Changing it up
I’m working on creating a new weight training schedule. I do this about every 5-6 weeks both as a way to avoid boredom and because it’s supposed to be good for your body to switch things up.
So for those of you who lift weights, where do you get your workout routines? From trainers? From the internet? From some favorite book that you’re gonna tell me all about?
If you don’t have a strict routine, do you have any favorite exercises or lifts? Do you have any unique exercises you do that you don’t generally see other people doing?
For me, I get ideas from everywhere. My focus is on building functional strength so I don’t do a lot of isolation work. I also don’t use weight machines since I think their benefit is limited. (True story, when I started lifting, I could push 70lbs for 8 reps on the chest press machine, but I could barely manage 5 reps with the bar (45lbs) when trying to bench press.)
My favorite website for general lifting information is stumptuous.com. It’s great for anyone, but most especially women who tend to feel a bit intimidated around the free weights. My favorite book is “New Rules of Lifting for Women”. It focuses on building strength and includes a chapter on why dieting is a stupid idea.
My favorite exercises include squats, good mornings, and one-armed dumbbell snatches. That last exercise is one I pretty much never see anyone else doing, but it is awesome and everyone who can do it, should.
And just to get some inspiration for kicking ass, here are some videos of women picking up heavy stuff: