The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess

The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess

The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess

In The New Rules of Lifting for Women, authors Lou Schuler, Cassandra Forsythe and Alwyn Cosgrove present a comprehensive strength, conditioning and nutrition plan destined to revolutionize the way women work out. All the latest studies prove that strength training, not aerobics, provides the key to losing fat and building a fit, strong body. This book refutes the misconception that women will “bulk up” if they lift heavy weights. Nonsense! It’s tough enough for men to pack on muscle, and they have much more of the hormone necessary to build muscle: natural testosterone. Muscles need to be strengthened to achieve a lean, healthy look. Properly conditioned muscles increase metabolism and promote weight loss — it’s that simple. The program demands that women put down the “Barbie” weights, step away from the treadmill and begin a strength and conditioning regime for the natural athlete in every woman. The New Rules of Lifting for Women will change the way women see fitness, nutrition and their own bodies.

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  • Fit and Healthy Gal- "fitandhealthygal.blogsp... says:
    136 of 151 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Buy this book!, November 20, 2008
    Fit and Healthy Gal- “fitandhealthygal.blogsp… (Los Angeles, CA United States) –

    This book is written mainly by Lou Schuler, a journalist and strength and conditioning coach. Alwyn Cosgrove designs the workouts in the book and Cassandra Forsythe designs the meal plans and recipes. These are experts that I keep up with and respect very much so we’re off to a good start.

    This book says it’s for anyone from beginners to experienced exercisers. I disagree that it’s for all beginners. I think there is a lot to digest in this book and beginners might get frustrated and confused and end up putting the book down. However if you have the motivation I definitely think it’s doable.

    I’m not going to mention that they remind women they will not bulk up from lifting. I am so sick of this excuse from women and that we have to keep repeating it. Why are we still talking about this?? Is it not public knowledge now, even if you only read occasional fitness articles, that women will not bulk up like men if they lift like men? It is physically not possible and an excuse that women use so they don’t have to lift. Enough said, end of story. Lift weights, you know it’s good for you.

    The purpose of lifting ENOUGH weight is to build muscle. The key word is enough.
    ‘If the weights are unchallenging, your muscles won’t grow. If your muscles don’t grow, they won’t look any better than they do now, even if you could somehow strip off whatever fat sits on top of them.’

    They are basically going against almost everything you’ve learned in the past. There are exercises done daily by me and everyone else at the gym that they say NOT to do. Their ‘motto’ summarized in one sentence is as follows, ‘If it’s what your body was designed to do, it’s probably not bad form. And if the exercise requires you to do something unnatural, you should think twice before doing it.’ In real life when do your arms move as they do in a bicep curl? There are other exercises you can do that work the biceps along with other muscles that normally work with your biceps.

    Chapter 3 is dedicated to doing less cardio. This is a fairly new idea that I think is finally starting to catch on. But it’s been drilled into our heads for so long that I think it will take a while to break the habit of doing sooooo much cardio.

    It is all about the afterburn. The higher the intensity of the workout the more calories your body will burn afterwards. Also, ‘serious strength training also signals your body to burn a higher percentage of fat calories for many hours after you leave the gym’. Bonus!!

    One sentence stuck out to me because I have really adapted to the cardio I’m doing lately. ‘Your body will adapt to the increased efficiency by selectively shrinking your type I muscle fibers.’

    They are all for interval training and go into detail about the best and most efficient intervals.

    Overall they are against cutting calories for two reasons –

    1. You lose muscle mass.
    2. You’re going to slow down your metabolism.

    New Rules #13 – Traditional weight-loss advice is fatally flawed. This part was important to me because it really does go against everything we hear. They are talking about ‘eat less and exercise more’ saying. Jillian Michaels preaches this and I’ve definitely wrote about it before. I think it’s an easy way for beginners to understand weight-loss. If you really think about it in terms of building muscle it doesn’t make much sense. ‘The combination, however, can be expressed this way: Slow down your metabolism while speeding it up’. This is all in Chapter 4. Buy the book, read this chapter. It’s important, especially for women.

    It takes 2,800 calories to build a pound of muscle. I’ve never heard this fact quoted in a book before. I guess because people usually say it takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound of fat. But since we want to build muscle on this program it makes more sense to talk about what it takes to build muscle.

    To figure out your calorie intake –

    * Convert your lbs to kg
    * Use an equation with that figure to come up with your Resting Metabolic Rate
    * Figure out your body mass index (BMI)
    * Multiple your BMI by daily activity – this is the step where it’s usually a little different depending on what book or formula you’re following. They have 3 categories – No workout – Active workout – Strenuous work and workout day. They further categorize the numbers by your BMI. It’s on page 65.

    They recommend NOT cutting your calories even if you want to lose fat. Try sticking with your maintenance for 4 weeks and then answer a series of questions (mainly did you gain weight and how did you feel) and then reassess. If you feel you NEED to cut calories he says not to cut more…

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  • CMCM says:
    582 of 603 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Most successful book for me, August 1, 2008
    CMCM (Nevada City, CA USA) –

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    New Rules of Lifting for Men was quite interesting, but I didn’t do anything with it as it was so targeted at men. But I eagerly bought this new women’s version, which is similar in some ways but overall is quite different and definitely targeted for women. I enjoyed Lou Schuler’s witty writing style and offbeat humor, which made the information easier to digest and less dry. I read this entire book carefully front to back (important to do!!) and decided to implement co-writer Alwyn Cosgrove’s workouts exactly as written and stick with it. One caveat: I think this book and its workouts is NOT for total beginners. In a way, you have to “arrive” at this book and the ideas it presents. I think if you were a newcomer to weight training you’d need some help with the exercises and proper form (particularly the squats and deadlifts, which must be done correctly to avoid injury). As a newcomer you would not have the frame of reference to appreciate the total brilliance of the workouts.

