So, you've completed your initial test and you're keen to start the program? Great!
- If you managed 6 or less lunges in the test, follow column 1.
- If you completed between 7 and 13 lunges, column 2 is for you.
- Between 14 and 26 consecutive lunges? Impressive! Column 3 is what you're looking for.
- More than 26 lunges? I would suggest starting the program on Week 3.
For example: let's say you managed 10 lunges. Looking at the second column, Day 1 begins with Set 1 (6 left leg lunges), a rest period of 60 seconds, before moving on to Set 2 (6 right leg lunges). Rest for 60 seconds and continue with Set 3 (5 left leg lunges) and Set 4 (5 right leg lunges), before finishing with Set 5 and at least 6 alternate leg lunges. Perform as you many lunges as you can comfortably manage - at least 6, but not so many that you damage muscle tissue. The 60 seconds rest between each level should allow you to complete the workout, but you may experience minor fatigue towards the end.
Note: 6 alternate leg lunges would be performed as follows - left leg, right leg, left leg, right leg, left leg, right leg.
Treat yourself to a rest day before moving on to Day 2, and then again before you complete Day 3. I find that Monday, Wednesday, Friday works well and allows you to use the weekend for rest and recovery before moving on to the next stage of the program. Feel free to juggle the plan around to meet your busy schedule, but make sure you rest in between workout days.
Day 1rest 60 seconds between each SET (longer if required)
|up to 6 lunges||7 - 13 lunges||14 - 26 lunges|
|set 5||max (at least 4A)||max (at least 6A)||max (at least 10A)|
Day 2rest 90 seconds between each SET (longer if required)
|set 5||max (at least 6A)||max (at least 8A)||max (at least 12A)|
Day 3rest 120 seconds between each SET (longer if required)
|set 5||max (at least 6A)||max (at least 10A)||max (at least 14A)|
|L = left leg lunge|
R = right leg lunge
A = alternate leg lunge (e.g. 4A = left, right, left, right)
Hopefully you made it safely through the first week and now you're keen to move on to Week 2. However, if for some reason you struggled with the program, I would suggest either retaking the initial test or repeating Week 1. You'll probably be surprised at how much stronger you already are and will sail through the first week and be fired up and raring to go.
If you're ready to move on, let's take a look at Week 2 of the two hundred lunges program.