much more work unless someone snaps my neck instantly and drags me into a cave with his or her sense of humor and beautifully archaic [or anachronistic] integrity that'd rival all the prophets, rebels, and martyrs of all time. oh yeah. and very strong arms. schuler was right about some girls loving men with arms strong enough to hold themselves up over them for an eternity. he didn't say it THAT way; i did because if you're a missionary position girl, the big gut guys are cute for occasional santa moments like oatmeal and cinnamon, but no dice on that holding themselves up over you for an eternity thing.)
anyhow, i digress. but not really.
because whenever we lower our standards, we only mess our own pants.
so ask for more. expect more. because it's time to GIVE more. that's the only way we all get more. more of what we really need and want. hint: it's not more CRAP.
oh, and part of the more mundane physical reason i'm so big on the concepts in this (and these) book(s) is because of the imbalances i started out with in my body: i have osteoarthritis in my knee from getting hit by a car when i was on a bicycle at 15 (i'm 45 now). i have a 3/4" shorter leg and was too vain to wear lifts until my thirties, when i could afford custom boots and specially adjusted shoes (which was too late for years of walking crookedly).
i've gone to the gym for years, i was one of those fitter heavy people, but working out was like a beat down and i never got past a certain point because i'd injure myself over and over by figuring i had to tap into ancestral stoicism and power ever harder through the increasing agony. (i'm verrrry half german. more half german inside than i seem puerto rican OUTSIDE)
powering through the agony. it's how i had to maintain my love for humanity while working in the arts businesses. ugh.
but it all cracked, along with my heart, and this balance and "real life" thing schuler and cosgrove are on about is pretty radical in this age where we're going from faery tales about all we were supposed to be, to what we are:
mortals. human beings.
as i heal and come back to myself i learn that when we are fragile we can be even stronger in our vulnerabilities. more flexible. like regular life and relationships. LOGICAL.
this book, along with a few people on hand in my real life, were good inspiration about coming back to myself for real.
you other middle aged dames need inspiration? look up shots of Miss ERNESTINE SHEPHERD if you're thinking the game's over.
i think it's just the beginning. look at that woman. once you know something amazing's possible by a regular human being, you've gotta step up or die knowing you sold yourself out for another tv show and a bag of doritos. we're more holy than this numbness.
and the "X-treme" form of everything and the race to the bottom has only made the winners the best bullshxtters.
on a less touchy-feely, more cut-and-dry pragmatic note, get this book especially if you don't have health insurance and fear growing old in america without the muscles to defend yourself when people come looking for your cans of beans.
i'll crush anyone with my can of beans if they come any closer...
psych. i'll share if you simply ASK.... nicely.
but america's become a pretty harsh place to be poor, colored, handicapped, or old. you get culled from the herd in the states if you're not ever-vigilant and stepping in line. so for that alone, i'd plan on growing old with a good offensive in america. you can't count on the kindness of strangers like you used to. they're teaching kids how to have eye contact and shake hands.
so good luck, y'all. it's tough out there. you've gotta find the dance inside and stop waiting for true love outside yourselves. be your own hero. it's crazy mad HOT. like wearing a swaggering "wife beater t-shirt on your own SOUL" hot. and no one can give to or take that from you. it's all yours for the taking. how can you lust after anyone else if you don't lust after yourself first?
anything else is NEED and DESPERATION masquerading as love. it's infantile. vampiric. parasitic. and not in a "cute" way.
in the short run the sex may be bed-burning hot, but in the long run you can't make it past age 27 and keep that stuff up--forget about your teeth or girlish figure--you burn out fast like trash, and that's not LOGICAL. all of the best magic is absolutely LOGICAL. sustainable, healthy, beneficial for all. not just people who can afford organic or the 6" stilettos.
balance. strength. flexibility. see? philosophy and inspiration everywhere. it's spiritual. it's passionate. strong. hot. alive. it eats enough to make it across the parking lot. i love that stuff. this is how you can have conversations into the wee hours of the morning with people you've known well for 15 years. come back to yourselves and thus each other. then never leave again.
thank you guys (schuler and cosgrove) for much of this inspiration, and good luck to the rest of you courageous and generous folks who dare to be more of who you're supposed to be so that we all may be inspired and enjoy you as well. feeling like crap is a self-absorbed waste of time. self-hatred is actually illogical and if you ask what good it does anyone, it does and gives nothing. the economy doesn't need to "flourish" because you're on an ice cream binge or wanna buy new stuff. no one needs that kind of "growth" anymore. it's all cancer glitter. arsenic on the skin.
