I was initially excited about the program, but there are some things that are odd about it. I can't understand in Stage One why they have you decrease reps on the swiss ball crunch, especially when you already start with a pitifully small amount of them anyway. So I disregarded that and increased reps and challenged myself.
While the program is common sense-ical, I think some of these exercises are tough to do with good form on your own if you have never done them before, especially deadlifts of any kind, and the front squat/push press. I have hurt myself 2 or 3 times already doing these. Part of it is that I feel from the book like I'm supposed to be challenging myself and adding weight every time. It is hard to find the balance between challenge and making good choices for your body. I'll think I can handle something and find out I can't.
So I kind of have a love/hate thing going with NROL4W right now. I am about to start Stage 3 and hope to be happier with that, because I thought Stage 2 was awful.
It has been nice to do something different--I'm with TurfGirl on this one. I was getting a little tired of MTC. I am finding it tough to work this program into triathlon training, because heavy lifting doesn't really go well with that. So I may have to take a hiatus from NROL.....
Sorry I rambled, but you asked!
Zoo Run 10K 4/17/10--57:28!!
Mayfest Run 5K with my son 5/1/10 --26:02 5th in age group!
Classic Rock Rotary Sprint 5/16/10-- 1:16:53 4th in AG!
Tri-Benbrook Sprint 5/23/10-- 1:24:08 5th in AG