I have a confession to make. Lately, I have been bored to tears with New Rules. My sister and I discussed it a few weeks back and we both came to the same conclusion...the later workouts just don't feel challenging. Now, I am still seeing results and I am going to continue with the program but I have been doing it for a few months now and am craving some variety.
So for sanity's sake (mine that is) today I switched it up a bit. I went to the gym and I did the circuit machines for two sets of 8-12 reps each maxing out on the weight I could lift. I did the sets quickly with about only 30 seconds of rest in between. Then I did 2 sets of twenty squats with a weighted bar and 2 sets of walking lunges in a dark, scary hallway...followed by some planks.
If you have been following New Rules or even read the book, you know I basically threw the plan out the window. No free weights, limited reps, little rest time. Trust me, I felt like a total and complete traitor.
I also felt free and interested in my workout. I was not bored. It felt great to be a traitor! In fact, I plan on doing it again Wednesday!
Now, before you all go freaking out, I will be back on the New Rules program next week...I just needed a little break from the monotony of lunges and lat pull downs. I know it is an effective program and I plan on finishing it.
Truth be told, I think this little stint of mine will be good for me...it will probably make me miss New Rules. Hopefully it will throw my muscles a curve ball. But most importantly, it will keep me engaged and interested in going to the gym. Working out is tough - doing a work out you don't enjoy is even tougher!