Re: New Rules of Lifting For Women
Hahaha… It’s funny you say that, because my wife did the same thing. It was basically in one ear, out the other when I was talking about nutrition and fitness… I got her the book, and everything I had said to her previously was now validated. Frustrating, maybe a little; but it is satisfying to know that she’s learning, too![/quote]
I’ve lurked here a while but this made me actually register, because I had the exact same experience with my wife.
I got her to start coming to the gym with me at the beginning of the year but all she wanted to do was jog. I got her to come into the weight room with me here and there, but could not for the life of me get her to do any squats or deadlifts or anything because “It’ll affect my jogging!”
At the end of February I bought her NROL4W, and made her read it. All of a sudden, when it’s in a book which is citing scientific studies, she’s willing to give it a shot. (You can talk about the studies all you want btw… they only count when she sees them referenced in print).
It took a little bit, but my wife is now a self-sufficient weightlifting enthusiast. Things got testy for the first few weeks while I helped her achieve correct deadlift form, or yelled at her to squat deeper, or watched her stomp out of the weight room in frustration… but now she rocks. We still go to the gym together, but we split up the moment we enter the door. Maybe we’ll grab each other for a spot here or there, but otherwise she is rocking it on her own.
She’s dropped some BF, loves the way she looks (so do I), and gets excited about increasing weight. She’s eating way healthier too. There’s no way I could have helped her to this point without getting her the book.
As far as differences between men and women go, the biggest ones that NROL4W calls out and incorporates are that women have better potential for lower versus upper body gains as compared to men, and women recover faster. So, for example, her current routine has her doing something that hits her quads every single workout.
That’s a good segue to my last point: While you or I might feel comfortable switching up and modifying our routine ourselves here and there, my wife (and other women too, I suspect) is best served by having a workout laid out for her down to every last detail. NROL4W does that for her. It tells her exactly what to do, how, and when. I think the book’s got like a year’s worth of workouts in it. Sure, one-size-fits-all programming isn’t the greatest, but it’s what it takes to get her to actually do it.