As I mentioned previously, I have been pretty bored with New Rules. I still think the program is great, but three sets of four reps (Stage 5) was boring the life out of me. Now, I know that there is probably a very good reason for this stage. In fact, I am positive there is. But here is the thing...if I am bored with it then I am not giving it a good effort. The obvious answer to this dilemma is to get in there and give it my all.
That is so not what I did. I skipped the rest of Stage 5 (about 1.5 weeks). Yup, I just skipped it. I was over it, I was bored and ... well, I am not perfect.
With Stage 5 behind me, I moved onto Stage 7. That's right blogfans, I blew right past Stage 6 too. Here is the deal with Stage 6 - they say right in the book that it is optional. The only reason to do Stage 6 is if you want to be able to do a chin-up. Do you all think I give a hoot about being able to do a chin-up? Ha.
Truth be told, I never planned on doing Stage 6. Its just not my thing.
So here I am at Stage 7. The last Stage. Stage 7 is either 6 or 12 workouts (last 6 are optional). I plan on doing all 12...but let me tell you, these workouts are hard! Stage 5 was a total of 12 repetitions per per exercise. Stage 7 is around 80 repetitions per exercise. Yup, you read that right. 80. Eighty.
For the first time in awhile, I was exhausted after a New Rules workout. I could barely keep my eyes open last night and today it took a great effort to walk to my office.
That is the feeling I was missing...and I am glad to have it back!