Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Rules of Lifting for Women (book review)

There are a handful of people in the "fitness industry" who when they speak (in whatever form) I listen. When they write something, I read it. The short list is: Dan John, Alwyn Cosgrove, Dave Tate, Louie Simmons, Lou Schuler, John Berardi, and Eric Cressey. When two of the people on that list wrote a book together I bought it immediately (ok, well, Santa Claus bought it for the wife.. but let's not get into semantics here).

The New Rules of Lifting for Women is a great book. It is written in an easy to read conversational style and because it is written with this self-effacing style, the information stands out without pretense or blame attached. People get very defensive when sacred cows are turned into holy hamburger. New Rules keeps things focused and off the defensive.
The book is encompassing enough for someone who has never lifted a weight, or someone who has been hauling heavy things for a while but lacks the formal education in certain aspects of nutrition or metabolism. It explains in great detail the pitfalls of "conventional" training and eating for body composition change. The book is aimed at proponents of the eat less/cardio more training style, but it also includes an in-depth breakdown of nutrients, one of the best explanations of "quad-dominance" I have read, and a lot of other information that I "knew" but couldn't explain to anyone without engendering a full on muscle geek-out.
There is detailed nutritional information, great recipes, and a multi-phase workout program all included in the book. It includes not only the "program," but why it'll work, how to eat, and how to execute the lifts. The latter, teaching lifts from a book, is very difficult. NROL4W does a good job of giving the information, but not overwhelming the reader.
Every woman who exercises should read the New Rules, it will keep them from wasting time and stress on strategies that do nothing more than make them miserable.


Code name: 1% said...

Man, your review makes me actually want to get this book. I wouldn't mind giving lifting another try. My previous efforts have been short-lived, but I do actually own some pretty nice weights, and between you, CES, and Jesse, I'd have plenty of good advice. Also, I need something to take the place of swimming while I'm having tattoo work done. Perhaps, perhaps...

J. B. Zero said...

It is always better to have more information than less, and this book would be a good source. However, between climbing and life in general, you need to make sure you have the bandwidth for more exercise.