A brief "my story" type of post.
A couple of years ago I was at a hardware store to buy a lawn mower and a strapping young man that looked about the age of a college freshman or sophmore, and skinny as a rail, was assisting me. I wanted to see a specific model that was sitting on a rack higher than his shoulders. I watched in utter amazement as he reached up and grabbed it and lowered it to the ground without any visible signs of exertion.
It was an epiphany moment. I couldn't stop thinking to myself, "If he did it, I can do it." I went home and searched for books on weight lifting on Amazon.com and came across New Rules of Lifting for Women and ordered it. Bought my first bench and a set of PowerBlocks. Added a rack and a barbell set not much later. I prefer working out at home but I took out a short-term membership at a local gym to take advantage of the sessions with their trainer that came with it so that I could get live instruction about lifting form.
I remember I was using 10 lb. dumbells for my very first deadlifts. Slowly but surely I worked my up to over 60 lbs with the barbell. The heavier the weights I could manage, the more I enjoyed lifting. It amazes me when I read about people who avoid heavy weights because me, I realized right away that lifting something heavy felt good so it was a self-propelling drive.
In short, I've loved this series. It's been so accessible for someone without weight lifting experience. Reading the book, Lou had no trouble persauding me to follow the whole-body approach of the workouts. My training was detrailed for over a year while I struggled with gastrointestinal problems and losing weight rapidly without trying. But now that's straightened out and normal energy levels are back, I'm excited about trying the new release New Rules of Lifting for Life. (I turned 44 this year and am interested in seeing how the approach differed from the other books in the series.)
Thanks Lou and Alwyn!