I tend to take all fitness programs as suggestions, not iron-clad plans, so I have felt free to mix and match as it suits me. I just took the new rules to be lift heavy and stop worrying about bulk (personally I'd be fine with getting bulky, too, but it's not among my goals).
I'm curious, 'cause I understand the difference between building muscle and burning calories, what's the difference between putting on muscle mass and gaining strength? Can you build muscle mass without getting stronger?
I think the point of this workout is to LIFT HEAVY! If it isn't hard enough, you aren't lifting enough. I'm spent after each workout and shaking at the end of each set. It is a bodybuilder's workout, not a weight loss one. Since we're female, we won't bulk up.
And I hate the step-ups! I dread doing them but I really feel it in my butt and thighs so I'll keep doing them.
Also, if you are more advanced, I think it is ok to skip stage 1 and move on. He's writing to women who have never lifted heavy before so, I think, stage 1 is more for beginners.
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that is great news--- I am going to up the weight a bit. For me the step-ups are killer but thats about it. I miss the arm specific work like curls and triceps but I will finish phase one and let you all know how it goes.
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Maybe that's the problem - step height. On the stepups, is it done quickly or do you hold the position for any length of time when you do the stepup? I'm not really sure where I should feel it when I do them, KWIM? My balance is challenged by these though so the higher the step the more clumsy I appear when I do them ;)
I did add weight today so we'll see if that helps.
P.S. - I always add 20-30 minutes of cardio (usually interval treadmill or a little treadmill then 10 minutes of stairmaster) at the end. Is that okay?
So since this morning's post I went and did workout A3, stage 1. I still don't love it. I can't seem to make stepups challenging at all, and I don't so much like the reps going down...just not enough exercises or sets for me in general, so I think I'll tweak it too a little.
I also have to decide if the goal of this program matches my fitness goals too, I guess.
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I agree. It wasn't challenging enough for me, so i would tweak it. I only did the first 3 phases before moving to something different. I have a friend who said it was more of a body builder's workout, and I want strength and calorie burn, not just bigger muscles.
I'm undecided. I have just done the first 4 workouts but noticed if I added more weight I could feel it the next day. But the first couple of workouts I thought were really too easy. I'm continuing for the moment but can only work out a couple days a week and with rest days and the cardio classes I like at my gym it's real slow going for me right now. I have just barely completed the first 4 workouts of stage 1. Workouts 3 and 4 go down in reps so I guess I have to up the weight?
Curious to know what others think/experience with it. Looks like eventually it gets more challenging but if you're not a total beginner it seems like it takes awhile to get there. I started it because I don't always know what to do (what exercises, etc.) to do at the gym, needed something to guide me through a routine since I can't afford a regular trainer.
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