(ugh. i know i sound annoyingly californian. or like my DAD. i wince at my own self sometimes. i went to high school in new jersey for chrissakes. i lived in the bronx back before new york was disney cute, so i know better than to talk like this out loud without getting a wedgie. but some of this woo woo california stuff actually turns out to be kinda' true... albeit often on the other side of a bronx gang rape if you're doing it right.)
Step away from the treadmill. Step away from the machines. Pick up some weights and really get something done in the gym. Pick up this book.
I decided that day to get over my hesitations, intimidations, and excuses and to just do it! I picked up the book and started reading that night. Sometimes I get bored by fitness books but Lou Schuler has a way of being incredibly informative and entertaining at the same time. The book was funny and I learned a lot! The workouts were perfectly laid out and easy to follow. Every single exercise has clear and detailed instructions with pictures included. Not only do you see how to do the workouts but you understand the 'why'. The workouts were fun and incredibly empowering. Also I learned that I need to eat to fuel my body! I developed a healthier relationship with food and got to eat more than my calorie counting 1300 calories a day to feed my muscles!!
The program only calls for 2-3 workouts a week (you choose) and strictly forbids you from doing anymore than 3 lifting days per week, as they are full body workouts and it is important to let your muscles rest and recover for 48 hours. There are variations to make each exercise harder or easier, depending on your fitness level so anyone can do this program and get results. The program is set up to help you make gains and become stronger.
After about 6 months I completed the program. I was definitely stronger physically and a surprise bonus I was stronger mentally!! I lost body fat and gained muscle but I didn't look bulky. I was actually smaller than when I started the program and I look fit instead of 'skinny fat'. I had even gotten rid of my exercise induced asthma. I felt and looked better than I ever have in my entire life. It was exhilarating to have finished the program but I was sad that it was over until I found out that Lou had other New Rules of Lifting books!!
I decided to do the Abs program next and loved it just as much, if not more! The book was informative and entertaining and I learned even more! Since the book is newer there was newer information and I learned so much about the invaluable core muscles. There is so much more to the core than just the abs. Also the workouts were a bit shorter but still incredibly effective and I still only had to commit to 2-3 times a week.
Don't let the name fool you, the workout are still full body workouts but the lifts are all designed to strengthen your core. The workouts are all laid out for you with pictures and detailed instructions, just like in the for Women program.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their overall health, looks, and confidence. It is perfect for anyone, whether you have never lifted weights in your life or you've been lifting for years. It has my highest stamp of approval. Happy lifting everyone!
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Some of the exercises in the "The New Rules Of Lifting For Abbs" need Valslides or an alternative [such as Gliders]. Waxman Super Sliders 9.5" x 5.75" are a cheaper and great alternative for exercise on carpet. One side to slide on the carpet is smooth plastic, and the backing is dense closed cell foam. The pack contains four sliders and the size is big enough for your hands or your feet. I ordered mine from Amazon.com in the States. They took six days to be delivered from the day of ordering, they billed me in pounds sterling, and the price including expedited delivery was less than £15.
Why not have a page reference for each exercise??
I'm nearly Schuler's age, and a life-long lifter, so just about any variation on the usual push-pull workout motif is welcome. Schuler and Cosgrove give the resistance workout a serious re-think, but have either re-thought it too much, or not nearly enough. The workouts outlined in this book not only call for a wide variety of cables, rubber bands and other doo-dads, they also place a premium on available space. The 'dynamic warm-up' alone, if followed to its ideal parameters, requires more room than you're likely to stake out at your local YMCA, never mind house or apartment. Added to the inconvenience is the time factor: hour-long workouts, three times week, much of which will be devoted to static holds. I dozed off just reading about it.
The Schuler/Cosgrove theory is sound enough, but the program is too impractical -- or "revolutionary," if you prefer. Human musculature has evolved in dynamic response to gravity: it does not require yet another closet full of Fitness Industry tchotchkes for its maintenance/improvement. I'll be tweaking my program a bit after reading this book, but not significantly enough to recommend its purchase.
If you're a lifting dude dealing with midlife mobility issues my advice is this: stick to a basic free-weight Monday/Friday workout program, and do the manly thing: drop your Wednesday workout for a yoga class.