Ground rules needed for RJ training programs?

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    Sep 11, 2007 2:46 AM GMT
    The training programs on RJ are a great idea, but I think the team needs to go back to the drawing board on a few things.

    The biggest problem that I see is that too many of the exercises specify exotic equipment to which most people will not have access. Yes, with some effort, one can devise alternatives, but it really brings things a grinding halt, particularly for those who are not sure what each exercise is supposed to accomplish. I suggest that as a ground rule, RJ should specify a set of really basic equipment which all gyms would certainly have, and to which a home gym might reasonably aspire. The authors of the programs should stick to this constraint. (Fancy/exotic machines could be listed as alternate exercises, for those who have them available.) If a machine must be used, then an alternative exercise that does not require one should always be specified.

    As an aside, I'm sure that a lot of members would like to see a program devised that uses NO equipment, or perhaps simple items that one might put together for $100 or less. Or perhaps items that one might reasonably pack in a suitcase or find in a hotel room.

    Am I all wet with this?
    Would other ground rules be useful?
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    Sep 11, 2007 5:04 AM GMT
    No ground rule ideas, but...

    Last night I printed out the first week of the Strong & Lean program... I was planning on starting tomorrow!

    (I've never really had a well-planned work out program and thought it was time.)

    Now I think I'll wait until the 17th and do this new one with all (or some of) you nice folks :)
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    Sep 11, 2007 5:32 AM GMT
    I agree. Another important ground rule should be a "fitness /experience level" meter for each of the workouts.
    Honestly, if a beginner tried the 12wk workout without knowing the basic lifting principles and having good form, they wouldn't get through a lot of it.