The other new thing, for me, was rotating 4 workouts between 3 days. This was pretty cool, as it gave each week a different look. It kept things from getting "boring" (not that I get bored with programs). It is a very cool idea, and I think I will try stuff like that with some of my own clients.
The aspect that I like for some clients is the same thing that I disliked as it pertains to myself. I was, frankly, a little uncomfortable with the fact that twice in this month I went a week with only 1 day of strength training. I understand the purpose; if I did a week with two days of strength training that both involved a 10x3 superset, my body would respond well to a follow-up week with only 1 day of training like that. However, it felt weird. And dirty. And not that in that good way, you know?
|The Good Way.|
I was surprised at how easy it felt, mainly because I didn't feel like I got significantly stronger over the last month. The workout that involved the snatch grip deadlift's did not really improve (the weights felt easier, but I never got some comfortable as to increase weights), but the squat workout did. I actually loved the squat workout, for the first time in my life. I felt like I made some good improvements in the weights I moved on that day.
Finally, here are my before and after pics for month 1.
|Beginning Phase 1|
|Beginning Phase 2.|
Didn't go full body this time. Don't think it matters. Seems like my chest and shoulders are a little fuller. Abs are considering making an appearance. I'm also suddenly noticing a pretty significant asymmetry between my right and left shoulders. In both pictures my left shoulder is hiking and my right shoulder seems relaxed. Interesting.
Have a great day! I'm off to lift some heavy things...as you should be too!