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3/12/08 11:20 P

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deadlifts do work the lower back so it is not wrong to feel them there. Although it shouldn't hurt your back.

I have found that this program does a really good job of pointing out your weak spots but at the same time it seems to work through and balance them out. Another reason I think Stage one is important to work all the way through.

AM

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3/12/08 10:54 P

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Hi Jules,

It's great that you are doing so well! How do you know if your form is good for the deadlift? I did mine for the first time, today and it kind of hurt my back. I'm concentrating on keep my back straight as I lift but I wonder if I'm still doing it wrong. Any tips?

I did indeed do workout B today.

I'm worried that I'm going to lose ground in my strength training. Before, I was doing the Firm tape and also a Spark generated workout and I feel like it REALLY worked me. I realized the difference between high repetitions and fewer reps and higher weights but I just didn't feel like I worked as hard!

What do yo think? I'll be interested to see how your special workouts go!

Karen

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3/12/08 10:36 P

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Karen, how's it going? Did you do workout B today?

Bekka, did you decide to skip stage 1?

AM, how are you doing?

I completed Stage 1, B8 today so will do the special workouts next then off to stage 2. I was happy with my deadlifts, went up in weight with those and was getting great form too. I'm going to go and post the workout on my jp fitness log now,,,,,

Hope everyone is doing well,

Jules




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3/11/08 9:52 P

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Wow, I'm a bit nervous for what is in store for me!

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FROGGURUAMI's Photo FROGGURUAMI Posts: 268
3/11/08 5:11 P

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Personally I would do it as written. NRoL4W is not a easy program. I think the first 4 workouts can be a bit deceiving especially for someone that has lifting experience. If you aren't challenged there are harder variations of some of the exercises and you can always up the weights.

I just started the second half of Stage one where is goes up to three sets and I thought I was going to puke after my last workout! LOL

Alwyn Cosgrove is an evil genius. I am sure there is a method to his madness!

AM

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"People often say that motivation does not last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."


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3/11/08 2:06 P

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Hi Becca, welcome!

I'm not an expert on the program but I suppose it would depend on what sort of weight training you're accustomed to. Do you currently do barbell squats, deadlifts, etc.? Do you have the form down pat (good flexibility in your squats etc.?)

I also had a good foundation from doing the cross-fit workouts so I skipped workouts 5 and 6 from Stage 1. I don't see completing Stage 1 as a step back, I see it as completing and building on the whole program. You can set the weights at a level which will still be challenging for you. You can also substitute harder exercises (ie: add weights to swiss ball crunch, do T-pushups with weights etc.)

I've noticed a difference in muscle tone in the past month but that being said, I'm anxious to move onto the next stage. I think we have similar body-types, looks that way anyway.

Good luck,

Jules





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3/11/08 1:41 P

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HI!
do you have any thoughts on this...
I have been lifting for years and my sweet tooth has gotten in the way of seeing all the muscle that must be under all this fat! Anyway, I started NROL4W yesterday and thought that i would shorten the amount of time on Phase 1 (maybe one workout of Day A and Day B) then start fully with Phase 2. Any thoughts of why i maybe should or shouldn't do this? I feel like i need to start with something a little more than Phase 1. My thought are that Phase 1 helps you build a foundation.

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FROGGURUAMI's Photo FROGGURUAMI Posts: 268
3/11/08 11:49 A

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Sounds like you are all set. I think you will appreciate having the barbell set. It has made things a lot smoother for me!



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3/11/08 11:06 A

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Well, I started, yesterday! It took forever to go back through the book and sort out how and when to do what exercises. You guys helped with your examples and I went to that other website, too. I ended up going to Dicks, last night, and bought a barbell and weights. It wasn't as expensive as I thought. I also had to get a Swiss Ball. Today, is my day off. I feel like I'll actually be doing less because I was doing The Firm toning tape. But in reality it was more high rep and lower weights.

I'm looking forward to seeing more results!

I'll be interested to see how you guys are doing, too.

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