I started reading the book and enjoyed the information. While I will not be following the nutritional guide (I prefer Weight Watchers), I will try to incorporate as many of the ideas as possible. The book explained everything very well - detailed yet concise.
Yesterday was the day... I downloaded a set of tracking charts and set out to do the workout yesterday afternoon. Since I had the time, I figured I would do Stage 1, workouts A and B. I don't know if I will continue to do both workouts on the same day, but it wasn't terrible yesterday.
The exercise that scared me the most was the prone jackknife. When I read about it in the book, I had visions of myself looking like a complete idiot and falling. Thank God my gym has a women's fitness area. I got a ball, got near a wall to help stabilize myself and got to working. It really wasn't all that bad, but boy do I feel it today! While is isn't the most graceful position, it is pretty damn effective.
Overall, the workout went well. I liked that it was simple to follow, relatively quick, and I could tell I got a good workout.
Here's what the first two sessions entailed. Squats and lunges were supposed to be body weight only, but that seemed too easy so I modified it.
Stage 1 workout A
- Squats -- 2 x 15 w/ 30 lb bar
- Pushups -- 2 x 15 (I am gonna conquer the pushups sooner or later. I hate that I have to do them modified)
- Seated row -- 2 x 15 @ 60 pounds
- Stepups -- 2 x 15 on step bench (5 risers) w/ 15 lb weights
- Jackknives on ball -- 2 x 15 (I was supposed to do 8, but didn't realize until after I had done 2 x 15)
- Suitcase squats -- 2 x 15 @ 40 (This was supposed to be a deadlift, but my trainer saw me and suggested suitcase squats instead.)
- Wide-grip Lat pulldowns -- 2 x 15 @ 60
- Shoulder presses -- 2 x 15 w/ 10 lb weights
- Lunges 2 x 15 w/ 15 lb weights
- Ball crunches 2 x 15 (Again, supposed to be 8, but I didn't realize until after I had done 2 x 15)