    I’ve worked out and tried many different programs in the last 10 years. I admit to having a tendency to “over-do” my workouts, my approach was always “more must be better”, and consequently I always burned out on the programs and the 2-hour workouts I’d end up doing. Despite my hard work, I never got the results I wanted. Coming into this book, I knew a lot of weight routines and was familiar with proper weightlifting form. At first glance I thought the routines didn’t look hard or detailed enough, that there were too few exercises! But I was WRONG! Despite the apparent simplicity of the workouts, they are not easy or fluffy. Rather, they are quite substantial because they are not isolation exercises. Every exercise works multiple muscles at one time. Fewer exercises but more muscles worked in a natural way. (Think of tripceps kickbacks with dumbbells: This is not a movement you’d ever do in real life. Plus, it’s not great for your elbows!!).

    This book argues that to build muscle, gain strength and lose fat, you need to concentrate on multi-joint type exercises (i.e. squats, deadlifts, pushups, step-ups etc.) and not waste time with a multitude of individual isolation type exercises (i.e. bicep curls, tricep kickbacks and pushdowns, etc.), Alwyn Cosgrove’s exercises are designed for practicality in real life utility. Having the strength to lift heavy things is a reality….hence the value of squats. On the other hand, laying back at an angle on a leg press machine and pressing weights outwards and upwards is not something we would do in real life. He stresses fewer reps with increasingly heavier weights. Strength over endurance. The reasoning behind each exercise is explained, and you need to be willing to do the background reading in this book so you can absorb the logic of the workouts and their design and sequencing. Coming into this book with my previous weightlifting experience, faulty though it was, this program immediately made a whole lot of sense as a truly different approach. I knew all my previous efforts hadn’t paid off to my satisfaction, so I was finally ready to try this new approach: Stick mostly to big muscle exercises, no isolation exercises at all, fewer reps, lifting progressively heavier (no “Barbie weights!!”), and LIMITED exercises per workout (usually just 5 exercises), and short but high intensity interval cardio if any at all. (Cardio is not emphasized here). Each workout takes about 30 minutes, ideally done 3 days a week (although two workouts can suffice, but 3 is ideal) requiring at least a day between weight workouts (I generally did Mon-Wed-Fri). I have resisted my previous tendency to “do more”, so I’ve done the workouts strictly as written and haven’t added anything additional. I wanted to see what results I would get with the program “as written.” And surprise….I’ve got better, more defined biceps doing pushups, squats and deadlifts (but not a single bicep curl), my quads, glutes and hamstrings are rock hard and strong without any of the hamstring curls, leg extensions, etc. The squats, deadlifts, step-ups, pushups and a few other things have worked wonders in just 4 weeks. In this short time I’m stronger and more defined than I’ve ever been. I’m really quite amazed.

    The program is divided into a number of levels (varying weeks of length per level), with each level having 2 alternating workouts (so you never do the same workout twice in a row–important to prevent plateaus). If you do all the levels and workouts, the whole thing would take about 6 months to finish. –> This is NOT a quick fix, it’s steady strength development done realistically over a reasonable time. It requires commitment and a solid determination to follow the program as presented (if you “tweak” it, you’re not doing the program). After finishing the program you could then repeat it to hold on to your progress level.

    I decided to…

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  • swimmer45 says:
    704 of 717 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “New Rules” Rules, January 3, 2008

    “Lift like a man, look like a Goddess” says the book. But is it true? I believe it is, and this book is right on the money. It is cleanly divided into three parts. The FIRST PART discusses the similarities between men’s and women’s bodies and why they should train the same. While women’s muscles won’t get as big as a man’s from lifting weights, the stimulus to make a woman’s muscle bigger and stronger is identical to that of a man’s – overload the muscle with progressively heavier weights. PART TWO, “You aren’t what you don’t eat”, is the eating/diet section of the book. Here you get a lot of nutrition info, such as calorie needs, protein intake, etc. and are introduced to the four “Ironclad Rules”: eat breakfast, eat a total of 5 meals and snacks a day, have a post-workout recovery shake on the days you lift, and have more calories on workout days than the other days. Meal plans are nicely laid out for the reader. Lastly comes PART THREE, “Resistance is vital.” This is the section that discusses workout routines and the exercises. Without going into details, you work out 2-3 times a week, and workouts are divided in 7 stages (each with a certain goal) which roughly gives you 6 months worth of workouts. Pictures of exercises are included and very easy to follow. Weight lifting exercises are nothing crazy, with a lot of them being sensible, basic exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and various presses. As a trainer, I found this to be a very sensible weight lifting book for women. Yes it does involve some work, but then again that is the only way to make a muscle stronger, whether you’re a man or a woman. Based on a lot of sound science, I give it two thumbs up for a very helpful, effective, and “doable” book. Also recommend Bulletproof Your Shoulder for readers who have a shoulder problem that interferes with their training.


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