Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I'm realizing I need to pick a program and do it ...

because my current approach of "whatever, whenever" is not serving me well.

I really like the AOS workouts, but the AOS programs as written don't seem to work well for me. Take Resolution, for instance. There are three different workouts, but many of the same moves are repeated from workout to workout, and it's recommended to work out on a schedule of 4 days on, 2 days active rest. That means on Day 1 I'd be doing Resolution 1 (BB clean & press, KB swings), on Day 2 I'd be doing Resolution 2 (KB clean & press, pullups, bb deadlifts), on Day 3 I'd be doing Resolution 3 (BB deadlifts, BB clean & press, farmers walks, KB swings), and on Day 4 I'd be repeating Day 1. Then I'd get two days to do something else, and then I'd pick up again with Resolution 2. I like the concept, but I'm not sure my 46-year-old body can take that kind of abuse. I mean, it could if I went lighter with my weights, but I'm not sure how much I would get out of it if I did that.

Besides, what about my snatch (Deb, get your mind out of the gutter!) and my TGU???

What the bright minds at AOS would say is, alternate 4 days of Resolution with 4 days of another program that includes those exercises. AOX Upper Cross would be ideal for where I am right now, then maybe progressing to something like the AOX 1200 workout (don't even ask, I'm not kidding).

Hmmm ... I guess I can give it a try and see what happens.

Edited to add: I gave it some more thought, and, um, no. I'm not ready for that. Or I'm too old, or something. I might have another look at Rachel Cosgrove's "getting her abs back" program, the one she posted a while ago on Figure Athlete. That might be a better bet for now.