Weight and Resistance Training - Starting NROLW today!

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09-30-2008, 10:49 AM
Hey there,

I don't believe I've posted in this corner of the forum before, so hello, everybody! :wave:

Since I heard only good things from you guys about New Rules of Lifting for Women, I've read through it and am now ready to start my first workout. The next months are going to be crazy scheduling-wise, so I fully expect to stay in phase 1 for the rest of the year. I'll be traveling most of December and hope to either move on to phase 2 after that or do one more round of phase 1 - we'll see when I get there, I guess.

I saw that there is a forum on the NROL-Website and read many familiar names, but I'd love to have an ongoing progress thread over here, if that's OK (and please point me towards any existing one if I overlooked it - I skimmed the first few pages of this subforum and couldn't find any).

Anyone just starting out like me or further ahead?
Any words of wisdom from you experienced chickies? :lifter:

09-30-2008, 12:55 PM
I think you'll love the program, its awesome. I'm currently in Phase 1 right now (I think I just did 5A the other day).

Only advice I'd have is have fun with it :)

09-30-2008, 01:37 PM
Whoo hooo!!! Another NROLW person. :)

I restarted (again) this week. Did 1A last night. I bailed on the squats after #12 of the second set. I nearly fell over backwards. But the rest went ok.

Today is my cardio day ... and Wednesday is 1B.


09-30-2008, 02:03 PM
Hey nelie and PhotoChick, yay, I'm not alone!!! :carrot:

Heading off to the gym right now - I'm so stoked about starting it's ridiculous. ;)

09-30-2008, 08:49 PM
:wave: I think it's a great program! Have fun with it. I haven't done it straight through, by the book, but already was eating that way and incorporating many of the principles by the time I read the book. I borrow liberally from his more entertaining exercises.


10-01-2008, 02:24 PM
You will have fun - I am not doing the NROLW exactly (I just flipped through it at Chapters, maybe I will buy it later) - I am doing my own "method" (for lack of better word) - I take my inspiration from various online sources (including posts here from our own weight lifting gurus), from various books and magazines (Oxygen), etc.
Let us know what it's going.

10-01-2008, 02:33 PM
Hey chickies!

Workout 1A1 is done - definitely doable, next time I'll up my weights a bit. It felt good to hit the weights again after a long time. Over the summer, I was mostly running and doing yoga with some cardio strength classes thrown in the mix. Lifting will be the perfect winter activity for me, I think...

10-01-2008, 04:15 PM
Today is 1B for me. Deadlifts, etc. I'm looking forward to it. I did deadlifts a few weeks ago (just for fun) and I could really feel them in my glutes.


10-01-2008, 06:01 PM
Welcome! I'm an ex-Bostonian (well, South Shore) myself.

I started NROLW but bailed when I was traveling too much, and then summer, and well, life somehow got in the way. I'm leaving for 10 days tomorrow, but plan to restart when I get back on the 13th. I really enjoyed it.

10-01-2008, 06:06 PM
Yeah I can't tell you how many times I have restarted it. The furthest I ever got was into phase 2.

10-16-2008, 05:03 PM
I am starting this tomorrow! No clue what weights to start with...where did you all start.

I found this website, it has a free excel work sheet with all the exercises laid out. You do have to have the book though, because the passwords are from the book :) http://maggiewang.com/2008/05/20/new-rules-of-lifting-for-women-diet-calculator-and-workout-logs Saved me from having to write out the whole thing.

10-16-2008, 05:05 PM
I think the weights are a bit of trial and error.

10-16-2008, 06:56 PM
I agree on the trial and error. I went up quickly til I found where I should be. :) Have fun.

10-31-2008, 12:24 PM
Ack, I know now what you chicks have been talking about, what with life happening and stuff interfering... ugh. I've been busy traveling and hosting guests for two weeks and have been trying to get back into the program for the past few days, but something always comes up. Grrr. Next week won't look any better scheduling-wise, but I will have to make the time.

12-11-2008, 01:24 AM
Hi everyone!

I just started NROLW today!! I'm really excited about the program. I have a bit of weight to lose and won't be following the nutrition part of the diet but will be doing the exercise portion. It's very challenging and a great workout compared to what I have been doing.

Is anyone else just starting or still doing this program? If so how is it going for you?

12-12-2008, 08:22 PM
Congrats Ladies, I am on round #2 of the cycle (I did crossfit for a while after the last one). Today is Round 2 workout A #1

I recomend the nutritional plan however! Proper diet and nutrition is key to a fit figure. It's more important than lifting. You can lift all you want, but unless you eat properly (and NROLW will assist you in calculating your proper calories), results will not be nearly as great!

12-12-2008, 08:53 PM
I don't think Kritter meant she wasn't following any nutrition plan, just that she's not following this one! I have another plan that I use, although I have looked at the NROLW one, but in the end stayed with what I was using. I agree that nutrition is as important as the actual lifting.

12-12-2008, 11:40 PM
I am following a nutritiopn plan just not the one in the book! Sorry for the confusion. I am eating a lot of protein and veggies, beans, dairy. Just trying to cut back on the carbs a bit. I know I need carbs to get through the workouts but I have seen women do the exercise part of the plan using the TNT diet. I am not doing that nutrition plan. I have been following my own. It seems to be working for me so far. I do get enough carbs to feel energized and strong so I think I will most likely do the NROLW nutrition plan once I get closer to my goal weight.

I did my second workout and I feel great. Really liking the exercises in the book.

Not sure if I'm doing the deadlifts the right way. My barbell doesn't seem to come high enough off the floor to be resting at my shins. So I have to lift it a little in front of my shins. Is this bad?

12-13-2008, 08:59 PM
Ah ok! I don't actually follow it either, I use Zone! NROLW is a great program. I believe crossfit.com has video demo's of the deadlift.

12-13-2008, 10:17 PM
sacha ~ Thanks for the video suggestion! I'm glad I'm not the only one who isn't doing the nutrition part! How have you done on the zone diet?

12-14-2008, 11:21 AM
Zone works great for me! I just make sure to keep up the exercise and leave at least 1 treat meal a week!