New Rules of Lifting For Life
Last week saw the release of two great new fitness products: Mike Boyle launched Functional Strength Coach 4.0, and, of course, The New Rules of Lifting for Life: An All-New Muscle-Building, Fat-Blasting Plan for Men and Women Who Want to Ace Their Midlife Exams by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove hit the shelves.
I had a hard time choosing which to love first, but I finally landed on New Rules for the simple reason that I think Alwyn promoted Mike’s product even more than his own – and that’s just cool.
These guys just “get it.” They get exercise, and they get the industry. They learn from each other and they share their information. They work together to make everyone in the field better, including themselves. We should all be promoting good information in attempt to raise the bar, regardless of who it comes from.
But anyway… The great thing about all of the New Rules books is that (despite their titles…) they focus on training movement patterns rather than muscles. This latest one takes it one step further: Lou and Alwyn include several levels of these movement patterns. It literally lays out Alwyn’s programs and how he progresses them based on what his clients can do – so readers can choose the appropriate level of exercise for their fitness level. It’s almost like having a personal trainer in that the program can be customized to the reader’s capabilities. While the idea for the book came with the middle-aged crowd in mind, it’s really appropriate for everyone.
What’s also great is the use of what we call “self-limiting exercises,” or exercises that force correct technique. It’s actually harder or impossible to do them incorrectly, so you get immediate feedback and can work out with the comfort of knowing you probably won’t get injured. This is extremely important when not working under the guidance and supervision of a fitness professional, especially for the over-40 crowd – so big props to Alwyn for using self-limiting exercises in this book.
So whether you’re a fitness pro in search of smart programming or simply an exercise lover looking to stay healthy, New Rules of Lifting For Life will make a great addition to your library. Pick it up HERE.