|Team photo from my year at Rutgers.|
The summer before my sophomore year, my coach mailed each of us a binder with workouts and some dieting info. I was instantly intimidated, and was afraid that I was in way over my shoulders. Why did I agree to transfer schools again?
The binder contained spreadsheet after spreadsheet of a program called Body For Life. The binder contained a detailed introduction and explanation of how the program works. The back of the binder had images for each of the exercises, as well as information on how to complete each of the exercises. Well, at least they made it easy to understand, right?
The goal was to complete three lifting days a week, which would be supplemented by cardio days. Of course, for my cardio days, I chose to play volleyball. I mean, why wouldn't I? Our coach directed us on which weeks to complete two lower body days, and which weeks to complete two upper body workouts. For example, let's say for the first week, we had three workouts scheduled. On Day 1, you do upper body; on Day 2, you would do a lower body workout; and finally, on Day 3, you would complete another upper body workout. Does that make sense?
The intensity of each workout progressed with each rep for each exercise. You would keep track of how much you lifted, and how many reps, and from week to week, you would definitely notice an increase in strength. It is actually a really amazing program. Really! I was in the best shape of my life that summer, until disaster struck. I got some kind of weird blood infection that caused me to lose 15-20 pounds in about a month, and I was really tired all the time. I had gotten super skinny (100 pounds at 5'7) and my doctor told me that I had to cut back on exercise FOR A MONTH while I took my medication and recovered. Sad face.
Fast forward to mid-season, and we were back on the program (we stopped during the beginning of the season). We were increasing our strength and endurance leading up to conference playoffs, and we did a ton of conditioning, which was absolutely brutal. But you know what? It paid off! We won our conference for the first time in the school's history, so yay!
|Before the NEC Championship Game|
|After winning the NEC title|
Okay, Lex. This all sounds cool, but... can you get to the point?
|My new workout journal|
For those of you who are interested, here is my current upper body routine:
Note: For the second workout in each group (e.g. dumbbell flyes), you want to max out. Sometimes I can get all 12 reps in on an exercise at the weight I'm using, and sometimes I can't. Aim for 12, but do the most you can. If you don't get 12 reps this time around, you'll eventually get it!
Another note: I'm not a certified trainer or doctor or elbow thrower. Exercise at your own risk!
Have you ever had a workout program with which you've fallen in love? What was it about that program that you loved?